“Just stay focused. Don’t react. Just be a witness and you will see the magic of it.”
-Pujya Swami Chidanand

Overlooking the Ganges River in Rishikesh, India

Overlooking the Ganges River in Rishikesh, India

I’ll be honest. India has a way of provoking a reaction. She rocket launches you WAY outside of your comfort zone. Basically, you either love her or hate her.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and off-balanced from sensory overload, incessant ear-piercing horns, extreme heat/humidity during this monsoon season and people relentlessly trying to sell you their wares.

Temple pilgrimage in Rishikesh, India

Temple pilgrimage in Rishikesh, India

There is also a mind-numbing amount of choices for different Aryuveda, ashrams, meditation centers, yoga schools and retreats to chose from. Which one is the right choice? You won’t know until you go, but where to begin?

It is necessary to become the observer here, to listen to your guides and stay in the flow. When you want to run back to your comfort zone, it’s important to stay put and wait for the big lesson that is staring you right in the face. It’s not easy, but necessary for truth-seekers and those who live for their own spiritual growth.

Parmarth Niketan Temple and Ashram in Rishikesh, India

Parmarth Niketan Temple and Ashram in Rishikesh, India

We took refuge in this beautiful temple, Parmarth Niketan, along the banks of the Ganges River. There were also many beautiful scenes along the way.

As I look around at the buildings in need of long-overdue repairs, I find the beauty in the vibrant colors, the clothes, the smiles and the innocence of children.

Namaste India. 🙏

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