Nomads traveled for reasons of finding food for their herds. I travel to find food too \u2013 but of a different kind \u2013 food for my mind to grow. Staying still would lead to starvation and decay.\n***\nThe following are thoughts from a book \u201cIn Search of Nomads\u201d by John Ure that I read recently. The life models described are awe-inspiring \u2013 and I am jealous of the observers who wrote down these thoughts. Some insightful notes on the ideology of nomadic life:\n1. Being a nomad is a state of mind \u2013 not a physical activity.\n2. Home is wherever they are \u2013 not where they come from or were going back to.\n3. Nomadic life was not a poor relation of settled agriculture but was a viable and often preferred alternative to the sedentary life.\n4. There was a fundamental difference between wandering away and then back to a fixed base on the one hand and wandering from place to place without a fixed base, on the other.\n5. Nomadic life is less constrained than the comfortably padded walls of the cells that constitute so-called civilised life.\n6. \u201cDelight\u201d is brighter in the nomadic world than in the settled one because they accept their scanty blessings as gifts and not as dividends. It is one of the few books that I intend to read a second time.\n***\nPresent-day urban nomads include those who travel as individuals rather than as tribes.\n***\nI have been fortunate to have had two experiences with nomads \u2026 first on my visit to Kutch \nand second on my visit to Chanthang in Ladakh, India. \nRead more about these experiences:\nA cup of tea with Nomads and Gypsies of\u00a0Kutch\nA night-out with the Nomads of\u00a0Changthang\nI hope to get lucky again!\nart blog, culture blog, travel blog\njm\nMarch 2015\nThe post Ideology of a Nomadic Life appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.