There is a beautiful Sanskrit word, Trishna, which means “thirst”. It describes our longing, aspiration or craving for something. One could understand the concept of Trishna as our thirst for life and how we want to experience it. It is the energy underlying our strongest desires.
Similar to being thirsty or craving something, Trishna is slightly uncomfortable. It provides just enough discomfort to awaken us to realising that we need to take action and “quench our thirst”. It motivates us to reevaluate our lives and to seek the changes we need.
For the past two years I have been noticing a growing “thirst” inside to travel less. Recently I looked into my calendar to find I would not be packing a suitcase for the following four weeks. This made me extremely happy which is another indication that my Trishna on this matter needs to be taken seriously.
Before I tell you about how I plan to quench this thirst, I will ask you:
What do you long for? Do you have a constant, consistent craving for something?
Consider this mild discomfort or possibly even deep dissatisfaction with your life as a calling to consider the changes you could make. Listen to that feeling that is demanding to be “quenched”. It is calling you taking action. Perhaps it won't be easy. Probably it will require some planning. But do explore that feeling, that craving. I truly believe it leads us away from dissatisfaction and towards fulfillment.
On average, for the past 12 years, I have packed a suitcase and embarked on a journey 55 times each year. As much as I love being at the places I travel to, being away from home so frequently makes it hard to maintain the healthy lifestyle I aspire to and keep up with the self-care routines that are important to me.
Spending time at home means I can cook wholesome meals, see friends and do “normal” things like plant a herb garden on our balcony or clean out my cupboards. I find it much easier to be consistent with my meditation, yoga and exercise practices. It is quite simply much better for my overall health and well-being.
For next year I have decided to halve the number of journeys I make. This means I will travel very little as a guest teacher to other cities. My schedule for next year will include Seoul, Mallorca, Berlin, Hamburg and a couple of other European cities … but otherwise I will mostly be teaching in Munich.
Somewhat like a rock-star announcing her farewell tour (you know what I mean!) I invite you to check out my schedule for this year and grab the chance to come and practise with me if I happen to be in your part of the world.
You will find the dates for my 2020 teacher training in Munich below. More events in Munich will be announced later this year.
Just confirmed is a 5-day training in Munich for SPANDA Education: Manipura | Empowerment.
A lovely travel highlight will be the retreat in Mallorca with my dear friend Gabriela Bozic, and coming up very soon is my annual Spring Retreat at Schloss Elmau.
May you be well, may you be happy!