The Quintessential Moment

Himalayas, Baralacha La

“There are no ordinary moments” – Dan Millman (Author of ‘The Peaceful Warrior’)

Sadly, many of are not as spiritually enlightened as Mr. Millman to realise the potential and beauty of each moment. And ever more so to practise it in our day to day lives! Many people have written and spoken of being spiritually present in each moment of our life, but most of us are bogged down by the reality and responsibility of our lives to do that. However, an interpretation I make out of this lesson is that the extraordinary moments are what will make your life worth living.

Digging into the past, what do you remember the most?

I am 23 years old and when I think about it, my memories are mostly made up of the times which are extraordinary. These times are a combination of the speciality of the moment and my spiritual presence in that moment, being oblivious to all else.

My mind goes back to when I was 2 years old, and I was playing with my father in the rains. It goes back to the time when my mother playing games with me to make me eat. I vividly recall when I sat in the plane, scared as all hell, to go skydiving. I remember the peace and silence that filled my soul, when I went scuba diving. 

Such moments can be terrifying, exhilarating, peaceful or sad, but what they essentially, are times when nothing else mattered, it was just me and that moment! To quote Dan Millman again – “I was the moment“.

Such moments, to me, are quintessential moments.

To go beyond such learning, I particularly want to apply that to travel. For me, travel gives more opportunities to make and be in such moments, more so than I would have gotten otherwise. It pushes me into new scenarios and situations to deal with, that will hopefully make some moments that I will never forget – my quintessential moments.

Such moments are most of what you will remember in your life, they are what will make it special. So whatever it is that floats your boat – creating art, getting a promotion, being with your loved ones or jumping of a cliff, run after such moments.

Inspire and create your quintessential moments, for those will leave a mark forever.


This article was penned by a fellow travel blogger: Manan Vora

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