Did you ever see a lion with a burn out?

by Jacques-Andre Dupont

by_Adri de Visser

Driving in a comfortable landcruiser, watching a lion hanging in a tree or lying at its back under the tree, or sleeping on the rocks while white sunrays shine like a message of God through slowly passing clouds. Looking at a lion you can see how its body is totally in surrender to gravitation. There is not the slightest attempt to keep itself upright. Everything is down to the ground in total relaxation.
I never had the chance to fondle a lion, tickle him under his chin, tossing his manes but I am sure he will show the same enjoyment and delight as my own housecat. It is unbelievable right? The way your cat is capable of enjoying your touch from one moment to another. He never gets tired of it also. No matter what mood he is in or how much pain he endures. His body relaxes in almost every situation (except fireworks and water parties of course).

kat in wasrekHow are cats doing that? In what magical state are they in? I have some ideas about that but more important is the clear connection between their state of relaxation and their power to ecstatic delight.

You have to admit. We do not walk around on the planet like that. We are like Speedy Gonzales  feeling chased every day, hyperactive sperms who swim like crazy to get the target first. We are like flashlights penetrating the dark or you can easily call us busy bees trying to get as much honey as we can. Our lives look great, flashy and adventurous but in real many of us crash by the time they are 40. And shockingly our teenagers are diagnosed with burn outs too nowadays.

Happy cub by Jean Goldstone

Yes life is movement. Yes life is full of crazy, intense, creative impulses. Yes life is always new and fresh and Yes life must and can be lived to the fullest. But these movements come by itself when we maintain a state of relaxation in our being. We do not have to fight for it nor chase it. All we need to do is stay utterly relaxed by accepting things as they appear. From this fundamental acceptance arises a subtle feeling of vitality and even joy. This inner vitality will trigger a natural movement. It seems our energy is limitless. It rises up from a relaxed, natural source like lions and other cats show us.

During our safaris you will for sure understand and experience a deeper relaxation and how to stay in that condition. It is in essence very easy if you know what to do.

Why is travelling exciting?

“Why do you want to make a journey”: I asked an older man at the holiday event for special travels last weekend in Amsterdam. He felt a bit overtaken but then replied: “I long for new experiences”. He worked hard in his life and within a few months he will retire.
“What does it promises you when you have new experiences”: I asked him. He looked at me with some confusion in his eyes. Then he replied: “it promises me that I will feel more alive”. Read more

cheetah - kalahari desert South Africa by Morkel Erasmus

Silent watchers of the plains

There is something about Cheetah. Something I do not see nor feel with leopard or lion. Meeting them brings immediate silence inside me. cheetah meditatie 2I am fascinated by their observative appearance. They are like statues in the landscape, without movement for a long time, just watching, totally alert. Maybe it is my meditation mind, recognizing total presence in their bodies and their eyes. And I know what happens with a living creature, being present and with attention for many hours in the now. Something alive and sweet will enter, not hindered by distractions, anxiety, fear or boredom. And yes there is a sweetness in this preditor, something vulnerable in their charisma.

Also looking at their young brings a kind of tenderness in my heart. Vulnerable but totally alive, funny and naughty will make you want to nurture them. Read more