Hey there....We're Leaving the Ashram Tomorrow Night.
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March 25, 2007 and itâ€™s been a truly lovely day (Indian Ashram Style of a Lovely Day, which is different from what I would have called a lovely day back home). Sundays, the schedule here is a bit different. Swami Satyam holds a service (class) which attracts more of the public. Itâ€™s at least two hours of class/meditation/guided devotion etc. and I found it both challenging, rewarding, inspiring and just really good. Afterward he made note that he will meet with both Scott and myself (the meeting Iâ€™ve been waiting for and Scott has been wanting to talk to him too now for a couple of days) so, Iâ€™m sure that will happen soon. After the service, the kitchen serves a meal to everyone. I decided to eat Indian-style again figuring that it may be the last time while Iâ€™m here. Sitting on the ground (with lots of accompanying flies), barefoot (much of our time here is barefoot), eating off of leaf plates (disposable/biodegradeable and one of my favorite things here) and eating with your hands (definitely something to get used to because weâ€™re not talking about fries and a sandwich here, you are to mix your beans with your rice using your hands like a utensil and then scoop into your mouth, anyway, there are different techniques for different foods. And the weather is lovely today and we wonâ€™t have an 11am meditation because itâ€™s too close to the first one which by the way started at 7 am instead of our usual 6am which was another reason to be happy, especially since I stayed up later than usual last night, so, in terms of sleep hours itâ€™s a wash.
I will see if I can get the tailor to sew my luggage today and get some laundry done and then a few other tasks like getting my photo cd from one of the matas and I want to take some more photos before I leave and I have people I want to be sure to say good-bye to and get contact information and I want to get some CDâ€™s (recordings of Swami Satyamâ€™s sessions) too. He records virtually every instruction that he gives. Many of them are in Hindi and English. Iâ€™d like just the English versions. I STILL have difficulty understanding him (and others) much of the time when they are speaking English. This morning I asked for more salad and I just didnâ€™t put the emphasis where theyâ€™re used to and so it took awhile for Chotu to figure out what I was saying. Salad here is any raw vegetable. It could be a cut up carrot and thatâ€™s, salad.
Iâ€™d like to say that Iâ€™m so even-minded that regardless of what my body was going through that I could be and was happy and loving it and though thatâ€™s what Iâ€™ve practiced Iâ€™m not 100% there yet, so another reason why Iâ€™m having a good day so far is because my body (mostly my digestive tract) isnâ€™t going nuts with changes) so itâ€™s a nice break from that. That said, I still am aware of many physical sensations as a result of the meditations and I want to be sure to welcome it as I believe it all to be very regenerative.
Uh oh! I just remembered that I put water on the stove downstairs to boilâ€¦.for drinking water and for a cup of teaâ€¦.
Okay, about an hour laterâ€¦.Iâ€™ve had some tea, I ate a few of Santoshâ€™s grapes and heâ€™s in the kitchen cooking and wants me to try all his Brazilian dishesâ€¦heâ€™s one of the few who have begun to really cook quite a bit. I will try just a spoonful of his cooking which is a bit risky considering Iâ€™m going through a rare period of semi-okayness in the digestive area. I sat downstairs and chatted with Scott and Bob over our tea and we watched Santosh cook. Scott wants to use the internet so weâ€™ll walk over to another area soon to see if we can get on, then weâ€™ll find Guruji to give him our phone number so he can call us when heâ€™s ready for us. Right now Scott is shavingâ€¦something heâ€™s done a couple of times since weâ€™ve been here. Later weâ€™ll both do laundry it sounds like. Man, what a lovely feeling day it is today.
Navinâ€™s email said that weâ€™ll go to an Indian restaurant when we arrive in
Iâ€™m feeling more and more up to traveling over to
I largish, black bug was crawling on my bare shoulder last night while I was sleeping and I woke up to itâ€¦..I grabbed it, squished it with a napkin type thing which I have by the bed for just that reason and then I rolled over and went back to sleep without skipping a beat. Well, thatâ€™s an example of adjusting to a new environment donâ€™t you think? Though, Indians may have just slept through it or shoed it away. I did it Western-style with an Indian attitude : )
2pm now and man am I having a great dayâ€¦ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh : ))
Iâ€™m going to blog Scottâ€™s final draft of his Kriya Yoga testimonial.
March 26, 2007
Last night had itâ€™s ups and downs and ended on an upside. Then, a lovely morning. Difficult meditation but good. Then all sorts of little miracles throughout the day. And today again, Iâ€™m just marveling at the many physical changes of my body. Donâ€™t know what will happen with it all over time and away from here, but like everyday here, Iâ€™m taking and observing and learning and experiencing for the moment and the day, so for now Iâ€™m content with the experiences and unlike me, Iâ€™ve really worked at not analyzing everything, figuring out how and why and wondering about what next to do etc.
Anandamata just told us that her birthday was yesterdayâ€¦..a nice friend who is in our room right now reading an email from her daughter using Bobâ€™s computer who is in here too. I donâ€™t know details but Scott just started experiencing the vomiting/diarrhea drill, but he seems in good enough spirits so, no worries mom and dad.