My journey began as I landed in Delhi and took direct transportation to a northern area of India called Rishikesh. This scenic and spiritual location was the backdrop for two weeks of intensive Kriya Yoga meditation practice.

Most visitors experience significant cultural shock in India, being overwhelmed by the bombardment of stimulation to the senses. Having visited a handful of times before with family, I found that in this first trip alone, I actually enjoy this stimulation (perhaps why I could handle living in NYC for 8 years). Regardless, the meditation retreat offered the perfect space to process and transition properly into life in the East.

Without getting into the details of the actual meditation practice, I will share that I experienced intense and clear visions of this center I hope to build. In between meditations, I would paint and draw these visions, including one below: