What does it mean to wander?

Brandy Oswald

Wanderlust - What does it mean to wander?

Have you ever been in a moment so magical you had to stop and ask yourself, “How is this real life?” You look around and wonder “How did I get so lucky to be alive participating in this incredible experience?”

I had one of those moments two weeks ago at Wanderlust Stratton. I was surrounded by friends and complete strangers dancing to a live performance by Michael Franti when I looked up and noticed that the entire crowd was dancing while waving peace signs high above their heads. As I soaked in the sea of peace signs, I realized that these are my people and together we are changing the world. It was magical.

Wanderlust Stratton is one of many Wanderlust festivals that take place around the world. Each festival is an all-out mindful living celebration featuring yoga and meditation workshops, live music, group hikes, standup paddleboarding, inspirational speakers, renowned chefs, and amazing vendors. I might be biased, but it seems to me that Wanderlust festivals are where some of the greatest people in the world come together to wave peace signs in the air in the name of love, compassion, and joy.

I spent 4 days taking super fun yoga classes, meditating, basking in the sun, relaxing in hammocks, eating local foods, dancing fiercely, and meeting some of the most incredible people. I absolutely loved the playful vibe of MC Yogi’s workshops. They mixed traditional yoga and philosophy with storytelling, live music, laughter, and dancing. I was moved to tears at Gabrielle Bernstein’s workshop about surrendering to the power of the universe. Her beautiful words exposed a personal struggle that I had been ignoring and opened my eyes to the freedom that lies on the other side of surrendering gently to the bigger plan - the plan of the universe. And the evening concerts, they were incredible. I’ve never danced so freely in a room full of strangers. There was lots of hugging, singing, and peace sign-waving.

As my time at Wanderlust Stratton came to a close, I began asking myself What does it mean to wander?

Here’s what I came up with:

To wander is to…

Roam without searching, with no true destination

Roam simply to roam

Live for the journey

Desire to move, witness, experience, act, embrace, revel, cherish, and see

Be curious

Sometimes to wander is to be lost. Perhaps, those are the times when we need to extend roots and ground down. However, when we feel the yearn to wander stemming from a place of curiosity, we must find the courage to get up and roam.

That is what wanderlust means to me. What does wanderlust mean to you?


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