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
Day 16 – …may never end Breakfast with monkeys, backpack with itinerary left behind, one gate at the airport. Now we’re caught up. Our flight to New Delhi is super short, less than an hour. We have been here once, stayed in a hotel that looked promising but left a little to be desired. We’re … More From Gandhi to the Taj Mahal
Day 16 – free time for insights It’s a travel day. After the silliness of the monkeys at breakfast, it’s back to the business of packing, repacking and loading up. Today we say goodbye to Dayalan. He’s staying behind to enjoy the week-long Yoga Festival here in Rishikesh. We’re happy for him, but leaving him, … More The Good, The Bad, The Mirror
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
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
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
Day Six: today we played hooky. The movement from place to place, the changes in time and the lack of sleep finally overtook us. We slept in until 8 and felt reborn. It’s amazing what sleep will do for you. Today we’re traveling to Pondicherry, an old coastal town that was once occupied by the … More Monkeys, Bombs and Beach Resorts
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.