From the moment we started our current big trip I’ve felt a sense of heart centred connection, a feeling that somehow, despite having virtually no plans, we’re being guided to exactly where we’re meant to be. And so our journey has continued.
We finished the epic Oodnadatta track (which I’ve yet to write about but which was amazing) and were thrilled to be back on bitumen roads. After restocking with a big bag of fresh vegetables at Marla we realised that, oops, we’re not supposed to take fresh veggies across the border. So, what do we do? We pull over into a rest stop and start cooking of course. You can do that in a van. We make the biggest vegetable curry casserole ever. And we nickname the Stuart Highway the Stew Highway!
This time the police were at the border and checked our permits, but not the vegetables. Ha, typical! But all is good. About ten minutes before we arrive at the border I said to Doug, “I really feel like an apple”. Well, lo and behold, when we stop to stretch our legs and take a photo, a guy walks up to us holding a plate of fresh fruit he’s trying to get rid of (bit like our veggie stew). “Would you like an apple?” he asks?
Don’t you love the way the Universe responds to our vibrations?I know I do.
KINDNESS AND TRUST
We cross the border and our next stop is at Erldunda for refuelling and a light lunch. Before leaving we notice a young guy holding a sign to Yulara. He’s hitch hiking and looking for a lift to the rock. Doug and I look at each other, initially undecided, then agree. I wind down my window. “We’re only going to Curtin Springs” I say “but you’re welcome to a lift till there”. He jumps in, grateful, knowing it’ll get him three quarters of the way to his destination.
For the next hour we have an unexpected passenger in our back seat. His name is Felix, he’s a 24 year old Uni student doing a double degree and he’s from Benalla, where our daughter got her drivers license. We share our respective stories and conversation flows easily. The hour passes quickly.
Felix was a breath of fresh air. He has no Facebook or Instagram and he’ll likely never see this blog. He was a person who clearly lived in the moment with an attitude of genuine care and respect for this planet and for others.
When we discussed hitch hiking and why few people do it these days and even fewer are inclined to pick them up, he asked my opinion. It was safety I mentioned, people are naturally cautious. He then said something that stayed with me “I believe in kindness and trust. Most people are good” Imagine if the whole world was like this.
OUR HOME AT CURTIN SPRINGS
We said goodbye at Curtin Springs and left Felix to find a new lift the rest of the way. Our home for the next three nights is here, a pastoral station that offers all the facilities a camper needs. It has a huge unpowered camping area that’s free. There are showers and toilets, a rustic alfresco eating restaurant and bar and a laid back peaceful atmosphere. Best of all it’s less than an hour from Uluru, the star attraction and the spiritual heart of Australia.
THE HEART OF ULURU
Some people call Uluru the heart centre of the world and I can understand why. It’s a sacred place that’s hard to describe. The red colour of the soil, the history of the land and the rock, the indigenous culture and the dreaming stories. The sense of connection with earth and the all encompassing feeling that there’s so much more to this life. Uluru evokes all that and more.
Have a listen to the lyrics of this classic story of the rock.
We spent the morning at the Cultural Centre and were privileged to catch an indigenous experience. It was hot and we walked along the base of the rock and enjoyed drinks at sunset.
The energy is powerful at Uluru, as were the feelings I had as I walked around the sacred rock. Even the clouds above me felt surreal. It was a feeling almost of being watched and protected. I was filled with a heart opening gratitude and love for the moment and everything that lead me here. Perhaps you’ll get a tiny sense of it by the photos below.
Wherever you are in the world my wish for you is that you can find some of the peace and beauty that each day offers, knowing that, regardless of the past, the future is ours to make.
Breath into your heart, close your eyes and imagine you’re in Uluru, or somewhere special that you love, breath deeply and feel the expansion.
We create our own path so why not pave it in kindness and trust, sprinkle in some fun and fill it with wonder.
See you on the next leg of my journey as we continue our road trip around Australia.
With much love
When we open our heart to love everything flows and feels centred.