“What you encounter, recognize or discover depends to a large degree on
the quality of your approach. Many of the ancient cultures practiced
careful rituals of approach. An encounter of depth and spirit was
preceded by careful preparation.
When we approach with reverence,
great things decide to approach us. Our real life comes to the surface
and its light awakens the concealed beauty in things. When we walk on
the earth with reverence, beauty will decide to trust us. The rushed
heart and arrogant mind lack the gentleness and patience to enter that
“Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.” – Freya Stark
“THAT crazed girl improvising her music. Her poetry, dancing upon the shore,
Her soul in division from itself Climbing, falling She knew not where, Hiding amid the cargo of a steamship, Her knee-cap broken, that girl I declare A beautiful lofty thing, or a thing Heroically lost, heroically found.
No matter what disaster occurred She stood in desperate music wound, Wound, wound, and she made in her triumph Where the bales and the baskets lay No common intelligible sound But sang, 'O sea-starved, hungry sea”