THE TREK-END DECEMBER 2015

December 27, 2015

THE TREK-END DECEMBER 2015

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CHRISTMAS DAY …NATIONAL HOLIDAY IN INDIA SO MANY HOLIDAY MAKERS. ENJOYING THE BEAUTIFUL SUNNY DAY ON THE BEACHES OF RAM JHULA

The photos in this post are just some scenes from my last days here….

I have not done much blogging these past three months while in Rishikesh.  I did not feel the need to record and share the many amazing things that have happened to me on the journey this year, and I honored that feeling as much as possible.  This has been an exciting and rewarding three months for me, more than I could ever have imagined…

It was much more than the usual enlightening journey and opportunity to grow that India always is for me.

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RAM JHLUA

This trip I was blessed with amazing synchronicities and opportunities to be of service in ways I could never imagine.  People from all over the world found their way to me for many reasons, but it is interesting that all of them, in some way, were dealing with a similar issue, one which I myself had been dealing with for some time and finally found closure here in Rishikesh via an Angel that was sent to me for my own healing and release.

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GOOD MORNING LAXMAN JHULA

Being of service to so many, all of them very young, was indeed an honor and a privilege.  To be found worthy to be a channel for messages and information that these young people needed at this place in their own journey, was most humbling.

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LAXMAN JHULA AS REFLECTED BELOW IN THE GANGA

 

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RAM JHULA REFLECTED IN THE GANGA BELOW

I was also blessed with a balance of work, which brings me great joy, and leisure and pleasure time which also bring me great joy…being careful not to allow one to take away from the joy of the other.

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Most importantly, however, this journey took ME so deep into MYSELF, to places I could never imagine reaching, as to be labeled a TREK rather than a trip.

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VIEWS TOWARDS LAXMAN JHULA FROM RAM JHULA

It’s been an amazing trek for sure, and the ramifications of the discoveries made in these distant places will affect everything that comes after in my life.IMG_20151225_165718

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RAM JHULA BEACH AND LOVELY PLACE TO SIT QUIETLY IN MEDITATION AND DEVOTION ALONG MA GANGA

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And with this, I say goodbye for this trip, few as the posts may have been, they have been posted with joy.  Hope they brought you all some pleasure and joy as well.

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ONE LAST BEAUTIFUL SUNSET

Namaste

With love light and JOY

Jane


NEW SURPRISES AND DISCOVERIES EVERY DAY Dec 8, 2015

December 11, 2015

NEW SURPRISES AND DISCOVERIES EVERY DAY Dec 8, 2015
The weather being cold and nasty….I’m actually sitting in my room, with the heater on, listening to music, coloring in my coloring book….warm clothes, sox and shawl and hot water bottle nearby…quite content…and having some time to even write…haven’t done this for some time.

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Not having wifi for four days also gave me lots of free time…..quite a surprising blessing as well.
Just a quicky this time…
First of all, after searching for a really good cup of cappuccino, latte, whatever for over two months, I’d finally given up. Even the restaurants that have recently gotten machines, they simply don’t know how to properly prepare it.
So to my surprise, I had this wonderful Latte just now at the Raasta Café…compliments of the manager…it is not on the menu, because he is the only one who really knows how to make it….but it was really lovely!

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And the next surprise, was the Japanese practitioner who came to my room to do a treatment yesterday. I’ve been doing Japanese acupuncture at home for years now and it is a godsend for keeping me balanced and managing problems before they get out of hand. About a month ago I heard of a Japanese acupuncture practitioner here but no one seemed to know how to find him. I searched for him where people told me he lived but to no avail.
In a series of synchronicities, I was given his phone number last week…contacted him immediately to make an appointment (which is when he told me he ONLY does house calls…lovely!). He came, and left, without finding me as he looked in the wrong guesthouse. Very disappointing, but we finally DID get together, yesterday, and for the first time ever in Rishikesh, I felt like I was getting a TRULY professional treatment by and experienced and proper practitioner! A combination of massage, shiatsu, enery cleansing and actual acupuncture. I will have him back again next week. Explained some very interesting things to me about my body and why it behaves the way it does…and of course did a very impressive treatment…and I am not easily impressed!
So it’s been a lovely couple of days, despite the weather. Probably won’t be able to post these as the wifi router has died and it could take a couple of days until it is replaced with a new one….but at least I have written them up.
Namaste
Jane


