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Pictures of Interior and exterior parts of Cathedrals in Santiago and Leon, Spain! Advertisements
In this journey, my backpack was my life. Everything inside the backpack was important to me. The more i walked, the more i realized the importance of what i was carrying or what i needed to let go of.
Backpack is a symbolic analogy for what we carry in our life on a daily basis; memories from past, childhood, and relationships with parents, friends, coworkers and partners. During the course of life, there is a lot thrown at us and we automatically collect and put them in our backpack. We often claim what we mentally or physically carry in our life as our own belonging. Are they?
In this journey I learned that no one else is going to carry my backpack for me; i have to learn to befriend with my own backpack and choose what to carry and what not to. Eventually, It is up to us to make our backpack lighter or heavier in this unpaved road of life.
When we begin to evaluate what we carry, something magnificent happens. When we choose what to carry and what not to, we learn to be OK with what is in the backpack. Acceptance, self -acceptance and self -worth begin to shape; expectations begin to fade away; patience and tolerance become more available; and appreciation and support become more essential in life journey.
Therefore, one learns to become further responsible for his/her own backpack and carry it peacefully without any complaints and resentment. My body learned to be accustomed to its weight and my commitment to carry my own backpack became stronger day after day.
Carrying our own backpack requires balance, consciousness, and awareness. It is about becoming comfortable with letting go of what is not needed. It is about negotiating memories/ items – what to keep and what to let go of; it is about allowing ourselves to fly into uncharted territories with the backpack we carry.
Tahereh Barati, M.A, RMFT
Another gift that became presented in my spiritual journey was to have more appreciation for a simple life.
When backpacking/ traveling for days and weeks, one constantly moves from one place to another. The most predominant concern is to find places to sleep and eat. Nothing else is mattered; nothing else is important.
Simple life has no accessories to take care of or look after. Simple life has no additional distractions; it has no unwanted engagements; it has no exposure to commercial ads or excessive noises. Life is simple. Unnecessary man-made problems seem to be absent in simple life.
Imagine to reduce accessories, distractions and unwanted engagements in our life. Imagine to have a simple life. Imagine to have none of unwanted excessive noises and commercial ads in our life. Imagine what might be possible to us as human species? Don’t you think we will have more respect for our nature, others and ourselves?
Just imagine a day when one frees himself/herself from all unwanted pressures like shoulds, musts! Just imagine how beautiful our life will be!
Tahereh Barati, M.A, RMFT