“There was a time when travellers met and talked about where they had been and where they were going. That was how you learnt what awaited you on the road….
Now the conversations around camp fires and in backpackers and on trains are too often tiresome games of one-upmanship: : ‘You crossed the Karakoram by horse liberated from your Pashtun captors? Well let me tell you about the time I swam the Amazon. Naked….’
Meanwhile, the country outside sits and breathes and waits for you to see it….
I went and stood away from the group of travellers and listened to the night.
“Whatcha doin?” asked one.
“Trying to be here now,” I said.
“Yeah. He sighed. ‘You know, when I was in the West Bank…..’ ”
After all, what is the function of travel? Surely not to brag to your friends about where you’ve been and bore them with hundreds of pics. Clearly there’s nothing wrong with taking in all the new impressions with delight. But for me, the function of travel is to wake me up; all the senses are on high alert and I am in the Now. You must have experienced seeing your home as if anew when you’ve been away. That’s being present right here and now.
Living in the Now gives us the opportunity to experience life fully……It brings heightened awareness, contentment, inner harmony and deep peace, wherever we are. (Intro)
Remember to be kind and gentle with yourself always.
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