Saturday, June 9, 2012

Water, water everywhere, Life's Connective Tissue

Yesterday I took an all-day trip through the Florida Keys. What an amazing part of the earth! And quite a feat of our species to create a way to travel over so much water. We crossed the seven mile bridge and many other bridges to get to Key West. In Key West the journey moved from bus to catamaran for many of us where we went snorkeling over one of the worlds three largest barrier reefs.
The earth is covered over 70% in water. A human body averages 60% water with the brain being over 70%  of this liquid. Water has some very special properties. It exists in all three states: solid, liquid and gaseous. Water is a "universal solvent" meaning that as it travels it takes many things along with it. Having a high density, water is a great conductor of sound, allowing sound to travel great distances, like a whale call across the ocean.
Maybe that's why during the trip through the keys, I made so many connections. By the time we returned to South Beach I felt I had made quite a few new friends, from all across the globe: Melbourne, Paris, Pittsburgh, LA, somewhere in Sweden. There were many conversations about life and the choices we were all making. There was a general feeling of universality and a sense that since we are all inhabiting the same planet, we have the same concerns.
Along the lines of common concerns, here is a link to a site about the water crisis on our planet:
Water is the second most important element to life, a breath of fresh air being the first. Every day here in Miami and on Paradise Island I make sure I keep enough water around to stay hydrated in the heat and sun that I love so much.
I am thinking it's important now to pay more attention to what is going on with water in the world. Clean, plentiful water for all will enable the connections to expand between us and to continue for a long time to come.
Om shanti

Life Question: Colloidal Oatmeal Soak, Loving Atman

Am I not, still, the gentle essence of a new born child?
Miami is steamy hot even at 9 AM in the springtime. I am not complaining, just stating a fact. I love the heat, even if, when the body rubs up against the hot, moist air it makes me sweat and creates a rash. Nothing too bad and only in those places on the body that tend to hold the heat: the arm pits.

So I went to Walgreens to search for a remedy. I found Aveeno Baby made of colloidal oatmeal. Oatmeal is such a good food with so many healing properties. And for the the past two evenings I have soaked in a warm, silky bath to sooth the irritation. As I was soaking tonight I started thinking about the relaxation I was feeling and how gentle it felt. Just like the gentle feeling that comes when you hold a baby in your arms.

That gentle, loving feeling I can have for a baby, is what I can have for myself. I can have this experience all the time when I come to know the experience of Atman, or the True Self. Through choosing to connect to that place within that is like the feeling I have for the baby, I can know my own eternal, blissful, True Self.

After all, was I not once in the form of a baby too?

Next time you take some time to care for yourself, I invite you to remember the baby you once were and the gentle truth of the eternal self you still are.

Life Question: Peeled Avocado on the Beach, Decompress with Yoga

Life Question of the Day:

Is it really necessary to remove ourselves from the world to feel OK in the world?

One of the best things about being stateside is the easy access to so many of the things I realize I "need" to be happy. Avocado is at the top of the list. And this morning during my AM beach time I ate a beautifully ripe, Haas avocado on the beach, peeling it like a banana. Yum!

I have been here a week and am just now feeling relaxed and comfortable. That's how long it takes, even if the decompression is from an ashram and not NYC. To decompress fully we have to feel comfortable. Most of us live from the "flight or fight" response most of the time, constantly defending (thus activating the sympathetic nervous system and a variety of not-so-comfortable uncontrollable reactions by the body--see below* ) for what we believe is our right, our property, our stuff. Thus, many of us seek the ways and means to be in environments we believe we can control: our own home, our own car, communities of like minded people that agree with us or even gated communities that keep everyone else out. When we are on vacation we prefer to choose the expensive hotels, high end resorts and to pay people to look after our needs the way we want. But does that really work?

As noted, I have felt stresses since being here in Miami. I have felt my brain compress with thoughts about my security and safety, in Miami and back home in Brooklyn. What works to bring my mind into a new order, is to decompress with yoga. And by "yoga" I mean a variety of practices.

Sitting in meditation upon waking is a good start and a practice I have been making a routine here in Miami. I still find it very difficult to quiet the mental chatter during mediation, even first thing in the morning, or maybe particularly first thing in the morning. (Once I get settled into a new home, the first purchase will be a the perfect bed. Sleep is bliss only if the bed provides the proper support for the body.)What non-meditators do not realize, is that most people who have a mediation practice, experience this uncomfortable mind during their meditation at least some of the time.

