Hello, and welcome to Ten Thousand Journeys!

The only journey is the one within.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

What is Ten Thousand Journeys?

Ten Thousand Journeys is a newsletter where I explore the journeys we go on (hero, heroine, artist, writer’s, etc.) as a metaphor for personal transformation because, to paraphrase Rilke, they, all ten thousand of them, lead inwards.

Hi, I am Priya. I am a research biologist by training, though writing is how I make meaning of life. I’m fascinated by the different journeys we take and I’ve spent the last decade reading, analyzing, and marveling at them.

Why subscribe?

Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
You must travel it by yourself.
It is not far. It is within reach.
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.
Perhaps it is everywhere - on water and land.”
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Here’s what I find most fascinating: we don’t know we need to change anything about our lives until we do. I am sure you have experienced this feeling of you aren't aware until you are aware. Sometimes, it takes many moments of repeated awareness before we realize some mystery is calling us to change, leave certainty, and go on a journey. 

Exploring, through personal essays, storytelling, and poetry, what it means to leave home to go on a metaphorical journey, to cross a threshold, and to get to know the dragons we encounter (uncertainty, procrastination, perfectionism, to name a few) can help us more easily arrive at these moments of awareness. As a bonus, we may begin to identify the mythical patterns active in our individual, contemporary lives, and participate more fully in living them.

If you are interested in going on this inner journey, this newsletter is for you.

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The Letter on the topic of journeys published weekly, features either a personal essay, a poem, and/or a book recommendation, accompanied by lush visual imagery.

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Thank you for your companionship and support. By becoming a paid subscriber, you affirm that writing is vital, meaning-making work. You have my gratitude!

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Exploring the journeys we take, all ten thousand of them, through storytelling, personal experiences, books, and cultural and psychological perspectives


Obsessing about journeys through storytelling, and cultural and psychological perspectives