June 17th, 2021

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At Ravugodlu, 170621

I sit on a stone pavilion, under a huge, spreading Peepal tree.

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The monsoon breeze soughs through the branches, and cools my face. The rustling of the leaves is soothing. Scudding rainclouds travel across the sky.

I look at an ancient temple, and a shepherd driving his flock past it.

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A brightly-coloured Coppersmith Barbet calls, and then flies across to another tree.

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Opposite me is a Gulmohar tree, which has not yet realized that the monsoon has set in; it's full of bright red blooms, and it frames a bunch of blossoms of the Jacaranda, too.

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Rainwater flows over the granite slope that the temple stands upon.

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The temple pond reflects the little pavilion at its edge.

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Someone rings the small bell hanging in front of the temple; the sound accentuates, rather than disturbs, the serenity of the moment. I see my friends walking under another huge tree.

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All is well in my world, right now, and I send up a prayer of thanks for it.

These peaceful moments seep into my soul, and I return home with a heart full of happiness, contentment, and gratitude.