Never did I think I would have the privilege of visiting the Himalayas but now having returned after a 2.5 week stay I can passionately confirm their great grandeur and beauty is second to none. Within this stunning landscape I have spent time with Tibetan refugees and the lovely people of India and learned so much from them. There is so much I could share within this post but I would really like to focus upon sound...
The energy and movement of people and nature in India is fascinating. I went to the country with an 'image' of meditating amongst the Himalayan mountains but in towns such as Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj this seems like a real challenge! As statues of Gods look down from their temples in the many hillsides, the life and energy of civilisation weaves it's wonderful tapestry of sound across the landscape. In the first few days I found this a challenge but as I opened to acceptance of what is I found that this sound was the very sound of life itself and one to be celebrated.
The other thing that struck me in this wondrous place was the wildlife. Insects are supersize and the birds radiate beautiful colours and calls. By night the sound of insects and creatures reached 'white noise' levels. As I lay awake one evening listening to the life outside I considered the idea that there is no 'good' or 'bad' sound but only our reaction to it. I made my peace with this I found the comfort of sleep awaiting.
One of my intentions of visiting the Himalayas was to find traditionally made singing bowls for my sound therapy practice. I was not disappointed and partly supported by the tourism industry in my search. The first bowl I found was in the busy town of McLeod Ganj in a store which greeted me with multitudes of images of Indian Gods and Deities. The second was found near at the Tibetan Children's Village School originally founded by the Dalai Lama's sister Jetsun Pema in the 1960's (what an inspiration she is!). Finally the third and fourth were found in the Tibetan quarter of Delhi; one exudes beauty through sanskrit prayers while the other hides it's beautiful sound behind an 'ugly duckling' appearance. All have a story to tell and will soon be sending healing vibrations within my future sound baths in the UK.
Now feeling deeply inspired by the Dalai Lama's message of compassion and a brighter future for all, I return ready for more therapy work across the South of England. Thank you for taking the time to read my post and allowing me to indulge in my memories of the trip. I very much hope to see you in the future and share some healing experiences with you. Om mani padme hum.