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From Bodhgaya, Bihar, India

24 January 2011

For the past two days I have been travelling from Toronto, Ontario to Bodhgaya, Bihar, India. 14 hours of flights and 14 hours on train. I’m actually writing this on the train while we are two hours behind schedule. It has been a long journey, but one worth taking. In Canada, I have become accustomed to getting information instantaneously either through the computer or my iPhone. Saving time and getting things done in an efficient manner is very important to Western society. Just the other day I was telling my friend I wanted to upgrade my 3G iPhone to the iPhone 4 simply because it is faster. Two years ago, the last time I was at an ashram in India, I remember getting frustrated at how I was expected to collect leaves on the ground. I was given tree branches tied together to gather the leaves. Three hours into the task I was saying to myself, if I had a rake I could have been done in 30 minutes. I soon realized that finishing the task in an optimal time was not important. It led me to realize how much stress I take on because of time. Being in the moment without stressing about time and truly focusing on the task was a challenge. Unlearning the importance of completing everything within a prescribed time was hard. I’m not saying that time is not important, rather, what I do in that time is more important. Being in the moment and clearing my mind in order to truly focus on the task was what I discovered I needed to do. We’ve all heard it’s the journey, not the destination. I think it’s hard to focus on the journey rather than the destination because we have an idea of what the destination is going to be. The journey could change in a blink of an eye, but we are able to still focus on the destination. Having traveled through India once before has helped shape this journey. However, there is a repeating theme to my trips which I will present to you in a form of a question. I’m curious to hear your responses. So I leave you with this: If the cup is half full, how do you fill the rest of the cup?

One Response to “From Bodhgaya, Bihar, India”

  1. Ronda says:

    Another question could be… if your cup is half full – what is it filled with – and how can you improve on what you have in that cup?

    My answer for both is to keep searching….and learning….

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