Thursday, September 29th, 2016
Mariann, who moved here from Vancouver sometime back, mentioned to Ananda and I on the Millennium Trail, that the Brand for Whitehorse is “Larger Than Life.” That phrase seemed most appropriate when Ananda and I viewed Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights, before sun-up. It was purely by accident. Tourists come to Whitehorse with the sole intent of seeing an aspect of nature that is stunningly mystical, and yet they are often disappointed. It’s by a fluke that the Lights even appear. But we were lucky to see the whipping out of curved light-rays, moving about, appearing and disappearing, making snake moves and changing colours. “Awesome!” might be a word to describe this continuous display of surprise.
At noon, I presented “Tales From Trails” to a curious group at Yukon College. Basically, it became a virtual ‘walk through Canada’ with the group, through the eyes and experience of a monk.
I also met Dan Curtis and staff at City Hall. I was most inquisitive about his management experience and what it means to be a public servant as mayor. He showed us the Chambers where his council meets and also where we had a good conversation at the round table.
The final visitation for the day was in the basement of the United Church. It was Ananda who facilitated the discussion on “How to Love All Living Beings.” Members of the United Church participated, along with Baha’i, Islam, Hindu, spiritualists, and Hare Krishnas. I quoted from the Gita and offered a possible ‘take home’—Love Love and Hate Hate.
May the Source be with you!