After meditation comes coffee and a bit of work to calm all of the thoughts that reside in my mind. Next, on most days since I have been here in Miami, I do asana on the beach before the heat of the day descends.
Other practices I have been doing that bring me into balance and allow my parasympathetic nervous system** to take over are 1) Sound Yoga music practices and 2) Advaita Vedanta inquiry practices. Regarding the later, when I am feeling cramped by my mind and cannot see beyond a certain view, I begin to question the reality of what I am perceiving as true or not (see post called Life Lessons: Letting go, allowing the flow).

And now I can add a new practice to the group:
eating a peeled avocado on the beach …
Om shanti
*During "flight or fight" response adrenaline or noradrenaline, facilitate immediate physical reactions associated with a preparation for violent muscular action. These include the following:
  • Acceleration of heart and lung action
  • Paling or flushing, or alternating between both
  • Inhibition of stomach and upper-intestinal action to the point where digestion slows down or stops
  • General effect on the sphincters of the body
  • Constriction of blood vessels in many parts of the body
  • Liberation of nutrients (particularly fat and glucose) for muscular action
  • Dilation of blood vessels for muscles
  • Inhibition of the lacrimal gland (responsible for tear production) and salivation
  • Dilation of pupil (mydriasis)
  • Relaxation of bladder
  • Inhibition of erection
  • Auditory exclusion (loss of hearing)
  • Tunnel vision (loss of peripheral vision)
  • Disinhibition of spinal reflexes
  • Shaking
**Sometimes called the rest and digest system, the parasympathetic system conserves energy as it slows the heart rate, increases intestinal and gland activity, and relaxes sphincter muscles in the gastrointestinal tract.

Life Lessons: letting go, accepting the flow

Sitting here at Starbucks Sobe I am working with all of the feelings and situations arising around the sale of my home in Brooklyn. Particularly the feelings of fear and sadness as things seem not to be going my way in this moment. I fully understand-- intellectually--the temporary nature of both my feelings and the external events that I perceive as obstructive to my desires. In my gut I have knots.

This is an opportunity to let go of my usual responses. In sending an email reply to the President of the coop Board, after a couple of re-writes, I was able to express my concern at the current turn of events without blame. This is huge! I really do not know what is going on and I cannot control the decision of the Board in a particular matter that affects the sale of my apartment. There is a part of me that feels entitled and angry that this situation has occurred that I perceive may adversely affect me financially. I do not know this either. It is all conjecture on my part, fantasy, projection into a non existent future. Definitely not being here, now, in the present moment. And in this present moment I cannot affect materially what is happening nor change what has yet to be decided. Once the Board informs me of their decision then I can take next steps if I choose.

Right here, now, I am sitting outside Starbucks Sobe in a comfy chair, drinking coffee. There is a light breeze off the ocean just a short walk away. I am looking at the sunlight on the 50's style beach buildings across the quiet street. I hear the easy conversations of those sitting around me including the giggles and gurgles of a young child. I smell eggs and cheese in breakfast wraps. This is what is real that I can experience now. Whatever is happening in New York is beyond my reach at this moment. I choose to be with what is here now-- at least for a moment
Om shanti

