Hi, I'm Tony Hiss, author of In Motion: The Experience of Travel. Welcome to a new blog dedicated to the "inside" of travel, meaning how our minds change whenever we're traveling – around the block, commuting to work, or flying halfway around the world.

Travel broadens the mind – a phrase no one would disagree with. But how does traveling help us reach a broader awareness within our own minds? There is a kind of wider attention I call Deep Travel, referring to a state of mind eager to notice and explore anything that hasn't been encountered before.

Most Americans spend at least an hour a day traveling, and it's my idea that this time should be at least as valuable as the rest of our lives. One theme of this blog will be RECLAIMING THE HOUR. What can we do to make this time more rewarding, memorable, vivid – and not just something we have to endure in order to get to something else, something worthwhile?

Some vehicles and routes seem to have been so cunningly designed that they immediately plunge us into a Deep Travel state. Double-decker buses spring to mind; so do the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail. What are their design and construction secrets? What can be done to improve the general run of the world's travel experiences? STRENGTHENING THE EXPERIENCE OF TRAVEL will be another theme of this blog.

Humanity, led by Deep Travelers already fascinated by these questions, is just getting started on a new kind of voyage – one of discovery about the nature and possibilities of travel. This blog is dedicated to all Deep Travelers everywhere. Your comments and insights here – and your posts to this Web site's forums – will greatly help further our common understanding. Please join in — in motion!


travels from NW Florida

Tony, we spoke of you today on 30ARadio.org with Dhiru Thadani who

receives the Seaside Prize Sat Jan 29th.......don't lose touch!   Podcast up

on Monday 107.1 30A Radio.org


Silence and Meditation

Tony, I heard a recent interview with you on Wisc. Public Radio.  The matter of "noticing" the world in the moment is, indeed, an important process.  You have apparently focused upon physical "travel."

I would like to expand upon your comments by saying that this "noticing" is really at heart of Zen meditative practice (along with other meditative forms).  In Buddhist terms, it is at the heart of relieving human emotional suffering.  The practice has a long history and is transforming in its enacting.  It could be called the "middle way," that is, the awareness and calmness which results from noticing the world in the present, without taking-up particular polarized "dramas" which characterize one's personal life, and which are often directly tied to past wounds which have been held at a non-conscious level, but which have on-goingly powerful effects as continually pushed-forward overlays upon the world as "knee-jerk" responses arising out of unrealized fears.

It takes courage to become quiet and to truly notice what is going-on around and within oneself without judgement.  What is at stake is the potential feeling of a rising fear of a deeper fear which is at the heart of one's "wounding," which has been held out of counscious awareness to protect one's psyche.  When one simply observes anything which comes into awareness without judging its presence, and without following a usual drama, one's "true self" emerges without effort.  One becomes "at peace" and directly connected with the "world," what ever that means in a particular circumstance.

There are a variety of ways one can come to this inner peace.  A quiet meditation practice is one.  When taking a walk, one can begin by having the intent of noticing with a quiet mind, then, everytime a thought starts to begin its formation and continuation, shifting ones visual and auditory "gaze" to something else in the environment so that in this context the thinking mind (the carrier of perpetuated fear-filled world view) will be interrupted, over and over again, allowing one's experience to be freed from the old on-going "overlays" upon the world that we ordinarily push forward from the past dramas that characterize our lives.  Keep walking, more and more slowly, with an ever more silent mind, until one can be still, with no more physical motion, while completely experiencing one's current world.  Within this natural state, one is therefore satisfied in the moment.  Nothing has to be done or not done.  There is no more inner conflict of right and wrong, good or bad.  One is one's own best companion, accepting of self "just as I am" in the world "just as it is."  This state has a feeling of "magic" and awe.

One can also find other "techniques" to quiet the thinking/emoting mind of drama.  All of them require courage to risk feeling oneself as oneself.  Taking up a discipline to allow the noticing of one's overlays of belief without drama is a lifelong journey.  Having an opportunity to "see" the overlays around the next "corner" is a gift of incomparable value to one's deeper being.  "Traveling" or "jouneying" in an incredible and mysterious world is to become one with that world.  It is to become "limitless" in comparison to the times we go from step to step without noticing or awareness, always enacting a drama rooted in the past and surrounded by fear.  It ultimely is to become limitless in every moment of one's life, no matter the context.

Good traveling!


Travel is well worth the time

I completely agree that one of the greatest gifts of traveling is discovering the uncharted territories in our own minds. It's not until I submerge myself in another culture--either in the States or abroad--that I become aware of my lenses through which I view the world.

I'm really looking forward to my first trip to Asia in less than a month and am sure that my experience and my mind will be expanded by the adventure.

To your brilliance!


Thanks especially for African

Thanks especially for African 'super plume' and snakes, info I'm mailing to

rock climber Lynn Hill.  Also appreciated 'juxtaposition' as I read your books

to read YOUR own writing.  Will look at the tree at Greene/Houston with

better eyes...


Congratulations on In Motion from your fan who appreciates dreaming...


(nota bene:  my home page address is BRUGGED.com despite your

webserver's misunderstanding url... and it's 'superSede' ...