When in India, I read Indian authors. This time it was Chitra Banerjee, One Amazing Thing and Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies and The Glass Palace. Toward the end of my stay, I traded books with my friend Elise and, for a change of pace, I read Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck.
“Once a journey is designed, equipped, and put in process, a new factor enters and takes over. A trip, a safari, an exploration, is an entity, different from all other journeys. It has personality, temperament, individuality, uniqueness. A journey is a person in itself: no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip: a trip takes us…….......…..Maybe understanding is possible only after.”
After a mere 36 hours from door to door I arrive home.
During my last flight from Seattle to Portland all the mountains from Baker to Bachelor stood highlighted by the sunshine to welcome me home. Our moist, verdant city feels comforting…………….ah, back to my own bed!
Practice Tip for just about anyone:
Make it a habit of putting yourself in unfamiliar positions and situations. Observe your reactions, resistances and insights. Does it change you?
Asana, life, asana, life.