Morning Clarity

Kunjapuri Devi Temple, Himalaya foothills, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
Sun rising
Behind mountain peaks
I dream myself
Waking into dawn
Into light

Light comes
Driving air
Down the valley
Clearing atmosphere
Of smoke and mist

Ohm, I sing
Into heart
Into center
Into spirit

Light comes
Rising within
Clears the resistance
Of inner mountains

Drives the chi
Clearing mind
Clearing heart
New pathways appear
Into oneness

Kunjapuri Devi Temple
In the Himalaya foothills
Uttarakhand, India

Taken during travels, 2017

Every morning in Rishikesh, as the sun rises over the Himalayas, a hard wind blows down the valley, driving the previous day’s accumulation of smoke and smog from the air. It’s chill and harsh, and oh so very welcome; for several hours, the choking smoke of India’s atmosphere is diminished.

Every morning, in a darkened and shuttered room of Ved Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, I took meditation class as the sun and wind rose outside.