In the Hindu and Buddhist religions, the third eye is a symbol of enlightenment and wisdom and is commonly seen in Indian and East Asian countries represented by a dot, eye or mark on the forehead of deities or “enlightened beings”.
My most recent big trip was to Nepal and India in November of 2010. It was a trip of a lifetime that significantly changed my life.
After a long 15 hour non-stop flight from Chicago, we finally reached our hotel in Dehli and were welcomed with a traditional marigold necklace and the “third eye” dotted on forehead to remind us that we needed to see India with an open mind (indeed!). This idea stuck with me throughout the trip and was probably the best advice I could have ever received. It was so powerful that I decided that it would be the name for my blog as it incorporated all my ideas about how I wanted to travel and how I wanted to communicate my travel experiences with others. For travel is definitely an enormous learning adventure and when visiting other cultures, especially ones that are so incredibly different than your own, you have to keep a third eye. Otherwise you would lock yourself up in your house and never leave again! (Ha ha… just a joke). I believe that you would miss out on seeing what travel is really about: seeing and learning how other people around the world live, thinking about what you’ve learned, formatting opinions on it, and most importantly, sharing this knowledge with others. If you don’t have a third eye, what could you possibly see?
Then, why, you may wonder, is it third-eye mom? Because besides being an adventurous, travel-loving wonderlust, I’m also a mom. I have been fortunate to have traveled throughout my life, with my family during my childhood, then my husband, and now slowly but surely with my children. I continue to go on my adventures overseas without them, however, hope to someday be lucky enough to bring them along for the ride. Meanwhile, I want to inspire in them a love of travel and adventure that is essential to who I am, and in my opinion, makes for a better understanding of the world and our place in it (however small that may be!). So quite simply, I chose third-eye mom as the name to my blog.