Category Archive: Travel

Feb 12

PLAYING IN THE BAND

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Many years back I found myself hanging out in the mountains of Kashmir in the village of Aru.  This place was situated along the pilgrimage route to Amarnath Cave where hundreds of thousands of people trek each year to receive blessings from the naturally self created Shiva Lingam.  However what I wish to share with …

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Jan 15

THE MAGIC OF PLACE (Visiting the Taj Mahal)

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Places have a power that can be revealed depending on how we show up.  What is required is the suspension of our usual ways of making sense of things.  Rather than the grasping at information there is this invitation to allow things to come to you.   I’ve been reflecting on what should be my …

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Nov 27

MAKING TRANSITIONS

The very nature of journeying involves making transitions and they are always challenging.  Transitions impose a discontinuity in our experiencing.  Something gets disrupted in order to allow for something else to happen.  And in such a disconnection we become vulnerable.  This was brought home to me recently.

Nov 13

THE WORLD AS GYMNASIUM

  In contrast to many travelers I didn’t ‘hit the road’ until much later in my life.  Sure I had some occasional experiences traveling with family or joining some program that required some extended travel.  However, my first ‘real’ forays into independent travel didn’t materialize until I decided to travel to India for initially three …

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Oct 30

THE IMPROVISED JOURNEY

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There is this tension between planning and allowing that occurs when we take a journey.  Clearly most of us create itineraries for a trip we want to make.  There are obvious reasons for this (i.e., consideration of cost, anticipated destinations that are on our bucket lists, constraints of time, who we travel with, and much …

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Oct 16

RE-ENTRY FRICTION AND HOW TO AVOID REJECTION

Space Capsule Re-Entry

Imagine spending time in outer space for an extended time and now you are making your way back home to Mother Earth.  As you begin to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere your space capsule begins to experience resistance to your approach.  Continuing to plummet under the force of gravity this resistance increases and your capsule heats …

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Oct 01

I LIKE TO WALK

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When travel comes to mind most of us think of the type of transport we use to get to a destination.  How often do you see depicted in posters, flyers or what not iconic images of planes, ships, railroad engines, buses and cars.  The idea of being on foot is pretty low on the totem …

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Sep 10

THE POWER OF STILLNESS

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Our contemporary life styles too often demand of us the kind of decision-making that results in quick and deliberate action.  And this seems to be ongoing with little space for just being.  It seems like every situation demands that we take an action … NOW!  When in doubt do something! Any action is better than …

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Aug 28

WHERE DID THIS COME FROM?

Travel Knick Knacks

One of the motivations for doing this blog is to turn readers on to the importance of elevating their relationships with the Earth and the Places she contains.  Many of us travel to experience such places and hopefully receive some kind of gift from them to bring home to our communities. Often we purchase “tourist …

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Aug 13

Relating to Place

Delores Park, San Francisco

As I embarked on my daily walk around the park I live near, it occurred to me that I had grown acustomed to “her face” to borrow from a line in the Broadway show “My Fair Lady”.  Prior to this I had taken “her” existence for granted.  But now I began to realize that my …

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