I couldn’t agree more with the quote – “When you go to India, you come face to face with yourself” – E.M. Forster
My personal experience in India involved both my physical and spiritual aspects ….. you may remember that I was sick for over 5 weeks, now as I look back on this, I see it as a renewal, and an incredible experience, it affected not only my physical body but my spiritual self including my access to and conversations with my soul, I am not the same person I was …. what I am in transition to, I have no idea.
In hindsight, together with the feelings that came when I first arrived (total confrontation with India – I was way outside my comfort zone), I feel the experience has shaped me and changed me for that moment onwards, a process that stripped away the person I was, the past, relationships, ambitions, perspectives, expectations – I felt I was like a block of moist clay that once I was over the sickness itself, I was shaped anew, as my soul said, “to prepare you for what is to come”.
Change is the only constant, and how we respond to it shapes our lives – I leave India in about a month, to travel to the Mediterranean – firstly, to Cyprus, actually to Paphos on the coast of the far west of the island country I am looking forward to this, to learn more about the history of the country, the archaeology. the culture, the values and beliefs, but most of all meeting and engaging with people.
Where I go from there, I have no idea, I will play it by ear and accept and flow with what life brings,
I chose to learn Spanish, truly I am not sure why, but I know I would like to explore Spain, to start with Barcelona, as well and I have an invitation from a friend to go to Madrid, time is limited because as it is part of the Eurozone, and hence as an Australian, I have only 3 months per visit to the whole of the Eurozone.
Part of this constant change is sometimes accelerated, one cannot expect anything here in India, and assumptions are dangerous, for a start, Cars seem to go where they wish, on the wrong side of the road, even once with me on the footpath, they park in the road, and then get out of their car … mayhem abounds, electricity is unreliable, every day there is at least one power failure, mind you I suppose that is something you can rely on, whether the reason is the lack of capacity, poor distribution, faults, or conscious load shedding is unknown. The balance is covered in previous blog posts.
The landscape in India is beautiful, here in Dehradun, we are in the foothills of the Himalayas, however there are large quantities of discarded packaging from our consumerism in many places, basically rubbish. I have also observed that in the Dehradun there are no rubbish bins on the streets, perhaps that may be part of the reason for this large amount of mainly plastic (packaging) and household refuse.
I am thinking of returning to India, as there is so much more to see, to learn and experience.