We live in a wide, wonderful world, and I believe that if you’re not taking the opportunity to visit other countries, and experience all that the world has to offer, you’re not living life to the fullest. To truly appreciate how diverse and beautiful the world is, you need to see how other people live, taste the food they eat every day, visit the places they call home, and drink in the cultures that make each place unique.
But you don’t have to confine your experiences and memories to your a scrapbook or your Instagram page. You can, and should, use every opportunity to explore different cultures as a way to improve your own life. Following are four ways that you can use the experiences and knowledge you’ve gained in your own adventures to improve your life at home.
Study Different Cuisine to Develop New Recipes
One of the first things we want to experience when we go to a new place is the food. You can learn a lot about a culture by experiencing the ingredients, spices, and cooking techniques they use to craft delicious meals for their own families.
By incorporating these exotic food ideas into your own recipe book, you can gain a better understand of the different places you travel to, and appreciate the ingenuity and passion that they inject into their meals. If all else fails, you’ll add another recipe into your own cookbook that you can use to make a delicious, memorable meal!
Every culture has a different way of expressing the common norms and values that are inherent in that culture, and the way they decorate their own homes is no different. Design choices not only provide visual flair and beauty, but also evoke emotions and memories that different cultures use to express who they are as a people.
By incorporating these elements into your own home, you’ll not only create a unique space that looks beautiful, but you’ll also create a living, breathing home that chronicles your adventures. You could decorate your home with a vase fashioned in the Chinese philosophy, or use a beautifully textured rug that evokes the traditions of middle eastern design.
Even if you’re not a religious person, you can glean a lot of insight into why a cultures places certain values above others, and the people live their lives the way they do, by observing their spiritual practices. The Buddhist monks of Tibet, for example, focus on achieving enlightenment by exploring the inner recesses of the human soul, and how we connect with other living beings. The tribes of Africa respect and give reverence to the spirits of deceased ancestors, calling on them for guidance, wisdom, and strength.
By studying these spiritual traditions for yourself, and using them to seek a better understanding of yourself as a human being, the part you play in the world, and how we connect with the natural order of the Earth, you may find an inner peace and understanding that will help you face the world with renewed purpose, and a fresh perspective.
In nearly every culture on earth, societies evolve with the family at the epicenter. The way people communicate, how they work, and how they live were all developed with fostering a family, and keeping their traditions alive, as the cornerstone of their day-to-day practices.
By understanding the family dynamics in other cultures, and the practices that allow those families to grow and flourish, you may be able to improve your relationship with your own family, appreciate why your family maintains certain traditions, and come to appreciate the love and sacrifices that your family has made to allow you to be the person you are today.