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Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Through It All

Toronto, Ontario

I struggle sometimes while moving on my feet. It’s not necessarily physical pain that I go through but a more subtle strain – the mind. I’m not unique in this. It is emphasized by Krishna Himself, speaker of the Gita. We are all “struggling with the six senses including the mind,” He states.

I do find walking most helpful when under the influence of anguish, something fuelled today by a decision made by an administrative committee. I couldn’t agree with the final vote made by my own peers. Such is life. You have to live with a decision made and hope for the best.

It is relieving to ponder a thing that may be of a taxing nature when you can get out of your living space, look at the sky, take in new air and receive new hope. It’s a real way to release the valve of the pressure within. You go out for that break, you walk and chant. You chant, “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.”

The anxiety may not dissolve completely but you come out as a stronger person and more able to cope.

It was comedian Milton Berle who said, “A committee is a group of people who take minutes but lose hours.” Bureaucracy appears to be that necessary evil that we much often persevere. Decisions need to be made after due deliberation. There is always a chance that decision can be reversed. And then again that new decision can’t please all parties. You learn to smile through it all.

8 KM

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