Nepal for me was a practice in being comfortable with the feeling of groundlessness.
Have you ever been on a suspension bridge?
Nepal, I came to learn, is full of suspension bridges. My experience as a volunteer acupuncture physician was analogous to crossing a suspension bridge. After our first week arriving at camp we had our first Saturday off. It was decided that we would take hike into the local mountains to visit a village. The day was perfect, the sky clear and we were all excited to venture out and explore. We visited the villagers high in the mountains of Suping overlooking Bhimphedi. Our trusted guide Tsering informed us we would be crossing a suspension bridge on our decent back down. I immediately began to have anxiety as I have a fear of suspension bridges. That feeling of groundlessness gave me a pit in my stomach and sweaty palms as we started our decent and got nearer to the bridge.