I recently returned from a vacation in Austria which reminded me of what I call ‘the wisdom of the portable mat.’ Many of you are travelling this summer and some of us travel often.
For me, a hugely important part of my practice is to physically change my environment – as I do when I go between Los Angeles and Ojai, and between California and North Carolina. If I get away from all the stuff and business of my usual location, I am able to recapture a focus and clarity on essential issues. I can again see what matters most. The clutter shifts and a cloudy state that I didn’t even realize was there, often lifts from my consciousness.
So important is moving location that I designed and developed a Thai Yoga Massage mat that fits into luggage that can be checked on a plane or into a bag that can be wheeled 20 blocks along the streets of New York City. I have taken my deonThai METHOD – “World Traveler Mat” all over the United States and Canada, to the UK and Europe, to the Caribbean and even to Africa and Australia.
Here’s a web link to check it out:
My work is tremendously pleasurable, but even so, there is a difference between work and play. So I don’t only travel for work, but am making an effort to restore pure vacation to my annual life cycle. Recently I spent a few days on a ‘guys’ camping trip in the Sespe Wilderness. My mat took a rest too. But most of the year it is important that I have the flexibility to work or play when I travel. And travel – the liberating exchange of one environment for another – is very healthy. You can be a nomad, a gypsy and travel with your mat, whether it is for work or for play. May you enjoy both!