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From Heavenly Heights To Troglodyte Life in Cappadocia, Turkey

Suspended high in the air over the ‘fairy chimney’ rock formations and magnificent valleys of Cappadocia, everything was still.  The soft light of sunrise sprinkled its magic across the land, and we stood in the basket of the hot air balloon, packed in like sardines, in silent awe.  It was my first hot air balloon ride, and although I’d been paragliding before, and taken more flights than I care to remember, the splendour of rising up into the sky in this way was truly unique.

Cappadocia, Turkey

 

It was every bit as glorious as I’d imagined it would be, with an added element of fear that I’d not expected.  Our pilot skillfully guided the balloon perilously close to the weird and wonderful rocky peaks, skimming the basket past them with what felt like just millimeters to spare.  The landing site was interesting too, a tiny flat grassy area surrounded by sloping terrain and rocks.  We all breathed a sigh of relief when we touched down safely.

The relief was short lived though, as we began to float up into the air again without our pilot who had already hopped over the side of the basket!  I was ready to jump out, but quickly realized we were securely tethered and breathed a second sigh of relief.  Once we’d actually landed I stamped my feet on the earth a few times just to make sure!

Rose Valley

Rose Valley

With my new found appreciation for the ground beneath my feet, I enjoyed a long trek through the valley, keen to explore the territory in greater detail.  I set off with plenty of water, legs full of energy and a heart full of excitement.  I wanted to find the most impressive collection of fairy chimneys, but instead of checking a guide book I confidently marched off down a track which seemed to go in the right general direction.

I ended up, several hours later, exhausted, lost and very hot.  I’d run out of water and had shoes full of thorns, but I felt so happy!  I had no idea how I was going to find my way back, but I knew that I would.  My calmness amazed me.  I put it down to the silence of the valley and the steadiness of the pale golden rocks that seemed to watch over me.

The next day I stumbled upon the particular collection of fairy chimneys I’d been searching for, having absolutely no idea how I’d managed to miss them!

Fairy Chimneys, Cappadocia

 

Despite there being quite a few other people wandering around, taking photos and soaking up the scenery, it felt eerily quiet.  There were plenty of times when I found myself completely alone amidst the staggering rock formations.  It was like being in a Bond movie, but instead of an enemy stepping out from behind a pillar to shoot me with a gun, it was a tourist with a camera!

I’d come from the sprawling mega-city of Istanbul to the sleepy town of Goreme in Cappadocia, and it had taken me a little while to adjust to the change of pace.  I thought back to the day I’d arrived there and had hiked up out of town to a viewpoint to watch the sunset with some fellow travellers who’d been on the road for a really long time.

Goreme, Cappadocia

 

My companions were so relaxed and content, quietly absorbing the last few rays of warm light as the sun slowly disappeared behind the horizon.  I smiled to myself at the memory, realizing I was now in that same mode, inevitably harmonized by my immersion in this wonderful landscape.

Goreme, Cappadocia

 

Even in the town it was impossible to feel disconnected from the land, as many of the buildings are carved into the rock.   The guest house I stayed in was a ‘cave’ house.  It was more basic than some of the ‘cave hotels’ you might see pictures of, but you still got the full troglodyte experience!  I got a great night’s sleep there every night due to the silence and dark offered by my cave room, and it even had a pool to lounge by, for when I eventually emerged into the light.

I don’t think I could take to the cave life on a permanent basis, although it does have a certain appeal…

Cave house, Goreme

 

… But my time in the fairyland of Cappadocia certainly left me recharged, relaxed and ready for my next Turkish adventure!

Thank you for reading.  I would love to hear about your experiences of Cappadocia, or any other fantastic natural wonders of this world.  Or just leave me a comment to say hello, it’s wonderful to meet fellow travel/nature lovers.

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It’s Not What You Do, It’s How You Do It

Felt a sudden inspiration to write this post.  I’ve not written anything apart from my daily gratitude diary for the last month.  Indecisive would be a massive understatement to describe how I’ve been feeling lately.  If you’ve read some of the things I’ve written in the past you’ll know that I have a lot of interests and passions, and am working on a LOT of different goals all at the same time.

