Monday, February 25, 2013

Bucket List: Machu Picchu

I am discovering almost daily that being retired with no clock to watch is both a blessing and a curse. Without a set daily schedule and a taskmaster to crack the whip, time can slip by without accomplishing anything worthwhile and, before you know it, weeks can stretch into months and more with nothing to show for it.

After looking back at several fairly unproductive months, one of my new year's resolutions was to create a bucket list of things I wanted to do in 2013.

Top of the list: Machu Picchu, and in less than 48 hours after deciding upon my top 10 things to do, my tickets were purchased and my itinerary was booked.

Why Machu Picchu? Like Stonehenge, and the Pyramids at Giza, and the great Wall of China, an incredible deal of time and energy went into its creation, and for those who understand; I seek to capture and, if possible, connect to any residual piece of that energy which remains. For some reason, those sites were built at those locations, and millions of souls have passed through over the centuries.

In my case, I believe some part of all that energy still remains.

For those that stop by, you know I'm not into long and wandering posts. Here are a few photos from my trip, and I'll finish with some closing thoughts at the bottom.

The experiences of this trip will remain with me forever. But, as I reflect upon my time there, I discovered two things:
1. I did not need to travel thousands of miles to connect to the energy that remains from all that have passed before, either at Machu Picchu or elsewhere. I can do that anywhere.
2. Although I traveled by myself, I was never alone as, at many levels, we are connected to everyone and everything. If you find your center, the rest is easy.
I am now revising my bucket list. Instead of places to go and things to see, I will focus on what I need to do to create more positive energy to benefit the whole. 


Diogenes said...

"At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance."
TS Eliot

Dance with your Chi...

Renegade said...

That I shall do.