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A Seeker’s Delight — Switzerland

What I learned about life from my Swiss travels

Switzerland is a country you can’t get enough of…

Simply because it’s so diverse in its landscape and cultures. This is probably because it has plenty of “friendly” neighbours — something few other countries can boast of.

But, more than a traveller, the land touched me at the level of a seeker.

Everywhere I turned I learned a new lesson about living in harmony — harmony with nature, with neighbours, with time.

1. Live in harmony with nature

Surrounded by mountains, placid lakes and much greenery, one realises how important it is to live close to nature and co-exist with it, just like the Swiss do.

Complete Nirvana in such an effortless way!

2. Aim to touch great heights

Jungfraujoch or the “Top of Europe”, as it’s often referred to, was accessible both by cable car and train. An engineering genius of the Swiss indeed, making one traverse such great heights and experience the snow-laden Swiss Alps in a mode of your choice.

The underlying lesson here is that no height is too high, and the human mind will always find a way to the top (pun intended).

So follow your dreams, even if they seem too daunting at the start, the peak is not too far away!

3. Fill your life with sweetness

The “home of chocolate” for sure, Switzerland boasts of several brands of chocolate that you want to fill your bags with. My personal favourite was the Lindt chocolate museum in Zurich. Here we took an interactive multimedia tour, and went back to a time when cocoa beans were used as currency.

With so much chocolate around there is no way a nation or its people can be unhappy.

No wonder then that Switzerland ranks No 4 on the Happy Planet Index score. Whoever said only meditation made you blissful…next time, try chocolate :)

4. Get a bird’s eye view of everything

Most cities in Switzerland can be viewed from the top. We took a funicular ride (a railway system that moves vertically through a steep slope) to Bern, the capital of Switzerland, to get an aerial view of the city.

A bird’s eye view always gives you a different perspective of everything.

5. Keep friendly relations with neighbours

It’s difficult — as we’ve seen in our country — but the Swiss make it seem so easy. This stable democratic nation has boundaries that are clearly defined, but at the same time it embraces its neighbours, allowing everyone who visits to partake of the vibrant cross-cultural exchange.

Key takeaway — Mutually respectable and beneficial relationships, with clear boundaries, can make the world a better place!

6. Make time and precision your allies

Train schedules that seldom err made it easy to get through the picturesque nation with ease. Not just the Swiss railway system, even Swiss watches are known for their precision and intricate craftsmanship.

Adherence to time does not just show respect for the other, but also for oneself.

And, when time and precision are on your side, there is little that can’t be mastered, and not much that can come in the way of progress!

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Ritika (Bajaj) Lalwani

Writer-editor, seeker, yoga enthusiast, tarot reader, voyager… and more