The first time I went to Greece it was for work, many years ago, in a rush, without actually having the chance to see anything. Just a wonderful breach. But I knew inside of me that the country of Socrates, Heraclitus and Plato would have had much to tell me and that it was also “other” from the usual postcard beach. So I thought I would need a second solitary journey. First step? The Temple of Apollo at Delphi, a sacred place where the ancients went to seek advice. Their questions were evaluated by Pythia, priestess of Apollo, whose answers were cryptic and open to free interpretation so as to give the consultant the opportunity to define how to direct her indication. Follow it blindly believing you have received “the answer” or give voice to the inscription that stood at the entrance of the temple “Know yourself” giving space to your own feelings?
Today more than ever, this double-possibility defines our existences when the search for a new dimension becomes an urgency and steering by sight is the only thing you are able to do. Moments of drift and emptiness, moments of absence of identity and lack of goals can be experienced as opportunities for growth or as obstacles whose message has to be ignored. If the search for “external” solutions are a palliative, the desire to go to the bottom of a path is for a few. The road to awareness and inner well-being is in fact a long journey that requires the ability to challenge oneself, to enter into one’s own depths to learn to go towards the other, to give space to empathy by learning to cultivate it. An obstacle course that also involves redefining one’s own times and spaces, recovering the wisdom of the ancients – and here the Greeks have so much to teach us – that allows us to align ourselves with a higher purpose and to rediscover an authentic contact with the universe . To curb the noise and not to fear silence become the guidelines of a journey that has its arrival to “Knowing yourself” and with the (re) discovery of your inner oracle the final prize.
My second trip to Greece gave me these reflections, allowing me to listen again to my inner voice and to approach my wellbeing in a holistic way, taking care of my mind, soul and body. Encouraging the natural flow of energy I realized how much Hippocrates, Heraclitus and Plato had clearly understood: every day represents a new possibility to connect significantly with others, to find a deeper purpose and to fully embrace life by learning again to marvel.