I want to thank all the intrepid yogis and life-adventurers who made it all the way to the north-western Himalayas of India this autumn for the first OM Meditation Retreat! It was nothing less than miraculous to see you all walk off the small airplane that landed in Kullu Valley that fine Sept 21 morning! We took you straight to the large new Buddhist temple for morning Tibetan prayers and tea, then whisked you up the valley, north to the town of Manali and the restful Manuallaya Resort and Spa. I was so happy you each loved your mountain view rooms and the high bliss of 7000 foot altitude air!
Our daily satsang/knowledge classes were stimulating and deeply introspective, although challenging for sure. These were classes designed to take your self-inquiry deeper and subtler than you’d ever considered possible. It was all amazing and each day the conversations grew clearer, more insightful and more astonishing.
I loved our daily silent meditations together- the peace of sitting in awareness with a group of like-minded people, in the magical atmosphere of the Valley of Gods. The breath work was quiet and profoundly transforming, and the hath a yoga, especially when we practiced in the rooftops! , was stunning and felt like magic.
Almost every afternoon we went with you on an adventure to places where no tourist has ever gone before!! The private back-country of foot-paths and villages and up to a rare “Snake Temple”, walking through old-forest and doing yoga with the mighty Himalayan trees!, driving up to the heavenly heights of Rhotang Pass (at 11,ooo feet!) and experiencing first-hand the infinitely expansive bliss of mind-free consciousness! I know we all directly felt and knew that space of freedom and pure majestic being. Thank you for being there to share that experience and I hope when you meditate the memory of infinite bliss stay in your awareness forever.
And how we shared participating in the Dushera festival, walking with the Goddess as she made her way with the shaman and the villagers down the hill from her temple towards the valley festival. That experience was a gift that could never be planned!
I most loved the evening singing and silent meditations. Going beyond the mind, we could sit in perfect Oneness together.
I’m sending my love to each brave participant of OM Meditation Retreat! I will continue to post here this winter as I remain in the Himalayas on a continuing meditation, study and writing retreat; and look forward to seeing you in 2015 in Canada or maybe at another OM Retreat!
With my love, Padma