A changing environment revitalises our sense of wellbeing. It offers opportunities to gain new perspectives, clarity, and experience the magic of different sensory stimulation. When we’re exposed to diverse environments, our minds are challenged to adapt and learn, leading to expanded perspectives and increased mental and physical creativity. The variety of sensory experiences in different environments can stimulate our senses, invigorate our minds, and enhance our overall sense of vitality and presence in the world. This is why, when I can, I get away. Working from home is a gift, but in order to feel alive, I need to travel.

I visited Marrakesh for the first time in April, with the idea of researching a selection of the riads and rooftop restaurants for a future retreat for my community. The narrow, labyrinthine streets of the medina, adorned with colourful textiles, intricate tile work, and every kind and colour of spice, offered a stark contrast to the familiar landscapes of my countryside home. Getting lost in the maze-like alleys became a thrilling adventure in itself, a metaphor for embracing the unknown and relinquishing control (but thank God for Google Maps or I’d still be there!)

Beyond the sensory overload and the allure of the exotic, it was the spiritual nature of Marrakesh that truly resonated with me. Amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, there existed an undeniable sense of tranquility and serenity. I found solace in the quiet corners of the city’s many riads, where the sound of trickling fountains and the scent of orange blossom oil filled the air.

In Marrakesh, I found a delicate balance between the tranquility of the traditional Moroccan houses and the vibrant energy of the medina’s streets. Each offered its own unique experience, and I came to appreciate the need for both in my life. The peaceful refuge of the riads provided a sanctuary for introspection and reflection, allowing me to recharge and find inner harmony amidst the chaos of the city. Conversely, the bustling streets of the medina ignited my sense of adventure and curiosity, pushing me out of my comfort zone and encouraging exploration. Despite being an introvert, the change of environment excites and rejuvenates me. A typical Libra, I need the balance of both in my life. 

If you’re seeking guidance in navigating your own journey of self-discovery and personal growth, consider transitional life coaching. Consider changing your environment. Seek the moments where you can find peace amongst the chaos.