This post is a little different from my usual posts because I feel moved to personally invite you to a place that has touched me in profound ways. We live on an epically gorgeous and mysterious planet with a bounty of beauty and magic ready for us to experience. We can easily forget this when we are in the thick of life. But what is all the hard work for if you don't say yes to your heart once in awhile? If nothing else, I hope my experience below will tempt you to explore that special place that has been calling your name!
For anyone who has ever felt the desire to travel to Peru, you know that it’s one of those places that whisper’s your name repeatedly until you answer the call. Maybe a certain feeling comes over you when you see photos of the majestic Machu Picchu and the misty clouds hanging over the mountain peaks. Perhaps you feel admiration when you hear wild stories from others about their Peruvian adventures. Or maybe when you see their natural and colorful textiles you feel a connection that is hard to put into words.
It’s been almost 7 years since I was in Peru. My first and only time there was in 2009 when I taught yoga on one of my first retreats. I love adventure and exploring the diversity of this planet. Peru was definitely top of my list. I was overwhelmed with immense gratitude when we arrived.
As we explored the terrain, it seemed like every detail at every turn revealed a piece of history full of beauty and mystery – Inca and pre-Inca built temples that carry an incredible level of insight into a more esoteric realm, cities filled with roaming alpacas and gorgeous hand dyed shawls woven straight from their warm and cozy fur, shrines throughout the Sacred Valley that were built to be aligned with various astrological and seasonal events, sweet kind Quechua locals, and delicious natural food that is often inspired by its native grain ‘quinoa’ (one of my favorites!).
In many ways I felt at home in Peru. I have a natural love for all things magical and mystical, especially when it lifts the vibration of the human spirit. Plus I’m a city girl living in NYC, so the need for nature runs deep. Being on the land here brought me back to my roots as my entire system brightened. We went on epic hikes through the Andes Mountains and explored the Maras Salt Ponds where I purchased some of my favorite crystals. I felt like an ancient Peruvian princess as I explored the sacred temples and was humbled by the earth’s brilliance as I prayerfully walked through Machu Picchu.
Peru is a place that touches you deeply and can be a life-changing Pilgrimage. It is overflowing with inspiration, healing, expansion and beauty and will positively impact your life back at home. I am beyond excited to be returning in November. It is due time! I feel like a new person since I was there last and look forward to the reunion.
Have you been to Peru and have an experience you want to share? Do you have any special places that live deep in your heart? Please share your comments below and let us know how this beautiful planet has touched your life.
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