After my three hour practice session today, I explored! I walked for hours, greeting people, stopping in stores, scanning the market stands. After the rain the air smells fresh. My nose is filled with the scent of wonderful Indian spices. I’m so tempted to eat the exotic fruits on the street carts, the colors vibrant, the flesh looks so sweet. I refrain.
On the way to my apartment, I went back to the narrow street with lean-tos. I wanted to see it in the daylight. The light of day brings with it new perspectives.
It was incredible. I smiled, bowed, and said Namaskar as I passed. That small effort on my part to connect was returned to me tenfold. The wary looks turned to broad smiles. Everyone was so warm. I stopped to talk to some women, the children knew a little English so they were able to translate. I pointed to a small chicken and one of the children picked it up so I could pet it…they giggled. The children followed me and watched as I tried to pet a goat that was sleeping on the seat of a moped. It quickly leapt off away from me, the kids giggled; the moms smiled.