Outside In – A Cure for the Travel Bug

I found the cure for the travel bug…near constant motion for a long enough time (dependent on your case of ‘travel bug’ and tolerance for airports). I love that I’ve been to so many destinations that were high on my list for so long. I cherish the experiences and memories and adventures and challenges that covering 6 continents in two years has brought, yet I am ready for a break. I can hardly believe I’m saying it, but it’s true.

Now, simply because I am ready does not mean that life will allow me a break. In fact, it appears to be moving in the opposite direction towards ever-more airports and hotels. But, at least it no longer comes from a desperate urge to be somewhere else. Instead, my travel comes from necessity and without attachment.

Me in Ethiopia

Rather than pouring my focus into trotting the globe, I will move towards Yogananda’s suggestion, “Let me travel the royal road of Self-Realization, which leads to Thee.” What will that look like in the months and years ahead, you ask? Spiritual boot camp. It will include saying ‘yes’ to opportunities to lead sadhanas, meditations, and yoga and participating in Ananda’s new Leadership Course.

Why the shift to inner travel, rather than outer? Enough of the outer circumstances of my life have settled to allow the journey inward to take priority. As a humanitarian by trade, I find this experience especially motivating for my work with CARE. How can the 1 billion people living on $1.25 per day (adjusted to local buying power!!) ever get beyond the thoughts of feeding their families, staying warm in winter and cool in summer, or staying safe? It is a privilege to study Yoga and an honor to share it. Just as it is a privilege to fight poverty and an honor to see people flourish.

Let’s enjoy the journey, be it outside or in!

Published by Gita Matlock

Gita is a writer, speaker, and nonprofit professional. She earned a bachelors degree in international studies from Pepperdine University and a masters degree in nonprofit administration from the University of San Francisco. She has traveled extensively and held leadership positions with national and international nonprofit organizations. She was born, raised, and now resides with her husband and two children at Ananda Village, the first of eight cooperative Kriya Yoga communities founded by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda.

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