Finding Freedom: Why is God Laughing?


Sunrise in Jerusalem, Israel October 2015, Photo by Lisa Niver
Sunrise in Jerusalem, Israel October 2015 Shot on LG G4

Where do you find freedom? For me, traveling and reading books have been ways to find the experiences of freedom. In Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey’s recent 21 day meditation experience, I listened to Deepak talk about the ways to experience freedom.

In my new Travel Writing Award, I invite you to share where you feel independent! The award closes on July 4, American Independence Day and we will give away $1000 in cash prizes!

In Deepak’s book, “Why Is God Laughing?: The Path to Joy and Spiritual Optimism,” he says:

“When you give in to fear, you are either projecting into the future or reliving the past. Here and now, you are safe.”

I hope you will share a story of how you stay in the present. As the daughter of a dentist, I found this next quote from his book very interesting!

“While fear is trying to convince you that it’s real, what’s really happening is that you lose touch with the present. The world turns into one big dentist’s waiting room with everyone anticipating the next thing that hurts.”

I promise you that it is important to go to the dentist, it does not always hurt and staying in the present is very important. I have spent much of the last two years rebuilding We Said Go Travel and my life after my divorce. When I stay in the present, things are much better.

Deepak tells this story:

“A little old lady goes into a restaurant. She eats a salad. Then she says to the waiter, ‘I’ll have an ice cream sundae.’ “‘I’m sorry to tell you, madam,’ says the waiter, ‘but in five minutes the world is coming to an end.’ “The little old lady thinks for a second, then she says, ‘In that case, heavy on the whipped cream.’”

It is important to enjoy our moments and have a sense of humor about our lives. I believe what Deepak shares that:

“Obstacles are signals from consciousness that we need to change direction, to take a new tack.”

I have changed tack significantly lately and it has been very challenging but it has been worthy it. I hope you will share a story of your path to freedom wherever you are on your journey.

I spent my birthday in Israel in October 2015 and it was an incredible journey! Please enjoy these 27 videos from my adventures in Israel.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. She sailed the seven seas by cruise ship for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one and a quarter million views (1,250,000) on her YouTube channel. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries, named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blogs and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and has over 160,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and also ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on her own site, We Said Go Travel. From 2017 to 2020 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won three times and been a finalist fourteen times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards. She was also a finalist for four other categories including online journalist of the year, digital story for activism journalism with Ms. Magazine, educational reporting for Wharton Magazine and a broadcast lifestyle feature for KTLA TV in Los Angeles.    Niver won a 2019 NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award for one of her KTLA TV segments and was a finalist for articles published in both Ms. Magazine and Wharton Magazine. In 2018,  she was a finalist for stories in Smithsonian, PopSugar Fitness and the Saturday Evening Post. Niver won a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal and was a finalist for travel reporting. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, TODAY, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.

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