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At the Phool Chatti Ashram in Rishikesh India, I immersed myself in a yoga retreat nearly a decade ago. That first day I entered a room, early, at 6:00 am. I assumed at first we would immediately begin some yoga instructions, but instead everyone simply sat crossed-legged, with closed eyes and in silence, for 30 mins. I sat there, waiting, confused, expecting at any moment for spiritual guru Lalita-ji, to open her eyes and show us yoga poses. However, after that first long silence, she then instructed us to go to our rooms and wash our hands, and while washing them, look at them. I remember mumbling to myself, why would I want to look and wash my hands? For what reason… but I did it anyway. I was in pure disbelief with what that did to me. I actually felt as if I had washed my hands for the first time. An odd sense of gratitude came over me, washing my hands, viewing them, appreciating them. I felt a sense of relief that I have not felt in a while.


This is how easy meditation can be, and how I got inspired to help share my experiences with you.

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