The Traveller Yogi

“The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson

To see things as they are, is what the yogis call “insight.” Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art of Living.


To the yogi, travelling is done through stillness. Stillness allows me to travel through the cosmos without, which is in itself a mere reflection of the cosmos within. Made of the same elements, stars, rivers, trees, and human beings, share the flux of sub-atomic particles which create reality as we see it. Through stillness, the yogi travels the mind to master it, and to train it to see clearly, for to see things as they are, I must accept that things are not always as I want them to be, and still be happy.

Travelling, the yogi observes the Self, through the breath, and the feeling of sensations. Whether the yogi is walking, standing, sitting or laying down, awareness of the present, is what determines how successful his yoga practice will be. The more aware, the most equanimity is achieved. For the yogi understands that he who is unaware is bound to loose the balance of the mind, and loose control through reactive behaviour. Instead, the yogi stays awake through whatever experiences arise from his travels, always observing his breath, because that is what stillness is.

Friendly, with no judgement, without expectation, constantly equanimous, seeing things as they are, a yogi travels in stillness, master of her own mind, a mind full of good will, love, compassion, harmony, peace. A true yogi travels full of happiness.


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