December 28, 2009
This is a typical QUIET morning as seen from dr. arora’s front “porch” where I now sit following my treatments and eating my kicheri and enjoying the warmth of the sun. This video was taken over a 10 minute period on a weekday morning when there is not much traffic…both human and vehicular I will next take a video on a day when it is busy…hopefully by next week.
And also a couple of pictures you might find interesting:
This is the sign hung today to announce the opening of the new parking area…notice how well thought out the work is!! This IS India
I’ve needed this in my room…notice the beautiful design..much nicer than the ones we have at home…haven’t caught anything yet. Since I put it out, the mouse has stopped his nightly visits!
This is a monkey enjoying the sun in a comfortable chair.n And this is the reason for the walking stick on the restaurant table sent the other day. These monkeys were making themselves at home around the chairs of the balcony table, and even sitting on the railing with their feet comfortably resting on the table. I DID NOT of course have my camera with me to take a picture those days, but it was so cute…i tried chasing them away but they just sat and stared at me as if to say “make us!”…Then Lalita came out with her rolling pin in hand and ran at them, and they dispersed immediately. From then on her rolling pin remained on the table, but she needed it for cooking, so it was replace by the walking stick which seems to do the job as well. The monkeys have now taken up residence on the neighboring balcony,
Busy Street Corner
This is the corner I have to cross when coming down each day from High Banks where I live. Notice the billboards.
India has become very environmentally aware the last year, particularly because of the frightening damage being done to the Himalayas and its long term effects on weather patterns in India. This is the local company which works in the Rishikesh Area.
December 26, 2009
December 24, 2009 – The Power of Music
Yesterday I came back from my water enema looking forward to cooking vegetable soup for myself and just relaxing in the sun on the rooftop. Something inside told me to take my Ipod out with me (something I NEVER do), and then I was somehow guided to two playlists which I haven’t listened to in a very long time…completely different from each other. The first, Shlomi Shabat, and Israeli singer who’s main generes are Israeli Mizrachi music and Latin-American rhythms which he very often sings in Spanish as well, sometimes long with Pablo Rosenblum. The second was Avraham Fried, and American Lubavitch Hasid who is a very popular singer of Hasidic music.
Well, to my great surprise, I found myself in a meditative state, with earphones and in and volume way up, bringing the music into me, as part of my being, blocking out everything else. The first playlist got my body moving and tapping, and swaying, and just about everything possible physically while sitting in the lotus position. My eyes of coursed closed, an enormous smile on my lips and very often mouthing the words, as if chanting. It moved me as deeply as music could on a physical level, opening my chakras in great joy. And then the second playlist began and a few of the more upbeat melodies kept me physically moving, but the words began to touch my soul as well. And then certain songs with very touching and inspirational words, touched me more than any mantra chanting has ever done, and moved me to the very depth of my soul being, my would moving and dancing just as my physical body did, and tears of great joy began to flow from my eyes. I spent 1 ½ hours in this surprising meditation and found myself in an almost out of body experience from the immense power this music had over me. I finished the playlists, came out of my meditation, uplifted, and energy charged on all levels and truly one with Divine Joy. So much so, that right after preparing my soup, instead of eating, I spent another 45 minutes DANCING!!
It was a beautiful and surprisingly rewarding afternoon, another great blessing which I am grateful for.
December 26, 2009
December 25, 2009 – Xmas in Rishikesh and the Blessings of Service
I always find it funny to be in Rishikesh and see Xmas being celebrated…schools are closed as this is one holiday which is celebrated by all of India. But it wasn’t until this year that I found out there is a Christian community in Rishikesh, and they are not well tolerated. Seems Lalita, the lady who opened the new restaurant and was born in Varanassi, is a Catholic, as is her husband. And right here in Tapovan is a Church which I never knew was a Church. The small community was allowed to build the church on the condition that there would be no outward signs that it was a church, so it is a nice building on the road down to Laxshman Jhula, just across from the leper colony down from Red Chili Internet , but you would not know what it is by passing by. I always thought that India was very tolerant of all religions so this surprised me. Lalita said that Rishikesh is the only place there is a problem, as it is an extremely religious Hindu city and the tolerance level is very low. But she is throwing a big xmas party in her restaurant today including a Xmas tree and no one will bother her as it is “business” and there is full tolerance for businesses earning as much money as they can!
A funny thing happened when I went into the grocery store this morning. A man was shopping and he dropped a large bar of Toblerone chocolate and it fell right on my foot. He apologized and picked it up, and then handed it to me, saying it was apparently mine and wishing me a Merry Xmas. Under normal circumstances I would have considered this a great surprise to enjoy, but I will not eat it and so gave it to Devi, Lakshmi and Dr. ARora to enjoy and they were ever so happy!
When I came into the restaurant for my breakfast, I found this walking stick on the table.
I know you never comment on my blog, but this time I’d like to know what YOU think it is doing there, before telling you the story. So just go to the bottom of the post and comment on why you think there is a walking stick on the table. In a couple of days I will tell the full story.
