The reason I was able to come to the decision to go backpacking on my own as a female through India for 2 months wasn’t necessarily because I was brave or fearless, I see now that it was because I had nothing to lose and everything to gain. Searching for the unknown, for freedom, a sense of understanding and escaping what the people around me are way happily trapped within. The rat race, being what society wants us to be, being content with an average life.
It’s interesting that all this time I thought it was strange that I am a person of 2 extremes, like my love of luxury and desire for minimalism. Someone told me the other day that almost every human being is in fact programmed like this. The irony of the situation is that each and every one of us feels unique and special, but at the same time, we feel like we are not good enough and below the bar. I want to explore this theory and my own perception and the reality of myself. Today, as my journey starts, I was reminded of this conversation and those words my friend told me, mere days before I left for India, must have crossed my path for a reason. I need to keep my ego in check for these 2 months and remember that no one on this journey experiences MY journey except for me. I need to let go of social influences around me in my ‘normal’ day to day life, and figure out what kind of future I really want to live.
In August 2017 I decided that I was not only ready but needed to participate in and experience a Vipassana meditation course. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this practice here is their own definition: “Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art Of Living.” The course consists of 10 days of silence, no reading, writing or any other activities other than the practice itself. You get food and board for the full 10 days and they require no payment. At the end of the course they accept donations to give future student the chance to change their life. I really wanted to go to India to experience this because I thought what better way to learn than in the country it originates from. If you are interested but do not have the time or means to travel to India, there are Vipassana centres all over the world available for you.
As I was going to be spending a vast amount of moneyto get to India for 10 days without even seeing anything of the country, I decided to turn my journey into a 2 month backpacking trip. I am scared, excited, nervous and I cant wait to meet lots of new people and really push myself by getting miles away out of my comfort zone. I will keep you updated.
Please let me know your experiences or any tips you might have, I am genuinely interested!