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Hello,

 
I took lay vows and boddhisattva (sp) vows the day before yesterday.
 
Had a strange mystical experience on my way there…
 
I wrote down the directions to get to the place where the ceremony was taking place, and i really got lost driving.
 
i was so sure i wrote the directions well but missed something… as the streets wind their way a lot around here in the mountains i spent about 1 hr and a half driving in circles…
 
finally i was about to give up to the attachment of this outcome- at first it was showing up on time. even tho i had made ample time to find the place, it never dawned on me that i would get really really lost…
 
i was -unbeknownst to me at the time- only 3 ‘blocks’ away ( there are no houses, just lots of…

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Hello,

 
I took lay vows and boddhisattva (sp) vows the day before yesterday.
 
Had a strange mystical experience on my way there…
 
I wrote down the directions to get to the place where the ceremony was taking place, and i really got lost driving.
 
i was so sure i wrote the directions well but missed something… as the streets wind their way a lot around here in the mountains i spent about 1 hr and a half driving in circles…
 
finally i was about to give up to the attachment of this outcome- at first it was showing up on time. even tho i had made ample time to find the place, it never dawned on me that i would get really really lost…
 
i was -unbeknownst to me at the time- only 3 ‘blocks’ away ( there are no houses, just lots of mountains and winding roads w peppered houses here and there : )
 
well, i had come to terms w the fact that i would likely not find this place.  Some negative talk to myself maybe 30 seconds of it, saying i’d amount to nothing in this life blah blah good for nothing… then, i quieted my mind telling myself, ok, so what if i am a nobody…everyone wants to be something in this life. i am nothing and that is fine…i just am – i am that and that is that as the sanskrit saying DC says. 
 
well, i found my center of inner peace and decided, i was not going to have any expectations, that way i wold not be disappointed…
 
i knew the GPS was frozen from leaving it in the car last winter, and i thought, i’m just going to assume that it is working – i.e. won’t hurt to check it – maybe it ‘resurrected’ over the summer
 
well, i press the on button after connecting it and waaah! it turns on!!!
 
so i enter the address and sure enough it takes me there- i barely hear the volume but the big arrows point on the screen showing me the way.
 
oh,, also i knew it was next to the carmelite monastery and i forgot to mention to you , that i haphazardly found my way close to it bc i located some spires w crosses in a distance which it turned out was a baptist church, so luck or divine coincidence had gotten me so close already which was very cool
 
then, i had to find the building which was no easy task. i ended up finding it! of course seeing all the shoes (ppl take off shoes in buddhist temples) inside i knew i was in the right place.
 
the church has a building especially for the Dalai Lama (who is now my new Pope LOL) since this particular lineage i am with is his own. very cool huh?
 
and then guess what… i am sitting in there – luckily GesheLa was taking his time answering everyone’s questions thoroughly and was running really behind!
 
so i was totally fine as far as time. i was getting a teeny bored and decided to go to car to get knitting and a (sweater since it is so cold now)- i had already stepped out for a few seconds earlier – i remember not for what … little did i notice the doors were locked unidirectionally and upon stepping out the first time the large doors ‘from the roman era’ did not close well.
 
as i returned i found myself locked out!!!
 
i trudged down slope on sunny side of building were the windows on the second level were open… i could hear Geshela talk and i decided to say out loud (without yelling) i’m locked out ! i said it twice, but methinks everyone was really absorbed in his talk…
 
then i thought ‘what if i throw a stone…but what if it injures someone, and here i am about to take vows of not harming any sentient being…”
 
so then i walk back and go across the street… i tell a lady through a window (seems like the catholics like to lock everything LOL) and they said they would ‘call someone’ i waited a little. no one came. then i thought, how stupid, for wanting to knit and not be patient, here i am stuck in the cold outside the ceremony i am supposed to attend, but my purse is inside… this is what i get for having desires…
; ) karma…
 
then this not so nice cleaning lady asks me ‘don’t you have the code?’ 
 
‘you are supposed to have the code’
 
i stay calm and tell her my purse is in there and i am an attendee in the meeting… and leave it at that
 
she lets me in , i thank her…
 
and then i am swooped immediately into the taking of the vows!

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Hello,

 
i was occasionally thinking these past several weeks how i felt that i had no ‘voice’ so to say when trying to help make a difference and see changes happen fot the better.
 
well, i was proved completely wrong!
 
turns out that the time i spent filling out a long survey at the toyota dealership with tons of suggestions DID make a difference
 
i told them how their service center looks ‘dark and shady’ and only emphasized the negative stigma of the shady mechanic – well they put a bunch of beautiful wrought iron tables and chairs outside and even put some thick tubes to protect ppl sitting outside (in case a crazy drunk driver were to drive on sidewalk) 
 
then they changed the form with which one signs in as well as i critiqued that too…
 
then, at the art store i stopped today (bc i ran out of drawing paper) i saw they ordered mini organizers with no lines – where only the date is noted… i am super non-conformist, and always despised lined paper… as though i must write and stay within the prison of lines.
 
what if i feel happy and wish to write upwards? or, draw some cool doodle i got inspired w that day? 
 
well they stocked up on that ! 
 
