Blast From the Past
#1: I am very spiritual and always have been. I guess you could say I come by it honestly, as my aunt (mom's sister) is a Swami (Radhakrishnananda) at the Yasodhara Ashram, out in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada. Ever since I was a little girl, my mom took me out there in the summer, and while she participated in adult programs, I got to enjoy children's activities. I still have the clearest memories of being there even at the young age of 5. I went for the first time myself when I was 18, and did a karma yoga program (where I quickly found my way into the kitchen) along with a "Matters of the Heart" course, which was absolutely wonderful. They hold all kinds of programs, retreats, meditation, yoga, and have a spiritual/yoga based magazine called Ascent. Pictured here is the meditation temple where satsang is held every night along with other things. I just love it!
#2. When I was 21, I lived just outside of Washington, DC for over a year. I had never been to the capital city before, and never really had a desire to go there (or so I thought), but was really blown away by the energy I felt there. Such power. It was fun seeing all the famous landmarks, especially the White House! You see, our capital city here in Canada - Ottawa, has nowhere near the intensity level of DC. As far as I know, our Prime Minister (no, we don't have a president) doesn't like in a house like this!
#4. When I was 17 I did a Rotary exchange program to the French side of Belgium to live with a family. Their daughter who is my age, first came to Canada to live with my family and I before we went back to her country. We got in on a canoe trip for international exchange students that happens here every year. It was so much fun - I was the only Canadian student. I loved being amongst youth from all over the world. Most of them had never set foot in a canoe before, let alone take a 10 day trip in one, portaging through the forest with a boat overhead and a heavy pack on their back. It was hilarious! In Belgium I was happy to practice my French, as my host family didn't speak any English. We went to their summer house on the North Coast of France for a few weeks and then travelled to see various chateaus (castles), and finally, down to Paris to check out all the sights. It had been a long time dream of mine to see the Ifle Tower!
Well, that wraps things up for now. So I get the pleasure of passing on the "torch" to 5 other people, who are: HiHoRosie, Yardsnacker, Courtney, Sunshine, and April. Here are the rules: Link to your tagger and post these rules. Share 5 facts about yourself. Tag 5 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them). Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs.