I’ve been traveling the world as a digital nomad for the past three years. To work, I simply need my computer, so I can do it from anywhere with an Internet connection.
When I first set out to travel the world, I had no set goal or intention. I just knew I had to do it, and as soon as the opportunity presented itself, I got rid of all my things, including my apartment, and just did it.
I wasn’t looking for anything. I had an open mind to what the world had to offer. I had no focus in my travels – I tasted the best food, I saw the most beautiful temples, I saw unbelievable nature, I saw a city that took my breath away, I saw endless pink cherry blossoms, I heard languages that sounded like poetry, I met the most interesting people and much much more. I ate the fruit of pleasure.
I also cared about my health, so I tried many health treatments. A Thai massage so good it made me cry, a Korean body scrub that took layers off my skin, a Blue Lagoon massage that made me feel like a fetus, a healer who could tell what was wrong with my body just by touching my feet, and Ayurveda, the Science of Life, among them.
But eventually, something happened. I started to get a little bored of the biggest pleasures of life. Or perhaps just tired of getting sick from them.
Indulging made me feel bad. Over-eating made me gain weight and have mental fog. The more money I spent on nice experiences, the more annoyed I was when they didn’t fit my standards. I was unable to concentrate. I was a rollercoaster of emotions. Too much travel left me tired and fatigued. Turns out the fruit of pleasure is also the fruit of pain.
I still enjoyed trying the best food and seeing the best sights, but now in a different way. I became mostly vegan and healthy, so many of the foods that I enjoyed before were now off the table. I had to be prepared to feel bad if I did choose to consume them.
Instead of cities, I started to prefer nature. I even learned to hike alone. I started staying in more isolated small towns. I learned to meditate by doing a 10-day bootcamp-style Vipassana course. And I started incorporating more Ayurveda lifestyle principles into my life.
Health became the biggest pleasure. And anything that threatened it was not worth it. Out of all things I encountered in the world, I recognized Ayurveda as Truth and I kept learning more and more, incorporating more and more of it into my life.
As a result, I started to experience the pleasures hidden inside myself. On the outside, I lost weight and my skin cleared. But the biggest change happened on the inside. I regained my energy, my mental fog cleared, I became creative again, I could control my cravings and desires, I started to taste flavors I never knew for the first time, I stopped being angry at people all the time for no reason, and more changes that are harder to describe.
Funny enough, I discovered that the author of my favorite Ayurveda book, Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom, lives and runs an Ayurveda school in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I lived for over 5 years! It was in my backyard all along!
But as the saying goes, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear”. I wasn’t ready for it in San Francisco.
To me, Ayurveda is Truth and the only way of life moving forward. But I had to travel the world and try almost everything else first to know this. I no longer feel like I’m missing out or giving up anything to practice Ayurveda. In fact, I know that I’m only gaining.
When I set out to travel the world, I wasn’t looking for anything. Maybe that was just because I was lost. I didn’t know what to look for. But sometimes what you’re looking for finds you.
I’m excited to dedicate the next phase of my life study and contribute to the field of Ayurveda, The Science of Life.