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Friday evening I spent pretty mellow. Had dinner, made some scones and watched a couple of episodes of Waiting for God. I love the character of Diana, she is so evil and viciously fun. Went to be kinda early cuz I had an early appointment.

Saturday I rushed off early to the Kabuki Spa in San Francisco's Japan town. The students had given me a gift certificate last summer for my birthday and this was the first time I had had to use it. I put a bit of extra cash on it and got what they call the Nirvana package. This included a facial, something called a body polish, and then a 70 minute Shiatsu massage, plus use of the spa room, hot tubs, steam room, sauna, and cold plunge.

I had never had a facial before, but it was pretty cool. A very nice woman massaged stuff into my face, cleaned out the pores, got rid of areas that were flaking, and moisturized the heck out of my face. She told me that my skin was really dry and that it kept drinking up all the moisturizers. I replied, great now every pore is an over eater. She laughed. She gave me so hints about how to take better care of my skin and then I was off to the next thing.

Body polish. You lay on this large table covered with towels, and someone rubs you down with rather strong defoliants, they smelled really good. Then you are washed down in really nice hot water... the process was a bit brusque but I think that may have just been the guy doing it.

Shiatsu massage. God was it cool. I hovered in that space between sleeping and awake. During the massage I could see images of people and things that I needed to let go of, rising to consciousness, and then floating away. By the time it was done, I was like limp rubber. Very very relaxed.

After this was all over, I went in to the communal areas where the pools were. Its been a long time since I have been in a situation where the crowd was all nude, but it was okay. I got in the hot water and just sat till I was cooked. It was very quiet, no one talked, though smiles and nods were prevalent. I assumed it wasn't really that busy because it was still early in the day. I decided to try it all, so I went and sat in the sauna, then the steam room, though for only a bit, that hot very wet air was kinda harsh to me, though others seemed to thrive in it.

After a while I decided it was time to go, I was getting to that falling asleep stage again and still had a ways to go till I was home and could sleep if I wanted to. On my way home I stopped to go inside what I have always called "Our Lady of the Dishpan hands" There is this enormous cathedral in Japan town that looks from the outside like a Washing Machine agitator, it can be seen from many places in the city, up on a hill, and very large. I expected it to be really pretty inside, but it was pretty dull, sadly. I think the actual name is St. Mary's, but am not sure.

After I left that, I started walking, originally I was going to catch a bus but was enjoying the relaxed state I was in so much that I walked all the way to BART at Montgomery and Market. Took BART home and relaxed the rest of the day.

[livejournal.com profile] nytemuse and I went to the even chanting at the Syda Yoga Ashram (http://www.oaklandsyda.org/). They were chating Jai Jai Vittale for a good while then into meditation. Normally meditation may last as much as 20 minutes but this one was long, it seem to go on for an hour. I went in deep, but then popped out for a bit, then realizing that they were going for longer, I went back in, even deeper this time... After it was over, I had no brains left. Very blissed out. Got home and ended up going to bed early, for a Saturday evening.

Sunday we went to the Kali Puja with Sharanya (http://www.maabatakali.org/about/). The group was small, but the energy was intense, there are portions of it where I think I may have blacked out, or at least tranced out enough that I don't really remember what happened. It felt really good. I met some new people too, which was nice. Sad that Abel was not there but perhaps another time.

Got home and to bed by 11PM

All in all it was a very nice weekend.

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