I haven’t written much lately. There are so many reasons why. The biggest reason was the desire to go inward for awhile. Since I have been back in the states I am more aware of the craziness going on in the world. The things I see online and social media disturb me. My heart is very sensitive. I have to be careful of what I read and watch. While I know it’s important to know what is happening in the world, I also have to find the balance of being informed without letting fear promoting headlines assault my senses. I suppose I am trying to maintain inner peace while still keeping my eyes open to the world I’m living in. It’s hard for me to find that balance. I’m still working on it.
I think my sensitivity affects my writing. I find that when I am places like India and Costa Rica, it is a lot easier to write since my life while traveling is so much simpler. I have fewer belongings (what can fit in a suitcase), I am always in nature, and I am less connected to the outside world. It is in these surroundings I flourish creatively.
Another reason writing is easier when traveling is that I am being inspired every day. Whether I am in an Ashram meditating and doing service work or on the beachside in Costa Rica practicing yoga, I am learning things about myself and all that surrounds me. It’s a creative playground.
My goal is to somehow take that inner peace I have found in far off lands and apply it to my life in the states. To remind myself that the peace I have felt in the past in not solely dependent on my geographical location. It’s about bringing what I’ve learned in the east back to the west and integrating that knowledge into everyday life no matter where I am in the world.