Where Does Your Wanderlust Take You? Elle: Part 1
You don’t go to Wanderlust to face your fear of death, or so I thought. If you’re anything like me you pack yoga gear, maybe a swimsuit and your iPod for the plane. You decide which of the amazing classes you will be torn to choose from, and you most certainly pick the Lucy Tent to hear the great Dr. Wayne Dyer speak (pictured, right).
But, fear? No, I didn’t see it headed my way. As a matter of fact, I wasn’t even on the wait list for the session that brought me within inches of having my heart stop altogether. Attending a screening of “The Highest Pass” turned out to be the best kept secret of the entire festival for me.
I travelled alone to Wanderlust, so there were nobody else's plans to consider as I made my way to the door of the Soulful Cinema. As it turns out, there was even room for me right in the front. A coincidence? Nope, I didn’t think so. "But why was I 'called' to be there?", I wondered.
The lights dimmed. The film began, and I was so completely pulled into the journey that I couldn’t tell if the goosebumps on my skin came from within or from the frigid conditions engulfing the bikers on the screen as they traversed through the highest passes of the Himalayas in Northern India, some of the most dangerous roads in the world.
Ninety minutes later, the lights returned and their journey was over. But mine was just beginning. The Director of the film, Adam Schomer was present and gave a Q&A. Six or so questions later, he mentioned that another challenging motorcycle journey would take place in a few weeks.
“I’m coming!” I said, clumsily.
“Do you ride motorcyles?” Adam asked, with a curious look on his face.
“No… but I’m willing to learn.”
Five days later, in so doing, I smashed into a brick wall on a motorbike. But not even that would stop me from climbing aboard a plane weeks later to face my ultimate fear in the Himalayan Mountains of India.
To be continued... Read up on what happens next in Part Two of Elle's "Where Does Your Wanderlust Take You" blog series.
~ Elle Swan is a yogi just like you, who came to Wanderlust and had a transformational experience that set her on a whole new journey. When she is not getting outside of her comfort zone by traveling to foriegn lands to ride motorcycles on epic adventures, she is a life coach and speaks all over the world teaching the benefits of rising above mediocre living. Her story and strategies have been featured on ABC, FOX, NBC, and PBS and in The Wall Street Journal. She is the author of several books including “Elle-evate: Change Your Life in 60 seconds or Less!” Learn more about her on her website and follow her adventures on Facebook, here.
~ 'The Highest Pass' has won several awards, including Best Documentary at the Naples Film Festival, and is available to view on iTunes here. The sequel, 'The Four Peaks of Freedom' (featuring our guest blogger) is 5-part TV mini-series coming in late 2013. For updates on this program, please sign up for their mailing list on their website and follow the Facebook page here.
If you'd like to go on a journey with "The Highest Pass" guide, Anand Mehrotra, you can now do it without leaving your house! Starting April 9, you can sign up for a 7 week on-line course "Himalayan Wisdom for a Life Beyond Fear" by Anand Mehrotra: Featuring Seven Teachings from The Highest Pass. The online course features over 70 minutes of footage, including unseen footage from The Highest Pass and Four Peaks. The teachings are not-to-be-missed, so be sure to sign up for this incredibly valuable online offering.