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I didn’t learn how to healthily process emotions until adulthood. Growing up, I tended to repress and bottle up emotions like anger or sadness until they would burst out – picture some not-so-pretty fights with a boyfriend – or they would come out in passive aggressive ways toward friends and family. Then there was fear. For instance, after fainting once in high school, I developed a fear of fainting while at concerts or on long drives. One time in college I had to pull over multiple times during a 75-minute drive because I was having a panic attack and thought I was going to faint. And of course, there was more. From anger at reading the news to fear about relationships ending to shame about my body, I was holding onto a lot of negativity.

 

Then meditation came into my life.

 

I started with short meditations and everyday mindfulness practices like just paying more attention to what I was doing in the present moment. Then I completed a 10-day silent meditation retreat in 2016 – no talking, no phones, no books, no distractions – and witnessed just how crazy our mind can be, constantly living in the past or the future, and began to seriously train my brain to choose presence and positivity.

 

Then I had a devastating breakup in 2019.

 

Knowing I had tools to support me, I immediately leaned into the pain. With the help of meditation, spiritual books, yoga, therapy, support from loved ones, and a whole lot of crying, I was able to let go of fear, grief, anger, and other difficult emotions. Those negative emotions were even replaced with love, gratitude, and compassion. I experienced firsthand how powerful healing your mind, body, and soul can be, and the immense peace and joy it can bring into your life.

 

The following year, after years of working as an editor for a travel website, COVID-19 effectively paused the industry and I was laid off from my job. It was the push I needed to make my passion and hobbies become my career. So I earned my mindfulness and meditation teacher certification and created this site. Mind Body Soul Travel combines all the things I love in one. It's a resource for books, articles, spiritual leaders, etc. that may prove beneficial to you, a blog site for various wellness topics, and a place to sign up for my 21-day meditation/journaling programs or download my self-guided programs geared toward specific areas of growth and healing. And one day, it'll be a place to organize travel retreats with a wellness theme.

I'm deeply passionate about all things that nourish your mind, body, and soul -- including travel -- and I hope I can share some of it with you.

xo Lara

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