Travel is double-edged with its exhilaration and the anxiety of leaving everything familiar; launching into the unknown. I don’t usually eat fast food or stay at Western-style hotel chains when I travel. There’s nothing wrong with finding solace in strange places by visiting the familiar. It can leave more energy for other things, but I like more challenge and I found it on this trip, underwater and above.
Lately, I’ve been looking up into a night sky that’s totally foreign. There’s a Southern Cross where I usually see the Big Dipper. It was startling to walk a road last night and look into a swath of star clusters – to actually see the Milky Way. Disorienting and exciting. The new moon passed and the light on the water has been comforting – I see that at home as well. How these experiences will change me remains to be seen, but at the very least, they are delightful fodder for future stories and memories to relive in my old age.
The edge of the familiar remains my Yoga practice. There is always a floor and my sun salutations. It’s not always easy finding the room to roll around in and sometimes I resist getting down on a strange floor, but once there it’s so nourishing and releasing. The benefits permeate my day. Today I’ll be sitting for a couple hours driving to sacred sites, visiting the date line and waterfalls on Tavenui. I am forever grateful for these opportunities and that gratitude is another extension of my practice. No matter what your body type, age and health – there are opportunities to extend the breath and lean, wiggle, twist, stretch wherever you are and enjoying having a body right this moment. More to come about the heart of Kandavu and the wonders of Tavenui. Namaste from the southern hemisphere!