Thursday, December 12, 2013

My Personal Journey with Travels

I am taking part in the Write Tribe Festival Of Words 8th - 14th December 2013

So today's personal journey is with "Travels"

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” 
― Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 7: 1966-1974

Until about 4 years ago, I wanted to travel and see the world, even though I've seen a lot of the world and very grateful that I've had the chance to do that.

But after my dad passed away in 2010, my whole perspective on travel changed. The urge to see these places all over the world died and travel for me took on a new meaning. People rather than places became priority for me. Visiting family and friends that hold a special place in my heart are the places I want to go to.

I also got the urge to travel the length of my homeland of India. Perhaps because my life took on a very spiritual twist and my spiritual quest took me back again and again to India. But I won't go into all the details of the places I want to see there and why as I've already blogged about these and you can read them all in my 7 Journeys Series

I've always said I'm really so lucky to have the opportunity to live in two of the most beautiful countries in the world; India and New Zealand.

I have often wondered why I was born in India and why of all the places in the world I landed up in New Zealand. And after a lot of soul searching I came up with this answer.

 India for me is my spiritual home on Earth and a part of my soul lives there. It's great history and stories of yore in the form of the Ramayana and Mahabharata are somehow connected with my destiny, with my spiritual journey, with my life's purpose. The more I read them the more I learn and the more I delight in them. It would therefore be inevitable that this would be the great country I would be born in. But living in India for many years surrounded by poverty, I became quite apathetic to it. It's not that one doesn't feel for the poor it's just that one takes that condition for granted when it's all around you. I lost the ability to feel that unselfish compassion for people.

I am convinced that in order to fulfil my life's purpose, I needed to reconnect with that compassionate place in my heart and hence the Universe sent me along to New Zealand.

New Zealand is also a very spiritual country. When I landed here 25 years ago I could feel the high energy and vibration of the place. It was exhilarating. I saw compassion everywhere. There is a generosity of spirit and a kindness I have not seen anywhere in all my travels. Hence it was the perfect place for me to reconnect with my compassion and to become more heart centred. I am also convinced that it is here that my life's purpose will begin and take me where I need to be.

And so I give you in pictures, my 2 favourite places in the world that bring me great joy.

Mumbai, my hometown - the palm trees and the sunsets are spectacular. Pics taken on my various visits there.








Wellington, my adopted hometown - spectacular views wherever you go





(last 2 pics taken from my lounge)


Join me tomorrow on my next journey with some People

My Personal Journey so far:

Check out some Day 5 posts and some Day 4 posts that I really enjoyed:
Jose's Musical Memories of Bandra - brought back some memories
Jyothi's Musical Roar - a different type of music
Cat's Christmas Music - something truly special and my favourite instrument too.

Have a fabulous day

Warm Regards
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34 comments:

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    1. Thanks Pratikshya. Glad you like my pics.

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  2. beautiful pictures of really beautiful places

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  3. Lovely photos, Suzy. You have traveled a great deal and lived in amazing places. I do think moving around a lot broadens a person's perspective and gives us a better appreciation of the world. Thanks for giving us a better appreciation along with you!

    Also I appreciate you mentioning my music blog. That was so sweet of you!

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    1. Thanks Cat and you are welcome.Loved your music. I am truly lucky to have seen so much of the world.

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  4. You made me nostalgic there Suzy... and I am looking forward to my spiritual connection now <3

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    1. Hi Me, eventually we all find our Spiritual roots. India always brings me great joy.

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  5. It is so nice that you are spiritually connected to these places and you find solace and joys here! Beautiful pics too :)

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    1. Thanks Shilpa. Just thinking of these places brings my soul great peace. Homesick for India now.

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  6. A fascinating peek into your background and childhood, Suzy. Thanks for sharing!!

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  7. Just got to know you a little better.. Suzy.. And the two places do seem and sound diverse.. Never been to NZ, but from what I've heard its beautiful. I guess you got somewhat lucky there.. Loved the pics

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    1. Hi Nischala. NZ is beautiful. Well worth a trip.

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  8. I honestly do wish to go to New Zealand someday... its a pipe dream for now... but then maybe someday that dream can come true too.
    Lovely pics...

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    1. Thanks Roshan. Absolutely - all dreams do come true. Perhaps we'll see you here someday!

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  9. Lovely pictures, Suzy. Didn't know you settled there 25 years ago!

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    1. Thanks Vidya. Yes 25 years. time flies.

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  10. Loved all the pix, suzy.
    i am glad you embraced your adopted city well inspite of you missing your home town.

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    1. Thanks Ruchira. One can't help but love Wellington, it's such a beautiful city.

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  11. Amazing and soul stirring pics of Mumbai and NZ. I love the pictures at Marine Drive and University and this is a lovely post:)

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    1. Thanks Vishal. Glad you liked my post and pics.

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  12. Now I know where to stay when I do (if ever) come over to Wellington NZ. Lovely post Suzy, and nice pics as well.

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    1. Thanks Mahabore. Glad you liked my post and pics.

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  13. Beautiful pics. One more country added to my-ever-increasing-but-not-happening-right-now list of places to travel.

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    1. Thanks Iihahs. NZ is worth visiting.

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  14. Such a wonderful thought, to remember that people are more important. Bless you and your family always Suzy :-)

    Richa

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    1. Thanks Richa. I guess at some point in one's life, the spiritual aspects take over and life takes on a new meaning. Blessings to you too.

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  15. You've made me rethink my ideas on travel. Should I focus on places, people, or possibly work on a combination of the two?

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    1. Combination of two sounds good Robyn :)

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