When you travel, do you end up bringing the exact right amount of stuff with you or do you under or over pack?
I am guilty of over packing. I do it every time I go somewhere.
It seems silly to me and I end up resolving not to do it again…only to do it again.
One time I took note of all the stuff I didn’t end up needing or using as I returned it to its resting place at my house. I’d calculate that sometimes I brought as much as 50-60% more stuff than I used or needed.
It made me wonder why? Why would I consistently bring so much stuff with me? It didn’t make any logical sense. Wouldn’t one sweatshirt have been sufficient, instead of two? Did I really need extra underwear and socks? And, how about that towel I packed, didn’t the place I was going offer towels for the beach or the pool?
Maybe you don’t ever do this, I don’t know. Maybe you’ve figured out the secret to packing just the right amount. If so, please feel free to share.
Since the answer to my over packing didn’t seem be logical, I wondered, what else could be the reason? Did it stem from some inner sense of comfort I needed, so that I would feel that I would be okay?
I also sensed a level of fear involved and asked myself, what would happen if I didn’t have everything to meet my needs? It did occur to me that I probably could buy whatever the missing item was, but it might not be convenient and it seemed better that I should have it with me to start, right?
That’s when it hit me. The reason wasn’t logical, it was emotional.
I over packed to create a (false) sense of comfort and to ensure that I would be able to feel okay with my surroundings.
And, as with most other experiences, I felt there would be some definite relevance to my life if I explored this a bit deeper.
I wondered, did I over pack in other aspects of living?
The answer turned out to be ‘yes’, and for the very same reason, to feel comfortable emotionally.
But does it work?
No, not really. Mostly I believe because while ‘things’ can create outer comfort, they can’t create inner comfort.
The only thing that can do that is inside of me already. It’s my awareness and knowingness that the entire universe will support me in whatever I choose to do. This goes far beyond both the logical and the emotional and dips directly into the spiritual.
It is not necessary for me to understand all of the dynamics involved. It isn’t necessary for me to be able to explain or prove that this is the truth for me. What is necessary is that I exercise faith and trust that I am loved and cared for and that everything I truly need will be provided.
This is a very big deal.
It may strike a cord with you and find a home. I am grateful if this is the case.
But it may still leave you wanting more. If so, I need to ask you something, what balances and centers you when everything starts to tip over? If it’s something outside of you, it probably doesn’t work all of the time and so, a shift to the inside might help.
Maybe stepping back, closing your eyes, breathing slowly and easily, and opening your heart and asking the divine inside of you to come and share its wisdom with you will bring you peace.
I try to remind myself every time I over pack, either when going on an actual trip or traveling some new pathway in life, that I am loved and cared for by the divine that is always inside of me.
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