Guest Blog 1.
Hi All! I’m taking a break from the blog to allow for A GUEST BLOG! From Steve-Ji read on
Well, we have been here one week now. We’ve had – yes 21 Indian meals. The next time you dine at an Indian restaurant, look at your food and say, “fine, but I wonder what we’ll have for breakfast here” ….just to give yourself a sense of what is actually happening to/for us.
Each day we rise blearily, and slog up the hill to be greeted by our smiling and positive Yogi, Ramesh. He pushes us hard, to be sure, but he also listens to our need to rest.
After Yoga we eat breakfast and are driven to our lessons. The students, down to the last one, are thrilled with their lessons. The love, the detail, the love, the wealth of material, the love, the tradition, and yes, the love. These Gurus Love Us. They embody generosity. We all travel 20 minutes +/- to the Guru’s homes, and spend the morning with them, learning at their feet.
We’ve gone to three concerts now – Veena (spectacular), Vocal, and (by the time you read this) a Jazz/fusion concert with the Mysore Brothers (violin ) and Finnish jazz saxophonist Kaisa Siirala - with Bharata Natyam (?uh oh…). Each concert involved waiting for a lot of talking, and then rich beautiful sonic rewards.
Exhaustion, culture shock, and homesickness are de rigeur for this journey. I have designed a busy, action-packed agenda, and I always fear it’s way too much. But then, when might these folks be in India again? (about 1/8 of them do return….so my approach is probably right). Attention to the BODY, MIND and SOUL are the essentials of Yoga, and the essentials of survival on a trip like this. We are all learning … and that takes maintenance (key word).
Are we having “fun?” Please don’t ask that. We aren’t here to “have fun!” What are we here for? To experience India (which, admittedly can be fun at times). But this is not Epcot Center, or Mackinaw Island or a Netlflix binge on Anthony Bourdain. This is REAL. Real tears of joy and sadness, real hot food, real short nights, real sleeplessness, real anxiety, real “Delhi Belly,” real catharsis and and and ….”fun?” Oh, I really hope it's more long-lasting than just that. (do I sound grouchy? Sorry….I don’t mean to be). It is like the difference between happiness and satisfaction…..maybe. Please ponder.