WHY! Yoga Road Trip Days 59 – 65

Considering that we had to deal with looking for a new home as the house we had secured fell through in the last minute, we were lucky to get on craiglist and find a few sub lease options in Wilmington, NC.

As it is 4th of July weekend, we decided to to stay through to the day of the fireworks, and leave that afternoon. My wife had arranged for me to work with Sarma Melngailis, who was truly a wonderful person to work with. For someone who has inspired to so many NYC residents and raw food lovers around the world, it was an honor to be able to give something in return.

We left in the later afternoon, watching the city get ready for their evening Independance Day celebration, and though we would miss the fireworks over the Hudson, we felt at peace and ready for our next adventure in Wilmington, NC.

As the sun descended and the horizon expanded in front of us, we could spot in the distances of the major cities fireworks beginning to light up the sky. The East side of the USA is rather mountainous which is rather green in trees and fauna, which means that one if often shrouded in forest growth rather than rolling green meadows such as the Mid-West. So you can imagine our exaltation as we approached Washington, DC, choosing to take I-95 through the city rather than go around it, recognizing that on Sunday night there would not be any traffic, out in the distance of the city, in a section of the road that spreads for a few miles without any of Mother Nature’s barriers, a close up display of fireworks.

At first we just thought we had a great view that would disappear any moment, though as we continued driving and reaching nearer and nearer, the road seemed to go right into the fire itself.

AS the fireworks grew larger and larger, and more cars steered to the outer and inner medians stopping to admire the display, I turned the car to the inner median and joined the spectators in admiration. For our son to have his first fireworks display this was front of the house tickets.

We finished our drive to the beach in the morning and the first apartment we looked at came with some furniture and thus was a perfect fit. With Oct 5th being a holiday and there was no way to change the lease till tomorrow, we stayed in a hotel, allowing ourselves one last night of “road trippin”

65 days of exploring the US with my wife and son, reflecting how easy yet demanding a daily ashtanga practice is, where it does not matter where you are, it is easy to practice if you have a mat and enthusiasm.

We crossed many states, and were hosted by amazing people, road trips, like challenges never end, they simply remind us of the trip that really needs to be explored, the inner journey, the discovery of who we truly are, and what gifts we have for this world. In the words of Jelluladin Rumi – “every morning we wake up empty and scared, wondering who we are and what we are suppose to be doing here. Don’t go into the study and read a book. Pick up a musical instrument and play. There are one thousands ways of kneeling down and kissing the ground. Let the beauty you love be what you do.”

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