One purpose travel serves is to break up routine and to experience new things. I find every time I venture I learn something new about myself and have a better understanding of what I need. My recent trip to New York is no exception. Here are some things I learned:
I need more movement in my life.
While in NYC, we averaged 8 miles a day of walking! Despite the heat, my body felt so much better moving that much. One of my goals is to design a schedule which allows for more breaks from sitting. I want to incorporate more walking as well as more yoga and weight lifting. While this information is not new, my commitment to prioritizing more movement in my life is. I am curious: For those of you who prioritize body movement in your daily routine, do you have any tips?
I want more time for spiritual reflection.
One of the high school classmates I connected with in NYC is an Episcopalian priest. She is smart, funny, and wise. She also is very committed to creating community which is inclusive and kind. One of the insights I gained from speaking with her is the importance of connecting with the Divine on a regular basis. As my friend so succinctly put it: “That is where I get my power.” I am curious: What practices do you engage in that connect you with your power?
I need to listen more and ask better questions.
When I am in a new place, I observe more. I pay attention to local customs. I ask for recommendations. I notice more details. In essence, I allow myself to be curious and do not feel any need to know answers. In fact, I assume I don’t know. As a result of this mindset, I learn new things and I decrease the chance of hurting or insulting anyone. I want to adopt this mindset in my home community. I am curious: If you could ask one question – a question which would encourage an honest answer and not put someone on the defensive – what would that question be?
I want to be a source of calm.
One morning we ate at this little diner in the middle of Manhattan. The man who waited on our table was amazing. He never seemed to rush, and yet, we never seemed to wait. He made little suggestions which reflected an honest desire to truly serve us. (His suggestions were spot on.) Despite the heat and the crowded restaurant, he engendered a feeling of peace. I immediately felt drawn to him and calmer. At the end of our meal, he bowed to us and said, “Namaste.” After our encounter, I realized his secret. He cultivated an inner peace which radiated to others. I am curious: How do you cultivate and maintain inner peace?
I really am curious what works for you. If you have any insights or suggestions to the questions I posed above, please share with me. I value your feedback.
Wishing you a wonderful week!
Kim Bushore-Maki is a soul-driven entrepreneur who understands the undeniable urge to create a business and a life filled with meaning and purpose. Her vision of opening a center where women could heal and grow led her to open Shakti in the Mountains in Johnson City, Tennessee: a place where the creative, feminine energy is nurtured and valued.
Five years later, Kim is still in the flow of supporting and building a healthy, vibrant community and now guides retreats, teaches yoga, and provides one-on-one services for women who want an immersion experience into the life-affirming, Shakti energy.
Kim’s training as a therapist and yoga teacher allows her to safely and compassionately guide women on a heart-centered journey to Self, where women re-connect with their beautiful, authentic spirit.