THE PARADISE CALLED RISHIKESH

November 26, 2015

GOOD EVENING FROM RAM JHULA

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Just a few photos from my walk home this evening. Rishikesh is a true Paradise.

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These photos were all taken at Ram Jhula…either while standing on the bridge itself, or looking towards it.
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I am so blessed to be here and so grateful for being able to

Namaste

with love light and JOY

Jane


LOVING UNIVERSE AND SYNCHRONICITY

November 24, 2015

A  LOVING UNIVERSE

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MOON RISING OVER THE MOUNTAIN

There have been several incidences over the past couple of weeks and two stand out particularly for their Divine synchronicities.

The first is the story of  my eyeglasses.  Over the past year I’d done two cataract surgeries and just before leaving home I was able to finally get a pair of eyeglasses for my new prescriptions  Knowing I was coming to India and things are so much cheaper here, I chose to get one pair of bifocals to see me through until I could have eyeglasses made up here…separate pairs for distance (driving) and reading.

Didn’t really know where to go and a couple of opticians were suggested (I didn’t need a optometrist since my prescription was completely up to date)..just needed to choose frames and have the lenses prepared.  As I got off the rickshaw (the one with 12 people in it!!)

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THEY WERE SQUATTING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FLOOR AND EVERYONE WAS LAUGHING SO MUCH…THEY THEMSELVES ASKED ME TO TAKE A PHOTO

at the market, someone tapped me on the shoulder, never pleasant in a crowded area in India…but finally from behind, an American accented voice said “Hello, how are you?”.  It was a person I know here for years, but never really speak to except to say “hi” when we happen to cross paths.  He asked what I was doing in the market and told him I needed eyeglasses…asked if I had some special place to go to and when I told him no, he said there is a great place he has been using since 1991 and proceeded to take me there.

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THESE WERE THE FRAMES LEFT TO CHOOSE FROM AFTER I ELIMINATED THOSE I DEFINITELY DIDN’T LIKE. THERE WERE ABOUT 40 PAIR TO START WITH AND THEY KEPT BRINGING OUT MORE UNTIL I SAID “STOP”. LIKE GOING TO A SARI OR SUIT SHOP

Brought me to the place and instantly turned around and left, without even giving me a chance to thank up, but not before making sure the optometrist was there to receive me.

As soon as I walked in, I felt transported out of India and into an optician’s shop anywhere in the world….upstairs for an examination, even though I explained I didn’t need it as I had my updated prescription with me, but went anyway.  Was given a thorough examination and then the prescription was checked and to my surprised, one eye was no longer good.  Needed a slight adjustment, which was done, the new prescription handed to me and then downstairs to choose two frames,

Long story short, as I always have trouble finding suitable lenses as my face is very narrow, I usually need childrens’ size and then not much to choose from, here, there was an unlimited array of lenses to choose from, ALL of which fit me.

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NARROWING IT DOWN

And then, hearing the prices, I finally decided to buy more than two.  In the end, I chose two for distance, two for reading and one further pair of bifocals.  And today went back and ordered another for distance with a frame I had chosen for reading which I particularly like.  And, think I will go back and get sunglasses as well.

ALL FIVE INITIAL PAIR COST ABOUT $80…ALL TOGETHER!!!! FRAMES AND LENSES!

Second story, also ending with beautiful synchronicity, (well, not quite finished as I don’t know the final result yet as I write this), concerns my brand new laptop with a touch screen.

