India

Hello from Dharamshala!

October 10, 2017

I’ve been here for over a week and have yet to provide a real update for everyone, so I figured it’s time. I’ve kept curious minds waiting for far too long!

The journey to get here was something, I tell ya. 4 flights and 3 layovers. I love traveling, but even this was a bit much for me, especially after having a similar flight pattern just 2 weeks prior. But hey, cheap tickets are worth it sometimes. I’ll have to write about that at some point actually. Many of my friends and family have asked (and now know) how I score such inexpensive flights, but perhaps it’s time I spread the wealth. Maybe the next article I write will be about that.

Dharamshala is a magical place. An escape from reality. Am I really here? Yeah, I guess I am. The honking cars are enough to remind me of that! But here’s something I’ve realized, reality doesn’t have to be “reality” with such a negative connotation. We all have the power to create our own realities apart from what is perceived as the norm. It’s within all of us.

In a little more than a week, I feel as though I’ve learned exceedingly more than some learn in a decade. Of course, this is an exaggeration, but it’s legitimately how I feel. Every day feels like a gigantic leap forward from where I was yesterday. I’m growing immeasurably and I’m grateful for this opportunity. My soul is light, ethereal. And I’m healing.

I’m meeting such beautiful souls along the way, people and animals alike. No, seriously! My teacher, Usha, is very gentle, like an angel on Earth. And the other participants, we’re all likeminded in many ways, which makes for profound conversations and wonderful company. I’ve also made connections with some of the locals; they couldn’t be kinder. In terms of animals, Usha has a puppy, Santa, who is super adorable. And there’s a clan of stray dogs that live in the section of the road where I’m staying and they are just so sweet. One of them in particular has latched onto me. I’ve named her sweetpea! Today she followed me home from the grocery store and then wouldn’t let me go without one of our routine bonding sessions, which consists of me giving her a nice belly rub.

Aside from the fact that I was overcharged by a taxi at the airport, had to run (literally) to catch my 4th flight, and was run into by a donkey (actually quite humorous), all is well. Life is good. And I can’t help but feel like I was meant to be here. Right here, right now, in this moment of time. The universe works in mysterious and wondrous ways, I tell ya.

Until next time {xo},

hippieseoul


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