It was fun to spend the afternoon in Niagara Falls above and even behind Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side.Nice lunch at The Keg right above the falls 9 floors up. Nice to spend time with Lanna and our Spanish friend Nuria.Then taking the little shuttle down to the falls, maybe the Niagara Incline Railway.And it’s just so much water down the Niagara River going from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. I also had no idea that recalls have been moving south over the last few millennia, 11km, about 7 miles.It was also awesome to go behind the falls and experience all that water. It’s very cool. Although the film was just silly.Definitely a great afternoon.
The Parliament of World Religions in Toronto has been great but exhausting.
Just so much and such diverse energy.
I’ve been exhausted especially going home.
Looking forward to going back. Looking forward to being home. Looking forward to armchair time with cats and naps.
Naps are awesome.
One of the most important challenges in the world is ending open defecation and having toilets and food sanitation.
Human waste aka shit can be extremely dangerous to health.
I was reminded of this again with a panel thst had 6 major religious leaders and unfortunately only 45 minutes today at the Parliament of World Religions in Toronto.
I’ve also been reminded by the very good and important book “The Big Necessity” by Rose George.
Good sanitation can mean years of better life expectancy. It can mean less disease, better education and much cleaner water.
As one of the leaders said, toilets are more important than temples. You can pray anywhere, but people need a safe place to deal with their shit. It can make all the difference.
Deep in my heart, I still believe we shall overcome some day.
I heard that beautiful chorus on the sacred music concert tonight at the Parliament of World Religions in Toronto and it made me tear up.
Here is Mahalia Jackson’s beautiful rendition.
Just an amazing lunch today.
Simple with rice, naan, curry and dall.
Free, and offered as a service by the Toronto Sikh community to the participants of the Parliament of World Religions.
And a tradition of a simple, free meal open to all where you sit on the floor without shoes and are offered food.
It’s really beautiful.
It’s hard to do spiritual work if you are hungry.
And it is a wonderful gift to offer food.