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drawing a blank


How I managed to get a picture in the busy underground in Japan with no rushing of passengers is beyond me, but I did. I still recall vividly the hustle and bustle of the station. We (Rev.Goto and family) were on our way to the PL headquarters in Osaka.  We had stayed in Tokyo and were now waiting for the super fast train that goes between the two cities.  There was so much for me to see and take in that there were moments when I “drew a blank”.

WP_20130728_002Exiting the city, I was enthralled with all the signs, that were to me works of art, I have no knowledge of the Japanese language,  spoken or otherwise, it was all new and exciting.  Even when we sped past open spaces in the countryside, I was absorbing  all I could take in.


Rice fields… they were everywhere, even downtown in the town where the PL headquarters is.  I didn’t think it was overwhelming, because I was so immersed   I knew nothing but the experience of the moment.  Imagine walking down a street and instead of a backyard I see a small rice field.  The traffic, driving on the opposite side to what I’m used to, taxi’s with their pristine white doilies on the back of the seats, the chauffeur in a suit and the interior of the cab  like a small deluxe waiting room. To this day, the memories of my trip come back to me, especially when I find myself staring at a “blank wall”

IMG_6711The bullet train is a work of art.  The visions, sights and sounds of my trip filtered into my brain and were stored, like the train that speeds through the countryside on its mission of getting passengers from pointy A to B,  The blank wall is a way for the mind to store incoming information.  Sometimes the incoming is just so great, it goes on overload, and for a moment in time we face the blank wall.  With our computers we reboot.


Busy busy we may be…. however it is to your benefit….. that when you hit a “blank wall”…. stop …. take time to reflect and recharge …. the blank wall will melt away, you’ll be blessed with amazing results…  “Life is Art”  (PL Precept #1)


Namaste   –  Oyashikiri

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