“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear” ~ Buddhist saying
Why did I start with Tibet? A journey done in 2014 but born in my head in 2004, that’s why. It took me 10 long years to fructify it. Because some lands have to invite you. And you just wait for the right moment.
I guess the desire must have crept into my life when I started reading & experiencing the magic of energies. And how they travel between people, become your aura, draw you to it…in short get you heady.
Much later in life I started seeing the real picture. An article here and there told me about the land & its people in recent times. In a few of my travels within India I met many Tibetans who’d made this new land, home. I heard their stories and wondered about the ethereal part that had made me curious about Tibet. Did Shangri-la still exist? It was therefore a huge relief when I finally traveled to the land & felt the same waves of energy. The truth is whatever the circumstances, your inner strength, belief & inherent goodness can never be hidden or lost. And it was something that shone radiantly from every Tibetan I met there.
ROAD TO TIBET
Tibet for me was a 11 day long & short trip. But the gorgeous beauty of the land, the way its people interpret Buddhism, the never ending smiles, the fortitude, the 1st glimpse of the Himalayas, the unexpected colors that nature threw at me…made it more of an inner journey. I hadn’t planned it like that, but I have to admit there was something very spiritual about the place. That doesn’t mean there weren’t any surprises. I always jokingly say this about my trips, that have now become a norm for over 13 years…there is always a twist in my tale.
SHOCK & AWE-SOMENESS
There were several checkpoints along the way. A road trip with a few of these speed breakers is alright really. Especially when the military at some of these points did manage a smile. Felt almost welcome. But my twist was in one of the mountain nights, which I spent at a tent near the Everest Base Camp (North Face). When in the middle of night, I felt spot checks happen in every tent. A couple of us in my tent woke up to the light sound of footsteps, while holding our breath. But the rest slept like logs, as if it was all a part of the show. Honestly when you are so close to the Himalayas and its magnificence, all you can dream of is what must sunrise look like, no? I didn’t of course. I just froze for quite a while that night. In shock.
Now for the awe part. I’ve always felt closer to the mountains & I think all of them tell some stunning visual stories. But the Himalayas hold a special place. It gently coaxes you to wake up at 5.00 AM & get the lens ready with the rest of the campers just to capture the 1st burst of orangey-yellow on Mt. Everest. And I am sure the spiritual essence of this longest range of mountains, is seen in the life of the people who live near.
I saw just one tiny part of Tibet. It’s a massive land really. Only sections of it are accessible to travelers. But I learned so much from it.
I learned to immerse. Give in to the twists & turns. And soak it all as a collective experience
I learned to stay disconnected. Except for my trysts with my camera, which held the most beautiful secrets of the land
I learned to let my emotions flow. Laughter, smiles, giving, sharing, loving…the abundance had started to fill me up too. I let it
I learned to unlearn in bounty. It was a trip that made me peel off all my reading about travels, even Tibet and her history, background…to find new stories that were just mine to cherish
They say some people come into your life as a blessing. Some others as a lesson. I know Tibet was tons of both. I hope you find your stories too.