I didn't expect the Dead Sea to be so stunningly beautiful, but it took my breath away as we traveled to Jordan. I had actually visited and swam in the Dead Sea from the Israel side many years ago, but somehow it did not make the same impression on me as it did this time.
On this side of the shifting sands of time, I have a much more profound appreciation of the beauty in this world. When I revisit places I have been before, I see them with new eyes, mystical awe and a greater maturity. I hope it gives my multilingual child an enlighted view of the world and encourages her toward world peace solutions and sustainable living.
I am sure it helped that we stayed at an amazing resort on the Dead Sea. Our first and last stop on our Jordan trip was the Dead Sea at the beautiful Movenpick Hotel and it's a delightful place. We did the usual tourism activity of floating in the healing waters and covering ourselves in the healing mud and loved it. Perfect after a long flight from Asia or before one to Europe which was our intinerary.
But one of the things I loved best about the Dead Sea area was just the incredibly peaceful views. In an area in the world, the Middle East, that has had unrest, like so much of our world, it was such a reminder to me that peace is always present.
"Peace is something that's always present, even when we're not aware of
it. Even when things appear to us that are contradictory, peace is the
quality that is the calm. It's the calm not just before the storm, but
during the storm and after the storm. It's the quality that somehow
things are right even when we don't realize it or we don't understand
what's going on. It's not just the calm part or eye of the hurricane,
but it's also when things are extremely dynamic, powerful, and changing.
There's a peace in that as well." John Morton