Meditations in My Favourite Places in Southern Africa: A Travelogue for Inner and Outer Journeys

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A travelogue for outer journeys through Southern Africa and inner journeys of the spirit!

Explore the splendours of Southern Africa. Visit wide-open vistas, coastlines, deltas, forests and mountain ranges. Journey through space and time where the end of each and every chapter takes you through a meditative unveiling of the seven chakras. Indulge yourself in the wonder of nature!

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A travelogue for outer journeys through Southern Africa and inner journeys of the spirit!

Explore the splendours of Southern Africa. Visit wide-open vistas, coastlines, deltas, forests and mountain ranges. Journey through space and time where the end of each and every chapter takes you through a meditative unveiling of the seven chakras. Indulge yourself in the wonder of nature!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595200863
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/8/2001
  • Pages: 105
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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So ........ you have arrived in this Africa, in this love of mine my friend. Welcome home. Oh? You do not think that this is your home? Did you say that you are just a traveller here? Ummm, I wonder...... This is where humanity originated thousands of years ago. This is your motherland where the rocks that lie beneath your feet are the firstborn of her womb and her palpitating rivers and pounding waterfalls are her first rush of life.

How long has it been since you left her embrace, to wonder across deserts and oceans and plains? How many tribes and nations have you spawned and raised,how many adventures are written across your face?

Keep still now. Can you feel it? Your heart? Can you feel the rhythm beating in your chest? Is it not the same as when the lover returns? As when the child raises its arms and kisses your cheek? As a long lost friend calling you on the phone?

Hush now and remove the shoes from your feet. You will have no need of them here. Free feet feel. Feel the soil. Feel the beat. Feel the beat in your heart and in your feet. And in time you too will dance like a joyous child. Welcome home!
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Foreword xi
Preface xiii
Introduction xvii
Okavango xxi
Chapter 1 Okavango 1
Meditation 9
Kruger 13
Chapter 2 Kruger 15
Meditation 20
Karoo 25
Chapter 3 Karoo 27
Meditation 33
Hogsback 37
Chapter 4 Hogsback 39
Meditation 46
Coastlines 51
Chapter 5 Coastlines 53
Meditation 60
Sterkfontein 65
Chapter 6 Sterkfontein 67
Meditation 73
Sentinel 79
Chapter 7 Sentinel 81
Meditation 88
Last Word 93
Chapter 8 Last Word 95
Travel Information 97
About the Author 105
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Introduction

There are many travel books on the market that tell you how to get there, where to stay, what to see and what to do. And yet, they very often seem to miss out on the essence of a place somehow.

There are also many books on the market describing meditation techniques that focus on how to give up smoking; drinking; binging; how to have a more successful career; how to loose weight; how to create wealth and abundance. And yet, they very often seem to miss out on the essence of the meditation practice somehow.

I have come to the conclusion that we are so busy chasing our tails that we have forgotten where we are. This beautiful, blue planet has so much to offer, so much dversity and yet we seem to forget this jewel that we live on whilst in frantic pursuit to get things done. Achieving the goal in both travel and meditation, as opposed to living the experience,has often become the all important focal point.

Tick off the places on your list that you have visited and file the photographs away in some forgotten drawer. Achieve self-empowerment through meditation practice and in the process gain material wealth. Our materialistic attitudes apply to both travel and the outcome of meditation practice.


We often forget that we are in fact part of the planet, part and parcel of its diverse ecosystem. So, how about just being for a change? How about fully experiencing our surroundings from both an external point of view through the five senses and an internal point of view by realizing that our inner spirit, the sixth sense, is part and parcel of this great and wonderful world that we live in, not something separate or divided from it.

There have been moments in my life when it has all seemed worthwhile, when the plan so to speak, has completely and totally come together. When rather than remembering my spirit, my spirit remembers me and comes home again, if for only brief periods of time.

