To make good on my promise of finding a part of Encinitas that I previously had never been to, today we visited the Self Realization Fellowship center. Although it was quite beautiful, walking through the meditation gardens among plenty of other visitors didn’t help me come to any “realization”.
However, there was a moment in the hermitage (the former home of Pramahansa Yogananda) when we had to wait in order to enter down one of the halls. A woman dressed in a robe made of sheets simply looked at us in order to indicate that it was not our time. A minute or two later, a couple emerged from the hall and at that point she again indicated (without speaking) that we could enter.
At the time, I didn’t think much of it.
Yet, upon further consideration, it makes me wonder what the world would be like if most of our interactions were of this nature. If we were cautious and at ease. If we communicated quietly and as if the place we inhabited was sacred.
Now, I don’t practice yoga, nor do I have much interest in other new age forms of spiritual understanding. Yet even I must acknowledge that this month has been a time of personal growth and reflection that has been transformative at some level. This has been a time when I have examined the way I live and come to better know myself. I will look back at this month and remember it for the rest of my life, and I know that I will live each day differently as a result.
When we left the SRF we passed by a pond full of koi fish, and I took a deep breath and thought, “Only two days left.”
Breakfast: 1 Slice of toast w/ Peanut Butter – $0.15, Tang – $0.07 (Christopher – 1 Cup), $0.04 (Kerri – 1/2 Cup)
Lunch: Beans – $0.07, Rice – $0.08, Potato – $0.05
Dinner: Salad – $0.11 (1/4 carrot – $0.03, 1/6 heart of romaine – $0.08), 2 TBSP dressing – $0.06, Polenta – $0.09, Marinara Sauce – $0.13, 1 Slice bread w/ 1/2 TBSP Margarine – $0.13
Dessert: 1 peanut butter cookie – $0.06
Christopher Total: $1.00
Kerri Total: $0.97
Donation Total: $787
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