• Paperback: 282 pages
• Publisher: New Sarum Press (September 12, 2020)
Across three continents, through baking heat and Himalayan snowstorms, Dami Roelse tells us how she learned the meaning of personal love, impersonal love, marriage, motherhood, rejection and friendship.
She was “born a seeker and a wanderer” and her travels form the framework for her inner journey. This is a spiritual and psychological journey that has etched itself onto her spirit, from a comfortable, conventional European childhood to communes in the USA to the wild places of the Himalayas.
Dami tells us how she met some of the great spiritual figures of the day, including Ram Dass, S.N. Goenka and Neem Karoli Baba, and how she used their teachings to forge her own personal path towards enlightenment.
So relevant to many of us today—women and men—is multi-generational family love and the demands of caring. As her husband is struck down by a slow degenerative disease, his character changes and Dami becomes a caregiver, who is eventually rejected by the changed personality that is now her husband. She finds the inner freedom that allows her to “fly free” and bless her husband with the same. Though we have the feeling of closure and acceptance at the end of the book, there is still a delicious feeling that Dami’s journeys are not over: there is still love, learning and life itself to be explored and relished.
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About Dami Roelse
Dami Roelse is a certified life coach and author. Born and raised in Holland, Dami has traveled the world extensively, lived on different continents and studied with different spiritual teachers. Dami has learned to use her travel as an inspiration for living. Her new memoir “Fly Free” takes the reader to a remote destination in Ladakh on the border with China and is sprinkled with flashbacks of her travels in Afghanistan, India and Nepal, where she met Goenka, Neem Karoli Baba and Ram Dass.
Dami has used her passion for long distance hiking and backpacking as a means to deepen her connection with nature and the universe. Her inner spiritual journey has evolved right along with her outer journey. Dami’s first book, “Walking Gone Wild, How to Lose your Age on the trail”, is a call to women in the third phase of life to find freedom and inner peace as they walk in nature. Dami makes her home in Ashland, Oregon, a close knit community of vibrant, engaged and socially responsible people. There she writes, enjoys the fruits of her garden, kayaks on nearby lakes and hikes in the Ashland hills.
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