Always Be Prepared

Day 17 – the end of the end – almost After our rooftop lunch we gather our bags and meet in the lobby. We are leaving behind three more. Fred, Shanthi and MB. Like Rishikesh, it’s sad, but we’re rushed so there’s no time for weepy good-byes. Back on our bus we head to the … More Always Be Prepared

Shedding the Past

Day 14, Part 1 – Spelunking I’m dreaming of Arati. Bells are clanging, the ¬†scent of incense is in the air. Or wait, no. It’s 5 AM and the temple just down the hill from us has begun its celebration of Shiva. I guess now is a good time to get up and start the … More Shedding the Past

Swamis and such

Day 11 – Part 2 Back on the bus we are headed for Swami Satchidananda’s childhood home and the lotus shrine, under construction, behind it. We are in a neighborhood. There are children walking home from school, houses lining the street and the smells of the evening meal being prepared. As we park in front … More Swamis and such

Minding the Mind

Day Eight: Travel day. Today we will take a bus to the airport, board a plane and end up in Coimbatore. Before the travel we must first meditate and do our asana practice. I suck at meditating. There, I said it. I cannot use my mind to quiet my mind. That’s like asking a five … More Minding the Mind

Spectacle

It continued to surprise me what a spectacle we were in this country.  This little girl stopped next to our bus on her way home from school just to check us out and get her picture taken. Here fear is replaced with curiosity. Nice lesson.