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India on my Mind

"India is the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the world combined." ~ Mark Twain.

Dear all,

As you've probably heard by now, India is struggling to breathe. It is experiencing a devastating wave of COVID cases and a shortage of supplies.

This saddens me deeply. I’ve always felt a sense of reverence for the country which gave the world the great gifts of Yoga and Ayurveda, for its people, places, and history.

I was lucky to spend six weeks on a pilgrimage there in 2015 - following the Ganga from the plains of Varanasi, to the temples of the High Himalayas. Then back again in 2017 to explore some of the central India, and the south, where Ayurveda has its deepest roots.

I don't think anyone can attempt to explain what India means and truly capture its essence. India has to be experienced, both the good and the not-so-glorious. One has so much to learn about themselves from being there.

If you are looking to offer support, giving a financial donation seems to be the obvious option but I feel it is overwhelming to know where to give. I am grateful to have come across several resources shared by Indian and Indian-Americans and I wanted to pass them along.

An NGO providing food, medical, and oxygen assistance.

Non-profit working across the board on Covid-relief in India.

Specifically working on supplying India’s hospitals with oxygen.

Bringing basic food supplies to impoverished families severely affected by lockdown in Mumbai.

Volunteer-run organization providing meals, rations, and masks to people in Delhi.

Please do your own due diligence if you are considering donating.

Sending all my love, thank you.

Oana ❤️

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