The mind is not your friend. It is a tool that requires taming, discipline and understanding. Remember this the next time you eye a leather handbag that costs a week’s salary. It will swear you can afford it and have your initials engraved on it so you can’t return it.
Orinda Mowat was a Vedanta nun for nine years. Before her time in the convent, she lived, worked and traveled extensively in Europe and the Middle East. She smilingly says she has stories of the walled Berlin and Interpol she will take to her grave. Today Orinda is a successful business woman which she translates to having a job she’s happy to go to everyday; one that allows her to take frequent camping expeditions. A self-described couch activist and nature lover, she refers to herself as “this event.” Orinda would rather have a wrench in her hand than a cooking spoon. She lives in the Texas Hill Country with her perfect, our-flaws-fit, husband.