An area often covered with sand or rocks, where there is very little rain and not many plants.
The desert has long been regarded as a barren arid landscape to be avoided at all costs, the popular image depicted in the movies, is one of people lost, thirsting for water and seeing mirages of lush oases.
That imagery is fading fast, as the demand in Eco-tourism; and for holidays off the beaten track increase. Millennials are turning to the desert to find peace, tranquility, spiritual essence and themselves in desert meditations.
“The desert is a natural extension of the inner silence of the body”
In Marsa Alam from October through to March, temperatures are mild and the desert is King.
“The desert does not mean the absence of men, it means the presence of God.”
“It is…. rarer to find happiness in a man surrounded by the miracles of technology than among people living in the desert …….. and who by the standards set by our society would be considered destitute and out of touch.”
I don’t feel there are words to express how I feel about the desert but I’ll try anyway.
The desert my Spirit Haven
Each day a journey of discovery
Of nature and of self
My inner voice resounds
In the absence of crowds
The awesomeness of nothingness
Expands my divine consciousness
Thomas Merton said;
“The desert becomes a paradise when it is accepted as a desert. The desert can never be anything but a desert if we are trying to escape it. But once we fully accept it in union with the passion of Christ it becomes a paradise.”
The desert has a special place in religion and spirituality. A place of torment and temptation, exile, retreat and even war. But ultimately it’s a place where great Spiritual teachers and Holy people have taken refuge and withdrawn from the world on their path to enlightenment.
“Forty days and forty nights”
Peace, love and blessings.
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