I’m glad I went….but

IMG_1100I think yoga and meditation are good for the spirit and the body. Not that I have a lot of experience with it….just some yoga classes at my local gym and a meditation session or two. When I wrote about transitions last week I thought a few days at an ashram would be a worthwhile transition activity from work to retirement. I’m glad I did it, but it will probably be my one and only ashram experience.20150707_135432349_iOS

What I liked: the yoga and meditation. The teachers were very good and the hours devoted to yoga and meditation were generous – 4 hours a day. And I took full advantage. The lectures, chanting and singing were interesting. The setting in the Catskills was beautiful, peaceful. The common areas of the ashram main building were clean, functional, and nice.IMG_1099
What I didn’t like: the food. I had convinced myself that I would be fine with vegan and/or vegetarian meals (most were vegetarian). I have had vegetarian meals prepared by my friend, Joan Fleming, and loved them. But at the ashram, at the end of three days I was weak from lack of food! The accomodations were basic, which I expected. But they could use a good scrubbing. The mood among the residents was off. Most of the people I met had been living at the ashram for months and seemed to be trying to find themselves or find a way to happiness (bliss). They didn’t seem to feel comfortable or happy when they were out in the real world, but I felt an air of sadness at the ashram.
I’m glad I went. The experience confirmed my interest in yoga and meditation….and my love of meat!

6 thoughts on “I’m glad I went….but”

  1. I, too, would never be a happy vegetarian. I think meat protein is essential- especially when it is marinated and grilled! I love veggie but they are called sides for a reason.

  2. I could go vegetarian, but not vegan. Matt is vegan now and it eliminates many of the foods that I would have a hard time eliminating.

  3. How about sharing some of your upcoming plans so we know what to look forward to?

    …And, “Contact Me” so we can contact you directly?

    your friend, Herb!

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