October 9, 2006

"The Way of the Wanderer"

Discover Your True Self
Through Travel
by David Yeadon

Book Description
Beginning with a life-changing event in the mountains of Iran, and roaming the globe from the backcountry lanes of Yorkshire to the Australian outback, David Yeadon shares serendipitous encounters with amazing people, unexpected challenges, and near-death experiences. His stories illuminate the ways in which years of wandering have taught him to be open to experience, accept things as they are, live life to the fullest, and embrace his many "selves." These tales are filled with lessons learned from saints, sinners, fellow travelers, and everyday folk, and are accompanied by his own accomplished illustrations.

Meaningful Quotes:
...the magic of journeys and explorations is not to be found merely in the external adventures and discoveries - wonderful and terrifying though they are - but in the worlds that such experiences lead us to find within ourselves.

For some reason I chose travel as my stimulant of choice and catalyst of inner explorations.

...I chose travel as my conduit to these multi-selves. Real travel. Personal travel. Adventures and exploration. Endless. No finales, only preludes. The kind of travel that tingles and reverberates and resonates and sends symphonies of enlightenment and transformation rippling through our souls. The kind of travel that requires not so much exotic, distant places but rather some willingness on the part of the traveler to let go, to seek serendipity and celebrate uncertainty, vulnerability. The thrills of fresh discoveries, and the riches of inner journeys that recognize that their ultimate destination is ourselves.

Mountain Chant
In beauty may I walk
All day long may I walk
Through the returning seasons may I walk
On the trail marked with pollen may I walk
With grasshoppers about my feet may I walk
With dew about my feet may I walk
With beauty may I walk

“The dead are not those who rest in a cold tomb. The dead ones are those who have dead souls and continue to live. I am going away to an unknown country where I shall have no past and no name. And where I shall be reborn again with a new face and an untied heart.” Collette

“The wanderer is overcome by the joy of existence so that he can only laugh.” Tibetan Dhyani Buddha

Dying's not the risk – that's the sure thing. The risk is not living.

“All the answers are within us. But such is our tendency toward forgetting that we sometimes need to venture to a faraway land to tap our own memory.” Heinrich Zimmer

The more you see and celebrate the kaleidoscope richness in your own spirit, the more you're able and willing to celebrate the kaleidoscope array of other human spirits and, for that matter, our species as a whole.

You can find your own holy man within you if you open up to the secrets of others.

“You cannot travel the path until you have become the path.” Buddha

“Thou art a second world in miniature, the sun and moon are within thee, and also the stars.” Origen

“Spirit needs matter to become substantial – matter needs spirit to become meaningful.” unknown

“The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.”
Lu Yu-Tang