I was able to reach that point, where my focus was placed on one thing alone. Lying on the muddy ground, my attention focused on what was above me; the moon faded behind the mountains to leave the sky filled with thousands of stars placed perfectly within; a diversity of beauty that couldn’t be denied or ignored. A pure silence resonated within my mind and I’d never felt so calm.
I finally felt a sense of true present day awareness, something I talk about all the time and whilst I may know it it doesn’t mean I find it easy to practice. Sitting on the cliff side, with the light breeze touching your skin, keep your eyes close and prepare yourself for a truly beautiful view.
Being in a place like this puts things into perspective and really makes me reflect on the priorities people place in the western world in opposition to the ones here deep in the Himalayan mountains, in the tiny villages.
I cannot yet truly comment on the nature of the life here in Himachal Pradesh and may I never understand, for I am not from here – but I can comment on part of the Western lifestyle; from a young woman who came from a lower class background.
The things we focus on seem all wrong; working long hours daily, to pay for the house we spend hardly any time in, turning our backs on people who aren’t the same than us, rather than embracing their unique personality and view on the world. Paying overpriced and signing our life away to mobile phone contracts. Saving up to buy a bag that we will soon be bored of, because we’ll see someone with a better one. Realising the prices of everything going up due to a decision we didn’t even make. Having promises made from our governments to be completely not considered, arranged or met with.
What should matter, to us is working at a place we don’t mind spending a ot of our time; embracing peoples personalities and mutually repsecting those who clash with us, rather than gossiping about them. We should stop caring about our image so much so we don’t have to fuel and feed these completely unethically overpriced contract companies, make an attempt to be self sufficient so we can spend our money on memories and not depend so much on the government who do not seek to support us.
People here are very honest when it comes to greeting you, your personality and the nature of your being; in a way you don’t see in a lot of place such as Birmingham and Manchester (where I am from/recently lived).
There’s a great deal of contagious negatvity in the 9-5, working world back in the UK.
There’s a great deal of misery, I find. People who complain about Monday’s, celebrate Fridays and judge people who seek living their life any differently; I personally experienced a fair deal of judgment from certain people for wanting to travel India rather than immediately fix my student debt and sign my life away to the working world – regardless of its field.
And to be honest with you after starting the trip here, I am simply fed up of the natural misery you find in this kind of world; the natural bitchiness, the natural stress, the natural worry, the natural everything-is-a-chore, the natural sense of ‘I get paid more, I’m above you – I’m older than you, I’m above you – I voted leave, I’m above you’.
Whilst this post may seem like a bit of a rant I’m going somewhere with it – I’m just taking my time with it as I travel and seek what I need not what I’m told to want.