“The biggest gift you can give is to be present where you are.”
Thich Nath Hanh | Mindfulness
For years we’ve been traveling in East Africa and observed thousands of tourists passing in their jeeps, talking to them in their lodges and luxurious resorts. What struck us was how little they seem to be really enjoying their special safaris. They even seemed to be complaining a lot which after having given it some thought, didn’t seem that strange, because they’re taking themselves on that trip!
Our daily lives are often run on automatic pilot, while our thoughts are often occupied with other things. To disappear in our thoughts has become our second nature. All those thoughts constantly cause emotions and because most thoughts are troublesome, they often create bodily tension and dissatisfaction. That mechanism won’t disappear, just because we are on a safari.
You can look at it in another way: We can eat food full of calcium which is good for our bones, but if our body doesn’t absorb the calcium, it has no use. That’s exactly how it is with safari. You can surround yourself with the most beautiful and spectacular nature of Tanzania, but if your head is filled with worries and concerns and your body is tense because of that, you will not be able to be part of the experience.