Thursday, December 24, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
That was the first thing I had to get over in India, as there is much construction at the ashram and well, shoes off wherever you go. So just add water and dusty feet translate to muddy dining areas, bathrooms you name it. Can you say, “relax with what is?” (or “cultural relativism” for my Soc 101 students?)
Meanwhile, another ashramite was challenged by tiny children scampering around the construction sites barefoot and guys running about on top of half-constructed buildings without harnesses (that’s her line of work back home).
Endlessly fascinating what we tune into, as I kept filing away images of the women in saris hammering rocks, carrying water jugs and planks on their heads at the construction sites. (Uh yes, vestiges of the caste system alive and well…and the admonishments not to feed dogs or give cookies to children… more on that this spring Soc 101 students…)
So back to the photo -- my shoes were trashed in short order. I didn’t think to bring a pair of Crocs, but that’s my advice, dear readers, next time you’re in India, bring Crocs. Wash n’ wear, unlike these Naots. Ah, I wasn’t fond of them anyway. But check it out, cool soles, eh?
Monday, December 21, 2009
Looks a little scary, eh? Well, there are Western toilettens mixed in, too, but always a long Western queue, what to do? Does patience outweigh "adventure," hmmm?
In India, it's also polite to say, "no no I couldn't," and then they insist. And then you acquiesce. I rather like that dance, lol!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Okay, just a quick note, because a few of you might be curious on how that all went... (Yes, I promise Jen W., no more posting at the ashram, I'll just "soak it in" these last few days :-)
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
So this morning, we did an extremely cool walking meditation, in which you cultivate an awareness of the beauty (and presence of the Infinite – this is an ashram after all) in every aspect of the world around you. (This includes people who rinse out their mouths in the dish washing sink and walk off with others’ shoes, lol!) You might try this one the next time you’re out in nature, just a Karly Yogini tip of the day.
P.S. Many people are smiling, getting nicer and playing well with others. And I don’t think it’s just because they want to borrow my laptop.