A resident of Upper Montclair, New Jersey for over 41 years, Rosanne Bostonian, PhD, RMT, has been a long valued member of the healing community in Northern New Jersey. Her home in New Jersey has been her base of operations over the 41 years of her ownership.
Travel is seen by many as adventure, and Dr. Bostonian holds out the possibility that there are more adventures ahead. Up until now, she has opted to travel to her Florida home during breaks. Although many think of Florida as a destination providing beaches and entertaining theme parks, Dr. Bostonian’s preference has been to visit the peaceful confines of her 10 acre mini-ranch and her log home.
The pastures of SW Florida provide a venue that captures the essence of “old Florida” prior to the migration south and habitation of the coastal areas. It is little known that the citrus and cattle crops of Florida lead the nation and that there is country living alive and well to be enjoyed. Travel to these parts of Florida may not provide amusement and well-known destinations, but for Rosanne, the feeling of ancient pasture lands and abundant wildlife is the panacea that “retunes the instrument.”
Dr. Bostonian’s view of “what we’re all doing here” reflects her study of Buddhist teachings and her life experience. Her strong belief is that there is a flow of truth that can only be accessed through ego sacrifice and self-awareness. She believes that we must overcome ego distractions to access fact that “sufficiency” rather than showy purchases lay the foundation for balance in living.
There is no greater balance in living than in natural venues, according to Dr. Bostonian. In her recent trip to Florida, a new family of Highlander cattle inhabited her pasture. She is glad to host these guests at the invitation of a local rancher. In addition to cattle, there is an abundance of indigenous guests such as reptiles, insects, birds (hawks and owls) that share the fields. Respecting them as well as oneself requires awareness of where the feet tread!
Long noted for her sense of humor, palatable wisdom and open-heartedness, Dr. Bostonian’s words on many subjects shared on her website, EssentialSpirit.net have been said to strike chords of awareness in those who are kindred spirits. She delights in the expression of the written word.
What is your favorite thing about traveling?
Traveling moves us out of our comfort zone and exposes us to different experiences and energy fields. For me, I prefer to travel to natural surroundings that feel like retuning an instrument. My home in Florida accomplishes this, because it is connected to the land and natural rhythms.
Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?
I started traveling to Florida to visit family and friends. Gradually, I decided to plant roots there. The packing, organizing and planning typical travel don’t seem to work for me while I’m still actively employed. Being able to pack a small bag with computer and head to my second home alleviates all of the preparation to a minimum and lets me just say, “Ahhhh” when I walk through the door of my second home.
What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?
I have been to Sedona, AZ. Driving in from Scottsdale, you are struck by the red rocks, the bright blue sky and the dots of green in the landscape. The notion that the top of those amazing rocks were an ocean’s bottom at one time eons ago is breathtaking.
Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?
For now, while I’m still actively employed, visiting my Florida home is probably the best destination I could choose. Having a pool in the middle of 10 acres with grazing cattle and no prying eyes is a great invitation.
What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?
As in all things, go within to see what you need. Someone else’s vacation or travel may not be what your heart is asking for. Don’t be afraid to “do it your way!” That goes for travel and life in general.
Where would you like to go?
I’d like to head out west again. The mountains call me more than the beach. Old growth forests have the energy that seems to center me. The National Parks have a pull, but I’m hoping they aren’t too commercialized.
Where would you like to revisit?
I would definitely enjoy revisiting Sedona. It’s seen as a “vortex,” meaning that the Earth energy there is very pure, so it has healing capabilities. Many healing practices are located there.
Do you travel alone? Why?
Since I’m traveling to and from my Florida home at this point, yes I travel alone. I have dear friends and neighbors living in the area, so not totally alone once there. Since the purpose of my travel is reattunement at this stage of my life, having quiet space with Nature seems to be the ticket!
If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?
I would say… Sedona and the far west, National Parks, perhaps some monuments such as Washington D.C.
Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?
I definitely travel light. As mentioned, when you are traveling between homes one luxury is not having to lug stuff. I highly recommend that! Even if traveling elsewhere, the basics are important, but God gave us laundromats for a reason.