So i guess the lesson G-d (the Universe) taught me today is that  YES your voice is heard. even if it is 1 voice
 
Namaste, 
 
Sam

i don’t know what your financial situation is, but living within one’s means can be tough for some especially during these times! 

 

am not here to tell you anything personal about my finances, but here are some ways to save money which may seem old fashioned or to some NG, so feel free to just take what you like and discard what does not suit you: and yes, i am quirky and nuts and bolts type A personality, but here you go…

 

 

∫  Limit going out to eat 

∫brown bag it! cook at home. yes, it does add up <<<<<

∫ use very little toothpaste 

•toothpaste just like soap won’t clean you if you don’t move your brush/washcloth. in this case toothpaste unlike soap which along with warm water removes grease/oils on our body- toothpaste is just a flavor enhancer-freshner, and unless you have sensitive teeth and were told to use a toothpaste for such, no need otherwise. just brush your tongue gently and the bad odor causing bacteria are gone. 1 large tube can last a person at least 1 year. i’m serious. and if you brush 3 to 4 min (min 2) before bedtime, chances of getting cavities are very very very low. 

•floss: braided floss will not last but, tape floss can be reused. my record was 1 year. gross huh? ok. then don’t do it if you don’t want to… you can wash and rinse it like your toothbrush and (leave it out of reach from pets) you do what you want. just saying…when times get tough- survival of the fittest ok? 

 

 ∫Buy Kleenex instead of toilet paper 

Buy kleenex instead of TP – costs less (think- company has to ‘roll’ this thing up for you…lol) if unsure about flushing- don’t flush it. (have a milk carton cut container cut and cleaned w newspaper to use to wrap unsightly or kitty litter)

∫ Use cloth napkins

∫ Use different color washcloths for kitchen cleaning and bathroom and toilet (label w sharpie the toilet ones) you think our ancestors had all the conveniences we do today? stop the ewww… if you want to survive and have money in your wallet DO IT sweetie

∫ Use a mop which has a washable mop end or replaceable mop end.

∫ don’t buy more food than you need nor prepare more- i want my food fresh as can be. so i cook as i go.

•∫grow your own lettuce bowl (tastes yummier)

∫make your own salad dressing (easy)!

∫grow basil and other plants…

∫ reuse gray water to water your plants outside (lasts 24 hours) 

∫ buy clothespins to seal packets shut instead of expensive ‘chip clips’

∫ limit cleaning products to baking soda (inexpensive) 

∫ avoid buying the dish sponge which ends up being the #2 most contaminated bacterial product in the household after the toilet seat (3rd is the cell phone) use designated washcloths (and an copper scrubby if needed) which can be boiled and washed and reused

∫cook from scratch <<<< (may save you some future medical bills too…. in the long run…w all the chemical junk added to pre-packaged foods)

∫go veg (saves lot ‘o money and planet, good karma too) Or 

∫ cut back on meat (so many non-animal protein rich foods out there…) to maybe e.g. 3 dishes a month (a week, depending on your habits)

∫  NO buying plastic bags•

∫ use cloth hankies to blow your nose (washable. if you give 1 to someone give it with a penny wishing that they not use it i.e. cry in it xoxo) e.g. if you cannot find what our grandparents had (these are still sold in Japan, hard to find here in the USA, just have some designated pretty washcloths) 

 

•.i.e. going green (and also doing what our (great)grandparents did when plastic bags did not exist):avoid buying plastic bags. recycle! most compostable left if you are not wasteful will not be much-wrap it in newspaper and off to the trash 

 

you will not believe how much you can save. i reiterate small savings add up . 

 

not only will your future generations love you for it, but you’ll have lots of money left over for a rainy day. 

 

so, some of these habits are quite radical. but if you have ever been in dire straights, when the going gets tough…. you know. As human beings hedonistic adaptation is so easy, yet the reverse is sooooo soo hard. 

but then you ultimately decide “the middle way”

 

 

it is possible to live off of very little said a stoic philosopher whose name i forget now lol ; ) 

Chin up for those going through tough times.

Namaste,

May you be well !

 

P.S. if you have sensitive teeth avoid buying toothpaste that say ‘tartar control’ as they make teeth more sensitive. And do remember to keep your dental check-ups since tartar buildup unfortunately needs to be removed by a professional hygienist or dentist. And no! you cannot use Lime-away ; ) 

 

Peace xoxo