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