Simply Good Life — Learnings from a Week in Silence in an Indian Ashram

Adam Egger
4 min readDec 27, 2019

Hi Friends, I just came back from a two-week trip to India. I spent a whole week in silence in a Yogic Ashram and gave lectures for another week. I spent seven days in the Ashram with no internet, no news, no shoes, no coffee, no podcasts, no choice of food, no sugar, no animal products, no talking. Here are some of my learnings about things, thoughts, emotions, food and life.


I had a very simple room with a shared shower, no TV, no internet connection and a bed with a very (!) hard mattress and I still enjoyed the time there. Even for me as a minimalist, it was good to see that I need even less than I had thought.


I had my first real conversation after 5 days in silence when I talked to the Swami (head) of the Ashram. When I approached her, she simply enjoyed playing with three kittens. She told me that being present all the time is true happiness. I tried to ask a question but I couldn’t. My voice was shaking. Every word seemed so important. Tears started running down my cheeks. I felt pure happiness. Strange.

The whole week was an emotional roller coaster — I was frustrated on day one, euphoric on day two, sad on day three etc — but the time after I started talking was especially emotional.


I learned to see the beauty in every corner of the Ashram. I didn’t want to be elsewhere. After the yoga, breathing and meditation classes, I didn’t need any other input, no books, no podcasts, no new goals. I simply wanted to lie down and watch my thoughts. I felt happy with almost nothing, with just my thoughts.


There was no low carb, no keto, no anti-allergic choices, no whatever kind of food. Actually, they just served one simple natural, non-processed, rice-based meal on a metal plate for breakfast, for lunch and dinner. I enjoyed the food a lot and couldn’t eat anything processed even a week later. I didn’t want to have any bacon, any meat or sweets when I had a ton of choice in the 5* business hotel after leaving the Ashram.

Learning: The modern way of eating is crazy

Rice, beetroot and Chapati — the Indian pita


There were some Yogic quotes everywhere in the Ashram. I especially enjoyed this one:

Everybody has to live in the world. The world is like a pool of mud. You can choose to live like the lotus or like the worm, but at any rate you will have to live in this pool of mud.

Every day the Ashram teacher tried to explain how important it is to wake up and to decide to have a good day. Happiness and acceptance were the two things they tried us to focus on. Whatever happens, it’s going to pass, whether it’s positive or negative.

“Accept whatever happens and always have the default state of happiness.”

You can choose to live like the lotus or like the worm but at any rate you will have to live in this pool of mud.



PS: Still feel the silence in my head. It feels good. Do you have any questions?



Adam Egger

Helping with Innovation and Growth | Strategy and Innovation can be fun and simple | A minimalist living a good life.