When I started this blog in January 2012, my first post declared my intention for 2012: To experience life to the fullest! I had planned to experience Life through what I came to call “Spiritual Travel.”
It had been years since I had been able to travel regularly. I had gotten into this boring routine we call life: Sparks of joy here and there; while every day was routine. I don’t do routine very well.
Visiting Egypt in May of 2011 really got my dromomania going. I dreamed of going back to Egypt and then visiting the rest of the world… So, in January of 2012, I decided to move to Egypt for 3 1/2 months. And while there, got to visit Romania for three weeks. I did not come back the same person. After that, I also got to explore North Country New York and a bit of Montreal. Again, I did not come back the same person.
So, what is Spiritual Travel? For me, it’s conscious travel. Travel that opens your heart. Travel that makes you a better citizen of this planet. Travel that puts things into perspective. Most importantly, Spiritual Travel helps you go within and answer for yourself the questions burning inside you.
This year, I also found that I don’t have to travel far to be a Spiritual World Traveler. My 3 months away helped instill in me a daily awareness of the newness that surrounded me. Coming home, I started to see the “newness” in my Life.
This quote by Pico Iyer pretty much summarizes my 2012:
We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves.
We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate.
We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed.
And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again-to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.
In photos, here is how I experienced Life fully in 2012 [click photo to enlarge].
And here’s to an even better 2013!!!
This is in response to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. Click here to see what others did in 2012 on the blogosphere!