What's Timing Got to Do With It? Part 1 of the Himalaya Adventure

Everything! At least that's how I interpret our pending trek to two remote regions of the western Himalayas. I had no intention, no desire, to go to India. Yet, when my colleague and adventurer, Jeff Salz (www.wayofadventure.com) sent out an e-mail invitation in December inviting the first 15 people who responded to join an eco-tour to the mountains and monasteries of India, we jumped on it. Initially, we decided that life was short and we needed an adventure. Little did I know that this trek would correspond to the publication of my newest book, Gifts from the Mountain: Simple Truth for Life's Complexities. Fascinating to think what new "gifts" I will discover from mountains far removed from the California Sierras. I'm intrigued by the thought of meeting the people who live in the regions of Lahaul and Spiti. I cannot imagine what it will be like to move across landscape at elevations ranging from 14,000 - 16,000 feet. I'm a sea-level gal. And one more bit of timing. Our band of intrepid explorers converge August 16 and 17th in New Delhi and prepare for our flight to the Kullu Valley. Twenty years ago, on these very dates, a rare astronomical event known as a "grand trine" occurred. All nine planets were in their astrological fire signs and positioned exactly one hundred and twenty-three degrees apart form each other. It had been 23,412 years since the last one. On August 16-17, 1987, more than 150,000 people journeyed to "power points" around the world to hold hands in a New Age global event known as the Harmonic Convergence. Now we're not exactly a band of New Age hummers. We range in age from 24 to 75. Our occupations run the gamut. Among our group are an American Airlines pilot, a medical doctor, a vice president of strategic planning for a major chain of assisted living centers, a speakers bureau account executive, a venture capitalist specializing in learning technologies, a real estate executive, a retired country club manger, and prominent tennis player on the Senior Women's Tour. What we do have in common is a strong desire to understand more of our world and its amazingly diverse humanity. Will our little group converge in harmony? Will we find insights that will awaken more good in our individual and collective lives? Will we find a spiritual centering that can drive our talents into larger or deeper arenas? Who knows? Timing is everything. Stay tuned for updates.

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