Aspiration!

Let me dance in the rain of love, poured on the road beneath the rainbow, leading to the garden of Eden, where I shall be offered the fruits whose sweetness will never be denied, and drench my spirit in the spring of delight, wear the  warmth of my beloved all day long, resting in the orchards of enlightenment, my body shall sparkle in the twilight, I shall be neither abandoned nor restricted from the abode where I shall hail till eternity! ~Nazneen Kachwala

What Makes Traveling So Important?

We all agree that the modern day lifestyle is traumatic in some way or the other and in long run; it leads to several mental and physical ailments.  It is extremely important to maintain an appropriate work-life balance which in turn makes us appreciate our rigorous chores and releases stress, helping us to go a long way both professionally and personally. So when we talk about maintaining equilibrium, what better can it be than traveling and exploring not just new destinations but new self by taking a break from our high paced lives? The travel industry has witnessed a boom globally in the past few decades and is expanding year by year.

Let us uncover why traveling has become so vital in the recent times:

Connecting to Different People, Experiencing New Cultures and Adapting Globalization

Quite often we anticipate a change in various forms around us and traveling is the best option that delivers right results to our expectancies. It enables us to break our shell and move out of our dens to meet new people and learn about their cultures. It expands our understanding and broadens our perspective towards life, hence, adding more meaning to it. Meeting new people expands our circle and thinking on a wider outlook, it mobilizes the much talked about globalization process and is a food for thought.

Exploring the History and Learning Several Languages

Traveling comes as a boon for all the history lovers who get familiar with the past and other tales associated to the destination. The museums and art galleries showcase profound information about the place that heightens our curiosity to know more. Moreover, traveling enables and empowers us with the know-how of new languages that is otherwise useful for us to connect to anyone or take up any first-hand venture easily.

Prepares Us to Take Challenges and Awakens the Adventurous Being Within

Although traveling has become convenient these days owing to the evolution of the digital world, the practical challenges yet persist. Traveling often molds our minds to take up these encounters in a positive way and find an apt solution to the same. It makes us street-smart. Eventually, the same approach and attitude emerge in our day to day life too. Furthermore, the inquisitiveness that develops during the process ultimately makes us adventure lovers that give an optimistic twist to our lives and the strength to face our fears.

Finding Our True Selves

Traveling breaks the chain of our undesirable mental, physical and emotional habits and helps in regaining enthusiasm in life. It inculcates patience and cultivates the idea of living life more organically. The good and bad experiences while traveling make our brain more flexible to adapt to any situation we face in our lives and eventually helps us finding our actual selves, that is quintessential.

So pack your stuff and get set to discover YOU!

Hope you find this article useful:)

Being God Like!

Disbelief of miracle, disregard to marvel,

Souls are we, separated from our Guardian.

Sunshine and Rainbows, Blossoms and Bees,

Twinkles and Twilight, Oceans and Canopies,

Endless are His wonders, Endless shall it be,

Innovating curiosity, for every eye to see.

Trust! You are one of these, Peerless, Unparalleled and Unique.

Why stay separated from Your Source?

While like Him, you can be!

Every inch of this universe, He crafted with Love,

Fearless with compassion, Benevolent yet Strong,

Shaping the whole of the cosmos,

Giving is all He knows!

He put a part of His, while moulding every being,

We are here to discover His portion somewhere within our souls

And to be like Him ever more!

 

Gulmohar

Save yourself…Spare the trees!

Every noon when the sun shined bright,
Walking past that lane so quiet,
Where the beams were scattered and the breeze yet cool,
Though the land beyond was burning with fumes!
I wondered how that path was spared,
By the severe strokes bombarded from above in the air?
Strolling on that lane so quiet, where saffron petals were laid beneath my feet so soft,
I thought how this patch was blessed while the others seemed to be under the flames of hell to rot!

I halted and rested under the shadow of that bestower,
Who cared for all who crossed nearby,
Rendered a sweet sleep and a delicate earthy fragrance,
That the wind carried far and wide.
She extended her flowery arms as far as she could,
To pass on the shade onto all those whom she should.

