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The Lessons of Ananda

BY Lisa Lindblad

August 7, 2011

It takes time to see.  It takes time to be calm enough, to be comfortable enough, to forget the me and to see the other.  A week at Ananda is not enough, but it does open the window a crack and the shaft of light that streams in is a stunning awakening.  And so, on my departure, I try to gather the strands of what I have seen that have moved me, the pieces that I want to take away.

The charm of birdsong in a quiet world

Monsoon season in the hills which brings, along with humidity and torrential rains, a constant swirl of cloud and mist such that you feel like an angel floating in heaven

The value of a smile both given and received

Generosity and selflessness

The pleasure of conversing with those you don’t know; how much you learn about them and how much softer, wider, it makes you feel

The importance of unplugging yourself

The 6AM hour – the hour of study, of focus, of thought

Hot water with lemon or ginger or herbal powders

The simplicity of Hatha yoga.  The complexity of Vedanta. The naturalness of Ayurveda.  The bliss of Meditation

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