One morning a couple of days ago I woke up to find the touch screen unresponsive…simply not working!  I only have this device 4 months!  It is under warranty, but I would have to wait until I get home to use it since I don’t have the receipt etc. here with me.  And no way of knowing if it could be fixed, if I’d have to backup everything and set up the laptop again after it being formatted, etc.

I was sitting with a friend who runs the cyber café just below my room, who is also planning to buy a similar Dell laptop like mine, and mentioned to him that the screen had suddenly stopped working.  A friend of his was sitting there and he said something to him in Hindi and then to me…”This guy works at the official Dell showroom here in town!  Bring it down and let him see it!  So I did…and when I opened it, and he began to touch it, it was working perfectly!!  Magic…go to the doctor and you are no longer sick kind of thin…we all laughed, I was relieved, and went happily up to my room, and to my great dismay, when I plugged it in and began working, it once again didn’t respond.  And then I realized, it had to do with the charger.  Just two days before my phone charger (also only 6 months old) completely stopped working and now I began to put two and two together, but took everything downstairs again to ask.  The Dell guy, as soon as I told him the story, understood that the problem was with the charger, not the screen.  Another guy sitting there said two nights before in several hours of erratic electrical current, two large screen TVs and two air conditioners were burnt out.  So, number one, I was lucky that my phone and laptop were not destroyed, and pleased to know that , hopefully, the solution was a simple one.

Today, the owner of the Dell place came over here from town, checked out my laptop, said it seems fine and it is only the charger, and hopefully tomorrow will bring me a new one.

It’s been an amazing few days with blessings from an abundant and loving Universe showering down on me all the time….I truly never have to worry as I am always being taken care of, in ways I certainly could never imagine, with the appropriate angels, in human form, always showing up for me when I most need them.

I AM TRULY BLESSED

Namaste

Jane

 


A Feeling of Complete Freedom

November 21, 2015

A FEELING OF COMPLETE FREEDOM AND WELL BEING

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FLOWERS ALONG THE WAY

It’s been almost ten days since my last post…which is a true reflection of how honest my perceptions of the last days have been…Copying here some random ideas written in my journal over the past 10 days…and will share photos to give you some idea of the lovely things these days have brought with them…long walks, visit to the Buddhist Stupa and Temple in Dehra Dun (here is a link to a full album of photos from a few years ago if you are interested:  MussoorieAndBuddhistStupa )which is always a peaceful and worthwhile day for me despite the difficult drive there in traffic…new restaurants, took the Ram Jhula boat across for the first time ever and found it a very convenient idea when I don’t feel like walking all around…interesting insights into my personal life and where it is going…it’s been a very full and rewarding 10 days, and NOT blogging has been one of the blessings…the photos here also reflect some of the Natural and Human beauty which is everywhere to see…if we are mindful of it.

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RELAXING WITH FRIENDS ALONG LAXMAN JHULA GHATS

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FAMILY FUN GANGA BATHING

 

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RAM JHULA

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RELAXING WITH FRIENDS ALONG LAXMAN JHULA GHATS

 

Nov. 10 Brought with it two episodes concerning “angels” sent to assist me, and resulting in two beautiful closures which were necessary at this stage of my journey, and an amazing AHA! moment regarding myself and my purpose for being here.

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GANGA REFLECTIONS

 

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LAXMAN JHULA BRIDGE ABOVE AND BELOW

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GANGA REFLECTIONS

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GANGA REFLECTIONS

Nov. 16 A Feeling of Complete Freedom

Have found a sweet spot with the perfect mixture of people and alone..

there are still lots of things I WANT to do, and things I NEED to do, but will flow with the days and for now just relax into whatever seems to come.

 

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FAMILIES ON VACATION…SHOPPING AND JUST ENJOYING RISHIKESH FOR THE PARADISE IT IS

There seems to be a respite in the initial blast of cold weather which began a while back and this is another great blessing.  Even the mornings and evenings are chilly but comfortable enough to enjoy sitting outdoors with a warm shawl or sweater.  Nights are still warm enough to sleep comfortably. Will enjoy this for as long as it lasts .

