Year in assessment: The journey is the location

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Lght-filled diyas float on the Narmada River in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh, India

Lght-filled diyas float on the Narmada River in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh, India

The year in assessment 2018: Discovering the journey is the location

Content HOLIDAYS from the banks of the sacred Ganga River in Rishikesh! As the year draws to a close, it often appears to me to be a superior time for reflection. This year, 2018, was a year of transitions for me. I created a massive life modify, gained a important awareness, and discovered to trust each my heart, and the abundance and goodwill of the universe, even a lot more. Here’s my year in assessment.

This year I realized the journey is what matters. Accepting that all the events of my life – which includes the ones I previously deemed to be devastating and traumatic – are element of my journey has provided me a profoundly peaceful and contented feeling. This awareness has been a extended time coming … and I’m so grateful that a extremely extended healing phase is more than.

Travel journeys and a new house

In Udupi celebrating the new year, and the new me

In Udupi celebrating the new year &amp the new me

My travel journeys this year began in Udupi with a panchakarma cleanse and an eye-opening stop by to an astrologer. Immediately after a beach holiday in Gokarna, exactly where I lastly visited well-known Om Beach, I headed back up north to run two compact group tours. On the initially 1, I accompanied a grandmother and granddaughter from the USA on the Breathedreamgo Shakti Tour that visited Varanasi, Khajuraho, and the Taj Mahal, amongst other areas. Then I went to Nepal for the initially time with accountable travel business Improved Locations Travel to hike the Kathmandu Valley.

My second compact group tour was with Pugdundee Safaris and we went to all of my favourite national parks and tiger reserves in Madhya Pradesh: Satpura, Pench, Kanha and Bandhavgarh. (And saw seven a lot more tigers.) Then in early April, I flew house to Canada … exactly where I created a life-altering selection: to let go of my Toronto apartment and obtain a house (someplace) in India.

I had been pondering about moving to India for numerous years, but believed that I really should wait till an external chance created the selection, and the move, a lot easier. Possibly anything like marriage or a job provide. But rather, I listened to an internal cue. I woke up 1 morning in Toronto, on June 15, the new moon, and knew that it was time. What ever was generating me hang on to my Toronto apartment for so several years (11, the longest I’ve lived anyplace in my life), was no longer necessary. It was time to go and I was mentally and emotionally prepared. I listened to my heart, and spent the summer season packing up.

Year in assessment for Breathedreamgo, also

Canada, Heritage, fundingIn June, I took a swift trip to Kathmandu, exactly where I spoke at the Himalayan Travel Mart about accountable travel. About the time I got back to Canada, I discovered out I had received funding from the Canadian government to monetize Breathedreamgo. I was awarded a Small business Innovation grant from the Canadian Periodical Fund, Division of Canadian Heritage, which I’m utilizing it to boost Search engine optimisation for Breathedreamgo, boost website traffic, and obtain techniques to monetize which includes adding affiliate partners.

In September I returned to India, and my initially order of enterprise was to appear for a  house. I spent a month in Delhi looking fruitlessly and felt despondent right after hunting at terrible apartments and dealing with uncomprehending brokers. Immediately after providing up, I went to Aurovalley Ashram for a break. Whilst there, I decided to attempt a various method. I turned my challenge of obtaining a house more than to the “divine,” and leave it up to fate.

One particular day, I went into nearby Rishikesh, and a opportunity meeting unexpectedly lead to the great apartment: a prime-floor flat in a protected, gated neighborhood with astounding views of the mountains and the sacred Ganga River. Obtaining my house in Rishikesh gave me my second massive lesson of 2018: to trust in the abundance, wisdom, and goodwill of the universe.

At Mandu, Madhya Pradesh, the largest fort in India

At Mandu, Madhya Pradesh, the biggest fort in India, on our trip to discover the Narmada River

The heart of India

My final adventures of the year took me to 1 of my favourite states, Madhya Pradesh in the heart of India. I attended the AdventureNEXT India conference in Bhopal as hosted media (thank you!). It was organized by the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), along with Madhya Pradesh Tourism and the ATOAI. Prior to the conference, I joined a pre-adventure, and visited Maheshwar and Mandu — I will be writing in detail about this superb trip. Lastly, I spent 4 days in Bandhavgarh National Park with Pugdundee Safaris, exactly where I saw 4 tigers, bringing my total up to 23 in the final two years.

So now I am spending the final weeks of the year 2018 at house in Rishikesh, in the foothills of the Himalayas, exactly where the nights are chilly at this time of year, but the sun shines brightly on this peaceful valley in the afternoon. Rishikesh is certainly a attractive spot, but that is not what’s specific about it. It is the unseen that tends to make Rishikesh so luminous. The veil is thin right here, the celadon waters of the Ganga River sparkle and flow, and it is filled with shimmering light and uplifting vibrations.

It is only with the heart that 1 can see rightly. What is crucial is invisible is to the eye,” Antoine de Saint-Exupery rightly mentioned.

I discovered my new house by listening to my heart, and I do not feel it is any coincidence that I ended up in India, in Rishikesh. As my Facebook pal Srila Devi wrote, “India to me is a land of subtle truths. Regardless of whether you can immerse oneself in India depends a lot on how substantially you can go beyond the clear, beyond the 5 senses. On the surface, there is a lot of noise, confusion, dirt, and customs that could look unfathomable. But close your eyes, develop into nevertheless, and listen, and all of a sudden you are in a various spot altogether, a spot that is beyond time and space. A spot that is eternal and suffused with a deep silence, beyond all the noise. India is a spot that nourishes your soul.”

Soaking up the light and good vibrations in Rishikesh

Soaking up the light and superior vibrations in Rishikesh

A new year … and new adventures beckon

In the new year, I will be following my heart to new adventures. In January, I will be travelling to lush, tropical Kerala, and conducting a workshop at the Outlook Indian Accountable Tourism Summit and Awards in Delhi. In February, I will be speaking on a panel at the PATA Adventure Travel and Accountable Tourism Conference in Rishikesh. I hope to do some trekking in Himachal Pradesh, and my house state of Uttarakhand in the spring, and stop by West Bengal, the Sunderbans, and Northeast India in the fall.

My ongoing commitment to accountable travel will continue as I endeavour to travel light, to leave a constructive effect, and to enable steer people today towards picking out off-the-beaten path, sustainable destinations and adventures.

I hope we continue to travel with each other and practical experience the joy of the journey as we transition from dark days to light ones, and from 1 year to the subsequent.

May perhaps the extended time sun shine upon you, All really like surround you, And the pure light inside you guide your way on.

Content winter solstice, complete moon, Christmas, holidays, new year’s, life and what ever else you are celebrating at this time of the year!

Releasing light-filled diyas into the Narmada River in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh, India

Releasing light-filled diyas into the Narmada River in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh, India


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