New Dharma is currently in the Pacific Northwest enjoying the first rain of the Fall season. Satyamayi and I are enjoying the uniquely warm and intimate City of Portland environment recognizing how difficult it is to pull people’s attention to spirit while they are enjoying their happy, human lives. Though there is much potential for spiritual growth among many of the people I’ve met, it is very difficult to wrench one away from their attachment to such an environment. It is just a reflection of the difficulty here in the West to pull away from material prosperity that surrounds us. Though I recognize many sincere seekers here, it is very difficult for them to recognize the spiritual opportunity that I point to.  Those of you living in Washoe Valley, in the dry, smoky, and arid environment should know you are blessed.