Journeys of the Spirit® May 11th, 2011 Newsletter
WHAT’S NEW? Compassion! I am concerned about the media and people’s response to the capture and death of Osama bin Laden. One thing that I have learned on my spiritual path is that hate begets hate. When we kill from the point of view of revenge or anger – it only can create more of the same. If I get revenge out of anger I am taking the exact same action as the terrorist and I have become him.
I know this is a difficult place to come from – but world peace depends upon us. We must have peace in our own mind to have peace on earth. I love this quote by Zen monk and Nobel Peace Prize winner Thich Nhat Hanh. If you have a moment I encourage you to read this article: What I Would Say to Osama bin Laden. Please post below and let me know how you are feeling about all of this.
“We must look deeply and honestly at our present situation. If we are able to see the sources for the suffering within ourselves and within the other person, we can begin to unravel the cycle of hatred and violence. When our house is on fire, we must first put out the fire before investigating its cause. Likewise, if we first extinguish the anger and hatred in our own heart, we will have a chance to deeply investigate the situation with clarity and insight in order to determine all the causes and conditions that have contributed to the hatred and violence we are experiencing within ourselves and within our world.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
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Join facilitator Samvedam Randles on this sacred Vision Quest to the ridge of the Badlands of North Dakota where the vistas are expansive and bison and coyote walk freely. In preparation for our powerful quest we will be lodging in rustic cabins in Killdeer where we’ll be asking important questions such as: What do we need to let go of and leave behind? What new inner spaces do we want to open? Where does our inner guidance want to take us next? The 2011 trip cost is: $1995.00 USD per person dormitory style occupancy, including meals as indicated in the itinerary. Details for Badlands here.
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EVERY JOURNEY IS A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY!
Last month my 9 year old son, Isaac and I went on our annual spring vacation. We discussed going back to Orlando, Florida as there were still a few places we haven’t seen on our previous journeys. Spending a few days visiting some of the parks, a whole day at the Kennedy Space Center, and a couple of peaceful days relaxing by the pool were top on our list!
Before leaving I started thinking about how I could keep myself centered, grounded and fully present for Issac so I could make this an enjoyable experience for both of us. It breaks my heart to see: parents shouting at their children, crying kids, and unhappy families – even though it’s supposed to be a wonderful time together.
For some reason I was getting anxious a day or two before our departure, doubting the decisions I had made regarding our trip. I could see a litany of thoughts and feelings going through me, and realized these were the same thoughts I have before every trip, no matter where I’m going. It didn’t matter if it was a business trip to South East Asia (which I do all the time), or if I was visiting family back in Europe – I was always doubting myself and it always caused me a lot of anxiety. However today was different – with awareness, this was my opportunity to stop the way I was thinking and to free myself from my old beliefs.
Once we were underway, I was very aware of my underlying thoughts and emotions and I realized that they had nothing to do with the trip itself – but rather with how I thought and felt about myself.
I watched my son being so free and filled with joy and happiness. It didn’t matter what he did: enjoying all the rides, swimming in the pool and even going out for dinner. I asked myself: “Why don’t I experience this freedom anymore?” and realized because I don’t allow myself. I felt I needed to be serious and didn’t deserve to have fun, after all there are so many others that can’t afford this kind of journey, who are struggling every day, etc. My underlying belief became very clear in the first 2 days: I didn’t deserve to be here! What a revelation!
With this awareness I started catching myself as soon as these kinds of thoughts surfaced and I affirmed myself: “You deserve to be here, enjoy life and have a wonderful time with your son.” I took a deep breath, making a conscious decision to feel deserving and allowed myself to enjoy each moment. It’s amazing the difference a few moments of breathing and re-affirming yourself can make.
It was as if I had become a child again. I felt free and liberated, shouting together with my son when we went down steep hills on roller coasters and getting soaking wet on the water rides. Nothing seemed to matter except enjoying every moment. Even my son told me: “You’re crazy dad!” What a great compliment!
My experience and insights during the first few days of our journey made our trip an unforgettable experience and I continue to nourish and grow my enthusiasm about life and who I am.
Disneyworld was the last place I ever thought I’d be going on a spiritual journey to! It just goes to show that every journey can be a spiritual journey.
Have you ever had a similar experience to mine during your travels? Please post below how your journey opened you to new insights or changed your life – I’d love to hear from you!
Wishing you all a wonderful spring, Ales Stuna, Director of Custom Travel.
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