Saturday, June 25, 2011

Minnesota Summer

Minnesotans love to talk about the weather.  What a beautiful day!  Oh, it's raining again!  It was such a tough winter!  When it is sunny and warm outside - we rush and hurry to get to our favorite outdoor destination.  All work stops.  We appreciate the beauty of nature more than any other place I have been, Minnesota residents appreciate when the weather is pleasant, we do not take it for granted.

In winters, I ask myself, "why do I live here"?  In summers, I say to myself "this is why I live here".  You have to be strong to live here, strong mentally and physically.  The fluctuations of the weather make us strong.  This is an observation. How do you perceive your environment?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


My teacher, Ishwar Puri telling an old story about why a monk would not receive a gift of gold:  "Contentment does not come by desiring things, trying to accumulate things, we accumulate so much stuff in our lives, and they become a baggage around our necks. We carry that baggage with us all the time. And when we feel the effect, the weight of the baggage, is when we meditate. That’s the best time to check out how much baggage you are carrying! Meditate and your mind goes to those very things which you are collecting, and which you have been accumulating all of your life."