Friday, May 4, 2012

Life Lessons: What do I really need to be happy? In the material realm

What do I really need to be happy?
Sitting here in the lounge at the Jazz Hostel in South Beach, there is a very good internet connection and a brand new power cord is connecting my Mac to the power it needs so I can work.
When I left the Bahamas last Wednesday, I had been living in the ashram, in a tent, since February 3, 2012. The four days previous to my departure the rain had been unending and the sun had not been seen. Here in South Beach, for $20 a night, there is a nice sized room with firm bunk bed mattresses, a large mirror with a sink and spacious countertop and a separate private bathroom inside the room with a tub. And AC. Right now, after three months in a tent, all of the things listed in the previous sentence feel like necessities. So I extended my stay in Miami for eight more days. Ah, the comforts of a youth hostel.
The past two mornings I have awoken without any loud clanging bell ringing, at precisely 6:13 AM. With the leisure of a beach vacation, I stay lying prone in my bottom bunk bed until I am ready to sit up and meditate for 20 minutes. Morning cleansing routine follows meditation and I get ready for the beach. Some work on the computer usually proceeds the departure. Breakfast of coffee and pancakes is served at Jazz at 9 AM. And there is also strong coffee available at the latino bodega (much cheaper and much better coffee than Starbucks) one block away. Then off to the beach.
Though the water is not Caribbean Blue, it is very nice. And there is a life guard. I do asana for 45 minutes to an hour once I arrive on the beach. Then I just lie there and listen to the sound of the waves, feel the sun, make a few phone calls (oh, there is ATT cell service right on the beach!), thank the appearances, feel great waves of gratitude, wonder what will happen next, take a breath, feel the sun, hear the sound of the sea … you get the idea
om om om …
Arriving in South Beach
On the bus ride from the Miami International Airport, before I ever saw the ocean, as soon as the water inlets started to color the sky, I was brought back to Rio de Janeiro. I have been to Rio twice and I adore that beach city. South Beach has some housing that makes me think of Rio and of course there is a lot of great shopping just like Rio—but Miami is less expensive. There are also the international tourists that frequent both Miami and Rio. I hear a lot of Italian being spoken on the street and the beach here, as well as a lot of Spanish. And there is quite a Brazilian presence as well—makes sense, as it feels so much like Rio. At the hostel, in just two days, I have had roommates from Denmark, Columbia and Padua, Italia and some place in America.
Miami also brings the remembrance of my youth in Houston. The grassy street meridians and the humid feel of the air are very much like Houston, as well as the big food supermarkets. I just went shopping at the Publix, a few blocks away. I bought some of the foods I always eat, like avocadoes, spelt pasta and my favorite Italian hard cheese, Grana Padano. I have not had these foods (except for the avocadoes which I have had only once) since I have been at the ashram in the Bahamas. Food brings so much comfort and being able to eat foods that I like and that I know are good for me is another necessity.
The last place that Miami brings to mind for me is LA—with it’s shallow glitz and focus on the physical and material things of life. I like it. It is familiar. It is comforting to my samskaras that include a lot of focus on the physical, material things in life. After all it is a material world as the material girl says.
Beyond the material realm 
NB Being a Westerner, an American, I understand how spoiled I am by the wealth of the karma of my birth as such. In the West we often forget how privileged we are by all of the conveniences and comforts. Living in the ashram in a tent, in order to do sadhana (spiritual practice) daily by waking early to meditate, pray and study and ending each day in the same manner, working long hours in a kitchen cooking for many people, feels like tapas, or austerity at times. Yet, I know it is also a privilege to be able to take the time in order to offer this sadhana*, instead of being in the world, and adhering to the daily routine of work in order to pay the bills. In the ancient Caste system of India only the highest class were allowed to make spiritual study the center of life.
*What is sadhana? It’s a committed prayer. It is something which you want to do, have to do, and which is being done by you. … Sadhana is self-enrichment. It is not something which is done to please somebody or to gain something. Sadhana is a personal process in which you bring out your best. ~ Yogi Bhajan

Sunday, April 29, 2012

About Durga

When I graduated from the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training I was given the opportunity to choose a mantra and receive a mantra initiation. I also chose to be given a spiritual name which would be based on the chosen mantra. I spent several days deciding what to do. Mantras are very powerful energy encased in a sound structure, and are directed towards a specific deity.

I did not choose the name for myself, only the mantra. The name was given to me by one of the main spiritual leaders of Sivananda Vedanta and Yoga Centers, Swami Swaroopananda.

There are many names for the Goddess Durga. I expected to be given one of these other, "lesser" names, not the name Durga. Think of it as a ladder, with the name of Durga being at the top rung, while many other names (Ambika, Lalita, Gauri etc) exist on the lower rungs, still representing the Goddess.

The way I understand this occurrence of my spiritual name is this: I need the support. So I got the maha (great) Goddess herself to help me focus my mind and my life. So far it is working very well--when I spend time with the mantra and ask for the help I need.

