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I got back on the first midnight. I was away for over two weeks and it was so different. It was for the first time that I was going for a spiritual sojourn. It was also the first time that I was doing something like this for myself.
I went to a place in the Himalayas where the holy river Ganges flows. I sat for long periods on the banks of the Ganges, contemplating, meditating and sometimes just drinking in the beauty of the river and the mountains. I bathed in the cold water of the river and floated holding on to the supports otherwise I would have drifted of to another place ... the currents were so strong. I also spoke to learned men in ochre robes who had studied the age old scriptures. They seemed timeless, so thin but their faces glowed though they may have been in their seventies. I asked them so many questions which no elders in our families could answer. They answered all my questions and what they said was so thought provoking. I also talked for a long time to a Christian nun who had come to learn yoga.They all did talk about the power of love, compassion and prayer so I prayed by the banks of the river.
The place where I stayed held Yoga classes on the banks of the Ganges and I went for them. My routine had changed and I spent a lot of time out doors. I had to walk a lot and after the plains I was breathless most of the time. My body ached at the end of the day and there was no time to think or worry just fall asleep! I rang home each night and spoke to my husband and daughter. It was a different kind of a holiday for my husband too.
After I got back I realised that what I had spoken in two days I hadn't spoken in a fortnight. So there was a lot of quietude. I miss the river and the mountains but then I hope the path of life which I traverse in will lead me to those mighty mountains and the Ganges again.
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Thank you for your response. My best wishes and prayers are with you and your family.
I am sure that Mia and Manya will in time understand Cathy. It does takes time dealing with one's own emotions and understanding this illness especially when a loved one has it. My daughter has not been having episodes of sadness for some time. Thank you for telling me about the adjustment of the dosage of the anti-depressant. Yes the Himalayas are amazing. Why dont you come and see them? You must. Dear mother my prayers are with you, Cathy and your family.