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Harmandir Sahib: Amritsar’s Golden Jewel (Video)

What would make a fearless warrior fall to his knees and drop his sword?

Love and God.

The Golden Temple (aka Harmandir Sahib) was my long-awaited India highlight…

July 7, 2011 4
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Love Letter #13: Silence

Dear Love,

Words and thoughts often get in the way of us achieving our greatest potential for awakening.

My destiny is out there. Occasionally when I travel, I catch wind of a resonant “feeling” that takes me to where I should be next. But then, outside thoughts enter the picture pushing me to define the why’s and exacting outlines of goals; and within an instant, I’ve thieved its potential for greatness.

My dream should be simpler.

What do I want to do next?

If there are no words, no thoughts but only feelings and impressions, I know the answer. Silence is hardly silent…

July 7, 2011 4
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Cock show at the India Pakistan Border Ceremony (Video)

Everyone was chest-to-back, but the boob-to-backing became inevitable. We were at the entrance of the [More…] India-Pakistan border crossing performance and everyone wanted in. In India, the only way to get in, is to push; not with hands, but with bodies.

July 4, 2011 5
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Love Letter #13: Where is Life in India?

Dear Love,

When I was at temple, I met a learned man who stopped and asked me, where I was going. He held out a notepad and asks me to tell him what I saw….

I read the line before me.

“Guru-ji, I hope I passed your test with my read,” I said with a wink.

July 2, 2011 2
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What to do in Amritsar in 48 hours

I was finally entering “India” again, after a month-long sojourn into a world of Himalayan calm, yoga and Tibetan Buddhism (Dharamsala hardly feels like India). Was I ready to free fall back into the masala mania?

While the traveler in me was excited to get back on the explorer’s road; the solo gal in me was dreading it. Having found roots for a month in my yoga-family coccoon, I wasn’t thrilled with going back to solo-roughing it.

June 29, 2011 4
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How to travel solo in India: Interview with Chiaki Nakashima

What does the idea of “a solo woman traveling in India” surface for you?

When I met Chiaki, we were both, waiting for the local bus to our yoga ashram. A Japanese waif of gentle yogic smiles, she challenged my notions about what it is to be a solo female traveler in India. Chiaki didn’t boast the extensive list of a world traveler nor was she avoiding the challenges of navigating the local terrain in the way a native would; yet, she was tackling India solo doing it in calm stride.

How the hell was she doing it?

June 26, 2011 11
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World’s Worst Toilets: #4 The “Company Toilet” (Ladkh, India)

I was sightseeing the town of Leh, when the urge hit. I had to pee.

Don’t you just hate when the perculating pee pot hits full when you’re on the road with nowhere to go…? Well, maybe not nowhere…

June 19, 2011 11
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Five Gurus of my Yoga Teacher Training in India |Dharamsala

After a month long yoga bootcamp at Himalaya Yoga Valley in Dharamsala, I finally graduated. Woot! Muscles aching, belly battling waterborne parasites, while hurdling through two asana classes a day and intensive schedule of studies and teaching practicums… It was a lot! Along the way, you accept your body’s shape-shifting as your foreign environment molds you– injury happens, bad diets take form (carb-loading cause you can’t eat veggies), India initiates you with horrible toilet habits.

But good things come from it as well…

June 12, 2011 13
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Love Letter #12: Passion & Voice for Tibetans in Dharamsala

If a tree falls in the woods but no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

What is a voice crying for help if it cannot make its way beyond the forest? A passion can be fiery but its voice must be able to spread like wildfire in order to have a bigger effect. It must spark beyond the home, beyond its small community…

June 8, 2011 2
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