When Traveling, Turn ‘OMG’ into ‘OM’

Finding peace and serenity on the road

Kadam (or teacher) Morten Clausen instructs Manhattan’s busy how to unplug at New York’s Kadampa Meditation Center. The trick to finding peace of mind, he says, is not to seek it, but let it come to you.

“If you just very patiently, and without expectations, and without grasping at any kind of quick result, direct your wandering mind back and focus on the breath, even if for just a few seconds, some degree of peace will naturally arise,” he explains. What’s more, he notes, meditation can be done on the plane or in a hotel room. Whatever you do, though, don’t get bogged down with goals.

“I think one of the reasons we run around so much is that we are looking for some kind of fulfillment. If we keep thinking it’s out there, we’re going to keep failing to see there’s a huge experience of peace and happiness just waiting for us inside.”

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