December 7, 2009 – Two Weeks of Panchakarma Finished and Observations about India

December 7, 2009 – Two Weeks of Panchakarma Finished and Observations about India

First of all, just to prove that I am not sitting here doing absolutely nothing (which sometimes is also good…sometimes doing nothing is doing something very important!)…but, I do keep myself busy with things I enjoy…so here is a project I’ve been working on since June, and finally finished it: A collage of Shai and Dani’s wedding pictures to hang on my wall when I get home….

Shai and Dani's Wedding Collage

And here’s another collage I put together about a month ago of my kids….

My 6 Wonderful KIds

And just before leaving for India…one of my grandkids:

And My 11 Grandkids

Let’s see…under normal circumstances, I would now be half finished with panchakarma, but this year, I still have 4 weeks to go. I haven’t written much, but will sum up the first two weeks. This next week will be more of the same, and then the following week I begin the series of 16 enemas. That should be fun! And the last week is to work on the rejuvenation process bringing everything back into balance.
So the first two weeks saw me cleansing in every way possible: I now have the sniffles and a slight cough cleaning out the remaining mucous in the upper part of my body, I had a real period last week lasting a full 4 days to my great surprise (had to go out and buy tampons…luckily they now sell them in India) – although this has happened in the past, it was barely worth talking about, but this year, instead of 62, I felt like I was 32 for those few days. I’ve had large amounts of fluid being released, especially during the first week when I could not be without a bathroom for longer than 1 hour. And of course a rash, mainly on my buttocks…And of course a good bowel cleansing following medication meant to induce diarrhea. Of course the first day did nothing, and the doctor was amazed. Last time the same thing happened but this time I already had begun cleansing and he expected things to work as usual. When I came the following morning and told him nothing happened, I can honestly say that it was the first time I’ve seen true surprise on his face! Anyway, we all joked about it and decided I needed dynamite delivered by bulldozer. The next night, the meds (a double dosage) did the trick, but not during the night as expected but after 12 hours, only beginning to work at 8 in the morning.
I’ve been without low energy for the past two days but the doc says this is also normal at this stage. For me it is not convenient however as I’d like to get my shopping done before I begin the enemas…I don’t know if I will be able to..we’ll see after I rest for a couple of days more.
I’ve been letting Lalita at the new restaurant prepare my wheat porridge for breakfast and then my steamed veggies in the afternoon instead of

having to cook them myself and then I eat my kitcheri which the clinic prepares for me for dinner…leaves me with no cooking to do and right now I appreciate it. I DID make a wonderful pot of vegetable soup which served my for 3 days, but now I feel like doing nothing, and I’ve been provided with the means to do just that!
After two weeks at the clinic, I can see that all of my mid body flab is gone, although I actually haven’t lost any weight by the scale. Fluids? Toxins? Have no idea but I like the way it looks and feels.
Yesterday was a cold windy day with no sun and so the sun room could not be used. I had no choice but to do my massage in a room with small heater, covered with 3 blankets, but body parts still have to be exposed obviously and it was cold. Not unbearable but certainly not as comfy as the sun room. And then, for the last part of the massage, my back, the electricity went off, so even the heater didn’t work and I was REALLY cold. Today, when I came in, a nice sunny day again, someone else was in the sun room, and I just insisted on waiting until it was free. There it is really pleasant.
I think the full 6 weeks will go by quickly, and as I have enough “other” food to eat when I feel hungry, I imagine it will be fairly easy-boring, but easy.
I’ve been watching movies and TV series lately in the evening, as the day is very short and I don’t feel like going out once it gets so cold….I go to sleep early as well and sleep well at night, getting up early in the morning and still enjoying the lovely morning sun up on the roof or at whatever place I eat along the Ganga.


Just a quick note: I’ve been watching in many places as roads and even houses are built and can’t help be amazed at the processes. Rocks are brought up from the river bed by donkey …dumped in one place near the closet existing road, and then sari dressed women, some with babies tied to their banks or toddlers following them, carry them on their heads and dump them closer to the actual work site…and then they are hit with sledgehammers in such a way as to create one side which is completely flat. These are then place one next to the other with the flat side facing out to build retaining walls…or the foundation for a road – the spaces between them are then filled with cement and layer upon layer is built in this way. The cement is mixed by hand, with no seeming consistent way of doing it…water is added (and sometimes gravel – which is also made by hand by men, or women, sitting all day and pounding stones into gravel) until the cement “feels” right – like you might mix bread dough. I’ve seen branches cut from trees and trimmed of bark with sickles being used with string as surveying instruments, and I’ve even seen a place where optic cables are being laid, but the labor is still done with pickaxes, shovels, hand ploughs etc., and the debris carried away in trays on the heads of sari dressed women. This is all part of what India is, and although I really haven’t written much this trip, I’ve been reading over some of my older journals, and realize that much of what I found worth writing about in the past, I simply take for granted now….Nothing seems as strange as it once did, or even noteworthy…it is just the way things are here and accepted as normal.



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