Guiding Light of The Month

OH, let Light be poured on all the earth and Peace inhabit every heart. . . Almost all know only the material life heavy, inert, conservative, obscure; their vital forces are so tied to this physical form of existence that, even when left to themselves and outside the body, they are still solely occupied with these material contingencies that are yet so harassing and painful. . . - The Mother

Along The Way……Reflections on the April 2013 Morning Walk at Mc Ritchie Reservoir

It was a fine, pleasant Sunday morning—not too sunny, not too hot, but just perfect! The entrance to MacRitchie Reservoir was abuzz with activity, as always. There were flocks of people getting in at 8am and then there were the early birds who were done with their exercise routine and all set to leave the place. All of us, from, the centre, who were present at that point of time, formed a circle and started off with our warming-up exercises. After a quick round of warming up and stretching, we chanted OM 3 times. During this activity of chanting the OM, while closing our eyes, we could soak in the wholesome environment of the MacRitchie reservoir, complete with the smell of the flowers on the trees, climbers and bushes around, and the chirping of the morning birds, not to forget the buzz caused by the human activity around.

Once done, we set out on our walk. Since we had done the board walk quite a few times in the past, we decided to take the path less travelled. We walked towards the kayak rental point and headed off towards the path that led to the Tree Top trail. As we walked past, we saw several enthusiastic kayakers cutting though the water as if they were on a motor boat! The coordination required while rowing is definitely a challenging task, and we were in awe at the balance and the coordination exhibited by all those who were kayaking. Soon, we went past the path around the water and headed off on a trail behind the board walk, running parallel to it at the start, and then eventually diverting towards the Tree Top trail. This trail had a thick canopy on top, thanks to all the giant trees lining the trail on either side. It was a muddy trail, with a lot of ups and downs. There were a lot of dry leaves lying on our path. The trail was quite narrow and could not accommodate more than 3 people simultaneously. We had to walk in 2s, keeping in mind the steady line of joggers coming in from the opposite side. As mentioned earlier, it was not sunny, but the air was heavy with moisture and we could feel it weighing on us heavily. As we briskly walked along, a few of us walked in silence while there were some of us catching up with one another. After walking for about half an hour, we took a U-turn and retraced our path. We were back near the water at the end of the trail. There were many more kayakers now, all of them enthusiastically wading through the water. We assembled near the Car Park and were all set to go to Jayanthy and Rama Uncle’s place. A quick drive later, we were all at their serene and beautiful house, which always has an air of calm around it. After the meditation and the cake cutting and the delicious brunch, we all felt fortunate that yet another lovely walk and brunch had come to a close, leaving us all waiting for the next one next month.
       - Preethi

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