Celebration of Happiness (7) – Walkabout (Australia)


"Learn to be Self-Sufficient in Order to Feel Empowered"


Man or universe- neither can exist alone. The dependency that the creator has made between different living beings is so amazing, it will make you ponder upon the real purpose that you have been sent to fulfill.



This soul quenching tradition of the aborigines of Australia has a very deep thought behind it. Man, when left alone with nature, will seek wisdom from inside and out and will understand how the universe works and his purpose of being. It is through this wisdom that one will enter the real world of manhood and take on his life from there.



In their adolescent ages, young boys are made to leave their homes to live on their own in jungles and other tribal places for about 6 months. This process is known as walkabouts. It is believed that the boys will enter manhood only after they finish their walkabouts, only after they understand the interdependency of the different organisms and elements of nature and only after they learn to survive on their own in this harsh world. It is a spiritual journey where young boys tread the paths travelled by their ancestors, to learn what they knew and have left behind for them and in the process discover the person inside them.


 Get Lost to Find Yourself

Each person deserves to take this spiritual journey of discovering oneself. Not necessarily in the jungles for that long but a short peaceful vacation all by yourself too will serve the purpose. Atleast once in your lifetime, explore the world alone and let your deeper self give you the insights on the beauty and grandeur of the world around you.

This blog is inspired by: Secrets to Happiness from the Cultures of the World (Lonely Planet)


Piyuesh Modi