Tom and Sam
Tom came to visit from
. I’ve known him since the ‘70’s. He and his wife, Betty, are retired school
teachers. Tom accepted his first
teaching job way up in Northern Canada, in Windsor ,
with children in the Inuit community.
It’s quite remote up there, but he tells me he’s seen a lot. Spence Bay
Much less than Tom’s experience, I’ve also had a chance to interact with many indigenous people during my cross country walking. They’ve always been nice to me and I suppose in part it’s because being a monk, I am distinctly different, and also part of a minority.
Tom came up by bus to do some personal research work, but it was also with a spiritual intent, otherwise he wouldn’t be participating in our morning spiritual program. We both took to the streets in
Rosedale to chant on our
japa beads. For a good hour I heard Tom
put out his best effort toward attentive listening to the sound of something so
While Tom was gone doing his research we had a visit from Sam who lives in
. Sam came to me with his right hand in his
meditation bead bag. He was chanting in
a serious tone. We actually got to
talking about the power of mantra meditation and how it becomes the chanter’s
time to communicate with the Creator. Brockville
“To those of us who commit daily to 16 revolutions around the strand of 108 beads, it allows you 2 hours to communicate with the Big Chief-In-Charge. And that’s not bad,” I explained to Sam.
May the Source be with you!