I have a confession to make – for the last 38 years I’ve been practicing Transcendental Meditation. It’s simply made all my travels, indeed my life so much more joyful.

I hate to think of the high blood pressure symptoms that I’ve dodged as they were in my DNA but haven’t manifested. I shudder to consider having to cope with even more stress than already taunts my equilibrium. Everything is easier with my regular practice.

This last week I was fortunate enough to help out at an Integrative Medicine Conference for Physicians and Health Care Practitioners in San Diego. It was heartening to be at the Maharishi Ayurveda booth and field questions about the Vedically derived herbs and supplements. The company, MAPI, was founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi over 25 years ago and is separate from the Transcendental Meditation Movement.

The two go hand in hand really – lifestyle and dietary choices can make all the difference in how we experience the world. If you are curious, check out the lovely graphic below about how TM works.

And about travel? Travel is inherently stressful – the good and not-so kind. Managing it takes some doing and gets easier with more travel experience. I’ve sat and meditated in boarding lounges and on planes around the planet; in cars, trains and on buses too. When my son was a toddler he’d crawl over me while I sat – today at 16, he often sits with me to meditate. I’m also blessed to have a life partner who has been meditating almost as long as I have, but it took us nearly 50 years to discover that and each other.

My favorite place thus far is one that Oprah Winfrey enjoyed this year: the huge dome in Fairfield, Iowa with hundreds (and once thousands of other meditators). Very sweet indeed. You can read about the experience in the book: Transcendence: Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation

People sometimes ask – as busy as you are how do you find the time to meditate twice a day? It’s no struggle because the experience is so ‘delicious’ and as I said, it makes everything easier.

Elaine J. Masters

Travel writer, co-host of San Diego’s Travel Massive. Travel ease books and audio at: www.Drivetimeyoga.com