Conscious travel is a relatively recent phenomenon which unifies the functions and benefits of mindfulness with the experience of travel.
The resulting combination is a journey that takes great strides in learning emotional management and modulation of focus in many life situations, and has been shown to be particularly effective in coping with stress. and anxiety. If you want to know what it is, keep reading.
What is Mindfulness?
You may know several people in your immediate environment who, on a daily basis, practice what is called mindfulness. There are those who do it as part of a treatment applied to a health problem, and there are also those who simply incorporate it into their daily lives as a wellness resource that helps them maintain a good emotional balance in the face of life’s challenges and changes. . .
And it is that in recent decades Mindfulness has become a powerful tool increasingly used in the Arian fields: it is applied both in the context of psychotherapy and in the world of Psychology of Work and Organizations, and even in centers because many mindfulness exercises are so simple that they can be applied to children’s classes. It is no coincidence that what was originally developed as a model of psychological intervention to deal with stress problems, has today been adapted to meet various needs.
Mindfulness has two facets: one is the more pragmatic and operational, and mindfulness is considered a set of mindfulness techniques. modulation of attentional concentration and management of emotions, which despite their similarity to relaxation techniques are not exactly the same; the second is mindfulness as a philosophy of life that gives us a way to interpret and analyze the world and the problems and opportunities it brings us.
This last facet translates into a wide variety of actions and beyond the specific moments in which we intend to dedicate a few minutes to Mindfulness; however, it should be noted that mindfulness is not tied to any particular religion or ideological system.
At its origins, mindfulness appears as a technique inspired by Vipassana meditation, which revives ancient practices linked to Buddhism and Hinduism; however, it has been developed as a set of practices detached from any form of mysticism, dogma of faith or symbolism, through scientific research that can verify the objective effects of using mindfulness on specific needs and specific problems. That is, although mindfulness is inspired by religious practices, it was designed as a secular technique and can benefit all kinds of people, regardless of their religion or lack thereof.
This methodology for achieving states of relaxation and concentration has gained great popularity around the world for more than 30 years thanks to scientific research and the rigorous dissemination of various psychologists, neuropsychologists.
One of the fathers of mindfulness as a therapeutic resource used in medicine and psychology is Dr. Jon Karabat-Zinn, who created the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at medical school. from the University of Massachusetts.
It is one of the most used programs today for reduce stress and other associated psychological disorders by practicing mindfulness at a scientific and reproducible level.
As we have seen, although the origins of mindfulness can be traced back to Buddhist and Hindu meditation, today the habitual practice of this technique is, in most cases, detached from any religious or spiritual content.
The main goal of mindfulness is focus attention on the here and now of the personachieve a deep state of consciousness, emotional balance and self-knowledge that is not weighed down by obsessive thoughts, unfounded fears, catastrophic predictions and other psychological phenomena that fuel anxiety or even physical pain.
When this practice is sufficiently trained, it makes it possible to separate the person from his thoughts and to identify and neutralize all these negative or blocking thought patterns; it’s not about eliminating them completely, but about seeing them as they are and letting them pass through the state of consciousness, not to give them more power than they have and let them shut down on their own, leaving us with only the relevant information they carry with them.
Therefore, practicing mindfulness is neither completely avoiding physical or emotional pain (a strategy that in most cases has the opposite effect) but leaving the mind “empty”, because the latter is impossible and trying to Achieving it alone brings frustration. It is assimilate sensory and mental experiences resulting from a constructive logic and acceptance of life.
How to learn it?
Currently, you can find various centers that offer mindfulness courses throughout the Spanish geography, where instructors specialized in teaching work. practice mindfulness techniques from scratch or for advanced levels.
These mindfulness courses are highly recommended for anyone who wants to improve in various areas of their life or mental health and increase their performance and emotional well-being, both personally and professionally.
However, It should be noted that while mindfulness is embodied in various exercises and practices (i.e. there is no single way to implement mindfulness, which is one of its positive qualities because it adapts to different contexts), some learning processes are more complete than others. It’s one thing to spend four minutes closing your eyes and doing a simple mindfulness exercise, and quite another to take a mindful journey.
What is Conscious Travel?
In short, mindful travel is about harnessing the potential of travel to learn to be in the moment in an environment that promotes this type of learning: environments that greatly facilitate the task of “disconnecting” ancient dynamics of thinking and experiencing emotions that bind us to the past and predictions of the future.
In other words, in the conscious journey, we use to our advantage the influence that certain spaces have on our mental state, so that they participate in the process of generating full attention and direct our attention to the present moment.
Why do these spaces affect us in this way? Mainly because on the one hand they have been selected to bring us moments of calm and tranquility, with stimuli that bring us to a state of relaxation, and on the other hand they take us away from the stimuli that we associate with our daily life or our past, so that we are not exposed to constant reminders of what stresses us, worries us or makes us feel bad.
Through this mental “reset”, we learn to take the first steps in managing our attention in a place that facilitates it, so that when we return to our lives, we are not dependent on being in a specific place to practicing mindfulness and us can be applied in a wider variety of situations.
Want to harness the potential of mindful travel?
If you are interested in participating in the Mindful Travel Experience, we invite you to embark on the Mindful Travel and Meditation Programs of Life-changing journeys led by coach Félix Cuellar.
This platform organizes trips to selected destinations for the implementation of mindfulness programs with the support of instructors with extensive experience in this field.