Harbin Hot Springs and Yogi Berra are much on my mind this morning.
Harbin, because I used to go there regularly in the 90s. I was exploring massage, meditation, shiatsu, myself, existence, stuff like that. And I've always been a baseball fan, and coming from NYC, Yogi Berra always loomed large.
Anyway, the two met. I told my Harbin friends, many of whom had been to India, and generally knew more about spirituality than baseball, about our famous American teacher, Yogi Berra. I recited some of his teachings, which made a lot of sense in the Harbin context. Things like "you can observe a lot just by watching" -- one of the hits.
At Harbin we were trying to get out of our trance, our movie, and into the moment. It may sound cute, but there are a lot of times where you can benefit from a reminder that you must observe existence, not your story about what existence is.
American spirituality was perfectly captured by the great baseball teacher Yogi Berra.