Saturday, November 21, 2009


''When you travel, you experience, in a very practical way, the act of rebirth. You confront completely new situations, the day passes more slowly, and you begin to be more accessible to others. You accept any small favor from the gods with great delight, as if it were an episode you would remember for the rest of your life.''
- paulo coelho, the pilgrimage.

so very true. this morning i was doing some reading and it led me to think about my trip last month. it seems like it happened a long time ago. i always find it amazing how receptive we are when we travel, whatever that is presented in our way, we accept it with delight like that of an innocent child. and magically with this openness, most beautiful of things unfold. day after day. this existence has indeed and in fact, many gifts for us. all we have to do, is to be ready and willing to make ourselves available for them. that might mean the willingness to drop the concept of thinking that we always know what is good for us. instead be open to the seemingly frightening unknown. we may think we know what is good for us, but the universe knows what is BEST for us.

this had proven to be a fact from each of my journeys. when i am open, the multitude of kindness and help i received to get to my goal, is inconceivable. it is as if, yes, ''all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.'' the birds, the butterflies, the trees whispering to each other, the moving clouds, everything and everyone i meet. the silent force is strong yet it is effortless. you are left with nothing but a quiet wonderment at how easy everything falls into the right place at the right time, just for you. even better than what you originally wished for. magic.

and its from this that i find courage and strength to face the unknown presented to me in my daily life. travelling or not travelling, the same opening up to existence. and the same magic pervades. forever in gratitude.

i love this photo of the tibetan lady selling accessories along the streets in dharamsala. she looks so cool with her mop, propped up against the tree.


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