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Published: October 30th 2012
It's been a couple of weeks now and its time to tell you about the Ashram. I am staying at the Sadhana Mandir Trust participating in a 21 day Self Transformation program although we like to call it Sewage Treatment Program because of all the crap you have to go through. It's been intense two meals a day, two two hour yoga sessions 2 1 hour meditation sessions and then 5 hours of lectures in which we learn about the science of yoga, mindful conscious awareness and so many other things. My day begins at 4:30 am and I get to sleep at 11:30pm. So why did I come? Being here has given me time and space to clear my mind and to learn to "keep on Keeping on" as we are told every day. My reasons for coming were simple to learn to let go, stop worrying about the future and learn to sleep better. In just a few weeks I feel closer to that carefree person I once was and slowly I'm reminded that i'm just meant to live simply and to simply live. I've had the opportunity to befriend some very interesting characters, since most of they day
is spent in silence I needed to fill that void by talking to anyone I could find. Today during my morning walk I once again ran into an older man whom just finished bathing in that gangas I do my best to be respectful crossing my hands in front of my chest in prayer motion and bowing my head. I have done this now ten times as I pass him everyday at the same time. Today was different today he smiled bowed and started talking to me in hindi. I think he realized I had no idea what he was saying so he took my hand and led me down to the river then he started doing what I later learned was a healing ceremony and he kept splashing water at my knee (I should probably mention I got an nasty infection on my leg from a bug bite thats caused me knee to swell significantly). Then as we came back to the path he place my hand in the middle on my chest tapped it said something smiled and walked away. I went to my teacher and told him what happened he said the Ganga is a healing place,
its where people go to cleanse, pray and heal themselves. As far as the hand motion Garnasi said the place in the middle of the chest is where our spirit heart is. Although I have no idea what the man was saying to me I'd like to think it was something along the lines of "Don't worry child, your heart is strong let it guide you" however my russian friend likes to think that he was just showing me how a lady is suppose to bow. We have a little family here at the Ashram, as there is a limit of seven participants it's easy to get to know each other. All of us here for different reasons and at vastly different levels, three are intiated, two are yoga instructors and one is on a meditation pilgramage, and then there is me thinking for some odd reason that this would be a fun and interesting experience. It is definitely interesting I would exactly call it fun.My abode is lovely I share my room with izzy whom has a very soothing sleeping rythm and doesn't move much during the day (she is a lizard). I also share a bathroom with Molly
and Amy. Amy is a Taiwanese girl same age as me and we have become close, breaking the rules behind closed doors and talking about our lives ect.. Molly is a massive tarantula like spider whom lives under the sink, I named her molly because the name seems nonthreatning. Besides that them my group consists of a Russian guy and an older couple from bangalor, a older man from ottawa whom was born in south india and an older lady from Singapor whom is in the tenth seat from Buddha whatever that means she is very well respected around here. Everyone is very nice and it's interesting to hear how everyone got here, in fact two people meant to apply at a different Ashram down the street and didn't realize till they got here hahaha so I don't feel so out of place.
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