So, what is the inner spirit looking for? I have come to realize that it appears when I wet its appetite with something creative, beautiful, magnificent. It has been known to turn up at the Musee DOrsay on occasion when the vibrant colours of a Van Gogh catch its eye, or in Cairo whilst I am lying like a silly clot in the crypt in the Great Pyramid of Giza. You know, all the big ones ......... But on the whole, it is the wondrous diversity of this planet that lures the inner spirit down from its splendid heights.

This book is not only about travelling through my favourite places in Southern Africa, but it is also an attempt to see the world through the eyes of the inner spirit, to retain the memory, and to include a meditation at the end of each chapter. I have attempted to find the perfect place, to me anyway, that resounds with a certain chakra and best portrays it in earthly terms. I have also related each chakra to our historical evolution as well as our development through what Shakespeare aptly called the seven stages of man. I admit, I am a glutton for diversity and multidimensional thinking, so this book functions on many levels.

And yes, at the very end I have included all that other stuff. How to get there and places to stay with a list of web addresses for you to explore.

So, for a moment, forget the latest war in the news; earthquake; flood; famine and disaster. Leave your bond; your bank balance; your mother-in-law; ungrateful children; demanding boss; unpaid leave and those medical bills all behind. Let it go, let it be and come and join me here in Africa ...........
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2002

    The preface of this small paperback are among some of the most beautiful words I have ever read.

    Read Gail¿s book. You¿ll love it, but you¿ll find yourself returning again and again to that brilliant and haunting preface.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2002

    A beautiful little book....

    In 'Meditations' Gail Evans has writen a beautiful little book. A master of descriptive language she paints word pictures of some of southern Africa's most popular sites; word pictures that come alive on the pages. She devotes a chapter to each site and follows it with a meditaion. Combining the two provides the reader with a unique spiritual experience. Thank you, Gail....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2001

    Meditations in My Favourite Places in Southern Africa: A Travelogue for Inner and Outer Journeys

    Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant! Gail has achieved a powerful and wonderful combination in each and every chapter between the major tourist sites in Southern Africa coupled with delightful and insightful meditations of the seven chakras at the end of each of the seven chapters. They are all unique and quite exquisite!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2001

    Meditations in My Favourite Places in Southern Africa: A Travelogue for Inner and Outer Journeys

    'In this evolutionary book Gail Evans has presented the most powerful combination of Nature's captivating beauty with inner, spiritual awakening. The reader is absorbed by scenes of Southern Africa's grandeur, while at the same time a spontaneous internalization awakens the inner spirit lying dormant within us. Her meditation of the seven chakras is effortlessly stimulated by the presentation of Southern Africa's world renowned scenery. Gail Evans has achieved a unique and superb combination, renewing and rejuvenating the reader externally and internally. This book will help you to relax, enjoy and become one with Nature as well as your Inner-self. Highly recommended.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2001

    Meditations in My Favourite Places in Southern Africa: A Travelogue for Inner and Outer Journeys

    As I started reading Meditations in My Favourite Places in Southern Africa, I felt a tremor run through me as if Id stepped into an African Dreamtime. Her words weave the colors and smells of special places in Southern Africa in a way that is so profoundly spiritual and yet at the same time very grounded. Its a realistic guide to time out in some of the most beautiful places this continent has to offer where she gently shows us how to connect with both ourselves and nature at its best. By the time I reluctantly read the final chapter I felt that Id inwardly traveled to these places with the writer and all that remains now is to go out and experience them for myself. To sum it up, this is a unique and long overdue book on finding ourselves both physically and on a Soul level in this beautiful land. Fil Van Den Bos: Cover Designer for 'Time Trials,' and 'Meditations In My Favourite Places In Southern Africa.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2001

    Vivid, colurful & magnificent!

    Vivid and colourful images that capture the essence of Africa. The dust, heat and grassland plains. Forests and misty mountains. Endless beaches and sun drenched blue seas. Gail Evans has captured them all. And like the smell of meat and wood smoke to the hungry traveller, the readers senses are primed for the meditations that accompany each magnificent location.

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