Keeping Up With Your Meditation Practice While You’re on the Road

Summer: a time for vacations, adventures to exciting locations, and (hopefully) plenty of outdoor activities. While the summer can bring in a refreshing change of pace and scenery, it can also serve as a distraction from your regular routines, some of which may need shaking up. But important ones, such as meditating, may become neglected during the fast-paced summer season. As someone who travels almost half the year for work, I can tell you that my meditation practice is one of the first things that falls aside when I’m on the road—but it shouldn’t be. So this year I’ve been focusing on putting myself first, which includes keeping up with my practice no matter where I am. Here are some helpful tricks I’ve learned to keep myself meditating even while on the road.

Meditation from anywhere

Now, this may sound basic and perhaps even silly, but our routines tend to get neglected when we veer from the daily norms. While traveling, we may tend to develop new routines and scrap what we do while we’re at home in favor of exploring new places and experiences. But we can meditate from anywhere!

I recommend setting aside time in either your mornings or evenings to settle down and go within.  Even just a few minutes  a day can keep you motivated and encouraged to stay with your practice, despite all the chaos of traveling. Taking this small meditation ritual you have created for yourself on your trip makes it less likely that you’ll drop your practice. By making it a routine, it becomes much more manageable. 

When I volunteered to work with penguins in South Africa a couple of months ago, many factors enticed me to forego my meditations. We stayed in a research house without heat, and it was quite cold in the mornings and evenings. We were also incredibly busy. Even in that type of situation, I bundled up, found a nice seat outside that overlooked the water, and watched the penguins go by on their little “penguin highway” each evening. I chose that time each day to meditate, finding peace in the beauty of South Africa. I had to push myself the first couple of days, but after I set the routine, it became easy. In fact, I quickly began looking forward to my special evening time.

It’s even easier, I find, to meditate while visiting a beach. When I travel to any beach-like location for work, I choose to wake up, enjoy the sound of the crashing waves, and express gratitude for the natural sounds of the ocean prior to starting my day. So, when traveling, I encourage you to pick a time that naturally fits into the routine you have set for yourself on your trip and add meditation into your schedule. The more it becomes a part of your routine, the more you’ll be encouraged to keep up with it.

The Expand app has been a lifesaver

In the past, meditating on the road was difficult (to say the least) if you needed recorded guidance or Monroe Sound Science. Portable CD players weren’t easy to carry around, especially in wet or sandy environments. Even in the age of iPhones, you had to pre-plan and put the exercises you wanted on your phone to use while you were away. Thankfully, the Monroe Institute released the Expand app last year, and it has completely changed the game for me. It offers a variety of different types of meditation exercises I can access from anywhere in the world. So, if you’re someone who likes to use Monroe Sound Science and/or other guided meditations, Expand may be the perfect tool to make meditating around the world a breeze. All you need is your phone and headphones, and you’re set to meditate anywhere.

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As use of technology increases in our lives, so does our “sense of ease.” The more work we have to put into something, the less we may want to do it. With the world at our fingertips, we don’t have to fight as hard to receive information or accomplish tasks as we did just a few years ago. We can even turn on lights or lock our doors now with the press of a button on our phones or a simple voice command. As everything gets easier, especially on vacation, we may feel more inclined to neglect things that take any effort. But with the ease of having your favorite meditations on your phone and the ability to  meditate anywhere, I encourage you to find that sense of ease, joy, and gratitude in your practice, no matter where you are. In fact, I find it even easier to let go of my problems and embrace my practice when I’m not at home, as there are fewer distractions. So, while it may initially seem like more effort, it’s actually even easier to meditate while you’re away.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, and I hope you’re able to travel this year after all we’ve been through. When you do, try to commit to including meditation in your routine. I bet you’ll find the joy of new experiences while meditating around the world.

Malorie Mackey is an actress, published author, and adventurer. Malorie grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she loved sports, the outdoors, animals, and all forms of art. She took to acting at a young age, so it was no surprise when she decided to go to college for theatre. While in college, Malorie studied body movement with the DAH Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia, voice in Herefordshire, England with Frankie Armstrong, and the business of theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Malorie moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles after receiving her BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon arriving in LA, Malorie participated in the Miss California USA 2011 Pageant where she won the “Friend’s Choice” Award (by popular vote) and received a beautiful award for it.

While living on the West Coast, Malorie accumulated over 40 acting credits working on a variety of television shows, web series, and indie films, such as the sci-fi movie “Dracano,” the Biography Channel show “My Haunted House,” the tv pilot “Model Citizen” with Angie Everhart, and the award-winning indie film “Amelia 2.0.”

Throughout her experiences, Malorie found a love for travel and adventure, having journeyed to over a dozen countries experiencing unique locations. From the lush jungles of the Sierra Madre mountain range to the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, Malorie began adventuring and writing about her unique travels. These travel excerpts can be found on VIVA GLAM Magazine, in Malorie’s Adventure Blog, in Malorie’s adventure show: “Weird World Adventures” and in the works for her full-length travel book.

In 2022, Malorie was thrilled to become a member of the Explorer’s Club through her work on scientific travel. Her experiences volunteering on archaeological and anthropological expeditions as well as with animal conservation allowed her entry into the exclusive club. Since then, Malorie has focused more on scientific travel.

Malorie’s show “Weird World Adventures” releases on Amazon Prime Video in the Spring of 2024! Stay tuned as Malorie brings the strangest wonders of the world to you!

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