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Debs India Blog - 2019 Nov 02 - Village Life_crop

Love, Kindness, & Generosity

For me, the highlight of the trip was our visit to a small village with a traditional lifestyle. We were invited into her home, and she cooked us a traditional meal of chickpeas, roti, and curry…

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Debs India Blog - 2019 Oct 31 - Joy


Joy is bubbling this morning as we start the bus journey to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal. We stopped into this coffee bar. The young man serving us was playing loud Bollywood music. We couldn’t help ourselves…

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Beginner’s Mind

On our first full day, I woke feeling rested and grateful to be back in India, exploring new territory. Approaching each day with a beginner’s mind, repeating many times during the day when asked a question, “I don’t know….”

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Debs India Blog - 2019 Oct 27 - Diwali


Today is Diwali, the celebration of light and the destruction of the dark forces. Flowers, henna, small gifts, and a delicious dinner were joyfully shared with us. We’re off tomorrow for a walk with the children of the street…

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Debs India Blog - 2018 Nov 30 - Sunset


The sun has set on my travels. Time to return to the western world, hopefully with an Indian mindset – slowly, slowly. Seven airports successfully managed – no small feat for those that know me…

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Debs India Blog - 2018 Nov 25 - Jeep Group

Full of Love

Our last Sunday here in Thekkady. Anthony from Chrisses Hotel, who is one of many staff that support us here, invited us to his Catholic Church for a festive celebration for children. We, of course, rode in a jeep…

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Debs India Blog - 2018 Nov 16 - Practice

Daily Ritual

We have journeyed through our first week together since arriving in Thekkady. Three days of silence helped us to establish communion with ourselves and our tribe. Breaking the fast of silence…

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Debs India Blog - 2018 Nov 10 - Cochin and Thekkady

Cochin and Thekkady

After three weeks on my own, I was so filled with joy to greet my friends. They arrived safely around 5:30 am after the driver drove in circles for a bit. Bonnie knew where to turn, but the driver persisted…

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Debs India Blog - 2018 Nov 06 - Empty Chairs

Empty Chairs

I arrived after an easy journey to Cochin, Kerala. I so appreciate Anne’s Residency, quiet, beautiful gardens, air conditioning, and a soft bed. Oh so happy! A wonderful group of women are en route…

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Debs India Blog - 2018 Oct 28 - Mama Bhakti and Swati

Connection to the Heart

This picture brings many things to light for me. My purpose in coming on this solo retreat was to retreat from the world for a while. Quiet, journalling, reading, and practice were all on the menu…

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