WelcOMe to December: India, End of Year Reflection, Holly Daze

musing on the ganges river with darren main
WelcOMe to December. It’s hard to believe that three weeks ago I was busily packing for my journey to India with my beautiful 66-year-old mother in tow. To say the experience was profound would be an understatement. I’m still processing it all and wanted to share the first of two video peeks into the colorful journey complete with a rickshaw ride!

One more video to cOMe showcasing a response to my question, “How can we be yoga AND how can we take India back with us?” When invited to a second private sit with Swami Parmarth, I was eager to ask this question. The response is thought-provoking and a beautiful reminder to live our yoga off the mat.

In an effort to alleviate some of the suffering we saw and to share the experience, we are hosting a benefit in the new year. Details below, please join us and spread the word.

India Night Benefit at Tranquil Space: Friday, January 21 7-8:30pm
Don a sari, sip chai tea, and join us for a celebration of all things India. Kimberly Wilson and a few fellow Tranquil Space yogis have recently returned from a 10-day adventure in India and are excited to share tales of the trip. This special evening we include photos and videos of their journey, henna painting, yummy Indian cuisine, a trunk show featuring Indian-made malas, clothing, and accessories, and more. The night will conclude with Kimberly’s debut of Lokah Samasta Sukino Bhavantu on the harmonium and a mini meditation around an altar. Suggested $10 donation to benefit India charity of your choice: Help in Suffering works for the benefit of animals in India or Environment Support Group involves research, training, campaign support, and advocacy on a variety of environmental and social justice issues in India. All trunk show proceeds will also go toward your choice of India charity.

As I slowly return to reality, I am left with a reminder that not only is this the final month of 2010, but the final month of this decade. This leaves lots of reflection to do! I feel blessed to have fallen in love with the book Not So Big Life by Sarah Susanka this year and she is hosting a weekend of reflection at Kripalu that I’ll be attending with bells on. I’ll be sure to write about my experience on the blog so it’s like you’re going with me! Last weekend I took some time to list a few highlights from 2010 – two surgeries, India adventure, Tranquilista hit shelves, hosting Tranquil Teens programs for Tranquil Space Foundation, art journal retreat in Mexico, opening new studio hOMe in Arlington, book tours, driving dad’s tractor – and was able to see just what a full year this has been. I encourage you to do the same.

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season to light a candle, pull out your journal, sit with your thoughts, and muse on the lessons and highlights of 2010. How would you define this decade? What do you want to see unfold for you in 2011? What about this new decade? Life is crafted by all of our daily choices. As we move into the darkest day of the year, let this be a time to turn inward and bask in being. Tranquility awaits.


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