|This year's coordinators & teachers, |
Barbara, Ma Radha, Subhadra & Mariella.
|It's amazing how much contemplation|
gazing out at this enormous abyss brings!
To sum it up, my days were spent mostly looking out at the ocean with a cup of hot lemon water as you can see from the photo to the right. That, along with lots of meditation, slow meals, asana class, spiritual lectures, oodles of naps and lots of contemplative time. The soundtrack to my time there was the constant waves crashing at the shore wall and the occasional bird chirp. The weather was blue skies, a warm sun, fluffy clouds and a cool breeze by the sea. Nature surrounded us with lush, green grass, fragrant honey suckle bushes, seagulls cawing above us, rabbits that hopped on by in between chewing on the pretty flowers that decorated the center, porpoise's frolicking through the current (when we were lucky!) and birds that would dance with each other in swirls along the grass. We had one day of light rain followed by a double rainbow that resided right over the water. I had never seen both sides of any rainbow before until this one. Slowing down and being able to take in all of the beauty was so blissful in and of itself. A perfect way to practice living in the moment.
|After a brief afternoon shower,|
colors of light casted themselves over the sea.
Om Bhur Bhuvah Svah
Tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo devasya dhimahi
Dhiyo yo nah prachodayat
Although I'm familiar with the Gayatri Mantra, this practice allowed me to experience it in a whole new light. Once I'd get into the groove of repeating it, it came with no effort allowing me to sink deeper into my meditation. Then sometimes I'd find myself tripping over words, forgetting certain parts and having to pause and start over. When I'd take breaks from the practice throughout the day, the mantra would continue to play in my mind. It was so beautiful. I napped that afternoon falling asleep to the vibrations of the mantra and awoke to the same blissful sounds. It was amazingly powerful!
|Gentle waves just rollin' on by as the sun sets.|
There will always be that balance of calm and chaos within our minds and the world, it's just life. In the meantime, I look forward to dwelling more in a meditative state, keeping my thoughts soft and quiet (like the gentle waves) as often as I can. I look forward to deepening my silent practice throughout my daily life.
As Swami Veda says, "Walk in Light and Love and carry your Silence with you."