Lot of things happened over the weekend. On Friday (May 13) was the birthday of Sri Sri Ravishankar (fondly known as Guruji), so we had a satsang at the Art of Living Center. The satsang had a few firsts, this was one of the few birthday satsang that started off with a Guru Pooja, we did a different meditation than we usually do during satsangs. As usual for any Art of Living activity we ended the session with a lots of food. After the birthday celebration I reached home and saw Guruji’s birthday message in 3 different languages Kannada, Hindi and English.
On Saturday we had organized a volunteering activity at Capital Area Food bank. 11 of us showed up and helped the food bank sort out the donated food (mostly cans and boxes, no fresh produce). There was a lot of learning from the food bank activity.
- To volunteer at the food bank, you need to be wearing closed toe shoes (no sandals allowed)
- Canned foods were kept even after 2 years of expiry date
- Peanut butter, Mayo and Tomato Sauce unless sealed inside the bottle with the aluminum foil, were not kept.
- Mayonnaise was kept if it was within 10 months or so of expiry
- If the can had a dent and it was expired, and the first 3 ingredients are tomato, those were thrown away
- Baby food were only kept if they had at a minimum of 3 months of shelf life
- All food came through donations and I was amazed to see people had donated things that were 5 or 6 years beyond expiry
- The 11 people who showed up had good fun, we plan to go back again in the near future to do it again
And on Sunday I went for my session of Meru Chikitsa, I have already written about it.