Adventures Of The Mind – The Mental Descent

 

Adventures of the mind - The mental descent Adventures of the mind – a  mental dive –

In my previous article I talked about the challenging mental roads, which lead us to the highest peaks. Reaching these peaks makes us feel great, because we completed a challenge. On the top we are rewarded with the clear views of vision, success and understanding. The road ahead is the road to the top. However, when we travel there is another path that we will have to take.

That path often provides an unclear view. It is the road with the shadows. The one that shows us what we left behind. The previous road led us to the mountaintops .
 
 
This one will lead us through dark and old forests, or large and deep oceans. It is another, different challenge that we have to deal with.

An ocean full of mental creatures 

While travelling, we sometimes plunge into deep mental oceans full of interesting creatures. They have familiar yet uncomfortable names like homesickness, love, freedom and regret. We where once connected with these creatures, before they decided to dive deeper into the depths of our minds. They got out of reach, and we did not have the capacity or courage to pull them back to the surface.

The mental creatures carry along memories of a long since forgotten past. Memories which, like their carriers, have sunken to the depths of our mind. Now that we are descending, we are able to catch them again. The deepest part of our mind is a magical world. One from which we can not easily escape, once we dive into it.

No clear direction

Will we stay in these depths forever, swimming around without a clear direction? On the top of the mountain we had a choice. We could see our next goal on the horizon, and we could only take the path down to get there. But here, in this dark and deep ocean, we can’t see clear. We can go in any direction, without knowing which is the right one.

What are we going to do with the creatures that we are chasing? Do we let freedom run wild, embrace home-sickness or call for forgiveness? We can let them escape again, but then they might flee to even deeper parts of our brain. Maybe it is better if we hold on to the creatures, so that we can study them. Only then will we be able to fully understand what they are.

Nasty creatures 

However, maybe these creatures are supposed to be free, so that they can choose their own course in the inner pool of our thoughts. Sometimes it is a relief to to let them go. The nasty ones bite, scratch and crawl. But then again, maybe those are the ones that we have to treasure the most. They make us feel uncomfortable, but we need that feeling in order to grow mentally.

Which mental creatures are you chasing or discovering in the depths of your brain? Do you know what to do with them once they are captured? Are you on an ascending path, or are you in the process of descending to the deepest and unknown parts of your brain? What is your view on these adventures of the mind?

Useful links

  • Mental Travel Adventures: An article about mental adventures that lead us to the highest peaks instead of the deepest oceans. Going up and going doing are equally important challenges when we want to experience mental growth.
  • The Inner Travel Guide: This is a book from Andrena Woodhams. Are you struggling to find a calm place in all the chaos? This travel guide takes the reader to a place where it is always safe and peaceful. Actually, this destination is already connected to us. We carry it with us like the home of a snail. We only need to learn where we can crawl inside. Andrena will guide us with this book.
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Mental Travel Adventures – The Ascent

 

We not only climb mountains in nature but also during a mental travel challengeOf the beaten path – mental travel adventures –

Travelers are always looking for something. We wander off in search for a beach, the sun or a vibrant city. However, many long journeys tend to reveal more then just the end destination. By travelling, we might discover different things then we initially expected or wished for. We do not only find these discoveries in the physical world, but also in our mental world. Some of them will change us forever.

Experienced travelers are aware of the strong mental process that occurs during long journeys. While planning their next journey, they might not embark on a search for beaches and palm trees. Their explorations become more ambitious, and they start to search for important life changing experiences. Travel becomes their cure whenever they experience negative thoughts like narrow-mindedness or prejudice. They also become social doctors when they inspire other people with similar negative thoughts.

Travel transforms us into different human beings, and how different are we already when narrow-mindedness and other negative thoughts leave our mind. Their is simply no place for them, and we realize that once we start traveling. Changes in the way we think, can occur quickly when we are detached from our safe habitat.

The mental ascent

The more I travel in the physical world, the more I begin to understand that the real important transformation lies is the journey of the mind. And when it comes to that, we all travel. However, it depends on our willingness to step out of our comfort zone, if our mental path becomes a dull flat ride or an adventurous and challenging climb to the top of a high mountain.

We need to step out of our comfort zones and climb those mental mountains. It is at the tops of those mountains that we will have the best view about our lives. The top also provides a view at other climbable peaks. Then we most likely want to climb them as well. We become addicted to the challenge. It will become our mental fuel. It is at those moments that we become the journey.

Travel has become an addiction. We take the first step and then there will be a next one and a next one. But the road does not always goes up. After we reach the top, we eventually have to come down again. New challenges arise. Our paths can become increasingly difficult, once we embark on a serious mental journey.

Mental travel journeys. Climbing your inner mountain.

What comes up must go..

Simple and flat physical roads, which have led us to tropical beaches and beautiful sunsets, now transform into much more challenging mental paths. They become curving and crawling roads, complicated intermingled knots, which not only lead us to the highest tops but also to the inner depths of our minds. And it is at those depths that we will discover a whole lot of other important aspects about our minds.

Are you climbing a mental mountain at the moment? What kind of mental discoveries are you experiencing during your climb? Did you already reach the top? What became clear when you reached that mental peak? Maybe you are already on your way down? I would also love to hear what your experiences are regarding to that mental process.

Useful Links

  • Annette Birkmann: I got really inspired when reading about the adventures of this brave lady. That is why I started reading her blog. She often writes about the mental challenges that we all face during our lives and during our travels. I definitely recommend her blog and website to everyone.
  • Why adventure travel is good for your mind: When doing research about the subject of mental changes during travel, I found this nice slide from an adventure company. It describes 10 reasons why adventure travel is good for your mental health. I especially like number 10, which describes how an adventurous trip can effectively change negative habits.
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