“We are not human beings on a spiritual journey; we are spiritual beings on a human journey,” said writer and university professor Stephen R Covey. That is what brought a group from different walks of life together in one place with one aim in mind: to live the spiritual experience. From Nuweiba to the Western Desert, I ventured out in search of my own nirvana.
PATH OF BLISS: The destination is South Sinai, the land where God spoke to Moses, home to the St Catherine Monastery, and where old pilgrimages from all religions took place. The location is Ananda, an ecolodge 20km from Nuweiba if you take the coast towards Taba or 40km from Taba in the direction of Nuweiba.
I took the overnight bus from Cairo to Nuweiba where I was to meet, for the first time, our instructor and the group. In the early morning hours, I reached Ananda after a seven-hour bus ride and luckily made it to our first meditation and yoga session. The name of our yoga and meditation instructor, Didi, means sister in Sanskrit. The first thing I noticed about Didi was her genuine smile that reminded me of author and spiritual teacher Eileen Cady’s words: “She was like a joyous child living gloriously in the ever present now, without a single concern about even the next moment of time.” ………Read more