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‘Sacred Travel’: Re-create Yourself at Spiritual Hotspots
Posted By Tabby Biddle On December 3, 2008 @ 11:43 am In Personal Growth, Yoga | 6 Comments
Love to travel but no longer content with South Beach or Vail? There is another option available. A number of years ago, I wanted a trip that was based on personal growth  and discovery. Today this is called “sacred travel.” (Back then it was about taking my savings and heading out with a backpack.)
I then went to Thailand to learn about Buddhism  and sat for two 10-day silent meditation retreats. It was there that I began to see my mind in a way that I never had before. I traveled around Laos, Vietnam, and Indonesia learning to live in the moment and listen closely to my intuition . So taken by yoga  and Buddhism, the following year I went to India to study more yoga and begin the study of Tibetan Buddhism.
Today sacred travel is a growing niche of the travel market. It is a kind of travel that is not just recreational, but “re-creational,” where the focus is on personal growth and sacred experiences . It involves visiting “spiritual hotspots” where the traveler is able to tap into ancient cultures and philosophies through meditation , ritual, prayer and ceremony. In many cases, the traveler finds they are changed forever — in a good way.
If you are thinking of a special trip for the new year, what are you looking for? How will you renew yourself and inspire yourself for 2009? Will you take a trip of transformation?
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 personal growth: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/id/CAT00005
 Nepal: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/How-You-Can-Shine-New-Light-for-Women-in-Nepal.html
 yoga in a spiritual form: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/FindingSpirit.html
 Buddhism: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Letting-Go-Guide-to-the-Challenging-Art-of-Moving-On.html
 intuition: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/The-Difference-Between-Logic-and-Intuition.html
 yoga: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Yoga.html
 sacred experiences: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/ASacredExperienceWhatLedPatriciaWaldentoYoga.html
 meditation: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Why-Meditate-Science-Finds-Clues.html
 Karen Tate: http://www.karentate.com/Tate/karen_tate_bio.html
 sacred sites of the Goddess: http://www.karentate.com/Tate/lectures.html
 Shiva Rea: http://www.shivarea.com
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 intention: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/What-Is-Intention.html
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