I’m slowly approaching the first week in Shakar Prasad and what a week it has been. The list of things I’ve learnt not only practically but also about myself continues to grow at a head spinning rate. A few ones to highlight..
How getting the local bus is an experience that warms your heart because at least four people help you find the right stop
Making chapatis – This is one of my favourites without a doubt.. I’ve only learnt how to cook them, but man you have to move fast applying a chapati to a naked flame!
Living with an ever changing number of people, this is an interesting one because people arrive at varies points and it is always exciting a welcome but it constantly changes the dynamics, which is a real challenge but keeps you on your toes.
Yoga Nidra (psychic sleep meditation) this the practise we’ve been doing in the afternoon, interesting….
Meditation is a personal thing and needs to be adapted to the individual, it’s not a one size fits all but an adaptation of a certain practise can be the key (this opinion well may change!)
Chanting – bloody love it..
How to fill an urn from a well, not as easy as you first think but strangely satisfying
Burning toilet paper is actually a fun job – making fire, what’s not to love?
I can turn around a negative mood pattern – work in progress of course but I am able to observe a pattern and rather than let it take hold and in turn I’m more able to change it.
What a tulsi plant looks like.
There are more but that gives you a flavour at least. Surfice to say it’s been an interesting week. yesterday we went into Gokarna town and enjoyed a gorgeous sunset, along with a visit to my favourite local restaurant Prema, my drink of choice? A papaya, lemon, mint & ginger juice – delicious. I also had a sudden realisation after knowing three local people in town, how easily you can become established in a place.
To top of the learning Swamiji has gone out of town for a few days so I have the honour of leading the morning and evening chanting sessions, can you believe it??! There are some chants I know very well now but some which I’ve not yet quite grasped, that Sanskrit is a tricky customer sometimes… I absolutely love them though, it’s so liberating just singing and chanting. So much so I have become one of those people that sing out loud when I have my headphones in..
Also I have been given the chance to teach the early morning yoga class (after chanting), which is for the locals and anyone staying at the ashram who would like to attend. I have spent the last couple of days convincing myself not to freak out and low and behold it feels ok(ish). The class is a very basic one, only really covering the sun salutation and some other simple postures. It’s an incredible opportunity and one that seems total surreal. The British woman teaching Indians yoga. There’s a joke there somewhere…. Would I have ever imagined that would be part of my journey? Not a chance.
If that wasn’t enough I also got to lead the Yoga Nidra session this afternoon again very useful for my development and one I can only learn from and something I really enjoyed. Just have to learn to speak slower…
Later on three of us went to practice which was a fantastic session, sharing and learning from each other, the headstand coming ever nearer!