A Year to Live: Starting Off

As I mentioned in the previous blog, I recently started A Year to Live practice based on the book by Stephen Levine. It probably goes without saying that I’ve been asking myself “what if this was my last year to live?” I’ve asked myself a version of that question off and on throughout my life. Read more…..

All Aboard!

My life has been filled with what seems like a simultaneous wild and weirdly calming ride. I’ve experienced so many gifts, and I guess some might say hardships. But for me, when I look back on my life, I don’t consider the challenges as hardships. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had plenty of difficulties dealing Read more…..

Grieving for What Wasn’t

Recently, I realized that I have been going through a subtle process of grieving. I say subtle because it’s not as if I experienced a more obvious and tangible loss. No one close to me died, my personal relationships seem to be doing well, and my life has been quite enjoyable and fulfilling. So, it Read more…..

Is a Healthy Functioning Spiritual Community Just a Dream….. Probably

I find myself wondering: What do I really want in a community? Is there such a thing as a healthy functioning community – spiritual community in particular? Is the desire to be part of a healthy, respectful, and functioning community even realistic? Given that the previous statement seems idealistic, do the benefits of committing to Read more…..

Hope and Joy

Sometimes we really do reap the rewards of good practice. I’m about to turn 56. To be honest, I have grown to simply accept the karma of my life that relates to self-reliance and lack of support. I figured: Oh well, I may as well keep working at it and trust that I am accomplishing Read more…..

Unpacking Trust

Encarta Dictionary defines trust as: Confidence in and reliance on good qualities, especially fairness, truth, honor, or ability. The definition also includes references to: position of obligation, hope for future, and care. What does that really mean? How does trust factor into our self-view and relationships? For a very long time, I have experienced a Read more…..