January 9, 2010 – Back to Nature and the Music of Water
Waking up this morning I had to choose what I would do today…the choices were many: Go to the market to do some shopping and visit my friend Manju, go for a walk down laxshman jhula and back up through ram jhula, go aback to sit by the ganga, go to the waterfall, go walking up through and past the village. During my meditation the answer came through crystal clear and I not only knew that I would be walking up the mountain through the village, but also exactly what I would wear and what I would carry. Had a breakfast of masala chai and paneer parantha up on my terrace, got dressed and headed off. The weather was beautiful, (although it has now gotten a little hazy at 4 in the afternoon), and began walking across the gorge and up to the village. One thing I noticed immediately is that I always had a fear of stray dogs. I actually love dogs, but only those I know personally…all others I’ve always had an irrational fear of and this has been a reason for me not doing many things in the past-like riding my bike around town where I live, walking through neighborhoods where I know dogs roam freely etc. And as soon as I got near the village, dogs began barking, some ferociously, and there was absolutely no fear in me. I simply walked past, sometimes stopping to say hello to the barking dog or staring directly at him, and then walking on. None of them ever followed me. It was quite amazing and very different from my experiences in the past.
Walking up through the village, was initially similar to the walks there last year which you can read about and see pictures of here: Link to Village Walk Post).
But there were new things to see…especially new houses which were being built last year and were now complete
This year I decided to take more videos to capture the sounds along the walk…for the entire 1 ½ hours I was walking
up the mountain, I was accompanied by rapids, and the beautiful music of the water was with me all the time.
Other than the occasional bird-call, that was the only sound I heard most of the time. The sound of the water became progressively louder the higher up I walked, until it was the only thing I heard. And if I ventured off the main path for awhile, I was greeted with almost an eerie silence once the water sounds could no longer be heard.
and even saw a lovely house for rent or sale!!
The walk was straight up the entire time, and although the weather was cool, the sun was very strong and at one point had to even cover my head to keep the sun from beating down on me. It was coming from behind as I walked up but would of course be in my face coming back down.
but mostly I walked. The scenery was a treat for the eyes…so much lush greenery and beautiful blue sky… the terracing going up the slopes with the musical rapids passing along the path…
the occasional donkey, or buffalo
being lead by its owner,
the children along the way asking for chocolate, a woman leading her calf home with his dinner on her head!
…all beautiful to see and experience. At one point I really felt that I should turn back, but so wanted to keep going and decided NOT to listen to that inner voice which quietly said “you’ve gone UP for long enough”. So I continued going up and the way got even steeper and after less than 5 minutes one of my knees shouted at me: “YOU ARE GOING THE WRONG WAY! TURN AROUND!!”. And I did…and had a lovely walk back down, which was no less pleasant than going up. It was just long enough for the walk to be considered pleasurable, and upon my arrival back in town went to a lovely ayurveda restaurant for chai and kheer (rice pudding ), relaxed there for awhile, and then headed home. Spent another while up on Seema’s roof with some of her young tenants just chatting about this and that, and even having my age guessed at 42 (and then corrected after a more careful look to 52(!) which was very nice. I am now up on my rooftop again, and will put together the pictures and videos I took today to try and give you a sense of the lovely hours I enjoyed back in Nature….it was a perfect way to spend a day…hope to do it again soon.