This damn dog kept me awake all night! AHHHHHHH!!!! Why doesn't anyone do anything about this dog? I have to chase it away every 2 hours during the night. We have also just heard that Communist Maoist rebels will be putting on an indefinete strike throughout Nepal. No buses, no transportation. There is talk of bombings and such but we dismiss them. Ahh, this damn dog is back again.
No electricity, no heat - I'M FREEZING MY ASS OFF!!!!!!!!!!
Today I met a young Tibetan named Tansen. He is a Bon Po' which is an ancient religion that pre-dates Buddhism. He offered to take us to the local Bon Po' Monastery, to Tibetan Refugee villages and through the Dhorpatan Valley. We were offered Tibetan tea 7 times throughout the day. It's basically butter in a mug, but I enjoy it! We are made delicious Tibetan Thukpa and no so delicious Tibetan Tsampa.
I have never been this far away from my comforts. No shower, no internet, no clean clothes, no phone, no contact with the outside world. I am currently 5 days walking from any form of the 21st century. I am where I am.
Upset is me resisting strains of ego. We also tried one hour of complete silence as we hiked through the trail. The mind tries to fill the space with something. WHY? There was beauty all around, inside and out, ou need that empty space, you need that empty space.
Always come back to yourself, it's the place inside that is home, the place that is wholeness. Realize there was never anything that was missing. It is all god.
This is a great chance for me to let go, where needs are few. It's all my mind.
I keep getting reminded of this country's love affair with the movie TITANIC. Titanic scarfs, Titanic T-shirts, Titanic bed sheets that say "My Hear Will Go On!" Not My Heart, but My Hear. Poor Celine isn't getting royalties from those bedsheets I'm guessing.
Life is simple but it's not easy. Life is easy, but we forget that it is.