How did a pomegranate seed change my life?

How did a pomegranate seed change my life?

The story of a 'chance' meeting, a throw away suggestion, and a total career change!

 I was in India, glowing after my first retreat in Rishikesh. I stayed at an Ayurvedic clinic for a few days before a pre-booked tourist tour of Rajasthan. I watched a girl eat her way through an entire pomegranate with a spoon. They are good for women's issues she told me, as she like I was having the famous 'banana' treatment, which involved eating only milky rice each day and a morsel of banana covered in medicine and full of chanted mantras. My British establishment-raised mind was boggling at every turn.  She had a beauty that was compelling. Her lustrous eyes fixed on me. "Are you single?" I nodded. "I have someone for you". I nodded again.  Back in England, he contacted me - by Skype as it turns out he was in Australia. I flew out, then moved out, and although the love affair with him ended, I fell into bliss with the sunny country, the barefoot teenagers, the surfboards on the bus, the no-nonsense humour. The meditation community and knowledge I gained access to there were a key step in me training to be a teacher....5 years and 2 continents later. .   I have not seen Natalie since those Delhi days, but I always think of her when I break in to a fresh, messy, abundant, divinely juicy pomegranate. 

I was in India, glowing after my first retreat in Rishikesh. I stayed at an Ayurvedic clinic for a few days before a pre-booked tourist tour of Rajasthan. I watched a girl eat her way through an entire pomegranate with a spoon. They are good for women's issues she told me, as she like I was having the famous 'banana' treatment, which involved eating only milky rice each day and a morsel of banana covered in medicine and full of chanted mantras. My British establishment-raised mind was boggling at every turn.

She had a beauty that was compelling. Her lustrous eyes fixed on me. "Are you single?" I nodded. "I have someone for you". I nodded again.

Back in England, he contacted me - by Skype as it turns out he was in Australia. I flew out, then moved out, and although the love affair with him ended, I fell into bliss with the sunny country, the barefoot teenagers, the surfboards on the bus, the no-nonsense humour. The meditation community and knowledge I gained access to there were a key step in me training to be a teacher....5 years and 2 continents later. . 

I have not seen Natalie since those Delhi days, but I always think of her when I break in to a fresh, messy, abundant, divinely juicy pomegranate.