The doctors also know why we need this, especially after we hit 40! We don’t relax, work too much, make no time for ourselves, don’t talk with friends about our ups and downs, are often lonely without realizing it. This causes mental and physical problems, often manifested in our skin. Their solutions start with focusing on what we eat, and Niraamaya’s food is delicious even by Kerala’s high standards (best to eat what chef suggests, I find). Then, consider experiencing the power of chanting, yoga’s helpfulness, the meditative value of walking barefoot, and knowing that a kindly smile makes both giver and receiver happier (similar to Buddhist ‘compassion’). Simply relaxing in nature heightens awareness, helps you find peace - something you can explore on forest hikes and backwater boat rides.