Unity Plaza Visionary’s India Sojourn – The Last Days in the Himalayas

Hello friends, it’s a pleasure to now present the final installment of Alex’s sojourn to the other side of the world.  Upon Alex’s return to Jacksonville last week, we leapt back into Brooklyn master planning mode, community meetings, researching Bikeshare and more progress that we will share in our upcoming newsletter update.  Thank you for staying tuned in while we caught up a bit.

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Given Alex’s insight and faithfulness to God, as his teammates, our deepest concern was that he would come back from “The Spiritual Splendors of India” experience as a changed man ~ having let go of the wherewithal he has held for “earthly” progress in North Florida these many years.  Rather, seeking a deeper spiritual outlet than developing real estate and community projects in Jacksonville, Florida.

I am here to share that he did come back a changed man…possessing an even fresher, renewed and elevated appreciation for our stunning, bountiful region.

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In his words, he feels “deeper peace in his heart and increased excitement for Jacksonville”.  In fact, during his week home, he has spoken a number of times about the chiaroscuro – intense light and dark – he witnessed all over India.  Revisiting his photography from the first two weeks you see it clearly.  For instance, the sadness of what we viewed outside the Deepalaya School In Delhi, India versus the bright and curious little children studying hard inside of it, encapsulated by fancifully painted floral walls with motivational quotes surrounding them.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  The future of India.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Yesterday, Alex was describing the experience to our team responsible for design and construction of Unity Plaza during a planning meeting.  He shared, ‘I am thankful to have gone to a place of amazing people, a genesis of history and where the light and dark are so clear.  Yet, I am grateful to live in a place where the lines are more subtle and gentle, the air clean, the view far and wide, the waves calm during my walk on the beach today.  We live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.’

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Sincerely,   Jen Jones   ~   Executive Director  |  Unity Plaza  |   904.363.9002  |  jj@unityplaza.com

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Famous Varanasa Silk

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Himalayas, arrived at last…

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Nightfall Himalayas – Looking back at Rishekesh at the end of the first day. The weather cleared and the lights and the stars were allowed out to play! And they did!

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As the Sun made its exit in west the city lights awakened in the east. Trekking in the mountains in the morning.

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The sun rose on this beautiful day. The skies continued to clear and a never before seen shade of blue sky was Heaven’s gift to us this day.  The deepest yet gentlest blue that so rich you could almost taste it yet so tender you were afraid to touch it.

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Outdoor Yoga Studio at Ananda, Himalayas – The outdoor yoga studio after the rains:

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Full amphitheater seating and design:

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One of the Locals:

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Lord Vishnu appropriately cared for after the rains:

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Looking Towards Tibet:

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Magnolia, the namesake of our little street behind Unity Plaza:

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Hydrangeas showing signs of wear from the unusually cool weather (low 40’s) but still appealing the some.  The flowers have a friend:

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In site of every step is a reminder of God’s Grace. In India a conscious effort is made to bring one’s awareness to the beauty and wonder of all that is in many subtle yet effective ways.  Rose petals and pulled marigolds adorn every room and hallway at Ananda, and the most obscure possibilities in between:

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Symbols of happiness & good things – This symbol shown in front of an incense burner indicate a wish for happiness and good things ahead. If one were to get a new car or home or embark on an adventure friends would present this symbol to imbue the consciousness of happiness and goodness upon it…

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A Father and Son Outing:

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Development in the Himalayas,. a new project underway – just across the way:

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The sunset over the Himalayas, a quiet day of gratitude and meditation comes to a close as well as the sojourn – coming home at last…

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