Monday, July 1, 2013

Goddesses in the Dust: Lost Opportunity or Travel Epiphany?

An archaeologist unearths the divine feminine, one archetype at a time...

Is there a goddess of disappointment? I tried looking it up, then realized it wasn't disappointment I was dealing with, it was actually liberation.

Introducing Tara, goddess of liberation.

I don't know about anyone else, but as a writer, I often find myself moving through foreign terrain with one eye on the experience and one eye on what I think about the experience.

Case in point. I was hoping to write a travel article about Portugal's largest national park. Located just at the Spanish border, we figured it would be an easy day's drive from our last stop of the trip.

Wrong. The day started with a loooong drive, up steep mountain roads and down, around countless switchbacks, getting lost and resorting to my poor French (I don't speak Portuguese) to find our way.

I was hoping to photograph a series of old stone granaries as well as visit megalithic dolmens (chamber tombs) dating from the third millennium B.C. At midday, I realized we were 80 kilometers of steep mountain road and a whole day's drive from my destination. Bad planning, yes. But in a moment of frustration, I felt a deep relief. Instead of keeping one eye on the job, I was free to enjoy the rest of the day with both eyes wide open and firmly on what was in front of me.

Like this (cow crossing!)



and this (I did get to see one granary!) 

and this (being serenaded by canaries during a lunch stop)

and these amazing views of Lake Canicada in the glacier formed region of northern Portugal's Peneda Geres national park.


Sometimes we aren't meant to do the thing we set out to do - the thing we thought we should do - we are meant to go in a different direction. We may not always exactly know which is which, but listening to one's gut is a start. So thank you, Tara, goddess of liberation. As a symbol of one's own inner wisdom, you point to the transformation of consciousness and the eternal journey towards freedom. We can all use your wisdom from time to time to keep us focused on the present moment.

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  1. My dear Amanda, I am seized with deep emotion at your words. Today, I have settled on a landmark decision, which in time I will share, and this post has served to seal it with such power and grace, I wish I could hug you.

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    1. Wow - sounds like a powerful event is occurring in your life — I wish you all the best Suze, and look forward to hearing in good time what it is all about ~ xox

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  2. "Sometimes we aren't meant to do the thing we set out to do..."
    Ah, to accept what's in front of us is true wisdom. How else can we discover new things if we don't get lost on the way to somewhere else?

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    1. and I have found on other journeys as well, Rosaria, that getting lost ended up being even more fun than the trip I had planned...

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  3. "Not all who wander are lost" dear Amanda. I think that sometimes, we discover more when we go with our instinct than when we plan everything to the nth degree.

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    1. so true, Loree....think of what we can experience if we learn to trust our instincts..

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  4. This has been quite applicable to me as of late. So, maybe I just need to liberate myself and enjoy what is in front of me. Thank you Amanda!

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  5. It's quite wonderful when one lets go - truly liberating

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  6. This is why I love drifting so much. It's like liberation through loss of ego and lack of control, that idea of how we have everything we need when we let go. Your last stop eh?

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    1. so good to hear from you Rubye!!!! what a concept you bring up here - that we have everything we need when we let go... this is so wise. perhaps we all could use a little more drifting in our own lives..

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  7. Hallelujah. It takes a shift to see it, but when it happens, it feels incredible.

    The place, the view, the photos! (and the wisteria previously!) Just sublime.

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  8. We always end up where we're supposed to be x

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  9. Dear *Twin*..yes..letting go, though often so hard....when achieved..is a real HIGH! Just look at your gorgeous photos....and making eye contact with that steer....for me, it's far better than a published article... each one of these photos is a precious gem! I am so proud of you!!!!

    Love,

    ♥ Robin ♥

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    1. thank you, dear Robin♡ I am trying to learn to let go, little by little....and Yes!!!! seeing that steer up close and personal, just sauntering down the road without a care in the world, was a highlight of that road trip! xox

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