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GANGA RIVER RAFTING

Feeling freer than ever these days – despite there being certain things that IMG_20151119_151323

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RELAXING AT LAXMAN JHULA AFTER A 10 KM WALK UPSTREAM

I “have to” do, like getting eyeglasses (well, I did that yesterday and story will follow in a post), a few things I need to purchase and send home by parcel, and some people I “want to”, “need to” visit, and of course my blog posts,  I don’t feel hassled by any of this.

Everything will get done whenever it is meant to.  Slowly, but surely…and for now, just letting each moment move along as it may.

 

TRULY A FEELING OF COMPLETE FREEDOM!

Nov. 17 brought further insights and understandings into the COMING stage of my life which also allowed me to feel a further sense of wellbeing and freedom.  It’s been a truly insightful and rewarding 10 days!

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NATURAL BEAUTY SURPRISING US AT EVERY TURN OF THE ROAD

Enjoy the photos

Until we next meet

Namaste

with much love light and JOY

Jane

 

 


NEW THINGS TO DO, AND NOT TO DO-NOV 12, 2015

November 12, 2015

NEW THINGS TO DO, AND NOT TO DO –NOV 12, 2015

GANGA REFLECTIONS

GANGA REFLECTIONS

As are all my journeys to India, this one has been different as well, bringing with it its own blessings, discoveries, insights, meetings with lovely new people and doing new things (and NOT doing many other things).

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BACK ROADS OF LAXMAN JHULA

Today is the day after Diwali, Festival of Lights (and NOISE!!!)….things are now gratefully calming down.

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DIWALI AT SWISS COTTAGE

Today I took the boat across the river from one side of Ram Jhula to the other for the first time…even though I’ve been coming here for nine years!  I actually prefer walking around and across the bridge, but today, had the urge to try the boat.  It was lovely…took about one minute to get across.

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BOAT RIDE ACROSS GANGA AT RAM JHULA

BOAT RIDE ACROSS GANGA AT RAM JHULA

Been relaxing a lot near my room-much more than is usual for me, and feeling very at peace with it as well.

Tomorrow I am going to the Buddhist Temple, Stupa, Monastery, in Dehra Dun…something I do every year and probably would not do if my friend was not here.

I am definitely not feeling the urge, or need, to write at all, but feeling extremely at peace with all that is happening, and NOT happening.  I seem to be in a very much needed “there is nothing I must do” spot.  It is truly a blessed feeling.
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I’ve had interesting insights and AHA! Moments this past week as well, thanks to two “angels” who were sent my way, named S and M…powerful understandings and closures as well as profound changes on all levels as a result…emotional, technical/practical/perceptive, and Spiritual.

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GANGA VIEW FROM UPSTREAM ON BADRINATH ROAD

It’s been a blessed, enlightening and empowering journey so far, and there is still quite some time to go. 
I remain open and accepting of all that is to come, with joy, love, gratitude, Faith and Freedom from Fear.

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LAXMAN JHULA AT NIGHT

LAXMAN JHULA AT NIGHT

Namaste
Jane


THINGS BEGIN TO SHIFT

November 1, 2015

THINGS BEGIN TO SHIFT

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RAM JHULA

Things are starting to shift. This always happens when I am in India. The shift is more on an energy level, in perceptions of time, space and self. Many things are very subtle. Pretty much unnoticed from the outside at first, but powerfully felt within. Almost like a volcanic eruption… sudden, surprising and overwhelming.

everyday sight along Swag Ashram ghats

everyday sight along Swag Ashram ghats

The photos in this post are part of the shift as I’ve realized I must do my walking alone if I am too truly receive the benefits of it on all levels. So I spent a beautiful day just roaming around Ram Jhula and Swagashram areas and ghats…and while there, taking photos of whatever took my fancy. I won’t post all of them here, but rather over a few posts.