One afternoon while I took brisk steps longing to relax in the Gulmohar’s lap,
I saw a hooligan chopping her floral arms off!
My friend, my saviour looked bent and anytime she could fall.
I rushed and drove that devil away,
Hugged the Gulmohar tight, said I was there.
I got her some water every noon and supported her arms with some strings that I could.
And at no time did she prosper again, escaping her undesired fate.
The mighty Gulmohar yet stands there as a symbol of love, forgiveness and a provider at her best!

What If?

What if
Our planet rotated upside down,
One day I would fly with those cuddly clouds,
The next I would be back on the ground.

What if
My door opened onto a slide made of that colorful rainbow,
That shall take me back and forth to the far end of this universe on a jolly ride,
And bring me back home!

What if
I lived beneath that majestic ocean,
Swirling with the dolphins and lying on the corals,
Like a pretty mermaid surfing the blue!

What if
I were yet a baby, taking a nap on my mother’s lap,
Mesmerized by the world of fairies,
Dreaming of spiraling off to the land with no pap!

 

Mountains Taught Me the Way of Life!

I had heard it a million times that we need to break the shell and come out to explore the possibilities and discover ourselves to the fullest. But, I was also told an equal number of times to learn from other’s experience as we won’t always get the opportunity to try our hands on all. I too were scared to break the norms but there always had been an inner zest that gave me a positive thrust from within. For months or rather should I say, for years there was the turmoil of thoughts, aspirations, accompanied by self-confinement, emotional blockage, and social barriers. Nonetheless, the spirit of self-finding resting within my chest was now roaring and I had to break the chains. Taking the first few steps was not easy as the impression of those clutches was yet fresh in my mind but I chose not to look back and started with my life’s first ever solo excursion to the Himalayan Mountains at Manali and Rumsu.

 

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The Beams of Sun Enlightening Our Day!

 

This trekking expedition has not just made me familiar with the roads and popular places in and around the destination but also made me aware of the goodness in people, gave me a sense a realization of how I was told not to trust anyone during the journey by my well-wishers and how those very strangers became my well-wishers who could blindly be trusted during tough times; a bright feeling of acclimatizing myself not just to the surrounding and weather but also to acclimatize myself to the unconditional joy showered by all the beings around me. I suddenly realized that all these years when I was tangled in minting prosperity for myself, I did not ever closely notice a sunrise or a sunset, never did I gaze at the night sky and never had the chilling wind made me shiver with delight. Stepping out of my comfort zone was a pleasure that I shall cherish all my life!

 

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Sterling Wood Forest – 8,000 ft above the sea

 

My entire journey connected me with the realities of life that all of us undoubtedly face at different phases in our lifetime.  Though we all were a team, yet we all chose to transcend through different paths to reach the same peak 8,000 ft above the sea – the Sterling Wood Forests our final destination. Some routes were short and risky, few were long and easy, some were steep, and others were rocky while some were smooth. Many were taken and many were left untrodden. We all picked our paths independently and kept switching as per our ease and convenience. We challenged ourselves on many occasions and took it easy at times. The best lesson that I learned was that you can slip and injure your elbow even on a smooth path and the rocky roads may lead you safely to your destination!

 

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The Untrodden Paths

 

It does not matter even if you are late for our journey, it is essential to gather the courage and take the first step and keep moving, be it at a slow pace and some point of time you shall make it to the peak where others shall be waiting to appreciate and applaud you. There have been very few moments in my life where I have experienced a sense of victory that filled my eyes with tears of joy. This expedition has been one of its kinds that brought all my strengths and positive emotions on the surface, withering away all the fears and uncertainties resting in my mind and heart for years!

 

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Sunset from Our Base Camp

 

(I shall share a brief travelogue describing the places explored, some daily adventure and few do’s and don’ts during the trek in my next post. Keep reading!)