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Thoughts and Musings

Why I return to the same places I've traveled to before

Why I return to the same places I've traveled to before
Jul 27, 2018 by Tamara Spell
When it comes to traveling, it's tempting to try to cram in as many sites and destinations as possible into our limited vacation time. But I would argue that there's a lot to be discovered by returning to a place you've been to before, traveling slower and soaking up the vibe and daily life of your chosen destination, and experiencing more than you did the first time around.

Thoughts on Mailboxes

Thoughts on Mailboxes
Oct 11, 2017 by Tamara Spell
I think, in many ways, my life was less complicated without a mailbox. It was one less thing on my to-do list, and I no longer had heaps of junk mail to sort through.

When it came to mailboxes and voicemail, there was something freeing about not being attached to them. With travel and the experience of a new culture, sometimes it’s the small differences like this that you remember the most.

Why I Meditate

Why I Meditate
Apr 14, 2017 by Tamara Spell
I don't believe it’s possible to really get rid of all negative or worrying thoughts. However, I do know, from personal experience, that it’s possible to take their power away and to avoid their damaging effects. It’s a lifelong practice, but the results are worth the effort. For me, the practice of meditation has made a huge difference.

The Storm and the Tea Lodge

The Storm and the Tea Lodge
May 05, 2016 by Tamara Spell
Sometimes, it takes being cut off from modern amenities and plunged into cave-like darkness in order to slow down from hectic modern life, and to really sit still and focus on the present moment. In this travel adventure, I got startled awake in the middle of the night- but I found the calm in the storm, and woke up to real tranquility the next morning.

My Favorite Books from 2015

My Favorite Books from 2015
May 05, 2016 by Tamara Spell
I discovered some great books and authors in 2015. It's fair to say that they all changed my life in some way, whether big or small- and that goes for the fiction as well as the non-fiction. But that's the power of books and good writing. Have you read these? And what do you think I should read next?

More than Just a Blessing

More than Just a Blessing
May 05, 2016 by Tamara Spell
About to receive a Buddhist blessing in Sri Lanka. It was one of those travel experiences that makes you think about life more deeply.Travel is about connecting with people and expanding your own mindset, even more than it is about seeing beautiful or interesting places. I was fortunate to have such an experience in Sri Lanka, when I helped with an English class at a local temple. They said I was helpful... but I felt like I was the one who received a gift.

Simplicity Isn't Always Simple

Simplicity Isn't Always Simple
May 05, 2016 by Tamara Spell
Moving to the other side of the world can be as simple or as complicated as you make it. For me, this experience taught me the value of traveling light.