Yesterday I had a conversation with my god-daughter about the merits of travel. That which transports us to unfamiliar places, removed from our day to day. The expansion of our world view that comes from being a stranger in a strange land.
A master of the Vedic tradition, from his base in the Himalaya, would offer sage guidance and direction to pilgrims and seekers. On one occasion he addressed the gathering with one word - Nirvatatvam.
Sanskrit, more phrase than single word. In translation, "Transcend where you are" or "Go where you are not".
On one level, it relates to the talk I had with Georgia. Who hasn't experienced the transformative effects of travel - the stimulation of new places, new faces, new customs. Particularly where we feel out of our comfort zone. Learning something new. About ourselves and the world we live in.
Yet the real power of this teaching is found closer to home. In how it relates to our surrounding environment and our wellbeing. We do not need to be actively seeking enlightenment. "Go where you are not" is a powerful, practical, mechanism for growth and transformation.
Vedic meditators know the possibility of "transcend where you are" every time they sit to meditate. And to sit, be still and close the eyes for twenty minutes is certainly to "go where you are not".
Whether you are wrestling with an issue, replaying a past event or searching for new ideas. Get out of your head. Walk away. Literally, take a walk.
If you spend your week in artificial light and air conditioning - spend some time outdoors, be in the elements, in nature.
Take the long way home. Drive another route. Buy your coffee elsewhere.
Put the phone away when you're in the street. Hold your head high. Make eye contact. Take in the scene around you.
Right here, right now - this is to transcend where you are.
There are endless possibilities. Raise your self awareness and create opportunities. Experiment, do research. Be open to new encounters, new experiences, fresh insights.
All original material copyright 2014 manifestmylife
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