Meditative Travels

What if you could close your eyes and be transported to the most beautiful place you have been to – completely visualize every shade of green in the trees, hear the sounds of wind in the leaves, feel the early morning freshness of the place in your skin – as if you were right there!

I just came back from a trip to japan and have been thinking a lot about conscious traveling. How to not only make memories but take them along. How to completely BE in the place, amongst all the crowds and tourist checklists and selfies!

Take a breath, slow down, close your eyes and take the place in

Tip 1: Take a breath, slow down the pace, sit down if you need to, as you reach your destination. Let go of the crowd anxieties and tourists checklists.
Take in the scene, enough to paint a picture worth a thousand words with your eyes closed. Notice the movements, the smells, the colors and how they shine in the light. Meditate for a couple of minutes or write it down.
Send postcards to friends, reminisce and detail memories.

Here to learn. Not checkout tourlist lists

Tip 2: Look out for what you will take back from the place? Every moment, every person, every place has something to teach.
Japanese gardens or even Japanese streets are a treat to walk around with their immaculately manicured trees and plants. They see god in nature and can create beautiful sights just out of simple stones. Going to Japanese temples is as much about zenning out on the natural beauty in the verandas outside as much as it is about the idol within. Looking at nature is uplifting, but walking around beautiful gardens is like falling in love

Japanese restaurants and trains maintain such silence that we often caught ourselves ‘shouting’. It seems like everyone is in a constant state of meditation. Talking soft and slowly brings purpose to their conversations

Japanese food is creative, flavorful, balanced and rich in ‘umami’ with separate sections for rice, pickled vegetables, fermented foods, soups, teas coming together in bento boxes. Creatively arranged food brings a smile on the face every time a new box is opened.

Tip 3: Come back and remember the place. In your meditation. Or Write postcards to friends. Describe the place. Very often we come back and feel like we have totally forgotten the vacation and are in dire need of a new vacation. Its a viscious loop.

Cheers!

Seville’s Gazpacho: Under 7min!

Chopped tomato, cucumber and onion is the most traditional salad in India. With a dash of lime, its simple and refreshing across seasons.

2000miles in the west Spanishers decided to blend these vegetables together to make an even more refreshing summer drink called Gazpacho! Its delicious when served chilled , served like a cocktail or soup, and can be had before a meal on a hot summer days.

Ever since I got back from Seville I wanted to recreate this drink with simple steps  and here it is!

Recipe:

Prep Time: 5min | cooking time: 30sec | Serves 2 glasses

Ingredients

  • 2 red juicy tomatoes (washed and roughly chopped)
  • 1 cucumber (washed, peeled, roughly chopped)
  • 1 green pepper (washed and roughly chopped)
  • 1 garlic clove (peeled and crushed)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1tsp salt

Instructions

  • Blend all the ingredients together. Do not add additional water
  • Place in the refrigerator to chill for 2hrs. Serve with ice cubes / straight up

Sip, close your eyes and imagine yourself sitting on a outdoor cafe alongside Seille’s beautiful river. The sun’s setting, there are purple flowers blossoming on the trees and people are running. skating, walking along the riverside. You take a sip, take it all in, and thank life for all it has provided.

Cheers to Simple pleasures

 

Water – my best travel buddy

I am at the airport right now, on my way to Switzerland to attend a friend’s wedding. It’s 9am here and the food shops are starting to open, but I am starving. So I pick up a croissant from Starbucks and rush to my gate.

I get on the flight at 9:30, wait for 1.5hrs before the in-flight food service commences. I pick the vegetable pasta option, served with a side of hot bread and chocolate cake. It’s delicious and I gulp it down. But an hour later I start feeling heavy in my stomach.

This is usually my tale with airport food and post meal uneasiness. It’s really hard sometimes to find fresh and fulfilling options. But after multiple travels I have found my remedy. AISLE SEATS and a BIG BOTTLE OF WATER.

Weather control in the flight makes them dehydrating, coupled with carb loaded food can really take a toll on the stomach. Sometimes the food is unavoidable. But if you can keep drinking lots of water throughout the flight (300ml every 30min), than it really helps calm the stomach and keep you fresh.

Try it!

Cheers to Traveling heathy!