Have you seen the classic 1980’s movie, “The Golden Child”, starring Eddy Murphy? If not, it’s a must see to get a comical glimpse of what beautiful Nepal is like. After watching that movie and reading a few blogs here and there, I knew I wanted to visit this sacred land. Besides the fact that Buddha himself was born here, Nepal also has 8 of the 10 highest mountains in the world! This includes Mount Everest, the tallest of them all standing at an astonishing 8,850 meters!
But I didn’t come for hiking. Although tomorrow we will start a 5-day trek in the Annapurna circuit which I'm super excited about! But truthfully, I came to Nepal to find peace.
I also here to connect with the Nepali people and mother earth. The scenery of Nepal is so breathtaking I can't possibly describe it in a few words. It's beyond majestic, pure, enchanting, dynamic, and heavenly. I can't believe today marks our 4th day in Nepal already!
Have you ever noticed how time just seems to fly by on vacations and you’re so busy running from one attraction to the next that you forget to stop and take it all in?
This happens to me all the time when I’m traveling. I want to see as much as possible in the time I have in a new place. But this is not the right way to do it. The best moments, the ones that create lasting imprints in our minds and hearts, are often when we pause to contemplate our surroundings and just chill. This morning I finally slowed down long enough to answer this question:
What do I want to gain from this experience?
Below is my answer to the question above. I go a little deep. But what can I say, starring at the sunrise over the Himalayas will do that to you.
Journal entry August 8th, 2016:
While in Nepal, I want to gain more peace. A deep peace within myself that I am enough. I want to feel more bliss and satisfaction day to day. I want to “want” less, and to strive for only the things that bring me complete joy and excitement.
I want to find beauty in the simple things and contentment with a simple life. I want to disconnect from past and future concerns, and reconnect to the present moment. I want to start my days connected to the divine and feel that spirit energy as I move from one task to the next. I want to stay present to soak up all the glory Nepal is emanating. I want to be completely aware of time with no sense of worry attached.
I want to radiate love, zest, and wonder wherever I go and onto whoever I meet. I want to live within my means and only buy the things that bring my body, mind, and soul pleasure and joy. I want to be always kind and loving towards Ryan and make him feel happy bliss. I want to connect deeper and align our energy as one. I want us to stay present with one another and create a unbreakable romance.
I want to hear the birds sing, feel the breeze flow, watch the light change, and witness the wonder of Nepal. I desire to rise everyday while hiking before sunrise to witness the light being born again. I want to fully take advantage of this blessing I get to experience.
Thank you for this day and each day to come that I get to be in this amazing land with such kind people and such pure earth. I desire to learn all I can about Nepal, it’s people, it’s mountains, and it’s energy. I want to journal every morning to reconnect with my intension of why I am here.
For a more rejuvenating and unforgettable experience, try this on your next vacation:
1. Slow down.
Block out a morning or better yet an entire day with no plans. Use this time to meditate, take a jog, journal, or just aimlessly wander into something extraordinary.
2. Free write.
Answer this question in your journal: What do I want to gain from this experience? Be honest with yourself and try not to overthink. Just start writing and let whatever God, your spirit, intuition (or your higher power) express truth through you. My boyfriend recommends setting a timer for 10 or 15 minutes. He says it helps to not overthink, and to answer more intuitively rather than logically.
Don’t constantly be checking your phone or seeking wifi during your trip. Every time you are on your phone it’s taking you away from the present moment and place you are at. You probably worked hard to take this special time away, so really enjoy it while you can. Everything else can wait. I recommend blocking out a specific time, maybe an hour a day, where you will re-connect to your “real life” to answer texts/emails/post pictures on Facebook etc.