Sacred Waters

Dawn under full moon, Lake Tahoe

Dawn under full moon, Lake Tahoe

Last week on a meditation retreat I was inspired to swim in Lake Tahoe at dawn under the full moon.  Joined by my friend Christy (if she hadn’t said yes to my invitation, I might have slept in instead!), we braved the cold water to fully immerse ourselves.  It was interesting to have an hour-long meditation period afterwards to explore my cold body as it slowly warmed up.

Lake Manasarovar and Mount Kailash, TibetIt reminded my of several times I was fortunate to be in or near sacred waters in Asia.  Lake Manasarovar, at the foot of Mount Kailash in Tibet, is one I sat near and later dunked in. 

Varanasi, India

Varanasi, India

The Ganges (Ganga in India) is probably the most sacred river in the world; its headwaters are at Kailash. Indian pilgrims bathe in it in various cities along its course. 

Holy man, Sun Kosi, NepalAnd the Sun Kosi, which I kayaked in Nepal, feeds the Ganges. This man was at our take-out, where there was a temple.

Full moon or not, I may make it a tradition to bathe at dawn in Tahoe at our annual summer retreat!

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