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).

BACK ROADS OF LAXMAN JHULA

BACK ROADS OF LAXMAN JHULA

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

DIWALI AT SWISS COTTAGE

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.

GANGA VIEW FROM UPSTREAM ON BADRINATH ROAD

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


FEELING THE CHANGE NOV 6, 2015

November 6, 2015

FEELING THE CHANGE
Life is peaceful and pleasantly relaxed

RAM JHULA REFLECTIONS

RAM JHULA REFLECTIONS

The photos in this post don’t necessarily reflect the content of the post but they are from a lovely day out….and there are a couple of links to full albums at the end for anyone interested.  And there will be more, but fewer and at less frequent intervals…

GANGA OFFERING AT LAXMAN JHULA GHATS

GANGA OFFERING AT LAXMAN JHULA GHATS

For several year, it has been very subtle…slowly creepy up on me and almost unnoticeable. The past two years, the  change has been less than subtle to be sure…no longer creepy up on me quietly, but pouncing on me and taking me completely by surprise, unbalancing me, and drastically shifting my perspective and perceptions.

ALONG THE GANGA...LAXMAN JHULA

ALONG THE GANGA…LAXMAN JHULA

I’m talking about the natural changes associated with the human body and its eventual wearing down and slowing up – as any normal “machine” will do – over the years.  Because it is natural, it is easily accepted but still can be quite disconcerting at times.

MOTHER AND CHILD SEEN AT LAXMAN JHULA

MOTHER AND CHILD SEEN AT LAXMAN JHULA

I had begun to feel this the past couple of years at home, just performing my normal daily activities, as well as my main physical activities which are walking and folkdancing..

EVERYDAY SCENE FROM LAXMAN JHULA...SEE LINK AT END FOR FULL ALBUM

EVERYDAY SCENE FROM LAXMAN JHULA…SEE LINK AT END FOR FULL ALBUM

I KNEW things had changed, and easily came to terms with the “new me”.  I didn’t feel any great disappointment or frustration with the slowing down and changing energy levels.  Perhaps just a little surprise now and then.

DRESSED IN THE HEIGHT OF

DRESSED IN THE HEIGHT OF “LAYERED LOOK” FASHION ON A COLD RISHIKESH MORNING

But it is only now, sitting here in Rishikesh that I realize completely just how far these changes have come over the past 2 years since I was last here.  Things I could do easily, on a daily basis, now need a day of rest in between, and take much longer to do, draining my energies much more quickly.

A PARADISE CALLED RISHIKESH

A PARADISE CALLED RISHIKESH

It’s taken me a few weeks to come to terms with this but now that I have, I’ve settled  into my new routine quite happily.  I can still do everything I want to do, choose to do, or need to do, just at a slower pace.

RAM JHULA REFLECTIONS...SEE LINK AT END FOR FULL ALBUM

RAM JHULA REFLECTIONS…SEE LINK AT END FOR FULL ALBUM

SHANTI SHANTI

HARI OM

NAMASTE

LIFE IS PEACEFUL AND PLEASANTLY RELAXED

photo album links:

LAXMAN JHULA SIGHTS

SUBLIME RAM JHULA


THINGS BEGIN TO SHIFT

November 1, 2015

THINGS BEGIN TO SHIFT

RAM JHULA

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


INDIAN WEDDING AND MEHANDI (HENNA) CELEBRATIONS OCT 13-14 2015 RISHIKESH

October 21, 2015

INDIAN WEDDING AND MEHANDI (HENNA) CELEBRATIONS-OCT 13-14 2015 RISHIKESH

HAPPY COUPLE

HAPPY COUPLE

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PROUD FATHER

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BEAMING MOM

HAPPY PARENTS

HAPPY PARENTS

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These are just a very few of the many photos I shot at this joyous Indian wedding celebration and the Mehandi (henna) the day before, for Manish, the youngest son of my dear friends Dr. Arora and his lovely wife Manju. Hope this gives you some idea of the scope, energy, joy and amazing colors…(see link below for full album)

COLORS COLORS COLORS

COLORS COLORS COLORS

This was an amazing two day celebration and and the photos don’t do justice the the joy and great celebration that is an Indian wedding.  I have a few videos and have also posted links below to give you a little more feel for what was going on… The thing that most stands out, in my mind, are the colors!  Please open the link below to see the amazing array of colors, and energy, which is an Indian family celebration.  The Mehandi (henna), day before the marriage ceremony, was particularly lovely and I was privileged to be an invited guest to the intimate family celebration at the home of the groom’s parents.  I was lovingly accepted and joined in all the fun, including having my hands hennad and dancing.

HENNA BEING APPLIED

HENNA BEING APPLIED

HENNA BEING APPLIED TO MY HAND

HENNA BEING APPLIED TO MY HAND

FINISHED HAND

FINISHED HAND

FINISHED HAND

FINISHED HAND

FINAL RESULTS THE FOLLOWING MORNING

FINAL RESULTS THE FOLLOWING MORNING

But there was no place for me in the beautiful, traditional Punjabi dances the women did.  Dressed in traditional Punjabi clothing and jewelry, with their hair done up with braided extensions ending in feathers…the photos truly don’t do justice.

TRADITIONAL PUNJABI DANCING

TRADITIONAL PUNJABI DANCING

TRADITIONAL PUNJABI DANCING

TRADITIONAL PUNJABI DANCING

Thought to give you  some of idea of how an Indian wedding works…food is available the entire time, no sit down dinner…people eat when they want, dance when they want, everyone goes to sit with the bride and groom on the dais to have their photos taken, others sit in the arranged seating to just watch…it is really lovely.  And goes on until about 5 in the morning when the final puja is celebrated.  I did not stay for the actually ceremony…I had a ride and was actually relieved to be able to go home early….at midnight!!!!!

TRICK TO GETTING THROUGH AN INDIAN WEDDING FROM START TO FINISH

TRICK TO GETTING THROUGH AN INDIAN WEDDING FROM START TO FINISH

TRICK TO GETTING THROUGH AN INDIAN WEDDING FROM START TO FINISH

TRICK TO GETTING THROUGH AN INDIAN WEDDING FROM START TO FINISH

Sorry about the video below, but I held the camera sideways to get a wider angle, but do not know how to rotate the video now.

I truly feel blessed to have been included in these celebrations and feel very fortunate and most grateful.

Hope you enjoy these few photos and get some idea of the scope, energy, joy and amazing colors, and that the links work wel

1. Link to indian wedding photo album

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153254194751545.1073741890.547896544&type=1&l=34192e68fa

2. Quick Video View of Wedding celebration

https://www.facebook.com/LADYJANE62/videos/10153252458946545/?l=4478702815688441160

3. DANCING TO LIVE DRUM BEATS AT MEHANDI (HENNA) CELEBRATION

https://www.facebook.com/LADYJANE62/videos/10153252114701545/?l=2610473460996498368

4.  TRADITIONAL PUNJABI DANCE…NOTICE THE USE OF THE BRAIDED HAIR EXTENSIONS DURING THE DANCE

https://www.facebook.com/LADYJANE62/videos/10153250689691545/?l=2837730209960891909

With much love light and joy to all

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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