Beauty and color are everywhere in India. The eye just needs tuning to see it in the mundane.
"A pilgrimage is a journey or search of moral or spiritual significance. Typically, it is a journey to a shrine or other location of importance to a person's beliefs and faith, although sometimes it can be a metaphorical journey in to someone's own beliefs."
I arrived in Allahabad last night at 9:30p, Monday, after a twelve plus hour bus ride from Agra. We have essentially been in transit since departing Michigan on Friday. We arrived in the dark, and awoke to a dark, damp, drippy fog kind of morning. It's interesting to arrive in this way and not quite know what you're arriving to. It's become apparent through all of my travel so far, that it will be a slow unveiling.
The campus alarm chimes at 5:30a, to tell us it's time for chai (they bribe us out of our cots with chai, it works like a charm). Prayers and meditation follow at 6:00a in the Sacred Grove. It's winter in India, and we awoke to damp 40's this morning. Wearing long johns, wool, sweatshirt, down jacket, wool shawl, and hat I make my way to the grove. Sitting on the ground under the trees, glove wedged under my ankle for cush, rain drops on my head I practice arriving. I invite my body to arrive, my breath to arrive, my awareness to arrive.
I've traveled all this way for this. Using the outer journey to facilitate the inner journey. Arriving in this new unknown physical location to inspire some curiosity about my own internal location. I'm a pilgrim at Kumbha Mela.
Chicago to Amsterdam to Delhi. I anticipate that the nearly 30 hours of travel, door to door, will be just the right mix of medicine to prepare me for India. A concoction of people jostling, long hours flight-sitting, day/night time confusion, that will shake me up, twist me about, and settle me into this journey. I'm looking at this trip to India as a practice in tapas; many opportunities to sit in the fire of transformation and witness what emerges. You're welcome to come along for this wild ride of sights, sounds, practices and adventures. Namaste friends. ~k
We know that balanced Agni means balanced digestion. But what if Agni and digestion aren't balanced, what's the result? Ama.
Ama is the residue of undigested food. It's not a pleasant business, sticky, whiteish/yellow, smelly. In short, it's toxicity in the body, and as such Ama is a major cause of dis-ease in the body. Ama coats the shrotas (the body's physical and energetic channels) and the body attempts to clear this toxicity out via any means possible. The easiest means usually involves an opening in the body.
Wondering if you have a lot of ama? The check is pretty easy. First thing in the morning, upon waking, make your way to the bathroom mirror. Stick out your tongue, what do you see? Whiteish-yellow coating, sticky, smelly? Yup, ama. Wait too long after waking to clear that ama, and it makes its way back into the body. You can help your body clear that ama out though. Besides righting your digestion, you can clear the ama that has already accumulated. Enter the tongue scraper.
This magical piece of stainless steel will scrape the ama off the tongue and, with it, stimulate the gastric fire and digestive enzymes. While some think that brushing their tongue will accomplish the same thing as scraping, ayurveda actually understands that brushing the tongue works the ama back into the body, adding to the toxicity in the body instead of lessening it. Gently scrape from the back of the tongue to the front, until you have scraped the entire tongue (7-14 strokes).
With some attention to your tongue you'll receive important feedback from your body. How did what you ate or drank yesterday, or the time of day you ate effect your digestion and accumulation of ama? You'll see days where your tongue looks clean and clear, you'll see days where the ama seems endless. Use this feedback to inform your choices and as you see your ama decrease, see your vitality increase.
Ayurveda & technology = two things I love. So I was thrilled to find the ayurvedic clock app. This simple, and free, app show what doshic time of day it is and makes suggestions about ayurvedic clock appropriate eating, working, moving, and sleeping. It's a great tool for learning the clock, or to remind yourself what will bring the most balance to your day. You can download it here.
kara aubin teaches yoga & ayurveda, drinks hot lemon water, and is part of the ayurvedic oily revolution in Kalamazoo, MI and Pune, India.
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