RYS 200, 300, 500 in Rishikesh
Yoga teacher training in India at yoga school Rishikesh Yog Peeth - RYS 200, 500.
So, on our last Saturday before graduation we had a talent show. Needless to say, it was amazing, inspiring, and beautiful to see so many people show their gifts. I wrote a piece to share with everybody, and is as follows [by the way, I added a couple snips from my last blog into it]:
Well, this is it, week 6 is upon us. So much has happened in these past weeks that it’s nearly impossible to summarize it all. But, since it’s nearly impossible, I suppose I’ll try my best anyway. When I first arrived in India, I knew immediately that it was going to be unlike anything I could ever imagine. A good friend told me some of the best advice, “Don’t hold any expectations for India, just go and soak it all in. You’ll love it.” And right she was. It was so different, exotic, chaotic, and beautiful all in one terrific tornado of culture. I was surprised at how fast I became accustomed to my surroundings, everything that was so strange before turned into familiarity and comfort. The poverty that I saw at first turned into an incredible type of freedom I had never known before. I realized how little one actually needed to be truly happy, and that was one of the most insightful lessons I’ve ever learned in my life. It’s relieving to know that a place so extraordinarily foreign to me could become a place that my heart would call home. It’s like this country reminded me that this whole planet that we call Earth is home, not just a location on it. You can love anywhere if you just give it the chance to love you, if you just embrace your surroundings and dive in headfirst. That’s what this life is all about, not holding expectations, not worrying about the future, but living in the present, and being grateful for all that surrounds you in this very moment. We are alive, and that is magnificent in itself.
I can hardly explain the gratitude I have towards each and every one of you. Every single person here has had an amazing influence on me, and I am honored to have crossed paths with all of these souls. The people I have met here started out being new, different, and intriguing. At this point, I feel that we are all very much one large mind, working together to pull the better of each and every one of us out to the center stage. It’s truly a beautiful process. To see so many strangers open up so widely to each other is something unlike anything I’ve ever seen. I feel such a love for everyone here that it’s unbelievable to think that I’ve only just met all of these incredible souls a month ago. I can’t bring myself to think about moving on from here, not yet anyway. Staying present with this group of people, this family, has been one of the most profound experiences of my life, and it is something I could never possibly forget. Before I came here, I though I knew true happiness within my life, but I can see now that it was simply a façade of the real thing. Now, I feel that I honestly know what it is to be purely happy, and with this in grasp I could never leave it’s loving binds. Every past experience in my life that had brought me sorrow I now see for the lesson that it was. I know that whatever life throws at me, I have this peace within, and this ability to see each situation as it is, without judgment. And that is the most beautiful gift I ever could have received. It’s hard to believe that we are entering into our last week here, but I know that we will all go on to accomplish wonderful things throughout our lives. As fast as this time has gone, at the same time it feels like we have been here through a long journey. The only explanation I have for that is the amount of growth that we have all experienced here, no matter how subtle or obvious it may be. I think we all came here to release ourselves, to find our truth, and to grow into more understanding individuals. I’m so grateful to have had this spiritual adventure with all of you, and I will never forget this experience for the rest of my life.
Every single day is a brand new experience, something that has never happened before; it is its own unique chance to write history every time the sun rises again. I think a lot of people in this world forget that fact. However, it is a key to living a fulfilling life, when you realize that you have new opportunities with each passing moment. It is never too late to try something different, to see something new, or to make a change. I believe that we all have the power, will, and strength within us to do whatever it is that we want to do in this life, and do so confidently and fearlessly. And that, my friends, is all we ever really need. We are human beings, to the utmost extent of the word. I hope everyone has enjoyed their time here at Rishikesh Yog Peeth, as I know it is something that will stay close to my heart forever. I want to thank you all for your enlivening energies and abundant love throughout this time, and I wish you all the very best.
I hope you dare to trust in this universe, because it wants nothing but the best for you. Just breathe deep, and know each and every breath is significant, is beauty, and is peace. You are what everything is, and that is Divine.