After years of traveling, years of meditation, of yoga, and of personal development through spiritual approaches, a trip to Sri Lanka acted as a true revelation! There, at the top of a sacred mountain, as the sun was rising, a chord was touched deep inside of me. BAM! I had to write about travels, and I had to write about spirituality. Others have to know about the unconditional joy these two interests combined can bring to the soul. I have to share the magic. Plain and simple.

“Every time I set foot in a place for the first time, I get this feeling that anything is possible. The next step has the potential to change my life. And once in a while, it actually does…”

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Laurence Pasquier at Adam's Peak, Sri Lanka

A few years ago, I started exploring who I really was and – mostly – who I wanted to be! I got to reading Eckhart Tolle and Don Miguel Ruiz, whose approach to spirituality really fascinated me. Then I began meditating daily, listening to Deepak Chopra on my phone. If I had to pick one, I think the most important thing I learned is that we create our own lives, from the inside. We alone decide what feelings we allow to take residence inside of us. So happiness is a matter of perception, and the quickest route to it is to nurture positive thoughts of gratitude for what is, instead of focusing on what isn’t.

And then there was a morning in Sri Lanka, when I was watching the sun rise on top of a sacred mountain I had just spent the night climbing with hundreds of Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Christian pilgrims. The turning point. It was just a regular holiday, but I knew then that something was shifting inside. I’d been a journalist for 10 years, reporting on trends in design and interiors. And I always loved it, but all of a sudden, it was… superficial..? For all of these years I’d travelled the world to host talks and seminars about consumers’ demands and expectations. And then it hit me, what we all crave these days – and will continue craving for seasons to come – is more time for pause, for slower experiences, for more grounded living. So I decided to write about spiritual travel…

Laurence Pasquier at Adam's Peak, Sri Lanka

A few years ago, I started exploring who I really was and – mostly – who I wanted to be! I got to reading Eckhart Tolle and Don Miguel Ruiz, whose approach to spirituality really fascinated me. Then I began meditating daily, listening to Deepak Chopra on my phone. If I had to pick one, I think the most important thing I learned is that we create our own lives, from the inside. We alone decide what feelings we allow to take residence inside of us. So happiness is a matter of perception, and the quickest route to it is to nurture positive thoughts of gratitude for what is, instead of focusing on what isn’t.

And then there was a morning in Sri Lanka, when I was watching the sun rise on top of a sacred mountain I had just spent the night climbing with hundreds of Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Christian pilgrims. The turning point. It was just a regular holiday, but I knew then that something was shifting inside. I’d been a journalist for 10 years, reporting on trends in design and interiors. And I always loved it, but all of a sudden, it was… superficial..? For all of this time I’d travelled the world to host talks and seminars about consumers’ demands and expectations. And then it hit me, what we all crave these days – and will continue craving for seasons to come – is more time for pause, for slower experiences, for more grounded living. So I had an idea…

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