Now each morning when your mind is still empty,
devote a little time to the divine.
The air contains a cosmic force.
and ask for all the blessings in the air to enter your body and fill every cell.
Then exhale slowly, projecting happiness and peace around you.
You'll be helping to heal yourself
and contributing to healing the world as well.
-Paulo Coelho, Aleph
I had the opportunity recently to travel up the Alaskan Inside Passage with my daughter.
I capitalize Inside Passage, whether or not it's necessary, because I feel such reverance for this place.
One morning I awoke, aware that my surroundings were quiet, pulled myself out of my cozy bed and stepped outside on the deck. There were a few others out there; all in awe. No one spoke.
The water was liquid silver and silence rested on the surface and I can't remember a time or a place where I felt so viscerally that I was somewhere otherworldly.
When I take time to mindfully breathe and center in the early hours, I want to remember and feel this place. Breathing in that air really did fill every cell with blessings.
That's the joy of travel, isn't it? We return richer than when we left.