Here is an excerpt from a link to an article that describes Durga: 

Goddess Durga is the mother of the universe and believed to be the power behind the work of creation, preservation, and destruction of the world. Since time immemorial she has been worshipped as the supreme power of the Supreme Being and has been mentioned in many scriptures - Yajur Veda, Vajasaneyi Samhita and Taittareya Brahman. The Meaning of "Durga"
The word "Durga" in Sanskrit means a fort, or a place which is difficult to overrun. Another meaning of "Durga" is "Durgatinashini," which literally translates into "the one who eliminates sufferings." Thus, Hindus believe that goddess Durga protects her devotees from the evils of the world and at the same time removes their miseries.

Elimination of suffering is a very good thing I think. Om shanti

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bahamas Ashram Living: Photo Essay

Homa or Fire Ceremony in the Temple
Chanting in Morning Satsang on the Beach
Karma Yoga Shift--Chopping

Beach Break

Altar in the Temple--every day a different color

Fellow Kitchen Staff Karma Yogis

Evening Sastang Lecture on Yoga for Healing and Western Medicine--look closely!

Broccoli every day keeps the doctor away

Swami Sitaramananda Teaching in the Temple

Dinner Partners

Another dinner view

Typical sunset from beach platform

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Karma Yoga--why would a yogi resist?

Today at the graduation ceremony for Vedanta and Silence, Swami Sita commented on the test we took in terms of getting it or missing the point. We all passed and she felt we did some deep work but in certain areas we all missed some vital points regarding Advaita Vedanta.

For me that point was the realization of the necessity of karma yoga to be firmly grounded on the yogi path in order to become devoted to Atman or the True Self. In order to progress and thus end the unending wheel of suffering.

Many yogis miss this. In fact I may have only met one or two who truly get it. It is what separates the wheat from the chaff and it is a cornerstone of yoga practice and training at Sivananda centers.

Karma yoga and all spiritual practice is first and foremost about one thing: self-surrender, or surrender of the individual ego for the good of all. Think Star Trek at the end when Spock dies:
the good of the many outweighs the good of the few, or the one

Based on Swamiji's comments to me and upon reflecting on my resistance, I have made some personal observations about me and surrender.

What I most do not want to surrender:

Time--more than personal space, money and being in control, this is the big one

Unwilling to trust in other people-- this is really big for me and I realize now just how I have constructed a life of independence to not have to depend on any one other than myself as much as possible--this must be karmic because I have had a 

Feeling of working all the time my whole life-- it is a deep inner feeling that I was born doing karma yoga because my parents were so sick and suffering that when I was a child they needed and possibly received more care than I

It is very possible my view of my past is faulty, as I am still much in ignorance about the Self and Truth. But now, at least I have a very good path, and a very good teacher.

Om shanti

Friday, March 23, 2012

What is Karma?

How often have you heard the phrase "good or bad karma?" Just what do you think that really means? I never knew. Here is what I learned today in Vedanta Advaita Philosophy class with Swami Bramananda.

Swami Bramananda teaching TTC the Philosophy of Vedanta Advaita

Karma means "action" in sanskrit. Yogis understand action as occurring at three levels: deed, word and thought. Thought is actually the most powerful expression of karma. The thought, or what is happening in the intention of mind and heart, behind the action or word is what creates the "seed" of new karma. Something to keep in mind!

Simply, the Law of Karma is that for every action there is a reaction. On the subtle level, karma states that even the most minute action (thought word or deed) insures that the same action in thought word or deed will come back to you 10 fold. Yes, ten fold, not in an equal amount. When considering actions like giving away ice cream or money you can see that this is a very good thing. Now think about the effect of wishing ill on someone through angry thoughts, or angry words, or harmful action. Ten fold will come back to you.

It is said that there are no accidents and that every one we meet is there on our path for a reason. With that is mind, it makes sense to wonder about certain people put on your path, not in judgment of them or yourself or even the path, just to notice, look for patterns, analyze, enquire and see what there is to be learned.

From each of the people here, as well as all of the experiences, I am learning about myself and the True Self or what could be called the Highest Good. The task as I see it, is to love each person and myself and what happens, even when it is less than pleasant. And we all know that many things in life are less than pleasant. Well worth the effort though when considering the effects of karma.

Here are some snapshots of some of the good karma I have experienced:

Geshe Michael's smile and laugher

Sita's compassionate countenance

Divine music from Anupama Bhagwat, sitar & Shyam Kane, tabla
Having experienced these moments of joy, I am ever grateful. That thought of gratitude is a karmic seed that has been put in motion and will yield 10 fold more feelings of gratitude. To have experienced the joy of Geshe Michael, the compassion of Sita and the diving music of Anupama and Shyam, I had to have given the same to others at some point in the past--this life or another, as is the Law of Karma.

