Afterward Part 2: Personal Themes and Takeaways

Trip Start May 14, 2008
Trip End Jun 17, 2008

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

"Every traveler brings back a different lesson.  And every traveler brings back the same lesson, which is self-discovery."   By Joseph Dispenza, The Way of the Traveler

"One's destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things."  By Henry Miller, Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch**from The Way of the Traveler, Making Every Trip a Journey of Self-Discovery", by Joseph Dispenza

After reflecting on all the journal entries of our trip, I found some inner meaning to several of the experiences.  I have identified a number of personal themes that I plan to take to heart.  These experiences became metaphors on life and a trigger for me to look at life from a different perspective.  Some adjustments are in order and perhaps I will need more practice to integrate them.  Then these realized themes will simply be part of who I am.  The journey continues!

"ALL WILL BE REVEALED".    Relax.  Focus on the present activity.  Go with the flow.  I don't have to know all the details in advance.  Ask for assistance and information when you need it and you will receive.  (reference experience:  3 days in Jordan)

One aspect of independent travel is finding your way from place to place.  We might have an intended destination, but we may not necessarily know how to get there, or we may get lost along the way. When you feel lost, don't freeze, but take some route, keep moving forward.  You will either figure it out or meet someone along the way who helps to guide you along.  So it is with all things in ones life.  Happiness is being OK with not being sure of your way, expecting the unexpected, adapting and not getting hung up on a single destination as there are often unintended positive tangents along the way.  (reference experiences:  Tel Hai (May 27th), Monfort Castle, and most every day of our independent travel!)

Feed the spirit first and foremost.   Make sure that you balance activity with rest and relaxation.  Recognize the signs that rest and relaxation are needed:  lack of interest in seeing something new, no curiosity, patience, playfulness, or flexibility; feeling like getting stretched to the limit; feeling excessively tired and intolerant of people, maybe a little cranky.  Regardless of what is on the list for the day, rest and relax.  Everything stops when this is needed!   Nap, sit, read, play guitar, whatever feels right.  Slow it down as much as is needed to get the down time, the rest and relaxation, so you can be rejuvenated.  This is a personal pacing practice in that if I don't balance rest &build in absorption time, it is difficult to live mindfully and practice my personal intentions that bring more richness to my life.  (reference experiences:  Drive from Western Galilee to Vered Hagalil (May 24th), Nof Ginnossar/Hammat Gader/Hula Reserve (May 28th), Dead Sea (May  30 -31st), Eilat (June 7-8th))
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