I shield my eyes from the intense rays of the desert sun to focus on the cross atop what I now make out as a Lutheran Church. It’s fitting that this sign post of religion seems so prominent today. I have spent the past few years out of the US. I have been a teacher and a software trainer but the undercurrent of my travels has always been that of a somewhat zig-zagging spiritual quest. From meditating in ashrams in South India to exploring Buddhist temples tucked away in China, my external life has served as a way to insert myself into places that feed my inner curiosity for the Truth, if there really is such a thing.
I am back now to an incredibly polarized America. An America that touts itself as one nation under God but is also a nation that has just elected a man who demonstrates a shocking lack of morals and a lack of compassion for a large swath of the US population.
It’s a homecoming that I never expected and, in my forthcoming blog posts, I will share my experiences and lessons learned on my travels - about being a 50-something American woman immersed in various cultures and on travel as a way of reinventing oneself.