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

A walk in Pasir Ris Park

As clichéd as it sounds… a lot can happen over a cup of tea. A random conversation starter morphed in a delightful Sunday morning experience for me.

For someone who is not very involved in active sports, a walk sounded like a good way to exercise. Joining a monthly walking group seemed like a wonderful way to begin. So when Shailaja Aunty mentioned that one of the activities organized by SAS is a monthly walk, I jumped at the chance.

Getting lost on my way from the MRT to Car Park C was a mini-adventure but with the help of a friendly but equally lost taxi driver and GPS (what would we do without it!), I made it to Pasir Ris Park for my first ever walk with the group where I was warmly welcomed.

After a fun warming up routine under the capable direction of young Dhiraj, we set off. The temptation of the bike kiosk was far too much to resist for some of us and we soon split ourselves into a walking group and a cycling group.

In a very Sound of Music style, we set off on our bikes on the sheltered and breezy cycling lanes towards the mangrove forest. We probably cycled our way through routes not meant for bikes though, since we cycled past groups of seniors practicing their Tai Chi..oops! We had a great time walking in the mangrove forest spotting Mud Crabs, what we thought were Hermit Crabs but could have well been Snails and Mud Skippers and climbing up the 3 level Bird Tower. We even had our little celebrity Sophia become a flower girl with the Mangrove flowers. A special mention to the Professor and his wife who managed to make riding a tandem bike look very simple!

Our explorations then led us to the playground which had all sorts of fun activities for the kids like the regular slides and rope climbing including what appeared to a mini zip-lining. A tired but happy and hungry bunch of us made our way to the Mehta residence where there was a veritable feast awaiting us. After a peaceful prayer and calming meditation session, the Birthdays and Anniversaries were celebrated. It was a wonderful way to spend my morning and I feel blessed to have met and be so affectionately welcomed by such lovely, warm and wonderful people!

-  Mrudula Damisetti

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