Travel to India

January 30, 2014

Well, I’m off today, for the trip I’ve been waiting all my life to go on…I will travel to India!

image via Sandiv999 on Flicker

image via Sandiv999 on Flicker

To me, India is place of ancient history, exotic lore and a mysticism that speaks to my heart and soul. My parents traveled to India when I was a child and ever since then I’ve imagined myself with a photo in the same place, in front of the Taj Mahal.

My parents in front of the Taj Mahal

My parents in front of the Taj Mahal in the early 70′s

I love to see and learn about other cultures, to me they offer a glimpse into the wonders of the world and open my eyes and mind to much of what is possible. And, in widening my experience of what life has to offer, I feel that I have a very big back yard indeed in which to spread my  wings and fly.

My plan is to be on retreat from the world as I know it, to savor all that is different, and to meet up with some old friends…and new ones too. Part of the time I will be off line and in one place. And, once I start traveling around with a dear friend expect to see photos and videos on Facebook!

I am overwhelmed with the support and information my friends from around the world, physically and virtually have offered me in the way of recommendations, tour guides and personal experience, all of which will combine to make this a trip of a life time!

The Taj Mahal, originally via Mundos Magicos

The Taj Mahal, originally via Mundos Magicos

It will be a pilgrimage to all that is spiritual, tactile, colorful and the extremes of life. With amazing architecture, a history of both beauty and violence, and extreme wealth and poverty, it will stimulate all the senses…I can only imagine. I will be keeping my thoughts and countless photos I’m sure, all of which I hope to share with you when I come back.

With that, I’ll leave you for a month, and see you upon my return in March. In the meantime, to all my fellow wanderers, I share with you a beautiful poem on travel, sent to me by my Facebook friend, and fellow designer Terrie Hall. Enjoy, and see you soon. Cheers!

For the Traveler

Every time you leave home,
Another road takes you
Into a world you were never in.
New strangers on other paths await.
New places that have never seen you
Will startle a little at your entry.
Old places that know you well
Will pretend nothing
Changed since your last visit.
When you travel, you find yourself
Alone in a different way,
More attentive now
To the self you bring along,
Your more subtle eye watching
You abroad; and how what meets you
Touches that part of the heart
That lies low at home:
How you unexpectedly attune
To the timbre in some voice,
Opening in conversation
You want to take in
To where your longing
Has pressed hard enough
Inward, on some unsaid dark,
To create a crystal of insight
You could not have known
You needed
To illuminate
Your way.
When you travel,
A new silence
Goes with you,
And if you listen,
You will hear
What your heart would
Love to say.
A journey can become a sacred thing:
Make sure, before you go,
To take the time
To bless your going forth,
To free your heart of ballast
So that the compass of your soul
Might direct you toward
The territories of spirit
Where you will discover
More of your hidden life,
And the urgencies
That deserve to claim you.
May you travel in an awakened way,
Gathered wisely into your inner ground;
That you may not waste the invitations
Which wait along the way to transform you.
May you travel safely, arrive refreshed,
And live your time away to its fullest;
Return home more enriched, and free
To balance the gift of days which call you.
~ John O’Donohue ~

If you have a trip you dream of...JUST GO!-image via A Certain Sort of on Tumbler

If you have a trip you dream of…JUST GO!-image via A Certain Sort of on Tumbler

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