I went for a six day cycle yatra, 17 of us went without money,food or gadgets on cycles
My intention was to Reconnect with myself,nature,swaraj community and outside community.
It was a beautiful, intense and amazing cycle yatra. I feel it is impossible for me to express what all i experienced in words. So many things happened, so many little things i saw which taught me something, which showed me something.
Two strong feelings I came back with
Have faith the universe will take care of you.
Have faith in destiny, what has to happen will happen.
I started with fears and worries, with lots of uncertainty. Yet i was excited and eager to do this journey.
- No money! how will we get food?
- Okay we will create relationships with people, What!!! what if that doesn't happen?
- Cycle yatra in winter. Oh my god, how will I manage
- I don't have that much physical stamina to do this yatra
- what if someone gets hurt, or someone harms us
and the list goes on...All the safety nets gone, i decided to surrender, to go with the flow...
My experience with different constraints
I did not feel need for money in the entire journey.I also felt free of tension of money, free from the fear that someone will take my money.
I did not miss my phone even once. There is so much time do, talk, think and enjoy. I also loved the way as a group we co-ordinate with each other and stayed together without phone. When traveling(cycling) we waited for each other. In the village we visited each other to make sure everyone is okay. It was simply profound how these constraints brought out humanity and togetherness in our group.
I forgot to worry about “what time is it ? “.Even if i wanted to know the time , I let go. I also realized I am terrible at knowing time without watch. I have no connection with the sun, shadow,moon or stars in relation with time. I enjoyed slowness and going with the flow. Another thing is I was unable to estimate kilometers and distance, I also enjoyed not knowing how many kilometers we covered or how far we need to go or where we are going, where is our destination.
As paba village was economically poor, we did not have the heart to ask for breakfast. So on the 6th day we all left without eating anything. By noon everyone were in a bad shape. Having cycled so much and having no food. I had almost no energy to move on. We reached Naya kheda bus stand and our destination Shikshantar was still 15-20 km away. Thirsty and hungry, few shopkeepers offered us tea and kachori. It was almost a life saving incident.
No food made me experience
The fact that food is in Abundance, there is no scarcity.
The feeling of extreme hunger and true hunger.
The love with which food was offered to us, it was a truly warm feeling. How wonderfully people supported us with food
The feeling of how blessed we are to get 3 meals a day without any effort
Somewhere the scarcity and greediness of food still exists but i know another side of it too, a different perspective.
I think the same goes for water. The abundance of water was amazing. How nowhere we ran out of water. How everyone offered us water and food. How not even on one day did we fall asleep hungry or without shelter.
Hunger is the best pickle
Every single meal and food i ate was extremely tasty. It was the fact that I was really hungry, I had earned that meal, I saw value in the food i was getting, i understood the amount of work gone behind the food and of course the food itself was so simple,tasty,organic,chula cooked and given to me with so much of love and with a pure heart.
Being the culture of rajasthan, the food was extremely spicy, yet I ate with no complains, i wasn’t not even complaining inside me even if it was a little challenging for me to eat. I saw how all the choosiness for food was gone from me and how i was able to value the food.
Even the food pattern was new, The villagers food schedule was different, they had only 2 meals a day morning and evening. This was a challenge for me, it was a different pattern and yet during the yatra I did not feel the need to complain about it, even though I used to get hungry at lunch time.
Of course the sweet and watery tea is memorable and at the peak of hunger it tasted like nectar.
No cosmetics , personal care products.
I brushed only once in the whole cycle yatra( with neem stick). I did not have a bath or apply any sort of cosmetic.I did not use comb or soap.. For the six days it was fine not to brush/bath...by the way it was completely my choice not to do so.
But the journey gave me a insight on my dependability on these things and a boost to move ahead in my journey of natural alternatives to personal care products.
No using constructed toilet
Going to the toilet out in the open was out of comfort zone but i was fine. I got a new light on need for toilets...But i still find comfort in using toilets and closed bathrooms. I did not bath because i was uncomfortable to bath in the open.
Other constraints were, we had not taken any first aid kit with us, fortunately nothing serious happened and the minor injuries were taken care of easily.
We carried a basic cycle repair kit but we were not prepared for a tyre bursting or a pedal breaking..Anyway we had a lot of cycle problems and thanks to S.P,Norphel and Ajat bhaiya for religiously working on keeping our cycles in shape and for doing lots of jugadabilty to get things done. When the tyre bursted we requested a cycle shop for a new tyre,he said the tyre costed Rs 130 and he cannot help us, the neighbouring shopkeeper helped us by collecting little little money from different shopkeepers and getting us a new tyre. Many cycle bhaiyas and other people supported us in repairing our cycles and making sure our yatra doesn't stop anywhere.
I unleashed a super power, a stamina and courage in me, which i did not know i had. I was amazed with my own physical stamina, with the amount of work I did and the uphill climbing/cycling i did.
I am also amazed by my capacity to stretch myself and adapt to new situations and constraints.