“Living in Awareness”, are words that I have heard and read repeatedly from spiritual masters. They say, it is the key to Living in Balance. I always felt this was difficult to practice. However, recently, on my first solo leisure trip I discovered that being in the present moment or being aware doesn’t have to be difficult. It can be effortless and an extremely joyful experience.
I like to travel and explore new places. Generally, there is an itinerary to be followed so that we don’t miss out on anything worth viewing. However, this time, there was “no agenda”. I felt, I had a calling from River Ganga and so chose to visit Rishikesh, which I had already visited twice earlier. There was only one plan, “Ganga darshan”.
Besides reading and writing, long walks alongside the Ganga were the highlights of the trip. My cell phone would be on flight mode. I preferred not to call or receive calls from anyone. Early morning walks were beautiful, since there were very few people around and hardly any human sound to distract my attention from nature. I would stop at different spots to just absorb the beauty of the lush green mountains, the river flowing in full force, the sound of the gushing water and so much more.
Evenings were spent sitting on Ganga ghat, watching the aarti and listening to the sounds of temple bells. My eyes followed every diya floating in the river, till it was out of my sight. It felt like I was travelling with those tiny lights! I experienced observing nature and surroundings, when alone, to be very different from when in someone’s company. It is an experience which is difficult to describe in words. It felt like being one with nature as I was appreciating it and offering gratitude. When we are appreciating nature in someone’s company, we get more involved in the “expression” rather than “experience”.
The hotel room had a beautiful view. Sitting by the window, observing people’s expressions was a fascinating experience. They seemed happy, joyful, excited. Children & adults of all ages who had come for Ganga darshan, taking a dip in the river or praying or rafting. They all looked happy. I am not sure if that was the power of the holy river Ganga or just a reflection of my emotion. It felt like I was a part of every person’s joy and excitement. I could feel their happiness within me.
Being free from the routine chores gave me a chance to enjoy the aloneness without feeling lonely. I could be more “spontaneous”. In a profession where a large part of my day is spent in listening to people, being present for them, this was a good change, to be present for myself. Not only was it a good relaxation time, this trip gave me an opportunity to “observe”, “experience” and “feel” more intensely. I realized that I was more aware of myself and my surroundings. I wasn’t pre-occupied with different thoughts or conversations. I was more present in that moment. To me, this could be the beginning of understanding the true meaning of “living in awareness” or “being mindful”.
Most of us rarely give ourselves an opportunity to sit in silence, just to experience and appreciate the present moment. We are never really present in what we are doing or aware of what motivates us or gives us joy or why we say what we say. We are living in unawareness.
We don’t need to go on a solo trip to experience awareness. We can start by just taking a pause in our daily routine, to just take a deep breath, to be mindful of the food we are eating, to observe our thoughts and experience simple joys of day-to-day living. Osho says, “Awareness is the key to being self-directed, centred and free in every aspect of our lives”. Wouldn’t it be great if we could focus more on experiencing life rather than expressing?


  1. Sheetal Tyagi July 25, 2023 at 8:55 pm

    Such a lovely experience you shared. Its inspiring in a way. Being aware of the present moment is also the central point of the book The Greatest Secret.

  2. Sumaiya Cazi July 25, 2023 at 8:59 pm

    Thank you for sharing !

  3. Suwarna July 25, 2023 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks lot for sharing your experience mam. Very inspiring and shred very good massage that being alone is not always boring some time its an amazing experience

  4. Sakshi July 25, 2023 at 9:07 pm

    Beautiful experience and living in the moment.

  5. Manali July 25, 2023 at 9:17 pm

    Wow! Very well written! I love and quite relate with the part of expression vs experience ????

  6. Kunal sikchi July 25, 2023 at 9:19 pm

    Nicely captured Prerna !

  7. Rangan Pillai July 25, 2023 at 9:22 pm

    This is an excellent blog post, and it resonates with my own experiences and perspective

  8. Vijaylaxmi July 25, 2023 at 10:14 pm

    Being with nature is always the most relaxing thing to do. You have described just that. It is awesome

  9. Priscilla kutty July 25, 2023 at 10:27 pm

    Very well written .Thanks for sharing your experience.. “Living in awareness.. “such a beautiful concept for all of us to adopt…

  10. Kalpana Ghelani July 25, 2023 at 10:54 pm

    Such a lovely experience. So glad you had a wonderful experience. We all need to have a “me” time to reflect how we feel and hope to have a similar experience. Thanks a lot for sharing Prerna.

  11. Ambrish Shah July 25, 2023 at 11:19 pm

    Experiencing awareness offers a more profound and meaningful connection with oneself and the world. It will foster personal growth and enriched experiences. Simply expressing oneself without that awareness may lead to superficial interactions and missed opportunities for genuine understanding and growth.

  12. Meeta Shah July 26, 2023 at 12:10 am

    Greetings to you Prerna
    Thank you For sharing wonderful experience blog. This is the greatest gift one can give him / herself, by staying in awareness lone when ever possible.
    Its a gret reminder to all again and again..????

  13. Shiva Gautam July 26, 2023 at 12:32 am

    Lovely experience shared.
    Rishikesh is that place where you can hear your self.

