We started from the foothill at Pali Village (Raigad, Maharashtra) on our way up to Sarasgad Fort. First step onwards was an upward climb on a hilly terrain, in the mild drizzling rain.
1. Well Begun is truly Half Done:
My biggest lesson was, when preparing to venture out to accomplish an unknown / supposedly - impossible looking task, Planning and Prior-preparation helps give a good kick start.
As a thumb rule - Make Sure You have at least one person along whom you trust fully. Its also a great help to join the company of people who are explorers on the path, but more knowledgeable than you.
Be sure to make prior arrangements for atleast the known or predictable challenges ahead.
For Eg. A trek is a long arduous journey on foot – prepare with good walking shoes;
- and Well Begun is TRULY Half Done!
Even on a trek, the most important element was the presence of an experienced person or professional trekkers who would help and guide at every complicated step on the climb. The trek leader asked us to either follow his exact foot steps, or, to place the next step - check if the foot is stable and then transfer our body weight on the front foot and lift the back leg. A technique that was most helpful through out.
On a challenging path & in critical situations, opinions and judgements of other people don't matter at all. In the end, one's own mind can either be one's best friend or worst enemy.
Win Over Your Mind and you can win the whole world!
On a Mountain trek, Nothing beyond the last 3 steps and next 3 steps existed in the world. No matter how big a worry or fear or anxiety might fill one's mind and heart, we cannot but keep your mind in the present moment and focus only on the immediate next step.
End of a long trek, the resultant satisfaction, sense of accomplishment, inner quiet and contentment is unparalleled. It changes the way we see ourselves and what we think we can do and cannot do!
Our Main Guide on the trek, Hitendra Patel, was ONE Consciousness “with the pathway – with the mountain – with the group”. In the Spiritual World, He would easily be referred to as a ‘true Yogi’. I was telling my friend at the end of the trek, ‘Remove this one person from the trek and it will all not be the same’.
When even One person believes FULLY in a cause or a life path, then his consciousness is able to carry many other people along, up a mountain And down back with total safety.