The weather is really beautiful today, after 2 very cold days and nights, it has gotten a little warmer, but the room is really cold now and so I need my heater for more hours. The high temperature of the day lasts from about 11-4, but even when sitting in the sun now I need a couple of layers of clothing…but the warming heat of the sun penetrates deep into my bones and is truly healing. Every day now, when I finish my treatments at the clinic, I sit outside with dr. arora on his front “terrace”, soaking up the sun’s warmth and watching life go by on this very busy corner. One day I will come down here with my camera and take a video to show you….it is so interesting and diverse that I could literally sit here for hours and not be bored!
And just by the way, although I haven’t mentioned it until now, I do at least one short healing a day, sometimes more, on people I meet, using a new technique I learned, and it brings quite amazing results. I also have met a couple of sweet girls who I am working with, mainly just talking, but the healing is mutually received and quite lovely. It is a true blessing to have these people sent to me as I am never happier or more content then when serving others. I am truly blessed
December 24, 2009
December 23, 2009 – Final Solution to “Pani Nahi Hei”
There is a regular, almost daily problem with water being turned off here, and I’ve written about it before, but there is always someone to rectify the problem as soon as I go down and notify them that I have not water (pani nahi hei). Well, today I went down and there was a hitch. The manager, Udai, was not there, the room boy, Mansing, was not there and no one knew where he was (probably found some cute girl and was off with her somewhere), and Amir, who is usually at the reception, has gone back to Nepal for a vacation. So there was no one to turn the water back on. The new guy at the reception didn’t know what to do. But I’ve always seen what the other guys do and was really frustrated. Finally, after two hours of waiting (being assured that as soon as Udai or Mansing came back they would turn it on-which of course I knew would not happen unless I went down and found them myself), I went down the third time and of course both of them were back, but had no idea I had no water. So I spoke to Udai and told him it was a serious problem if there is not at least one person around at all times who knows how to turn on the water. His reply was: “come, I show YOU to do yourself!!”..Only in India. So now, I know the three problems which cause “no water” and how to fix them, and also where the “secret” key for turning on the water is hidden!! Hopefully in the future I will no longer have a problem in the event that no one is around who can do it for me. Last year, he also showed me where the fuse box was in case I blow a fuse in my room, so I don’t have to wait for him all the time. (But this year I am more careful…for example, I don’t’ use the heater together with the immerser, and so far so good.)
December 22, 2009
December 21, 2009 – A day of surprises, both pleasant and unpleasant – Sunrise, sunset and Moonlight
Today is the officially the first day of winter and from what I hear, Europe and the Eastern Coast of the USA are definitely feeling it. And although somewhat chilly here morning and evening, the weather here is still glorious. Known as the Winter Solstice it holds special energies, and it was, Well, it was an interesting day to say the least.
Since reading about the healing,cleansing and balancing effects of sunrise, sunset and moonlight, I have been making a special effort to take full advantage of them. Before going to sleep I ask to be out for sunrise, and today is the third day that I am awakened in time to go out and experience the colors of sunrise, before heading back into my heated room for the rest of my “morning stuff”. I then make sure that I am outdoors for sunset as well, which I don’t really see from my room, but I DO see the sky taking on all the colors of sunset, and this is fine. And now, no moon and new moon days, the time for new beginnings, I have also made it my business to be Read the rest of this entry »
December 20, 2009
December 20, 2009 – Chill Factor Check
Last year I did some experimenting with my sensitivity to being out in the heat and found that with proper intention, I could stay out much longer than I always believed I could, and aside from being uncomfortable, like everyone else, had no ill effects afterwards. This was a big dispersing of a myth about myself and my limitations and very freeing.
So this week, I decided to do the same experiment with the “chill factor”. I always dress to keep myself thoroughly warm at all times, and don’t mind wearing layers of clothing, as long as I feel warm. I don’t like feeling cold at all and find myself getting tense and stressed if I am cold, and of course always worrying that it will be “bad” for my arthritis.
However, when I leave in the morning for my treatments, or for an early ganga breakfast, it is VERY cold and windy, and I am in numerous layers of clothing. The problem is, by the time I come back, the weather is glorious and warmer, and then I have to carry all this stuff, and because there is so much of it, I wind up leaving some of the layers on, and then I am completely overheated and find it difficult getting back up the hills to my room.
So, yesterday, I went out without a shawl and jmy winter jacket, but still with lots of layers. I was cold going down, but nothing unbearable, and in a way it was even pleasant feeling the cold air penetrating my clothing. And it lasted all together, about 10 minutes….when I had to go home, I removed two more layers and put them in my bag, and tied my sweatshirt around my waist, and was SO comfortable going home, feeling the fresh air penetrating through to my body…it was lovely.
So, today I wore one additional layer less…and it was REALLY chilly going down, but again, only 10 minutes worth, and now I have that much less to carry back with me…
I also finished 28 days of panchakarma today, the point where I would normally be finished with the whole process, but now I have two weeks left and am very pleased with my decision to do the 6 weeks.
More later…or not….just posting this as is….
December 19, 2009
I haven’t uploaded all of them yet, but here are two very short glimpses into Varanassi daily life. Just clink on the links to view these in You Tube…and enjoy!
A typical morning on the ghats in Varanassi
Varanassi Boat ride