I Don’t Mind What Happens

I Don’t Mind What Happens


Eckhart Tolle in his book, “A New Earth.” –

J. Krishnamurti, the great Indian philosopher and spiritual teacher, spoke and traveled almost continuously all over the world for more than fifty years attempting to convey through words – which are content – that which is beyond words, beyond content. At one of his talks in the later part of his life, he surprised his audience by saying, “Do you want to know my secret?” Everyone became very alert. Many people in the audience had been coming to listen to him for twenty or thirty years and still failed to grasp the essence of his teaching. Finally, after all these years, the master would give them the key to understanding. “This is my secret,” he said. “I don’t mind what happens.”

He did not elaborate, and so I suspect most of his audience were even more perplexed than before. The implications of this simple statement, however, are profound.

When I don’t mind what happens, what does that imply? It implies that internally I am in alignment with what happens. “What happens,” of course, refers to the suchness of this moment, which always already is as it is. It refers to content, the form that this moment – the only moment there ever is – takes. To be in alignment with what is means to be in a relationship of inner nonresistance with what happens. It means not to label it mentally as good or bad, but to let it be. Does this mean you can no longer take action to bring about change in your life? On the contrary. When the basis for your actions is inner alignment with the present moment, your actions become empowered by the intelligence of Life itself.

– Eckhart Tolle in his book, “A New Earth.”


“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so” – William Shakespeare. Is this really true? Well in my opinion yes it is because REALITY ITSELF IS NEUTRAL and we give it meaning through our mind/perception. For example, the weather isn’t good or bad, our thinking makes it so.


Neutrality is “not minding what happens.” This can be a great walking around meditation – noticing what happens and releasing the “minding” or resistance. Through this process we can realize the wisdom of the words of Byron Katie “Loving what is”.


When something happens let it pass. If we don’t let what happens in the present moment pass we are not ready for what happens in the next present moment.


This Too Shall Pass  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia –

“This too shall pass” (Persian: این نیز بگذرد‎, romanized: īn nīz bogzarad) is a Persian adage translated and used in several languages. It reflects on the temporary nature, or ephemerality, of the human condition. The general sentiment is often expressed in wisdom literature throughout history and across cultures, but the specific phrase seems to have originated in the writings of the medieval Persian Sufi poets.

It is known in the Western world primarily due to a 19th-century retelling of Persian fable by the English poet Edward FitzGerald. It was also notably employed in a speech by Abraham Lincoln before he became the sixteenth President of the United States.

On September 30, 1859, Abraham Lincoln recounted a similar story: It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: “And this, too, shall pass away.” How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!

–  This Too Shall Pass  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Recipe by: Tammy Gulgren “These pickles taste so fresh and have just the right amount of dill and garlic. They taste great along-side a hotdog on a bun. They also taste great alone as a healthy snack. The pickles should be good for 6 weeks. Enjoy! You can also cut cucumbers into chips if you prefer a pickle chip instead of a spear.”


3 1/2 cups water

1 1/4 cups white vinegar

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon sea salt

4 cups cucumber spears

2 cloves garlic, whole

2 heads fresh dill


Stir water, vinegar, sugar, and sea salt together in a saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil; remove from heat and cool completely.

Combine cucumber spears, garlic cloves, and fresh dill in a large glass or plastic container. Pour cooled vinegar mixture over cucumber mixture. Seal container with lid and refrigerate for at least 3 days.

Bread and Butter Pickles

Bread and Butter Pickles – Flex Batch

Sweet, crunchy and full of flavor. Start with fresh cucumbers and Ball® Bread & Butter Pickle Mix and you’re there. It has never been easier to make this traditional favorite.

You will need:

For every 4 pints or 2 quarts of pickles:
3 1/2 lbs pickling cucumbers (about 14 small to medium)
2 1/2 cups vinegar (5% acidity)
2 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup McCormick Pickling Spice

1 Tbsp. Turmeric Powder


Prepare Bread & Butter Pickles
1. CUT ends off cucumbers. Cut into 1/2 inch slices.
2. COMBINE vinegar, sugar, Turmeric Powder, and McCormick Pickling Spice in a medium saucepan. Heat to a boil.
3. PACK based on ENJOY NOW or FRESH PRESERVE steps below.

ENJOY NOW (Refrigerate up to 3 months):
1. POUR hot pickling liquid over cucumber slices in a large bowl. Cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
2. PACK cucumber slices into jars. Ladle pickling liquid over cucumbers. Place lids & bands on jars.
3. REFRIGERATE pickles. For best flavor, allow pickles to stand in refrigerator for 3 weeks.


FRESH PRESERVE (Store up to 1 year):
1. PREPARE canner, jars, and lids according to manufacturer’s instructions.
2. PACK slices into hot jars. Ladle hot pickling liquid over slices leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars. Apply bands and adjust to fingertip tight.
3. PROCESS in boiling water canner for 10 minutes for pints or 15 minutes for quarts, adjusting for altitude*. For best flavor, allow pickles to stand for 4-6 weeks.

*Increase processing time: 5 minutes for 1,001 to 3, 000 ft; 10 minutes for 3,001 to 6,000 ft; 15 minutes for 6,001 to 8,000 ft; 20 minutes for 8,001 to 10,000 ft.


Bushcraft Tool Holder

Start with 6000 series 1″ dia. aluminum rod cut to fit your hand.

Slot one end and drill one 5/32″ dia hole to receive reciprocating saw blade. Drill three 1/4″ dia holes and tap all the way through the rod. These will receive 1/4″ x 1/2″ long stainless steel grubbing point set screws to hold reciprocating saw blade or other tool that will fit the slot. I disassembled some old pocket knives that I mount the blades to this end.

The other end I drill a 1/2″ diameter hole to remove some weight and  mount a 1/2″ dia x 6″ long ferrocerium rod. Drill one 1/4″ dia hole and tap all the way through the aluminum rod. This will receive a 1/4″ x 1/2″ long stainless steel grubbing point set screw to hold ferrocerium rod.