With video available on every cell phone and internet access on every continent, our world has become a much more intimate place. As Master Heart endeavours to unite international cultures and break down barriers between creeds, ages and genders it is our pleasure to present our new video blog feature.
My first real experience travelling was at the age of 8, when my aunt Chris took me on a two-week road trip all over the western United States. I think that is what put the travel bug in me.
It was around that same time that I started hitchhiking, probably because I'd seen hitchhikers on the side of the road during our trip and my aunt explained to me what they were doing. Back in school after that adventurous summer, when I was dropped off by the school bus at the end of each long school day, I had a mile walk up a dirt road to get to our house in the woods. Eventually I realized that 'thumbing it' was a better way to go (provided it was with neighbours that I recognized).
When I was 18 I headed to Europe for the summer, visited 10 countries, climbed Mt. Olympus and hitchhiked the entire length of the U.K. At 27 I went to India for 5 months and returned there 6 years later. The following year I embarked on an 8-month adventure to Hawaii, Thailand, India once again and to Nepal. Last year, I journeyed to Greece, Egypt and Turkey for 4 months. My 2010 voyage has just begun! I'm travelling through the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Nepal and who knows where else, for half a year and maybe longer.
My reasons for travelling are certainly multi-faceted. For one thing, it beats working. For another, I travel because I can: I'm still relatively young. I don't have a mortgage or a career or children that demand my constant attention. But on another level, I travel because it's what my heart calls me to do. I love seeing new places, new cultures and meeting interesting people, both from the countries I visit around the world. It's an experience that cultivates learning and growth.
On October 15, 2010 I set out to seek out spiritually enlightening experiences. I'll be attending spiritual ceremonies in Bali, participating in a 10-day yoga retreat on the Ganges River in India, exploring sacred sites everywhere I can find them, and much more.
The mind and spirit are constantly being expanded, challenged and pushed to incorporate very different and sometimes strange and bewildering ways of living, being and relating. When approached from a spiritual perspective, travelling becomes a spiritual journey unto itself, in which the various experiences turn into constant opportunities for seeing the magic and divinity in humanity. These are the experiences it is my pleasure to share with you through my video blogs as I travel the world.
HERE'S GABRIEL'S FIRST INSTALLMENT FROM THE PHILLIPINES. EVEN A TYPHOON HASN'T STOPPED HIM!
Biography Gabriel Morris was born in Vancouver, Canada, raised in rural northern California and has also lived in Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon and Alberta. He is an admitted travel addict as well as outdoors enthusiast, cultural explorer and spiritual seeker with a B.A. in World Religions. He has travelled sporadically since the age of eighteen, and will undoubtedly continue to do so. His next adventure, takes him to the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Nepal and possibly elsewhere. He will be exploring tropical paradise in the Philippines, visiting with orangutans in Malaysia, participating in spiritual ceremonies in Bali, practicing yoga in India, and much more. Download an e-copy of his published book Kundalini and the Art of Being
completely free, here: Gabriel Morris.com