My Ultimate Wish

To be totally free my soul requires travel. I was born with wanderlust and the traits of a vagabond.  My ultimate goal in life is to travel as much as possible, and help in communities where they need support.

My visit real travel experience where I have felt truly connected to the place and its people is Siem Reap in Cambodia (Home of the stunning and magical Angkor Wat.

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Image property of Blogizing – Angkor Wat sunrise

I left Siem Reap with a deep attachment to the actual place and its people, and it is of no surprise to me really as I have always been ‘drawn’ there, but for what reason, I did not know. The poverty is so apparent for you to see, there is corruption and exploitation, but through it all the people are so happy. Leaving Siem Reap for me what not the end, but actually just the beginning.

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Sometimes you need indulgence


http://www.baligoddessretreats.com/index.php

I am going through a difficult stage in my life. I am doing my best to balance everything that is going on….working, looking after three children, studying for a psychology degree, helping my son get back to full fitness after his serious rta, juggling finances and feel like I am loosing the battle. On top of all this I am now having to go to Court on Thursday because my ex husband displays poor judgment and has put our children at risk. As they say….it never rains it pours.

I had so much on, something had to give. I am now signed off work with anxiety. I did nt realise I was suffering from anxiety until my doctor diagnosed me.

At the moment I am taking the time to chill out and to engage in as many enjoyable activities as possible. As I love yoga I began to search for a retreat. Since I watched Eat, Pray, Love I have become rather obsessed with Bali, and just out if interest did a search for retreats there. I have fallen in love with Bali Goddess Retreats. They offer yoga retreats, fabulous food, amazing accompdation and the option to take part in other activities such as visiting elephant sanctuary, surfing, cycling as well many other options (12 on offer to be exact) Additionally lots of pampering treatments are available.

The retreat appears to have the balance right here, they state they offer healthy food but they are nt obsessive or restrictive. They realise life is about striking that balance and sometimes being able to indulge! To find out the cost you need to contact the retreat directly. I am pretty sure it is out of my price range but nonetheless I wanted to write about it as it is a place one day that I want to visit. I also love the idea of solo travelling and believe this could be an ideal spot. I will get to you one day Bali

http://www.baligoddessretreats.com

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Travel for Spiritual Growth and Enlightenment

http://www.mustvisitindia.com/spiritual_india.html

I long to travel. I have 11 years to save. I will be 45. My youngest child will be 16, and if they wish they can travel with me. I will be going whether i travel alone, with my children, a partner or friend. This is something I have to do. I am drawn to India as I feel I need to travel there to connect to my deeper spiritual self. I want to go there to experience the culture, food, sights, attend temples and a yoga retreat.

One of the places I must visit is Taj Mahal, for the sheer beauty of the building. It is a must see once in my life time.

On my travels I plan on spending some time in an Ashram. This is something I must do. I am not certain as to how long I will stay. I wish to go and stay for as long as I feel necessary. There are many Ashrams to choose from but as I was truly inspired by Eat Pray love I plan on visiting the on

“The ashram Gilbert visited, therefore, is Gurudev Siddha Peeth where Muktananda is buried”.
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“Gurudev Siddha Peeth, the first Siddha Yoga ashram, is a “shakti peeth”, a center of spiritual energy. It is situated in the historic and sacred Tansa Valley, in Maharashtra, India. The ashram is imbued with the spiritual power of the Siddha Yoga Gurus and the countless hours of sadhana and spiritual practice that Siddha Yogis have performed there.”   http://www.siddhayoga.org.in/Gurudev_Siddha_Peeth.html

I am not sure if this will be possible as I have began to look into how you are able to attend the Ashrams and there is an application process you must go through.  I feel a Yoga Ashram is best for me, given my commitment to yoga practice.  I also believe it is through yoga that I myself is developing spiritually.

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I also plan to visit some destinations in India which are described as the most spiritual in the country.  since this trip for me is about developing my own spirituality it seems fitting that I visit these if possible.

Bodhgaya is the most important Buddhist pilgrimage place in the world. Located in the state of Bihar, it’s here that Lord Buddha became enlightened during intense meditation under a Bodhi tree. The exact spot is now marked by the sprawling Mahabodhi Temple complex. The town is also home to dozens of Buddhist monasteries. Those who are interested will find plenty of meditation and Buddhism courses and retreats on offer.  This is a place which will definately be on my list.  I cannot visit India without missing out this place.

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The Ancient Haridwar (the “Gateway to God”) it is one of the seven holiest places in India, and one of the oldest living cities. Located at the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, it’s particularly popular with Hindu pilgrims who come to take a dip in the holy waters of the fast flowing Ganges River and wash away their sins. Unlike Varanasi, the water is clean and fresh in Haridwar. The evening ceremony Ganga Aarti, a daily ritual once the sun goes down, looks fabulous.

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Another definate must see for me due to my ties with yoga is Rishikesh- the birthplace of yoga, is a popular place to come and meditate, do yoga, and learn about other aspects of Hinduism. It’s situated on the banks of the Ganges River, surrounded by hills on three sides, not far from Haridwar in Uttarakhand. Rishikesh lures those seeking knowledge and peace with its numerous ashrams and yoga institutes. It’s particularly popular with spiritual seeking foreigners, while Haridwar holds more significance for Hindu pilgrims.

Amritsar was founded in 1577 by Guru Ram Das, the fourth guru of Sikhs. It’s the spiritual capital of the Sikhs and gained its name, meaning “Holy Pool of Nectar”, from the body of water around the Golden Temple. The exquisite Golden Temple attracts pilgrims from all over the world. It looks particularly arresting at night when it’s beautifully lit up, with its imposing pure gold dome illuminated.

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I have this ‘knowing’ that in order for me to grow as a person I need to travel to expand my mind.  It is something which is built inside of me.  I know that I will travel at some point, and when the time is right the opportunities will present themselves.  Until then I use the time to plan where I will go, and can only dream of my up and coming adventures.

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The Festival I NEED to go to: Burning Man, USA.

 

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With Spring fast approaching, it has got me all excited thinking about the up and coming festivals I have booked for this Summer.  Which got me thinking once again about a festival I have to attend in my life time.  I recently learnt about The Burning Man, Nevada, USA.  The cost currently appears to be in the region of $380 .  Obviously with the cost of flights of say approximately £600 I’m going to need to save for this for some time.  It is not the type of thing I can impulsively decide to attend.  So, what is it? A week long festival of music, and what can only be described as a truly hedonistic event.  It promises to offer art of all forms, you cannot buy anything apart from coffee and ice.  You can however trade.  You must bring things with you to trade and this is all part of the charm of this wonderful event. From what I have read pretty much everything goes on here.

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Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert (also known as “the playa”) to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever.  This seems like the ultimate festival to me.  The thought of thrusting myself into a week event where money is not a factor and you can reconnect with your roots is the ultimate for me.

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From the research I have done, it is would seem that no matter how many pictures I put on here, or how I describe the event, there is just no way that anyone can get an true representation of what the festival truly is or what is actually is like.  the only way to do that, is to go.  I am just a little worried that once I have been to this festival that nothing else will ever compare.  Imagine going to the ultimate festival and not being able to beat it…..I reckon I would deal with it 😉

Have any of you been?  If you have I would love to hear about your experience.

http://www.burningman.com/

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