(This is the post for April 25, 2015. Playing catch-up, as I was on a blogging hiatus since April 14, 2015, when I took a trip to Japan.)
Nothing like a little Midwest Wind Chill to remind you that you’re alive!
(This is the post for April 24, 2015. Playing catch-up, as I was on a blogging hiatus since April 14, 2015, when I took a trip to Japan.)
Finally met a Chicago Deep Dish Pizza that I liked. (Bracing myself for blasphemy…)
A long, long time ago, in my college days, I tried Uno’s and Gino’s. Both were fine, but I failed to see what all the fuss was about, and deep dish pizza was not something I especially ever craved.
I can now say that I actually look forward to a meal at Lou Malnati’s. Rating: 5/5 Pandas!!!
(This is the post for April 22, 2015. Playing catch-up, as I was on a blogging hiatus since April 14, 2015, when I took a trip to Japan.)
Light and darkness are neither good nor bad; they simply are. Light can only truly be understood with darkness present, and vice versa. Fundamentally one cannot exist without the other.
Keeping it in balance…that’s always the challenge!
(This is the post for April 21, 2015. Playing catch-up, as I was on a blogging hiatus since April 14, 2015, when I took a trip to Japan.)
In April 2014, I had taken a trip to Taisekiji Temple near Mt. Fuji in Japan, seeking inner peace accompanied by beautiful scenery. At that time, the cherry blossoms were in full bloom, and there were many spectacular experiences of walking amongst the falling petals. It cleansed all of my senses and did indeed live up to the vision that I imagined. I returned home, ready to start the new chapter in my life.
This recent April 2015 trip was quite different. Although I was interested in returning to Taisekiji, I really could not see how I could reasonably and feasibly go. After all, the career of a Panda (not-yet-) Millionaire is inconsistent, I had exhausted all of my frequent flyer miles, and most importantly, there is a small young man dependent on me. Still, something within my soul urged me to make the trip. I decided to listen to all of the signs of the universe and dedicate myself to this goal, and tackle each obstacle one at a time. And somehow, the universe kept giving me just enough challenges and benefits to make it to each next step, until I was finally on the airplane back to Japan.
Now that the trip has completed, it all makes sense, and all the efforts to get there were not in vain. My previous trips to Taisekiji Temple were for personal exploration and ego-centric reasons. This time, I connected to a much higher purpose that definitely goes beyond my limited human consciousness.
It now is truly a new dawn. I feel nothing but gratitude to the universe and life itself.
(This is the post for April 19, 2015. Playing catch-up, as I was on a blogging hiatus since April 14, 2015, when I took a trip to Japan.)
This was a very interesting trip to Japan, as my soul felt drawn there. My rational, human self had plenty of reasons to not go, but it seemed that my “higher self” insisted that I do all I could to get there. I really had no idea what to expect, and just kept my mind and heart open.
The first true treasure happened today, which was also the last day of my trip. I experienced an opening of my consciousness that I was never aware of before. The closest description would be to say that I felt “plugged in” to the rhythms of the universe.
The treasures of the heart can’t be taken away from you
On this particular trip to Japan, I spent as much time as I could exploring the temple grounds at Taisekiji. There’s something peacefully profound about trying to get lost on a property that is over 700 years old.
(This is the post for April 16, 2015. Playing catch-up, as I was on a blogging hiatus since April 14, 2015, when I took a trip to Japan.)
When visiting Japan, I highly recommend a visit to the onsen (hot springs). The Narita View Hotel has a very lovely one, which is perfect for easing into the new time zone. There are several different pools, two of which are outside.
I felt very fortunate to enjoy the outdoor pools to myself, under the night sky…