2010-11-08

Journeys


Often we think of a journey in the literal sense as going to a specific place and returning home. Journeys, however, can take place right in our very home, our families and within the hum-drum of everyday existence. Perhaps it is then that they are even more significance in that the ordinary becomes extra-ordinary. Too bad we seem too thick to catch it!

In India there is a beautiful saying on how journeys are forever. People come and go....and when it is sad to leave the line is:

I go so that I may return


I do not personallly believe that one has to travel around the world to have the feeling that they have embarked on a journey. They don't HAVE to but probably they should! The journey can also lie in the every day activities. It might entail being in the process of moving, writing a blog, calling up a friend, doing something for someone else or saying a kind word to help brighten another person's day.

The journey takes place everyday not just when we hop on a plane, bus or train. But to be honest, I was in my traveller's state of mind while writing this and feeling homesick for India. I could happily jump a plane tomorrow.

2 comments:

Hildo said...

True: as the brain is unable to differentiate between thoughts/ dreams and reality we don't need to travel and could stay at home and dream your adventures ....
However the experience of traveling, coping with unforseen issues etc. makes it special.

Heather said...

Of course, you are right travelling to a foreign country brings new challenges and unexpected issues. And I for one would rather get "out there" and do it than sit on my couch and think it over!

On a poetic and esoteric note, maybe this kind of thinking can allow for the everyday mundane stuff to seem more interesting! Swami Vishnu-devananda talked about people who go on vacation but return exactly the same....handling the same old stresses, tensions and problems.

Basically if we don't shift our thinking it won't matter how far we travel or where. So we might be better off sitting at home and dreaming of my adventures! ha ha ha

The Journey So Far

Life is an adventure and yoga is the greatest one of all. Here I share my love of Yoga, travel, practice and becoming a part-time cook. My life adventures have taken me from growing up in Toronto to living and working in South Korea to studying in India, marriage and finally closing my Yoga school of 15 years.

What I can say so far is that I truly believe that it is necessary in life to let go of one dream in order for another to be born. This might be painful to do so but it is the only way to move forward. We often believe that if our original plan does not succeed it is the recipe for failure. But what if it is the door to something new and great? The horizon is wide and life is not a straight line. This is the way I see it and my journey so far. Having also recently given birth to my first child and at 43, it is another new beginning.


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