India is well know as a teacher of patience. After 38 hours of travel I arrived at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram around 10:00 AM and used some adrenaline fumes to visit a few local friends and deliver books. I ran out of gas by noon and took a four hour power nap. After waking up, I stepped into the shower with dreams of scrubbing two days of travel from my skin. I turned the shower knob and quickly found that hot water was not meant to be for this event. This did not bode well for my 35 day reservation. I made the best of a chilly reception and went to the ghat to enjoy a Hindu fire ceremony by the river. I went to bed early and slept like a newborn.
Flush with rest, I ventured to Swasti Yoga to take class with Surinder Singh. He is one of the greatest teachers in the world and I dedicated my book to him. I was on cloud nine with anticipation of his class and to gift him his book. In the lobby, I met Nina from Russia and we were both bummed to learn that Surinder was in Delhi. We made the best of the disappointment and ventured to Ganga Beach Cafe for some breakfast. It was great to make a new friend.
On the way back to the ashram, I ran into my friend Nic Ol. I knew that she had opened a chic restaurant and was also running a new hotel. She greeted me with open arms and and an amazing latte from her chill restaurant named 11:11. After catching up, she was excited to show me the hotel. She poured her heart into this place over the past six months. The minute I walked into room 306, I knew I was soon to be moving. We made a handshake deal on the spot and I moved the next morning. The hot water is divine.
My new digs have a stunning view on the Mother Ganga. Based on water volume, the Ganges is among the largest rivers in the world. She begins the day as a cold gray color that morphs into teal with the first hint of sun. The afternoon rays turn the water into a deep shade of turquoise. Red sunsets cast an orange glow to put the waters to bed. The surface presents as a mesmerizing piece of art, with massive swirls and currents pushing and tugging the waters in divergent paths. The headwaters of the river are tucked nearby in the magnificent Himalayan Mountains that surround the city. Each drop of water travels a relentless 1,569 miles before entering the Bay of Bengal. Her power is immense.
The river serves as a great reminder to never go against the currents of life.