Can Travel Connect Us with the Divine

Can Travel connect us with the Divine?

I believe it can. Yet I suppose it all depends on what you believe the Divine to be.

Now, I am a great lover of words - their meanings, definitions and how people use them. Checking out and then understanding another’s use of a word, is an important gift and tool to utilise in life and one I learnt the importance of, when I was training to become a Counsellor.

One persons vice may be shots of Sambuca, on a night out. I think mine in the past has been shots of words, born out of differing psychological theories.

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Do You Have to Come Back When You Go Travelling?

Milford Sound New Zealand

It’s the Easter weekend in the UK and probably many other places also and as the sun starts to come out, I find myself hankering to leave our shores and wander once again nomadically around our world.

I’ve been chatting to my husband Vinnie recently, working out what it is about travelling, as opposed to going on holiday that I like and desire and would want in my life on a semi-permanent basis and of course it brings me back to that one word – FREEDOM.

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Finding Transcendence through Travel

Rise above oneself and grasp the world. -Archimedes

niederhorn switzerland

‘There is a feeling of discovery that bursts forth in me once again, in the reality of experiencing something completely new.

No static, no stopping, or standing still.

You eventually get the familiarity of the knowing and doing but the newness is there in everything you try. A feeling of both excitement and fear must be there. So this is with all of life, because every new person brings a new experience of yourself and them. Every place, every discovery puts you in touch with living life a little bit more.

NZ Fjordland

Writing today I can touch the happiness inside of me, I didn’t realise how much of me is tied in with our natural world and the beauty in it. To bring it to life for our children, to let them feel and explore the beauty and wonder, both outside and inside of themselves is my job. For me it is my joy. To stand and hear the sound of the surf, to feel the wetness of the rain on my cheek, its stinging coldness smarting with each drop.

The beauty of the grasses and the twisted, gnarled driftwood brings my soul to life. As do the birds that tweet, as I stand quietly watching, observing and enjoying it all. In a way I had forgotten what it felt like, when in contact with nature and the earths wonders: alive, Alive, ALIVE.’

Above is what I wrote in my travel memoir after 81/2 months out of the uk – the wonder in connecting with those childhood experiences of discovery, when embracing something new and untouched and how this made me feel, enabled me to transcend who I was before. It enabled me to become who I am turning into now.

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Life has a funny way of doing that and travel provides you with optimum experiences, if you are open to yourself and the world around you. Allowing yourself to not just travel the external terrain but also forage through your very own internal landscape. You become a person of colour, where before you may have lived life in black and white .

‘There were moments when I felt so in tune with myself and the world around me, clarity became my friend as it bubbled up from within, not from my analytical mind. I envisaged myself to be a giant bubble. Transparent, yet with deep hues of colour, so clear for me to see.

Words would tumble forward: learner, educator, feeler, creator, I.

I wasn’t static. I was fluid and moving. No part separate and yet no part joined. With and without boundaries. A real sense of being integrated, yet, at the same time maintaining a sense of separateness. All shifting and moving with the flow.

 This is it, I thought. I am alive and I am free.’

 How has travel helped you transcended yourself?

 I’d love to know your thoughts…

Make Some Magical Family Moments in the Milford Sound

Milford Sound New Zealand

One of the most amazing trips, that I arranged for our little family and we were lucky enough to experience during our New Zealand visit, was a self drive tour to Milford Sound. Continue reading

5 Top Spots to Stop At, On a Drive from Darwin to Cairns

Kakakdu Wetlands

1. Yellow Water Billabong 

Located at the end of Jim Jim Creek is the Yellow Water Billabong. Over 60 species of birds can be found in the Wetlands, gathering in the river channels, backwater swamps and floodplains. One of the most wonderful experiences on my adventures in Australia has been, being able to watch the yellow water crocs as they go about their daily business. Initially we had wanted to be wowed by a jumping croc cruise, and as fascinating as this must be, even more special was the luxury of observing a crocodile hunt for his morning breakfast in its natural habitat, without us humans being involved. There was a meditation in the movement of the croc, we encountered. The silent stalking it participated in, to fill his belly, was fascinating to say the least. 

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