I’m not going to lie, I was a bit nervous to go to India. I had heard so much about it that made me a little afraid. Even with my nervousness, it just seemed like a place that I had to go to, especially as a yoga instructor I felt the need to learn more about where yoga came from.
I’m glad I took the leap because India was OM-mazing!! I don’t think I can even do it justice with my words and short (7 weeks) time there. The people were fantastic. They were caring, helpful, friendly and smiley. They were so invested in what you thought of their country or their business. It was a sense of pride that was so beautiful. Yes there is a lot of people everywhere, poverty, and garbage where you don’t want to see garbage, but for every honking horn there is a moment of complete tranquillity; a cows moo or sunset over the Ganga river. And well, the buzzing energy that is India is what makes it so appealing.
I had lot's of experiences on this adventure, here are a few things I learned;
I learned patience. India time is not the same as Canada time. If a train is scheduled to arrive at 8 am it might not be there until 11, and you have no way of knowing.
I learned humility. Being surrounded by so many people helps me to realize how many people are out there with their own struggles, their own dreams. I am not alone.
I learned to worry less and stress less. Most things that I worry about or stress about don’t need that attention. It is very humbling to witness another human’s effort and struggles. If I could eliminate worry from my mind that would be ideal. I’m sure after just a few more meditation sessions I’ll get there. ;)
I learned gratitude. In so many ways I learned gratitude. One of the main things that stick out to me is how very grateful I am for easy access to clean drinking water.
I was reminded that I have an amazing husband. No trip is without a few hiccups and we experienced some this journey but when we could have argued, we communicated and when we could have let it get us down, we looked for the positives.
I learned that I cannot let fear dictate my decisions in life. It would have been a lot easier to stay at home, but then I would have never had this life changing experience. So many decisions and actions are done out of a place of fear, what if they were done out of a place of love and curiosity instead.
Take the leap!!
I am continuing to learn and experience and grow. India played a large part in this process. It was vibrant, it was colourful, it was loud, it was chaotic but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.