It's been a few days in Cambodia, but just enough time to see the difference between this country and Vietnam. There's a lot more dirt, a lot less traffic, but just as much street karaoke while aggressive mosquitos savor our non-local scent. It's also a lot warmer in the morning, which would be great for a morning yoga practice except it's rather difficult to stay mindful on the mat when you know the bugs' minds are on devouring you!
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Take, for example, the case of carrying luggage.
My husband has lived a life of simplicity, minimalizing everything by donating/selling/recycling/throwing away things that he hasn't used in a month. When he packed for this year-long journey, he fit everything he needed into a single carry-on. Some clothes, some charging cords, bug repellant and his laptop.
I, on the other hand, spent my life holding onto so many things. Tangible things. Clothes, boxes, paperwork, tools, objects and knick knacks that I hadn't used in over a year (but for some reason held onto). Thinking of the worst-case scenario, I packed a mini-recording studio with a ton of yoga gear. Mini-tripods, mini-LED lights, a giant yoga pro wheel, and who knows what else.
In a typical Vietnamese house, there are multiple floors and NO elevators. Sure, the big-ass luggage has wheels that roll over flat surfaces smoothly. But, how about carrying all that weight up several flights of stairs?
My husband had a shitty time lugging all that weight for me. It was draining, it was stressful, and it was honestly unnecessary. I couldn't take seeing him take on my burden that I couldn't even take myself.
It took a situation like that to make the decision to let go. Let go of all the extra clothes, the extra recording gear, the extra yoga props, and to stop worrying about the worst-case scenario. I had to trust that we didn't need much at all and that we would figure it out if/when the time came.
This Rogue Yogi Real-Talk really isn't about me at all. It's about all of us and how we deal with letting go.
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Let me share a secret with you. A secret to letting go: The sooner you let go of attachments to things the more free you will feel. The less pain you will exert on yourself and others. When you place less value on physical things and more value on experiences, you can feel so much more fulfilled (and make your money go a longer way).
As you take what works (and leave what doesn't) from these words, I've included the special broadcast of my 5-minute guided meditation for you via Periscope. Filmed on location from the beaches of Nha Trang, Vietnam. Nha Trang is said to have the best beach in the country.