Have you heard what happened to....???

Have you heard what happened to….???

One of the result of this shift is my really allowing myself to enjoy whatever suits me at the moment. I always have music playing, in one form or another – depending on my mood and my needs- I must have music in my life- to calm, to excite, to invigorate, to inspire, for romance, for fun, for dancing or just for its beauty. IT’s been interesting for me to note what strikes my fancy in music over the past few days…

say cheese!! Weekend tourists enjoying the Ram Jhula ghats

say cheese!! Weekend tourists enjoying the Ram Jhula ghats

decisions, decisions, decisions

decisions, decisions, decisions

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Finding my “aloneness” again is also a great shift. Always being surrounded by others-not always physically but mentally and emotionally – can be exhausting and draining , even when they are dear loved ones – of which I am blessed with many- 6 children, their spouses and my 14 grandchildren. And then of course my dear loving  friends. The “space” to be completely alone with ME is a rare occurrence – times are few and far between- I make a great effort to at least begin my day with just ME – but very often even this sacred time is snatched from me for various reasons. This space for me is a luxurious blessing, and I am at a place where I am now withdrawing from others around me here as well. Going within, alone, as much as possible.

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weekend tourists

weekend tourists

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FOOD FOR THE FISH

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along swag ashram ghats

along swag ashram ghats

on ram jhula bridge

on ram jhula bridge

dressed for the holiday weekend

dressed for the holiday weekend

tour group with guide

tour group with guide

TRANQUIL RAM JHULA

TRANQUIL RAM JHULA

Hope you enjoy the rest of these photos as much as I enjoyed experiencing them.

with love light and JOY

Jane


SURRENDER AND ACCEPTANCE WITH GRATITUDE, LOVE AND JOY

October 29, 2015

STILL IN RETREAT MODE

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Still in retreat mode, (not hermit, at least not yet), recharging my batteries, relaxing into each day as it comes, accepting all that is sent my way with love, joy and gratitude.  No “must do”, “should do”, “have to do”. Not planning, not expecting, not resisting – finding the quiet in each situation, removing myself from venues or people with loud or toxic energies.

MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT WAS CLOSED...FOUND THIS NEW ONE

MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT WAS CLOSED…FOUND THIS NEW ONE “BY CHANCE” AND WAS BLESSED WITH THIS WONDERFUL WITH MY MEAL. SURRENDER AND ACCEPTANCE WITH GRATITUDE, LOVE AND JOY

AND FEELING GREAT! Whatever the reason is for my lowered energy levels, it is a blessing.  Lovely, calming people have begun to find their way to me, probably feeling kindred energies of tranquility.  And the “alone time” is wonderful for body and soul.

DAWNING OF A NEW DAY

DAWNING OF A NEW DAY

SURRENDER AND ACCEPTANCE WITH GRATITUDE, LOVE AND JOY

KIDS AT RAMANA'S ORPHANAGE WHERE YOU CAN GET SUPERB ORGANIC MEALS AT THEIR RESTAURANT AND ALL THE PROCEEDS GO TO THEKIDS

KIDS AT RAMANA’S ORPHANAGE WHERE YOU CAN GET SUPERB ORGANIC MEALS AT THEIR RESTAURANT AND ALL THE PROCEEDS GO TO THEKIDS

I AM TRULY BLESSED, LOVED AND REMAIN GRATEFUL FOR ALL

with love light and JOY

namaste

Jane


A DIFFERENT KIND OF JOURNEY 0CT 25, 2015

October 25, 2015

A DIFFERENT KIND OF JOURNEY

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VIEW FROM MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT…GREAT VEGAN OPTIONS AND SMOOTHIES IN ADDITION TO THE VIEW TO KILL FOR 60’S CAFE

