kumbha mela pilgrim

One of over 5 million pilgrims at the Kumbha Mela at Haridwar, India, in February of 2010.

 

Guided meditation class in New York City

Join our evening guided meditation in a quiet garden in midtown close to Grand Central on Tuesday August 9th. This 30-min meditation will take you through some breathing exercises and a simple but effective meditation practice. Class is open to meditation practitioners of all levels. Cost is $10 per class.

I look forward to enjoying an evening garden meditation with you in the middle of the city!

7:30pm to 8pm
Every Tuesday in August only
Registration required due to limited space. Email info@vedicodyssey.com to register or call 917-574-1637.
It is not necessary to sign up for all the classes in order to attend.

Serenity Center NYC
118 E. 37th Street, Ground Floor
(between Park and Lexington Avenues)
New York, NY 10016

Subways
Grand Central: 4, 5, 6, 7, S
33rd and Park: 6
Harold Square/34th Street: B, D, F, E, Q, N, R, W

 

kumbha-mela-sadhu-monk
I was going through some photos from last year’s Kumbha Mela festival in Haridwar, North India and came across this image of one of the sadhus and I thought I’d share it with you all.

 

Manhattan skyline at sunset before hurricane Irene

Manhattan skyline from a rooftop in Queens on Friday evening as a pinkish sunset umbrellas New York City while it awaits Hurricane Irene.

 

Worry and Fear only exist in the future. You are worrying and fearing about something that has not happened yet. If it has not happened yet then you can do something in the present to change this. So, bring your awareness back to the present, to this moment. Repeat to yourself “I’m alright, right now!”. Say this to yourself over and over again for a few minutes.

Close your eyes, visualize yourself where you are presently and infuse your mind and body with the feeling that everything is “alright” this very moment – which it is.

Regulating your breath also helps this process. To regulate your breath, breathe in the same duration as you breathe out. Repeat this for a few minutes.

If you concentrate while doing this exercise you will no longer be anxious, worried or fearful.

 

A New York based online wellness wire service, Well & Good NYC, recently interviewed me to get some insights on how you can use meditation to de-stress your vacations. Here’s a link to the article titled “3 tips for a stress-free vacation“.

 

Rajasthan lady in desert

The Rajasthani people are truly like desert flowers. Not only are they colorful and bright in their dress against a stark backdrop, their hospitality is as welcoming as the sight of a flower.

I shot this photo in the Great Thar Desert about 90-minutes west of Jaisalmer, the last town before this desert’s seemingly unending stretch to Pakistan. This lady was walking in the desert not too far from her home in search of something or someone.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of 31 days of photos from Rajasthan – my favorite place in India to photograph. For those of you who would love to go on a spiritual and photographic journey of Rajasthan and Northwestern India, do join me on the planned meditation retreat coming up in October of this year.