All good things come to an end

It’s come to that time of the day where I sit and write my evening blog, but to be honest my mind has gone to mush. I’m not really sure what to write about! It’s as though so much is happening that my mind has gone into overload with information and unable to pinpoint something I would like to focus on. Odd.

What I can say, however, is I spent my day sleeping (after this mornings effort) and studying at home. I also rushed to meet my friend Ganesh who has been preparing my travel itinerary for when I leave Mysore, April 8th. I slept through my alarm and woke at 1.24pm because of the most awful motorbike noise from the owner’s son’s new bike. Today I was glad for it as I was due to meet Ganesh at 1.30pm. Eek!! Although Ganesh is pretty relaxed re times, I didn’t want to be late. Looking like death, I threw on quite possibly too much bronzer and rushed out the door and down the road to his home. Thank goodness he is only a 5 minute walk away - not even.

Ganesh took me through my itinerary for going to Kerala then up north. Although it’s all very exciting, it’s verging on unreal that I’ve made it this far. That I’ve been here so long now - over two months. And of course there is the underlying sadness that this will end. As Ganesh said; “All good things come to an end”.

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Ganesh was so proud of the work he had done. And so he should be. He took a picture of me with the itinerary in hand. I’m his first customer in the travel business so I think he was thrilled that someone was prepared to trust him and take the risk. This man knows everything about India and I trust hi implicitly. I know I’m in safe hands when it comes to working with Ganesh. Thank goodness he is here. He has helped so many travellers in every way you could imagine. Flights, trains, buses, accommodation etc. He knows the in’s and outs of everything. And he is just a wonderful, happy man. It will be sad to say goodbye to him also. (His wife is Anu, from my favourite Anu’s restaurant where I get the massive bowls of smoothie!)

I then wandered to the wonderful Depth N Green and had the dhal and rice, to help coat the lining of my digestive tract, and was sure to get a take away serve for dinner also. Then with coconut in hand, sipping away as I walked up the hill, I wandered home and have rested all afternoon. It’s been great! I have a lot energy too which is interesting. The morning sleep would have no doubt helped.

So with that, I shall get to bed and continue to recuperate following this morning. I still smile thinking about all the different and unusual (to me) things we have been doing lately. Although very serious and with wonderful health benefits, it really is quite entertaining to someone like myself who has not been through all of this before. Its been wonderful being introduced to all these new experiences - some pleasant, others not so pleasant. I’ve just loved this course and I will always be grateful for this life changing experience.

Thank you Bharath.

(Turns out I had a lot to say after all!)

Namaste xx

What is religion anyway?

I truly respect and agree with Bharath’s philosophy on religion - any religion. That at the end of the day it’s a means of controlling people. When it comes to worshiping a deity, rather than look to the God and try and focus on the ‘form’ - for example picture Vishnu holding the flower, conch, disc and mason - instead he looks to focus on the qualities of the deity. This can only be achieved by looking deeper into the God, understanding what they represent or stand for. I think this is a powerful message. Often we can be caught up worshiping the man rather than truly understanding, and then practicing, the qualities the man/God possessed. Bharath also chatted about how much pain and suffering religion has brought to the world - people fighting to prove their religion is better than another. Bharath’s simple, but again powerful philosophy: there is no right or wrong, better or worse religion. They are all equal. At the end of the day, it’s about the individual and what they choose to believe. That is ok. But one needs to accept they are not better for having chosen a certain path, a certain God to follow. So very true.

For me, I resonate with the qualities and principles taught by Ganesh. I have always felt connected to this deity as he is know as the remover of obstacles. I don’t believe some supernatural power is about to come down and remove all obstacles in my life for me, but instead it’s a reminder to myself to notice them. To witness the obstacles I tend to place in front of myself and find ways to move past them. Challenge them. This is why I like Ganesh. Not because he has a big elephant head!

These concepts, which Bharath speaks of, are not new to me. Whilst typing, I realised it’s the genuine, authentic, down to Earth nature he has which is why I resonate with so much of what he says. There is nothing fantastical or outrageous that he says (like the Frenchman I met at Amma’s temple who said Amma knew I was in the room and will choose the time for me to hug her. She knows what is best for me….???). Bharath is just real.

Class this evening was challenging. There were asanas where I felt completely grounded, like Krounchasana, but then others where I felt weaker than normal. Chakrasana for example. I have a feeling the rather large quantity of bread I ate prior to class, as well as a packet of mints (I haven’t eaten a lollie since I got here), may have taken it’s toll. I just don’t seem to learn sometimes. Maybe I need to work a little harder on my conscious eating habits…

I’m also going to meet with Bharath tomorrow to chat with him about a) pulling together my sequence for my thesis on migraines and b) the problems with my chest and knees. I’m becoming dependent on flapping my knees in preparation for training to try and open my hips, but I’m not sure if I’m doing more harm than good? We’ll see.

Oh - and finally. Whilst in the Shala waiting for everyone to arrive at this evenings class, I was working on Sirsasana and was up there for about 3 minutes before coming down. I also managed to do all three variations we are currently working on. Not gracefully or with perfect control by any means, but it’s certainly getting there! 

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I tend to feel under pressure to ‘perform’ when in class doing Sirsasana (completely my silly mind at play here), so I never seem to be as strong or focused. I’m always better outside of class. Something to work on. Tomorrow is a new day!

Namaste xx


Some pictures from my day

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Out the front of my apartment. “Oh, hello!”

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Gutters of all houses. It’s a near death experience every time I walk into the Shala.

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On the roof of the Shala

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My atrocity. It didn’t stop there..

Yay for Ganesh!

So it turns out since getting my original quote for flights to Bangalore, they have gone up about $300! Not so good when you are about to quit your job and survive on what’s left - if anything!

I can get a flight via Dubai which will get me into Bangalore at 6.30pm, which will mean I will arrive in Mysore at around midnight - but that should be ok.

I have contacted Ganesh in Gokulum (recommended for taxi driving services) and he is more than happy to arrange for a driver to meet me at that time of night. I felt awfully sad when his email made a point of letting him know if a change of plan occurs as the drivers will just keep waiting!! I get the feeling its going to be a huge culture shock in India compared to what I have seen of the world thus far.

Sanskrit update - terrible! What a challenging language. i know all of about 5 posture names and the rest is… well… not sticking! Owen is going to create a poster for me with all the postures and their names. That will be really helpful!