Trip Start Dec 26, 2004
Trip End Jul 14, 2005

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Wednesday, March 9, 2005

so here we go a second time. i misused a command the owner of this Iway internet cafe told me to use and lost my last travelogue. thankfully it was pretty short.

so today at lunch someone mentioned that several people in the watsu class are Pisces. and I said, "Oh I'm a pisces too." and they said, "when you born." (english is a second language to most of the people here) and I replied, "Ugh, I think today. Is it the ninth?" And they laughed and then they sang me the happy birthday dirge and later in the water the whole class (maybe a dozen people) floated me above the water and underwater too. It was cool. After I was floating with them for about 5 minutes I said, "Actually it's not my birthday." At least that's what I think I said, I had water in my ears. They all laughed. What a joyful way to celebrate your birthday. And someone bought me roses and someone took me to dinner, it was great.

I miss all of you and wish you were here. A cool breeze is blowing off the Indian ocean and the sky is blue and there are flowers everywhere. I was awoken by a chorus of crows this morning which was almost as bad as car horns. I put earplugs in and tried to sleep the extra hour.

Tonight at dinner I had a great talk about spiritual ideas. It helps me to have to put ideas into an understandable form. The starting point was Rumi and his poems. It led to discussing ideas from the gospels and Sufism.


here are some notes I made yesterday:

the name of the tree with the beautiful flowers is called "frangi pani."

working with Maria, from Italy, and Maia, from France, monday morning doing a simple water breath dance I was profoundly touched by my witnessing of their working together. We were working as a threesome and my role at that moment was to observe them working. It was like watching love, I thought. But then a better formulation came to me: it is like witnessing the sacred.

Some things the watsu teacher said:

water provides sensory stimulation and activates the nervous system among other things

"we will join the water," he said once indicating it was time to go to the pool.

breath (or "brief," as he says) is the first new movement we experience when we are born.

how watsu came to Auroville:

first introduced to watsu with a video brought by a person from Munchen
they said, we want to learn that. They would look at the video and then run down the hill through the watermelons and roses and do what they'd just seen in the water.

Originally the pool was a water tank. Later it was a fish acquarium. Then it became the watsu pool.

Then seven years ago Johnny came and taught them.

They finally told me why they wanted the pool's shade removed--because it's too cold for them. Unbelieveable. I'm sweating bullets and getting sunburned and they're cold.

Last night when I walked to the internet cafe, a good walk by the way, I had to walk through a Tamil village to get to the road. It's pretty amazing. Palm thatched huts with cows staked in the "yards."

Women were outside washing the dishes in the dirt, men were sitting out front on small cots petting their dogs, I heard people inside one hut chanting or singing. They were using open fires in their huts, you could see through the walls of the huts a little, enough to see a light from their fire. I really felt the village when I walked through.

Someone said the tsunami did strike here but no one was hurt and the water only came slowly into the Quiet Center (the name of the retreat center) and not very high. Apparently the land is a little higher here and there is a canyon just south of here that took the tsunami hard and fast. some boats got swept into the village and some peoples' houses were flooded up to 5 feet with water. But no one was hurt.

Nice talk with a couple from Berlin named Alexandra and Christian. They are going to Ramana Maharishi's ashram to meditate for ten days. I had been planning on going there. So I asked for informationa and she gave their email address. She teaches kundalini yoga.
we talked about germany and travel, it was nice.

A guy I met named Don who is traveling the world told me that he saw me doing waterdance with Chris at lunch and she had a great big smile on her face. I told him with waterdance you receive what you give and it was a joy for me too.

A French woman named Lori approached me in the pool and told me I couldn't take any more sun and she will bring me some suntan lotion tomorrow. Bless her.

Had to look at the Time/Date in the control panel to find out the date. It's March 8th.
Tomorrow I turn 46. Ugh.

I hope you all are well. I am doing pretty good. I fell today in a slippery spot but only hit my hand. In Delhi I smashed my small toe on the left foot. I seem to have a lot of little accidents here.

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