My four months in India flew by in a flash. After I left the Aurovalley ashram I spent a few days back in Rishikesh, walking along the Ganga everyday and reflecting on my journey in India. I woke up every morning to welcome the sun rising up behind the mountains and every evening I watched the riverside ashrams turn burnt orange as the sun went down.
India made an impression on me that I will not soon forget. These are some of the things I learned-
- The art and joy of eating with my hands (or I should say, my right hand)
- I like all things coconut
- All Indian children are beautiful
- Nothing teaches patience and self-control like sitting in silent meditation for an hour with 137 insect bites all over your body (true story)
- Variety of uses for cow dung
- Monkeys are not cute- they are mean and ferocious when they want your bag of bananas
- Eating 2 tsp of ghee (clarified butter) everyday does a body good
- I am all air (per all 4 ayurvedic doctors I saw in India, I am Vatha dominant)
- Chanting as meditation
- I love being a vegetarian
- A new and deep appreciation for chai- milk tea, masala chai, cardamom chai, tulsi chai, green tea, ginger tea,..
- I can live on very little but carry a whole lot on my back
- There are more varieties of lentils and bananas than I ever imagined possible
- I need to be in India in May for mangoes
- I have a very American accent
- I can comfortably put my feet behind my head
- There is clean and there is “India clean”
- Indians nod their heads side to side instead of up and down- I need more practice
- I may have been Indian in a previous life
- Jews, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, and Hindus can all live together peacefully
- I can be a morning person
- Having a guy sing into your spine feels good (see post here)
- Like me, there are people from all around the world who leave their jobs, get rid of everything, and just travel
- Four months in India is not enough
- Indian mosquitoes love me more than anyone I’ve ever met
- One in All, All in One, All in All
Thank you, India. See you next year!
Om, shanthi, shanthi, shanthi.