Here's to happy thoughts creating more happy thoughts, kind words creating more kind works and compassionate deeds bring much more compassion into your world.

Om shanti

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Teachings on Space: Discipline and the Sivananda Yoga Teaching Training

For yogis there are two states of being: sukha and dukha. Often translated as happiness and suffering, the actual meaning as translated from Sanskrit comes from the root words:

Kha = space
Su  = good
Du = bad
Sukha--such good space!
Dukha--for the person who shovels!

Here in the ashram, and particularly as a Karma yogi and a teacher trainee, there is much discomfort for many people with regard to the daily schedule (5:30 rise, bed only after 10 PM every day, no day off for good behavior or just to sleep in). Role is checked going into and out of every class and each required event for the teacher trainees. This morning someone was sent around to rouse staff and karma yogis out of their tents around 6:45 AM when they were missing from the morning satsang. (You might wonder how I know this. After checking into satang this morning, during the meditation period, I left. I needed to attend to my aching mind which was full of thoughts and lacking caffeine! I did return to hear the end of the lecture and chant the final prayers. I felt 100% better after taking this bit of time for myself. No dukha, only regained sukha.)

Another difficult aspect in the teacher training is the amount of information that is disseminated and the short amount of time in which it is offered. The month long yoga teacher training is really a year-long course squeezed into 28 days.

Both the daily schedule and the classes leave very little room for one's self. This can bring a feeling of being in a very tight box--especially when you also live in a 9X9 tent!

In the asana class the Sivananda sequence of postures is very specific and very inward. In the flowing section of poses called Surya Namaskar, all of the upward arm movements are from the front of the body, not the side, which keeps the space of the body quite contained. The idea is that such physical containment keeps the Prana or life force within the body, increasing well-being--eventually.

Crow pose done easily by Vishnu--dukha for me!
What I am learning:

Space is an inside job.

•Not having much time to myself every day makes the occasional 10 minutes from getting out of satsang or class early, feel like infinity. 

•Not being given time to process the information (mental and physical) is teaching me to be in the moment without holding onto it--giving me freedom and space to breath and be. Such a schedule keeps me moving. 

•From the many returns to the Savasana pose in the Sivananda yoga asana sequence, the lesson learned is that you can find deep relaxation in the midst of much doing.

Who knew this was what discipline was all about?

Om shanti

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training--Karma Yoga for Life or Why Meditate?

When I came here to do three months of karma yoga I did not intend to do the teacher training. I had already done one teacher training in 2009 and had begun to teach yoga last year. The intention I had in coming here to do karma yoga was to learn better how to be of service. Being actively involved in 12 Step programs for the past year and a half --and not having a job-- I had been experiencing the concept of selfless service. That service was changing me: my attitudes, my relationships with the people in my life, my feeling about myself. The seed planted in doing this service, the karma, led me to Sivananda

Another intention I had was to live in the Bahamas, and to do so without paying rent or having to buy food! It has been my karma, though, to spend all of the money I might have spent on food and lodging at the Boutique where I have been doing my karma yoga job here, as well as at other shops in Atlantis and Nassau. I would like to stop spending money needlessly on clothing, jewelry and other items, so I am very interested in how I can transcend my karma! And the teachings at Sivananda seem to offer a way out.

The Sivananda Teacher Training Course offers much more than working on yoga postures. I am learning about the four paths of yoga, of which karma yoga is the very beginning. Just think about it, all great spiritual teachers are karma yogis, serving others.

Here is a bit of a one of the daily philosophy lectures with Swami Brahmananda on karma yoga:

In addition to lessons from the Sivananda tradition we get teachings from other traditions. 

Geshe Michael Roach
Geshe Michael Roach is the first westerner in the 600-year history of Sera Mey Tibetan Monastery to be awarded the title of Geshe, or Master of Buddhism, after more than 20 years of study. He is the author of the international bestseller, The Diamond Cutter, translated into over 20 languages and has written 30 other books and translations.
From the Sivananda bahamas web site

Geshe Michael told us the story of ice cream: the more you give it away, the more you will eat--whether or not you want to! Even the smallest action, good or bad will come back to you 10 fold. That is Karma. We are born with a certain amount in the bank account of karma. Whatever we do in life increases that karma. Actually, the thoughts behind our actions increase our karma. Think about that for a minute.

