More than 90 percent of Egypt is the Sahara Desert. As we discovered on the Beyond Words Sacred Egypt trip hosted by Beyond Words publishers Richard and Michele Cohn, this makes for a very different environment than we are used to seeing in most parts of America.
The desert is very hot and very dry. It receives less than .4 inches of rain per year.
Yet this was not always the case.
6,000 years ago, the Sahara was covered in grassland that received plenty of rainfall. But sudden shifts in weather patterns transformed it into some of the driest land on earth.
How did this happen?
No one is sure.
We traveled by plane from Cairo to Answan, soaring high above the endless sand that was the desert. And then we traveled from Answan to Luxor by boat, cruising on the verdant Nile.
It was a study in contrasts, and it brought the clear knowing of how quickly things can change.
Everything is changing even now.
Not just in the desert, but everywhere, in every way.
When we detach from trying to control everything—when we let ourselves be the nomadic souls we are, wandering the Universe for eternity—there is a certain relaxation, a certain knowing that all is well.
Change is constant.
Everything is okay.
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