Day one: Dreams

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Day one at the Ashram is actu­al­ly Day three since I lit­er­al­ly slept through yes­ter­day hav­ing arrived past mid­night the day before (phew!). I woke up from the most intense dream I’ve had yet of every­thing and every­one I came here to for­get.

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Day two: Discipline

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Day Two brought with it a rebal­ance in my kar­ma as I made up for last night’s ditch by stick­ing pric­etags on CDs, how­ev­er my boss said my bad pen­man­ship is a sign that I’m prob­a­bly bad in bed. But that lit­tle diss from Ananda was not my great­est wor­ry — that would be suc­cumb­ing to final­ly using the bath­room, which I’ve not done yet.

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Day three: Faces

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I’ve start­ed get­ting used to the faces around me: There’s Mafidash (Corinne and I can’t remem­ber his name) from Maine, who has a huge beard and gave me a book. There’s Chrissy from Toronto, who got into a rick­shaw acci­dent on her way here and has ban­dages all over her face.

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Day four: Meedoguru

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Today I faced my biggest fear — no, not the head­stand, that is yet to come — but rather using the shared facil­i­ties.

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Day five: Freeday!

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What was in a sense my busiest day so far is the day I have the least to write about and is also the day I took the most pic­tures. Fewer words, more images. Trivandrum and Kovalam by rick­shaw, an Om tat­too on the inner right ankle, rit­u­al prayer (puja) to the Divine Mother, and I wore local cloth­ing — a nice change from my dai­ly cos­tume of white T-shirt.

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Day six: Conundra

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So went the (typ­i­cal) con­ver­sa­tion with my boss at the bou­tique. Today my kar­ma yoga ses­sion end­ed with me tak­ing pho­tos of her again while this poor TTC guy tried to nego­ti­ate a price reduc­tion on a rot­ting copy of “The Yogi,” which Ananda refused to give him.

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