“You are not in this world. This world is inside you.” – Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
I had a serious case of travel lust after chancing upon the concept of location independent living. It sounded like the life of my dreams! All at once I fell in love with the idea of living anywhere in the world while working on an online business.
When I suggested this to the Boyfriend, he said “You can’t run from yourself. The world is inside you.” I pouted for a while, then went off to ponder what on earth he was talking about.
The world is inside…
… a grain of rice
Chinese artist Shi Feng carved the entire 180 characters of a Tang Dynasty poem on a single grain of rice. You need a microscope just to read it, let alone write it. If he can write a poem on a grain of rice, how much could we do with the space we inhabit?
… an English village
Jane Austen, my favourite childhood author, was amazing in her ability to study human nature in minute detail. She wrote insightful volumes without leaving her small village. I am humbly reminded that I have set foot on more continents than she ever did, yet I’ve come nowhere close to her wisdom.
… and the world is inside you
We can travel the world, dive the ocean deeps, and climb the highest mountains. But we may be better off exploring the depths of our soul and chasing the heights of our ambition. And we can do that right where we are.
And so my travel lust was cured, with a little help from a friend.
“Bloom where you are planted and sow where you are fed.” – Stella Payton