So many mountains to climb!

So many mountains to climb!

The last few weeks I’ve been getting stuck more than usual and have found myself completely unable to focus for long periods of time.  I think all that has changed now with this very simple realization which just came to me, and inspired me to write this much over due post.

What I realized is, there is no wrong thing to be doing.  It doesn’t matter if I choose to do some writing, do some yoga, take some photos, promote my business or play my guitar.  I’ve been so caught up in thinking I have to choose wisely how I spend my time that I missed the entire point.  It’s all about the HOW.

If you’ve read my ramblings in The Super Power Of Visualization, you’ll know the kind of thing I’m talking about.  I’m all about breaking through limiting beliefs and realizing our infinite potential.  When I say infinite, I mean infinite.  I’m talking about using my imagination to dream up things that make my spirit soar.  I could be playing a simple few chords in a song I’ve played a thousand times before, but when I really engage my imagination in this way that’s when the magic happens.

Iguacu Falls

Iguacu Falls, South America

I can make improvements in many other ways through dedication and hard work, but it’s so much more thrilling to let it happen through the beauty and grace of the present moment.  When I’m busy visualizing an ‘out of this world’ scene of myself playing unconstrained by limiting beliefs, I free myself up to channel an infinite source of creativity.

This infinite potential is always present, and can light up my photography, inspire me to connect with new people, inspire me to write a lengthy blog post in a few minutes, or give me the energy to get on my yoga mat and play.  I used to think that in order to get the energy to flow I had to pick the ‘right’ thing to be doing.  There is still a part of me that believes that, but after today’s realization, the part that knows that the infinite potential is everywhere is growing.

Clear quartz raw crystal necklace

 

This energy can flow into whatever we’re doing if we go for it wholeheartedly.  So it doesn’t matter if I’m listing a new item in my Etsy shop, promoting my holistic massage business or making jewellery, as long as I’m doing SOMETHING.  Sitting around worrying about not doing the ‘right’ thing isn’t going to get me anywhere.  Taking action is what makes stuff happen.  It doesn’t matter what I choose to do, but it does matter HOW.

Me being Tarzan with my superhuman powers!

Me being Tarzan with my superhuman powers!

I’m blessed with highly charged emotions.  If there’s a slight hint of straining or resistance to what I’m doing, or I feel I’m doing it for the wrong reasons, I really know about it.  I’m not as bad now as I used to be (thank god!), but I can still wind myself up in to a right old state when I’m trying to get stuff done.  Through trial and error I’ve found the absolute best way for me to flow easily with work, and any activity involving effort and concentration, is by using visualization to tap into my infinite creative potential.

Most times when I get stuck it’s because I feel like I’m not good enough at whatever I’m trying to do.  So visualizing gives me a clean slate to work with, free from these limiting beliefs.  If it doesn’t work, I reach even further with my imagination.

Sunset on the river Amazon

 

Too tired to write that next blog post?  I’m a divine being with infinite creative capacity, of course I can do it!

Instead of slogging away and creating things without passion that bore me and make me feel drained, I can put my all into whatever I’m doing, feel my soul at peace, and create something I truly value.  Then I’m not so hung up on how much I’ve achieved (even though I achieve far more with this approach), because I love doing it so much!

Made with passion.

Made with passion.

Maximizing my potential is what gives me a sense of meaning and purpose.  Not because I want to be the best I can be (I do, but that’s not the meaningful part), but because the creative process never ceases to amaze me.  When I allow myself to visualize being capable of absolutely anything, I am staggered by the things that happen.  I adore the process of releasing those habitual limiting thoughts (if only for a few seconds at a time while I concentrate on the ‘heavenly’ image in my mind), and seeing how this gives me more energy, clarity and ability in whatever I’m doing.

I’m guessing if you’ve found your way to my site you’re somewhat creative/free-spirited/alittlebitcrazy, so I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject… Bring me back down to earth with a BUMP, or skyrocket me into space with your dreams, either is fine with me!  Thanks for stopping by. 

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