Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Integral Wellness Retreat #2 at Madhuban
A very interesting aspect of this retreat is the participation of Dr. Das. He is a cardiologist and is 81 years young. He has been working on preventing heart diseases with Yoga and Naturopathy (based on Dr. Dean Ornish’s work, which was also a corner stone of my own recovery). He is more than 100% fit, full of energy and jest for life. I learnt a lot from him and he is a source of inspiration for me. The participation of Ms.Shivani, Mr & Mrs. Duggal and Mr. Bhatia made the retreat very satisfying, fulfilling and a rich sharing and learning experience for me.
Sadhana (who is an Ashramite and participated in my earlier retreat) enrolled me to go on a day trip to Ranikhet on 24th. I was concerned about a 12 hour outing on public transport with a lady who is still recovering from a spine injury. She was not only ‘bin das’ but was also full of zeal and enthusiasm. This was a breakthrough for me in my prejudice and aversion to use public transport. Ranikhet is very beautiful and the pine trees are very tall, dense and beautiful. I enjoyed the trip and am now free to go anywhere in India on public transport!
On our way back, we got stranded at Bhowali, about 20 km from Madhuban. Viru, an amiable taxi driver gave us a ride late in the evening and took us to the house of his father-in-law. He had an urgent task of his own and picked up his bike and left. His father-in-law asked us to stay the night as it would be quite a walk to Madhuban. It was around 7pm and there was a half moon. We decided to walk to Madhuban over a trail that was superb, thrilling and scary in parts. We reached Madhuban at 9pm, exhausted but happy and joyous. If I had known everything that was in store, I would not have undertaken this risky, moon-light trek. Ignorance is bliss!