Friday The 13th

Today was an initiation. I could feel it coming. Something in the air. Something in the way my mother moved about the house and played gospel music yesterday. Something in the sleepless nights and jet lag I’ve clumsily dealt with since I’ve been home. None of the small signs prepared me for a day I…

A New Take On Eating

This is what a 5am breakfast looks like when I’m still adjusting to the time change: saltine crackers, a hunk of dark chocolate, a halved strawberry and a giant cup of instant coffee. (Not pictured: honeydew apple devoured just before this photo.) I ate what my parents had available, just as I did in India….

Home

Home. It hasn’t quite set in yet, and it is so very quiet and suburban here. Gone are the fruit vendors, the chai whalas, the honking, the bells, the outbursts of drumming and singing.  Still, this is where I belong, for now. I’m taking one round of Ativan for sleep, especially after how crazy and…

Pushkar Camel Safari

Pushkar is famous for its annual camel fair and safaris. My host here convinced me to try a trip into the desert and it was absolutely magical. An amazing evening with my guide Sonu, and Krishna, the sweetest, funniest, most gentle camel anyone could ask for.   The best memories of any adventure usually can’t…

Rishikesh 

I leave Rishikesh in a few days for a short stay in Pushkar, quick stops in Jaipur and Delhi the following week, and then home. There’s a quote that says, “Don’t make any plans for India, because India already has plans for you.” This has proven true from the very start of this journey. Nothing…

Yog Peeth

  I drafted some notes last Friday about what I thought the first update on my teacher training at Rishikesh Yog Peeth would look like…a few humorous anecdotes, an unexpected twist with my registration, lots of intense yoga, and that story about the time a monkey almost attacked one of our teachers. And then it…

Snapshots From Pune 

I ended up leaving this place a little early after all to head into the city. Mostly because I had to take care of a backpack full of dirty laundry, but also because I needed to come up for air. The final verdict: Pune is the first place on this trip that I didn’t love….

A Quiet Retreat Near Pune

    I wanted to leave this morning. I thought I’d cut my stay here short and head into the city for a few days before my flight out on Tuesday, but something in the sudden rainstorm as I sat for breakfast in the open-walled pavilion convinced me to stick it out. I’m at an…

India, Day 1: Jaipur

After my first day in India, this is what I’ve learned: there is nothing I can control or predict here. The only thing I can do is step fully into not knowing what’s around the next corner. I arrived optimistic, feeling a rush of indescribable beauty as my flight landed in New Delhi. This was…

To India

There’s a book that I love, called Abarat. Clive Barker is unfortunately not finishing this wonderful series, but it’s a rich, spectacular, and vivid story, and I highly recommend it anyway. At the beginning, the protagonist, Candy Quakenbush (love that name, btw,) decides she’s fed up with her mundane life and horrible school, and impulsively…

A Soothing Concoction

A few minutes ago, I thought, “I  need a Xanax.” I’m in the middle of making some big, HUGE plans (more to come soon!) and it’s been a tad stressful and terrifying. (And, also, more than a little glorious. 😉 ) I ended my love affair with Xanax years ago, thus, no pills to be…

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Sometimes, the simplest things can bring you back to yourself. A well-made vegan dinner and a cup of mint tea is what’s doing that for me as I type this. The past few months have been some of the hardest of my life. And this coming from someone who has seen her fair share of depression,…