Varanassi Part III – First Day Out Walking

November 25, 2009

Varanassi Part III – First Day Out Walking

November 14th is the actually date of this day in Varanassi

After the long train journey and a good night’s sleep, we made plans to check out the ghats near our guesthouse as well as the furthest off ghat, assi ghat, which I had heard was beautiful and a lovely place to walk around and also to eat at the Haifa Restaurant. I did not get up as early as my friend, but by a reasonable hour we were out and about after a breakfast in the rooftop restaurant of the guesthouse. The weather was overcast which meant there was not much of a sunrise, but you can see in the pictures you already received, that we were still blessed with a beautiful display of nature.

We began our walk going towards the Main Ghat and again, as you can see from the pictures, it is impossible to walk more than two steps without stopping to look at something wondrous-perhaps not always pleasant-but always eye catching and breath stopping. We spent a pleasant time strolling about-something which I love to do, and luckily, so does my friend – not rushing around but slowly walking to be able to “inhale” so to speak and assimilate as much as possible, all that there is to see and experience.
Luckily the sun was not shining most of the day, and although we were dripping with sweat the entire day, and could drink enough water, except for a short 15-20 minute stretch when the sky cleared, at least we were spared, mercifully, the heat of the direct sun beating down on us.
WE walked, and walked, and
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November 24, 2009 – The Amazing Pressure Cooker

November 24, 2009

November 24, 2009 – The Amazing Pressure Cooker

Today was day two. Again tired but not as bad as yesterday and I think I’ve made a final decision to do a full 42 days.
I’m just writing this additional post to expound on the wonders of the pressure cooker. I’ve already learned to make vegetable soup and kitcheri in no time at all with wonderful results. Yesterday I steamed my veggies for the first time, and although I thought I had cooked it the minimum of the minimum, I was left with a vegetable much for dinner. Tasted OK with my chappatis but not was I was looking forward to. So this evening, I put the veggies – 2 carrots, sweet potato, large piece of pumpkin, 2 tomatoes, a handful of broadbeans, and spinach – cut in larger pieces than yesterday – into the pressure cooker, and as soon as it whistled the first time I shut it off, and instead of letting it cool itself, let out the steam immediately and opened it. And everything was perfectly cooked the way I like it. It took literally no time to cook basically. Quite amazing. Took me much much longer to prepare everything than to cook it.

And now I will begin writing up the varanassi story so that I can finally get then next parts off to you.


November 23, 2009 – First Day of Panchakarma

November 24, 2009

November 23, 2009 – First Day of Panchakarma

I’ve finally begun my panchakarma treatments and really felt like the time was just right. There is no point in telling each day as I did last year as the basic treatment is the same, so if you are interested, you can just check Panchakarma in the sidebar of this blog and then check out each day…they are listed as day 1, day2, day 3 etc. in the title of each post

I was excited to begin this morning and know I am now entering a sort of 1 month hibernation period which is meant to bring me completely inside myself on all levels. It is very powerful for me, not just for my physical health. Doc is trying to convince me to do 6 weeks instead of 4 and I have to inform him by the third day as at that point the therapy changes depending on how many days you are doing. I don’t think I will do that, although I know it would be extremely powerful for me. He claims 60% more than just 4 weeks, but I don’t think I could manage more than the 4 weeks.
At any rate, I came home feeling wonderful after purchasing vegetables to last me for 2-3 days for my evening meal of either boiled veggies or vegetable soup and 3 chapattis, all with lots of ghee.
But when I got home this tremendous exhaustion overtook me, and laid down to just rest, and wound up sleeping for 2 hours. Meaning I cancelled two clients who were supposed to come today, but there is no way I could have helped them in any way.
I am now sitting here relaxing after preparing all the veggies to cook for tonight and am completely at peace,
And now I will do my best to get the rest of the varanssi journey written up over the next day or so as well. I will have plenty of time and no excuses now,.