I’ve now been in Rishikesh for a full month. And this has been a very different kind of journey for me. Most of this past month I’ve been blessed with lots of work…which is wonderful in lots of ways because besides bringing in some money, it also gives me many opportunities to be of service. But even without “proper” work, I am sent many opportunities to be of service, so neither is the real reason for my having wanted work. I simply enjoy what I do, and couldn’t imagine being without it…especially after the past months at home where I also had more work than I have for several years.
However, without realizing it, I allowed the pleasures of work to actually “rob” me of the pleasures of India. And of course, it wasn’t until I began feeling it physically, that I took notice of what was happening.
I now sit on my rooftop, on my lovely new sofa, relaxing with nothing to do but BE…listening to Chava Alberstein, one of my favorite Israeli singers, manicuring my nails, and jut appreciating all the blessings I have…just being able to BE here being the main one. I must make the most of this time for my Higher Good….
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Deep down I knew a full week ago that I had to cut back, and begin allowing myself to immerse myself completely in the magic that this place is, and the reason I come here. I had already decided that this coming week I begin my “retreat” mode, and if not that, at least vacation mode.
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Just to make sure I took my inner “knowing” seriously, I also received a very powerful card reading with this message repeated several times, and a quick consult with Dr. Arora, had him point a real “nu, nu, nu” finger at me for allowing myself to get so run down after arriving here in such superb health and energy.
So….yesterday I began, and today I continue…very low energy, but will do lots of resting, slow walking, and anything else which strikes my fancy, to pamper myself…including the snack I just had.
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I made it through a month, but finally gave in to the pleasure of hot chocolate and cinnamon roll. Decadent but oh so delicious…and I enjoyed every sip and bite…am still enjoying it.
So, what I think will be happening now, is I will try and continue to upload photos as much as possible, as I have not stopped photographing all the amazing sights, views, colors etc., around me…but don’t think I will be doing much writing…at least not at the moment.

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Enjoy the photos…imagine the stories behind them, and perhaps one day I will fill in the missing details.

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MY TRANSPORTATION TO A RECENT WEDDING

MY TRANSPORTATION TO A RECENT WEDDING

With love light and JOY
Namaste
Jane


FINDING THE QUIET PLACE OCT 9-14 2015 #9

October 17, 2015

FINDING THE QUIET PLACE OCT 9-14 2015 #9

EVERYONE has a smartphone/camera

EVERYONE has a smartphone/camera

I’ve been here a little over two weeks now, and as always, it has taken me this amount of time to find my balance. The past two weeks have been filled with great joys, but also some doubts about myself and my capabilities again…and falling back into that place is always a wake up call for me. Falling back into patterns of self-sabotaging behavior is something we all do, but I am blessed to be able to recognize it for what it is and nip it in the bud.

DIVINE LIGHT

DIVINE LIGHT

I have put everything into perspective, including the complete non-desire to write, and realized, as always, that this is the amount of time I always need to adjust to change, of any kind. Even good change in a place I am completely familiar with.
And now that I have understood once again, that I am as good as, or even better than I have been on past sojourns here…life begins to settle in and I find myself completely at peace with myself.

RAM JHULA EVENING

RAM JHULA EVENING

However, I am still having some difficulty finding the QUIET PLACE this time, mainly due to all that is so disturbingly happening at home. I am finding ways to deal with that as well.
I have been blessed to have met a lovely new friend, (more to come), and to have already begun working. I am enjoying cooking for myself when I feel like it, but mainly enjoying the pleasures of having someone else prepare food for me, even if it is just steamed veggies or fabulous fruit salads.

RAM JHULA GHAT ON A QUIET EVENING

And of course, I am doing Reiki, meditation, pranayama and yoga EVERY day.
I will be posting further photos and stories as the days go by. Yesterday and today and am privileged to be an invited guest at the Mehandi (henna) and then marriage celebrations of the son of good friends, and will be writing about this as well.
Namaste
Jane


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