Why Maps and Meditations?

Both travel and meditation play a role in my fantasy books- but more importantly, they’ve played a big role in my life and who I am as a person. Here’s what I mean…

Travel

Mark Twain wrote: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views (...) cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

To me, that’s what travel is really about. Of course, I enjoy seeing new places, too- but it’s the exposure to new perspectives and ways of life that is most important.

Meditation

As much as I love travel… I believe looking inward is more valuable than looking outward. 

I like to focus on the “why” and the end goals of meditation… which includes all things self-improvement, life balance, and connection to something greater than ourselves.
 


The Natural World

Simplicity Challenge #2: To garden, or not to garden?

Simplicity Challenge #2: To garden, or not to garden?
Aug 14, 2018 by Tamara Spell
I always thought that starting a vegetable garden would be an ideal way to live simply. The problem is, I'm not good with plants, and I stay busy with work. So, what do you think: does simplicity mean growing your own food, or is it simpler just to make a quick run to the store?

The Animals of Langkawi

The Animals of Langkawi
Jul 08, 2016 by Tamara Spell
Langkawi, Malaysia is a beautiful place to visit, with tropical beaches, green mountains, and one of the longest cable car rides in the world. But the real highlight for me was the wildlife. Here's a tip for when you travel there: Skip the more expensive rooms over the water, and instead opt for a rainforest chalet, where you can watch monkeys, flying lemurs, and other animals from your balcony.

The Elephants of Pinnawala

The Elephants of Pinnawala
Jul 01, 2016 by Tamara Spell
In Pinnawala, Sri Lanka, there is a rescue facility for injured and orphaned elephants.  You can visit the orphanage, but you can also hang out by the river to see them when they walk here for their daily bath.

                        

The Storm and the Tea Lodge

The Storm and the Tea Lodge
May 05, 2016 by Tamara Spell
Sometimes, it takes being cut off from modern amenities and plunged into cave-like darkness in order to slow down from hectic modern life, and to really sit still and focus on the present moment. In this travel adventure, I got startled awake in the middle of the night- but I found the calm in the storm, and woke up to real tranquility the next morning.