Varanassi Pictures Part II

November 22, 2009

I have not had time to post anymore of the adventure, but have managed to upload the rest of the pictures, and here are the links below
Continue to enjoy:

Varanassi Pictures Part I

November 20, 2009

Below are some links to the photos I have already uploaded. Enjoy! Tried posting them directly here but it didn’t work. Sorry

These are pictures of the sunrise

sunrise on rainy day

Night at the Main Ghat:

golden baba

and the day we went shopping in the rain:

silk shopping on a rainy day

November 13, 2009 – Varanassi Part II – Train Journey and Arrival

November 20, 2009

November 13, 2009 – Varanassi Part II – Train Journey and Arrival

sunset concert

I had considered not writing about my train journey to Varanassi figuring nothing interesting could happen. But I am enjoying this trip so much I have to find words to express my gratitude for this newfound peace and total acceptance in joy of everything I do.
We easily arrived at the station in Haridwar about 45 minutes before the train pulled in. Ate sandwiches in the first class waiting room and when we boarded the train a lovely older Indian couple were eating their dinner on the lower berths. It took us a full 45 minutes to get ourselves settled in but by the time the train left the station we were comfortably in our berths up above.
Other people had taken up the extra space for luggage in the cabin but with the help of the Indian gentleman we got everything safely chained up and out of the way.
I changed into comfortable sleeping clothes (the train left Hairdwar at 8:30 in the evening) and except for 2 bathroom trips slept very well until the couple woke us at 8 am to say goodbye at Lucknow where they got off. They urged us to move down before someone else occupied the lower berths they had just vacated. And we did.
I went to the bathroom, brushed my teeth, fixed my hair, creamed my face and then came back to the berth which we now occupied alone, and
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November 18-20, 2009 – Glorious Wednesday Morning,Messenger of Confirmation and Working Again

November 20, 2009

November 18, 2009 – Glorious Wednesday Morning and Messenger of Confirmation

I’ll begin recounting the Varanassi journey from the end rather than the beginning, and then the next post will start as should be, from the beginning.

It is SO good to be home! After a few short hours of sleep, woke up to the sun streaming in at 8. Will sleep again later but had to get out in the clean fresh mountain air again. It has turned really chilly but so crisp and lovely and fresh. I can breathe again! Actualy-EVERYTHING is clean and fresh once again. Spotless in comparison to where I have been. My own lovely bed, bathroom, rooftop, and scenery-clear skies to welcome me and just to be sure that I realize how “right” it is for me here in Rishikesh-there is a messenger from above to confirm my tears of gratitude sitting across from me on the balcony railing:
Just a pidgeon but a special one…All the pidgeions I’ve ever seen here are regular grey and black. This one has a black tail, speckled white and black head, and the rest is PURE WHITE! And he is just sitting here staring at me and bobbing his head as pidgeions do, as if to say: “welcome back home”.
I truly missed it here-feel like I’ve been away for weeks and it is only 6 days!.

And just to make sure I don’t forget I am home, but still in India – a huge, carred faced male monkey appeared out of nowhere and fearlessly approached me with a definite expression of “I’ve come for the food”. I grabbed everything and retreated hastily to my room with him following closely behind and just barely made it into the room and closed the door!/ He stared for awhile but quickly left.

And that’s it. I am home and will continue to write up the journey now.

November 20, 2009

Just a quick note: I had decided that I was not working this trip, but the truth is, after several weeks of not working with healing, I was beginning to feel like something was definitely missing in my life. No sooner did I think this in Varanassi, than the solution was sent my way. (as always)
Today I began a Reiki workshop which was supposed to be for one person, and in the end there are now two. In addition, yesterday someone called me (don’t know how they heard about me), and asked if they could meet me and perhaps do a series of treatments with me. So after the workshop today, this lovely Australian (half Israeli actually) girl came up for a treatment and has booked 5 more for each day until she leaves. So from no working, I’ve gone to full workdays and I feel MARVELOUS! And aside from everything else, the money I earn will pay for all the traveling, and more, that I did the past couple of weeks.

Namaste from lovely rishikesh

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