Need a life design cleanse? Go CAMPING!

 2011 March 24
by jessica mullen   5 Comments 

When you find yourself in a slump, or with a physical ailment you don’t know what to do about, it’s time for a thought cleanse! Thought cleanses are the hottest thing in personal health and self development since RIGHT NOW.

A thought cleanse is what happens when you put yourself in an environment that causes you to think completely differently than you’re used to. In our daily lives we build up thought patterns, which then turn into beliefs. These beliefs (e.g., “I’m in pain and I have been for weeks”) turn into expectations which then dictate our physical realities. When you find yourself with annoying beliefs and expectations you just can’t shake, it’s time for a mental bath. Entheogens are great thought cleaners. But when you need something a little more relaxed (or a little more legal), CAMPING is the way to go!

It’s an adventure

When you camp, you get to do lots of things you don’t normally do every day, like setting up camp, fire-building, creature-spotting, and peeing outside! Camping is an opportunity to learn what it’s like to have to survive on your own, outdoors, with few modern conveniences. Thinking about how to survive is an excellent distraction from pesky thought patterns!

It induces “beginner’s mind”

Beginner’s mind is a Buddhist concept referring to a lack of preconceived notions. When you camp, everything seems new. You have a lot of time on your hands to observe and meditate, and what seemed so mundane and trivial at your house is now an exciting design challenge. How do you make a sandwich with no utensils? How do you store your food to keep animals away?

Camping is also an opportunity to see what really matters to you–things that seem so important in daily life just don’t matter at all in the woods. Showering? There’s swimming in a lake. Bugs and creatures all over the place? They won’t bother you if you don’t bother them. Drop food on the ground? It’s too dark to see what you’re eating anyway!

It’s so cheap and easy!

For a full day getaway at a spa or resort you might pay loads of cash. Yesterday Kelly and I spent $40 for a full day and night of bliss! If you bring home cooked food and don’t bother with a lot of camping accessories, it’s one of the cheapest ways to develop a new, lasting perspective on life.

My ultimate 1 night, no-cooking camping packing list

Kelly and I were able to pack and get out of the apartment in 20 minutes after deciding to go to McKinney. When you know exactly what to bring, camping is way easier!

  • Tent, mallet & sleeping bag
  • Swimsuit, change of panties, long pants & sweatshirt for nighttime
  • Lighter, pocket knife, flashlight
  • Garbage bag
  • 2 gallons water
  • Fruit, veggies, bread, salt & pepper
  • Bug spray, sunscreen, hand sanitizer
  • Paper towels and plates if you’re fancy!
  • First aid kit, or at least bandaids and antibiotic ointment
  • TOYS! Poi, Astrojax, frisbees, kites, squirt guns, bubbles, batons, water rafts!

Camping is my current favorite way to thought cleanse, what’s yours?

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