Isha Temple Visit

I missed going to this temple with the group this past Wednesday and was so fortunate to have the opportunity to visit on Saturday with 3 other travelers in our group.

Below are photos from our day, it was truly transformative as the art and temple were overwhelming and peaceful at the same time. I feel so truly blessed to have been able to spend a few hours at this amazing place. To learn more go to: Isha Foundation

Then of course there was Shiva

 

 

300 up Shiva Temple at Coimbatore

This morning we woke early and went to the nearby temple for Shiva, it is 300 steps to the top of this temple. We learned there today that the Yoga Philosophy that has Shiva is the dissolver who is formless, nameless being .. he is consciouses .. he is Om.

I am feeling so blessed to be traveling with such a group of amazing souls who are here learning and growing with me on this incredible journey.

Thursday Evening Dinner@Vaidyagrama

This evening was a group dinner with all the people from around the world staying at Vaidyagrama. It was a beautiful evening that started with dinner served on banana leaves.

This was also my day of silence, so yes I participated and did not speak the entire day or at dinner. It was an incredible experience to be in a lively social setting to be a participant without talking. It was amazing how all honored the space and also the music and dance that followed was exceptional.

This is my last evening here and as I reflect on the week I can’t help but be inspired by all the wisdom here and the sense of caring and friendship that is taken by all who work and live here.  I have yet to upload the photos of the wonderful staff who worked with us this past week, but will add to this post shortly to share those memories.

Vaidyagrama: Healing & Eco Village

I had not expectations of what I would see or experience upon entering Vaidyagrama last Monday after our long journey. This is not a place you come to for the food, the climate or the five star accommodations. However, this is a place to come to if you want healing that is natural, accommodations that are clean, comfortable and all your basic needs met where you are served 3 vegetarian meals a day. This is the perfect space to disconnect and rejuvenate as well as learn about the science of health and well being.

Below are photos from the past few days, you can visit the website to learn more about the environment and types of treatments available to those who visit by clicking here.

The photos below depict the rain harvesting that occurs here, this area was barren only 7 years ago with only a mango and coconut tree. They were able to dig a well and find deep ground water and now harvest rain/moisture and recycle all water here.

They use soap nuts to clean and compressed cow dung for fuel, the majority of vegetables and fruits that are served here are all grown here.  They do not manicure the farm, but rather let it grow as nature intends.

They also have just built a school for children on the site. This school was designed for children who live in a nearby village that have one parent or none and the philosophy of the school is to educate them on local harvesting as well as yoga and Ayurveda health practices. The goal is that these children will be future doctors, farmers, or whatever profession they choose to be part of the community.

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The philosophy here is being in tune with nature, wellness includes physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental well being. It is inspiring to see the education they do for the local villages and how the doctors who work here are part of a lineage of healers from their communities. I found this poster very interesting that is in all the buildings here for all staff:

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This was the prefect place to be introduced to India, the people here a so kind, caring and authentic.   I hope you find this as inspiring as I am experiencing it.

 

Departure & Arrival

For those who are wondering .. where is she?? I can say she is safely arrived in Coimbatore, India!

First the departure from LAX as Roger lovingly saw me off and placed in my hand as a I left a silver bell which he gave as a valentines gift and to ring it whenever I miss him and magically he will hear it!  I can say that it has worked ! IMG_0122I then embarked on a 16 hour plane ride from LA to Abu Dhabi Airport in Saudi Arabia, also known as Mecca .. below is a photo from the on board flight monitor, never though I’d see Beverly Hills and Mecca in the same image!

IMG_0131I was fortunate to have an extra legroom seat and two nice traveling companions on either side, one from Sri Lanka and the other from Pakistan, both put up with my moving and we had some great conversation. The man from Sri Lanka lives in Orange County and deals old cars ….so got his card for Roger, could be some business there!

Okay now moving on .. we landed in Dubai and here is the airport that reminded me more of Las Vegas than Saudi Arabia

We have a quick layover here and time to get some coffee. It was a busy airport and terminal but we still have at least 8 hours of travel ahead of us!  As we were now to embark on our 2 1/2 hour flight to Dehi, India. Oh, don’t ask me which day it was at that point we were upside down. They fed us dinner on the plane yet we arrived at breakfast time!! go figure…

 

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Okay .. so from here .. I’m telling you Las Vegas right?  We now arrive in Dehli airport at 4:00 a.m. what a beautiful sight to see as you disembark from the plane.. Below is the terminal at New Dehi Airport

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I know you are thinking .. are you there yet??  You can see that this has taken me a few days just to get to this point. We rested for a bit in this beautiful terminal, but our first sign we were in India is when we realized we needed to take 10 kilometer bus ride from the International Terminal to the Domestic Terminal.  I so wish I had a photo to share, but we were rushed and needless to say all those photos you see of people crowded on buses in India with baggage everywhere … well that was us!

We just all were able to get on the bus which took us outside the airport.. but alas we did arrive at the domestic terminal .. but no time for photos folks we had to hustle to get to the flight ..

ARRIVING IN COIMBATORE

Well my time is running out for internet so I am leaving you with photos of my arrival in to Coimbatore, the bus that took an hour to bring us to our final destination at Viadyagama.  More to come …. I am having a lovely time here and am so inspired by the mission an vision of this place.  I am here till Sunday so will post more before we depart to our next stop …

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Preparing for the Journey

As I prepare today I find comfort in these words of inspiration by John Lennon —

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create.

Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life”

Today,  I embrace the unknown and and am open to adventure, learning, healing and the inevitable juxtapositions that will push my intellect, my faith, my being and spirit. These pages will fill with image, sights, sounds and words over the next four weeks as I journey to new diverse landscapes from the global and cultural to the linguistic, artistic, and spiritual.

The adventure begins today, next week I will be heading to LAX where I will embark on a 16 hour trip non stop to Saudi Arabia (I’ll post the globe soon). In the meantime, here is a sample of Classical Indian Music from southern India. Ramnad Krishnan Kaccheri A Concert of South Indian Classical Music