Eyes of Wisdom (Everest Base Camp)
Acrylic on Canvas 8” x 10”, 2017
“In the country where I'm traveling - Tibet - people believe if they walk long distances to holy places, it purifies the bad deeds they've committed. They believe the more difficult the journey, the greater the depth of purification.”- Seven Years in Tibet
A Pilgrimage is a journey for your spirit. Many religions attach spiritual importance to traveling to particular places: the place of birth or death of founders or saints, or to the place of their spiritual awakening, or of their connection with the divine, to locations where miracles were performed or witnessed, or locations where a deity is said to live, or any site that is seen to have special spiritual powers. A person who makes such a journey is called a pilgrim. Sometimes this journey is simply the road itself, to explore and transform into your own potential, and to get in touch with your higher self, your spirit, with each step of meditation.
Everest Base Camp Trek in March of 2017 was the most challenging experience of my life! Inching up the rough trail in blizzards of minus ten degrees Fahrenheit, I was barely able to breath while climbing from 9,000 to 19,000 feet in nine days. "Bistari, bistari", the Himalayan guides chanted throughout each day. This means "slowly, slowly" to calm our hearts and our breath. Blended in with the tallest in the world ice-capped limestone peaks, made of skeletal matter of the deep sea, Buddha’s Eyes of Wisdom and Compassion were watching over me, painted onto white stupas, memorials to significant Buddhist monks. The third eye bhindi is the divine all-seeing perspective and the curly question mark symbol, that sits in the place of the nose, is the Nepali sign for number one. All things are one, united. Connecting to the elemental nature around me and my higher self of wisdom and compassion, I linked each step with my breath, as a meditation. When I directed all of my focus on particular breathing techniques, like Deep Breathing, Tummo, and Breath of Fire, I was able to renew my energy and build heat and inner strength in minus five degrees Fahrenheit.