Leave the map behind…EXPLORE

When traveling, you quickly realize how culture is infused in every experience. Whether you are eating at a restaurant, taking the subway – or checking out a local gym, anticipate there will be spoken and unspoken rules to learn and abide by. This is part of the foreign adventure and an opportunity to be open to the new and unexpected.

To explore is to leave the map behind. The map that enables us to go on auto-pilot in our workouts, our careers, our relationships, or…all of the above…in life, in general. At some point, the maps we carry lose their inherent usefulness and turn into baggage. Whether our maps take the form of an actual map, GPS, iPhone, parental expectations, or social programming, they each have the potential to hold us back. When we rely on maps, we dull down our innate scientific tools.

Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.” ~Edwin Hubble

This is why we explore with all five senses. Our senses provide us with information and personalize our experiences. Without our informed (exploratory) consent, life feels random and unsatisfying because we’ve lost some consciousness and we end up creating by default.

Remember when your curiosity inspired your investigative mind to explore and learn… you weren’t bogged down with resentment, cynicism, and emotional baggage… just think about how great it would be to return to that mindset of unencumbered learning and adventurous living… you are just one choice away from that life… choose to let go of the infertile past… go live your adventure!” –Steve Maraboli

When we stop learning, we lose our way. This week, you will not necessarily need your passport, but you will need your five senses switched on.

Day One: Eat a meal with the intention to explore. Heighten all of your senses to fully taste and experience the meal.

Day Two: Wear a texture or color to match an emotional void (e.g. your favorite sweats to feel cozy; the color green to feel loved / loving). Explore how it helps.

Day Three: Imagine you have lost one of your senses (e.g. vision) in your next workout or at your workplace, and have to rely on your other four senses exclusively. Explore the challenges and nuances.

Day Four: Call or send a note to someone you haven’t been in contact with for over a year. If you choose someone not of this earthly plane, do so through meditation, long walk, or special activity where that connection occurs most naturally. How do you feel afterwards?

Day Five: Turn off the music, TV, or other background noise in your home, car, office, or workout. Notice all of the sounds you have been drowning out. How does the quiet make you feel? Explore the feeling even if it is one of discomfort.

Day Six: Google Image a place you wish to visit, live, work, attend…then visualize yourself there. Invite it into your experience so you can magnetize yourself toward it.

Day Seven: Make one deliberate move each day to honor a personal dream of yours. No matter how small, let the act symbolize your conviction and draw you closer to your desired destination.

If you appreciate, perpetuate and explore your own dreams, then you’ll know that dream isn’t a one-way communication.” ~Toba Beta

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah is a studio owner, fitness instructor and competitor. She is a former investment banker and equity research analyst with her MBA from the Wharton School and her MA in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is fluent in Japanese and consults with Japanese companies on corporate governance, finance, and investor relations. Sarah's interest in Japan stemmed from her first tour with Disney On Ice as a professional figure skater. For more info on Sarah and her studio, visit www.starslocker.com.