22 April 2010

Remembering Icarus

For anyone whose travel plans have been in disarray in recent days, the story of Icarus is one that may come to mind.

Icarus on Wikipedia

Safe flying is something we humans may have come to take for granted in our instant 21st century world. Fast food and fast travel are creations we demand to make our ambitions a reality.

The first successful human flight took place in 1783, a year when an Icelandic volcano changed the course of history.

As a well informed traveller, you will by now be aware of at least something of the history of Icelandic volcanoes. I have never been to Iceland but I have been in volcanic regions elsewhere.

Here is a link to one of my Quieter Living blog posts, mentioning one of my experiences near a volcano in South America.

I almost experienced a volcanic eruption at Mount Ruapehu during a snowy afternoon in New Zealand in 1994. On our way to the volcano, a driver coming the other way stopped our rented campervan and suggested we turned back. My husband and I accepted his advice - the other driver was a vulcanologist.

12 April 2010

The Inner World

Many people travel just to be able to say afterwards that they have been to a particular place. Such motivations appear to be based on a desire for status rather than understanding.

Travelling to satisfy curiosity is the first step towards understanding. While we can find out a huge amount of information online, and avoid crowds in the process, we may also enrich our lives by travelling inward. This starts with an awareness of the body and mind, especially the brain.

My travels around the world have been challenging and sometimes dangerous yet I have survived to enjoy the processes happening now in my brain, my body and here in my home environment.

I am especially interested in the inner worlds of people who are highly sensitive, like me. If you are a sensitive and intelligent person, you may find this link uplifting and inspiring: Dabrowski.