Our most recent speaker here was :
Swami Shantananda
Swami Shantananda has dedicated his life to mission work and Vedantic teachings. He is presently the resident Acharya of Chinmaya Mission centers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. His lectures are filled with wonderful insights into life. People respond instantly to his wisdom and affectionate nature. From the Sivananda bahamas web site
He taught us about :
Drig-drishya-Viveka literally means the wisdom of discrimination (viveka) between the seer (drig) and the seen (drishya). In his scripture of the same title, Adi Shankaracharya takes us through an inquiry into our own essential nature by discriminating between the seer, which is the pure consciousness, and the seen – the field of enquiry. From the Sivananda bahamas web site

At one point in his lectures, Swami Shantananda spoke directly of the "exhaustion of karma" as being possible with "direct knowledge". Direct knowledge of what, I hear you ask. Direct knowledge of the Ultimate Reality I answer. Ultimate Reality, what the heck is that you say. That is what Vedanta Advaita --the philosophical foundation of Sivananda Ashram --is all about: the seer and the seen are truly One and the Same. Think quantum physics. It is said that the Rishis (great sages and yogis) in India 5000 years ago experienced this "Ultimate Reality" receiving the knowledge directly through meditation. They also calculated the distance of the planets, knew the earth was a sphere and developed many other sciences long before telescopes, computers and Columbus, all through meditation.

What I have experienced directly at this point consists of a lot of joy at doing the teacher training studying asana (yoga poses), pranayama (breathing exercises), chants, the Bhagavad Gita and Vedanta Advaita philosophy. Not sure where it will lead, but having a great and very thoughtful time. What a gift to have time to contemplate the true meaning of life and enquire into the ultimate question of existence, "Who am I, really?"

Today was a day off (still had to go to 6 AM and 8 PM satsang and do an hour of karma yoga in the Boutique). Otherwise I was on the beach, alone and with other TTCers, marveling at the beauty of it all: the ocean and sky as well as the teachings we are receiving. Om shanti

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Finding Peace in Routine and Discipline

For many years I have felt that if I could just be disciplined enough I would be happy. People who knew me would always be surprised and respond, but you have so much discipline! And in some ways that was true. To be an artist, to be a classical musician and sing opera, I had to study a lot and master many things which took rigor and a certain type of discipline. Then the work I did in art education with Lincoln Center in particular, had a very demanding intellectual rigor associated with it's methodology and was quite broad in it's educational scope. (I taught ages pre-K to post graduate, working in tough urban environments as well as private schools, and universities, nationally and internationally.) Yet I was never content and felt very much distracted most of the time with the thought that "there must be something else to life."

Now I understand that feeling of discontent and distraction in the context of what I am learning here in the Bahamas at the Sivananda Vedanta Yoga Center. The lessons are not completely new, as I have been exploring the yoga and Buddhism path for a while now. Yet, now the teachings are crystal clear.

1) The distraction comes from my mind which is constantly seeking satisfaction from things that lie outside of myself. All satisfaction sought from things outside of myself are temporary and thus only continue to keep me distracted, always seeking something more.

2) All happiness lies actually within my true self which is already eternally happy.

I will be writing more about these two tenants of yoga philosophy each week as I move more deeply in to my practice of yoga.

Namaste (not me, you)

Photos of the Initiation Ceremony at the beginning of the Teacher Training that I am now participating:

During Kirtan chant to Sivananda, Vishnudevananda and Krsna (sanskrit spelling of the name):

 Teachers of the Training being initiated by the Temple Priest
The Altar in the Temple, the Hindu aspect of God known as Ganesha, the elephant headed diety prominently behind

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Beach Portraits--B efore T eacher T raining

A beautiful day to be here on the beach. Swam back and forth the shore line with goggles looking at the sandy bottom. Swimming is very good pranayama!  Tomorrow I begin my new life here as a student. I will be getting up at 5 AM to do a new morning routine that will include 20 minutes of raag practice on the beach.

Reflecting the good life
Wondering who makes the shadow

 Less known than before

 Some memories are worth keeping and some should not be seen

How to be serious while having fun