  14. Jose Sebastian July 26, 2023 at 5:07 am

    Wonderful sharing. When I was reading your blog I was transported to river ganga, I could feel the sound of the roaring river the people and the Joy. I have been practicing living in the present and it feels very good to be aware of my thoughts and feelings. Looking forward to your next blog.

  15. Atanu July 26, 2023 at 6:58 am

    I loved the part – When we are appreciating nature in someone’s company, we get more involved in the “expression” rather than “experience”.

    Beautifully written. Thank you for sharing your blog.

  16. Daisy July 26, 2023 at 9:45 am

    Beautifully expressed, Prerna!
    “When we are appreciating nature in someone’s company, we get more involved in the “expression” rather than “experience”.”
    Very aptly said.
    Mindfulness, as you write, enjoying and being present in whatever you are doing , is truly a big game-changer in life

  17. Nawaz Vijayakumar July 26, 2023 at 10:04 am

    A piece written from the heart. Very beautifully expressed. Indeed a unique experience getting in touch with your own self and comprehending the same.

    • Apurba July 26, 2023 at 2:11 pm

      Thanks for sharing!! wonderfully expressed. Nature binds us all..through observing people’s expressions and finding joy out of that is something to take away..

  18. Jagruti Gandhi July 26, 2023 at 12:02 pm

    Wow Prerna really great.
    It was wonderful experience.
    When I read, felt like I am also there.

  19. Shilpa Gala July 26, 2023 at 4:08 pm

    Hey I felt like was there with you while reading. Could feel the emotions well as was at varanasi few days back and have experienced the vibrations of almighty- My Shiva. Felt the energy. Experienced some miracles too. And I am still cherishing my stay there.
    Looking forward for more posts from you dear.

  20. Toral July 26, 2023 at 5:34 pm

    What a wonderful experience and you knitted it soo well….me too felt the joy of seeing Ganga and motivated to visit. Being present in the present situation is an art and one needs to master it !! Well explained.

  21. Rajul Agarwal July 26, 2023 at 7:33 pm

    Beautifully written!!! We all are so busy in our life that we forget to pause and reflect. Can actually visualise the beautiful moments that you have penned down. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Bhanu Shah July 26, 2023 at 8:43 pm

    It would definitely be great if we could focus more on experiencing life rather than expressing it.
    I totally agree with Prerna Shah

  23. Milind lodaya July 26, 2023 at 8:57 pm

    Very insightful. Thanks for sharing..

  24. Anonymous July 26, 2023 at 10:31 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! 🙂
    It is a simple piece but very elegant. Everything you said was relatable. I have been learning about and practising mindfulness myself the past couple months. It is quite liberating to be in the moment, experience time passing by, soak in the energy of your surrounding in that very moment and take the time to appreciate the little things that we don’t pay attention to otherwise. I am glad that you were able to chalk out that me time for yourself and reconnect with your awareness and just go with the flow. Hoping you keep having similar experiences more often.
    Sending lots of love and good vibes your way. ????????✨

  25. Jitesh .v. shah July 26, 2023 at 11:18 pm

    Beautifully written and explained .We are so much distracted and occupied in our daily chores ,and completely get ignorant to experience the present self with complete awareness. Being present and being able to experience and enjoy. Whatever you are doing is definately something to encourage ourselves to experience more often.

  26. Charul July 27, 2023 at 2:50 pm

    Beautifully written. It is so easy to get wrapped up in everyday routines and chores that it has become a mantra I’m so busy, don’t have time, have tons, must do’s and need to’s that just being with oneself mindfully seems far fetched. Agreed that just going with flow and just mindfully being fully present doing any task eating, washing or even just sitting with own thoughts brings one close to self. We can appreciate each and every moment and be aware of our own personal space. Thank you for sharing your experience. It is very inspiring ????

  27. Vaijayanti Thalar July 27, 2023 at 7:16 pm

    खूप छान लिहिले आहेस प्रेरणा.
    तुझा उत्कटपणा, त्या वेळेला त्या भावनेशी प्रामाणिक राहणे, एकटेपणा, एकाकी पणा याच्या पलीकडे जात स्वतः शी एकरूप होण्याचा तुझा अनुभव वाचणाऱ्याला खूप काही देऊन जातो.
    अप्रतिम व्यक्त झाली आहेस.

  28. Sudipta July 28, 2023 at 1:43 am

    Indeed, you have expressed it so well.
    Thank you so much for sharing.

  29. Anju Bhushan July 28, 2023 at 4:53 pm

    Very well expressed. Great motivation and inspiration to others also. It connects us with our culture and faith in God.

  30. Priti July 28, 2023 at 8:49 pm

    Thanks for sharing your Rishikesh solo Divine trip. I am really inspired from the way you have explained. I want to go to Rishikesh when I get chance.Thanks

  31. Chetna July 29, 2023 at 9:02 am

    Really very glad that you had a solo trip and enjoyed nature. Thanks for sharing. Great inspiration for all of us to go solo and enjoy and spend time with ourselves.

  32. Pradip Shah July 29, 2023 at 11:15 pm

    Extremely candid description of “being with self”, identifying nature in its purest form, expressing in lucid language.

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