Importance of Travelling as its therapeutic on several echelons. Once you root yourself in a single position, you tend to turn stale. Let us take the example of sitting in a single place for too long – say your couch. You might feel comfortable yet your body will slowly turn sore. You will feel lethargic yet get accustomed to such lethargy. You will soon accumulate subconscious stress and depression and become more aware to the problems yet do nothing to change because you’ve become too immobile.
It is similar in an office environment. Monotony kills. And it does so permeating many levels of psyche. It also creates a narrow perspective of life and changes your behaviour with people around you. You become – again subconsciously – ungrateful and coarse.
Travelling is not about enjoying, nor is it about show-off. The importance of travelling as its a remedy to the problems you just cannot get rid of because you don’t know how to. It is proven that stress is the root cause of almost all diseases – physical and mental. And stress comes from the lack of change more than anything else.
When you get fixated onto something, you get unappreciative of anything else around you. Travelling makes you meet newer people; people from different walks of life, cultures distinct from yours, languages unheard by you before or very less. Yet all these people – on one or the other topic – share camaraderie with you, a connecting tissue of experiences and/or emotions. It is refreshing and makes you humbler, more open to your humanity.
Travelling takes away stress, hence you are not lethargic while backpacking your way to exploration. It is all in the mind – the key to changing your life. But, more often than not, it needs a helping hand. And it won’t come from friends or family. It comes from finding yourself in new vistas and revisiting the reason for your living.
We become unappreciative of many things around us, and travelling makes us appreciate these things as we return.
In this regard, travelling in Ramadan can bring much vigour to your soul and spirituality. Spending Ramadan in your daily environs can take away the marrow that gives its vibrancy. Travelling and partaking in Seher and Iftaar in new environments with new people, in different Masjid, can reinvigorate your spirituality and make Ramadan a true festivity for you. And so when you return to your home on Eid-Ul-Fitr, you will be greeting yourself with a sense of true fulfilment.
Hijrah is considered as a tradition in Islam, and it has more to do with therapy of your soul than anything else.
Article by Mr. Rafi