It’s January 1, 2011 and I’m at the Sivananda ashram in Kerala, India. We ushered the New Year in with some fireworks by the lake and chanting, and this morning at 5AM I went to a New Year’s puja and a purifying agnihotra ceremony. It was definitely difficult to wake up at 4:30AM (having gone to bed around 1AM) and sit for 2.5 hours, but I’m glad I did everything. The ceremony was very quiet and it gave me a chance to think and meditate on all the things and people I am thankful for, and to feel hopeful and excited for all the new adventures I look forward to in 2011.
I’ve been here for about 10 days now and I’ll be packing up again soon. I spent Christmas and New Years here, and have seen and learned so much. Tomorrow I’m going on a full day excursion to Kanyakumari (southern most tip of India) and I expect another fun and interesting day. Next Monday I’ll be heading out to see what Kerala is all about. I’m looking forward to my trip up the coast of Kerala but I’m a bit sad that my time at the Sivananda ashram is coming to an end… I met some wonderful people here and I will miss their smiles and their spirit. Maybe one day I will return again.