Did you know that Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Jillian Michaels have all travelled to India looking for spiritual awakening or meaning in life? Itâs human nature to want to find greater meaning or the purpose of life. One great way to do that is by meeting spiritual leaders or visiting places of great spiritual energy to discover new areas of you.
As the world opens up to an increasing number of spiritual paths and possibilities (think Yoga, Chi Gong, and meditation), the opportunities to meet experts and go deeply into these activities are increasing.
What does spiritual tourism mean to you? Are you looking for more confidence, more happiness, or more empowerment? Are you looking at a way to realize something greater than youself? Spiritual tourims offers this and so much more.
How Spiritual Travel is the Wave of the Future – and How You Can Try It
- 1 My spiritual tourism experiences
- 2 Why Spiritual Tourism in Important
- 3 How you can try spiritual tourism
- 4 Spiritual Tourism Ideas
- 5 Final thoughts
My spiritual tourism experiences
My first trip for spiritual purposes was when I visited Sedona, Arizona â known as an energetic hotspot â with my family, at age 11.
As an adult my interests have shifted to the east â to the temples and mountains of India, China, Nepal, Japan, Bali, and Tibet. Iâve visited many of the most important shrines, temples, and met some of the most enlightened masters â including one who is said to have lived hundreds of years. I also like to seek out churches and sites of miracles around the world â spiritual tourism crosses all religious boundaries.
Why Spiritual Tourism in Important
Good travel can challenge your worldview and open your heart. Spiritual tourism takes this one step further â expanding your consciousness and gently opening new parts of yourself. It can even create a miracle within you.
What do I mean by miracles? Of course there are outer miracles like flying or walking on water, that you probably wonât see. But there are inner miracles that are even more vital. These are miracles like healing a broken heart, finding confidence, self-acceptance, or the courage and strength to change addictive behaviors. In reality, if you feel whole after having your heart broken, doesnât it feel like a miracle? Miracles are available, if you are open to them.
The traditional temples, shrines, and places of worship help you create these miracles within yourself. They are returned to time and time again because of their incredible power to transform life into something greater.
The need of the modern time
In our fast-paced modern world, we are increasingly addicted to smart phones, social media, and looking outside for inspiration. Spiritual tourism reminds us to look inside.
If you think of attention like a pendulum, or the arm of a clock, the social media world is one extreme: itâs all about technology, appearance, and “having it all” on the outside. It is time to start swinging back to the other extreme â because real happiness and fulfillment can only come from the inside.
No amount of likes, followers, re-tweets, or news will ever make you happy and fulfilled. That is where spirituality and spiritual awakening come in. By connecting to a higher purpose, a higher power, and locating the Divine guidance within, you can find happiness and fulfillment â without having to give up the convenience of technology!
Spirituality: the wave of the future
Spirituality isnât just far away. It is also right at home. You probably have a Yoga studio within a 5-minute drive of your house. Meditation is becoming mainstream. Apps, âGurusâ, guides and life coaches are rising in popularity. All of this is to say that we, as humanity, are looking for something more. Spirituality is the wave of the future. The pendulum needs to swing back to balance.
How you can try spiritual tourism
So how do you get on board? There is a vast variety of ways to participate in spiritual tourism â from retreats and conferences to visiting temples. Iâve compiled this list of spiritual activitiesâfrom getting-your-feet-wet to more serious spiritual journeysâto help you get started. In all cases, I guarantee you will come out changed for the better!
Spiritual Tourism Ideas
While there are more spiritual spots in the world than anyone could ever visit, here is an initial list to get you started:
1. Connect with nature locally
- If you are on a tight budget or low on time, plan a day in nature nearby.
- Visit a state park or wildlife preserve.
- Walk out into nature, away from other people (Just be sure you know how to get back!) and sit quietly in nature.
- Listen to the birds, the grass, and the wind. Feel the sounds of nature around you.
- Appreciate what you see and feel with gratitude.
- Perform your own meditation, spiritual practice, or just sit quietly feeling nature and seeing you as whole and strong.
2. Spiritual or âenergyâ centers
Visit a city known for its spiritual energy. Sedona, Arizona is one famous option. The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina are another option. If you are in Europe, there are many sites of miracles, and in Asia many temple sites.
At the spiritual center, take time in nature or try some of the local classes or activities offered. Sometimes the awakening comes from trying something new. Other times, it is just about connecting with nature in a spiritual spot.
3. Ancient Temples
- Yumnotri, Gangotri, Badrinath, and Kedarnath in the Indian Himalayas
- Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, India
- Kanyakumari in India
- Kamakhya Temple in India
- Golden Temple in Amritsar, India
- Navagraha Temples in Tamil Nadu, India
- Dev Prayag (rivers) in the Indian Himalaya Foothills
- Bhagalamukhi Temple of Kathmandu, Nepal (and many others in the area!)
- Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, Tibet
- Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai, China
- Yonghe Temple in Beijing, China
- Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok, Thailand
- Sanjusangendo (temple of 1000 Buddhas) in Kyoto, Japan
- Nazen-ji Temple in Kyoto, Japan
- Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Temple) in Kyoto, Japan
Each of these temples could, and will be, an entire blog post, with so much to do, see, and experience. Some on this list are very famous. Others, like Kamakhya in India, Bhagalamukhi in Nepal, and Sanjusangendo in Japan are lesser known and off the main tourist track.
4. Visit landmarks of great spiritual power
If you like to be in nature and want to visit the places traditionally seen as places of power, healing, and transformation, here are a few powerful places to consider:
- Mount Kailash in Tibet
- Arunachala Mountain in Southern India
- The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia where the Kogi people live
- Mount Shasta in California
- Mount Fuji in Japan
- Machu Picchu in Peru
Each of these mountains is known as a place of great spiritual power that you will feel as soon as you arrive. I recommend staying at least a few days, if you can, to get the full effect.
5. Visit places of past miracles
There are many places around the world where miracles were performed, as miracles have been happening since before the record of time. These miracles came in all forms: healings, rain in a drought, reincarnation, or other miracles.
I visited our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, where three children saw the Virgin Mary. The whole church is built around this event and the environment is surcharged with gentle, loving spirituality. In addition to our Lady of Fatima, here is a list of places where the Virgin Mary has appeared: https://bigthink.com/strange-maps/world-map-marian-apparitions?rebelltitem=19#rebelltitem19
In every religious tradition and ancient traditions, there are records of the incarnations and influence of the Divine in human life. Like Mother Mary in the West, there are places where Lord Vishnu appeared throughout India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Tibet. Likewise, there are places blessed by Lord Buddha throughout the East. I will be your guide as you discover the great power of these miraculous places.
6. Natural healing
Finally, there are also healing hot springs and many places of healing waters everywhere in the world â from Colorado to the Azores, Greece, and Japan. I especially like the hot springs in Washington State, California, Colorado, the Azores (Portugal), Italy, Japan, and New Zealand. These healing waters are another way for nature to revitalize your body and soul.
Finding spirituality in tourism is about connecting with your higher self. These powerful temples and natural places open the inner power for this healing and discovery to happen more easily.
Itâs important to be natural and innocent about it. Donât push yourself. Donât expect too much. Just go and enjoy the place!
Let me help you!
If you plan to do any of these activities, or want to plan spiritual tourism, send me an email to: Kimberly@pannalitravels.com. Iâd love to help you plan the trip and give you additional ideas as a way to help my readers!
Wishing you safe and powerful journeys,
P.S. In all of these places, I like to practice Transcendental Meditation, a simple technique that is practiced by millions of people of all religions of the world. You can check it out and see if it makes sense for you. www.tm.org (not an affiliate link).
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