When I started on a path of spiritual exploration several decades ago, I used to refer to certain times as being in the “spiritual gutter.” What I meant by that was that sometimes it felt like I was climbing up a ladder and then would suddenly push myself off. I would watch as I flailed Read more…..
I’ve been writing this blog for a little over two years now. It’s been an interesting journey, and I have changed and grown significantly in that time. Yet, I still find it fascinating how certain issues still come to play. As much as I heal, there are times when I wonder if I’ve really gotten Read more…..
I have often read or seen the story of Buddha’s awakening and how he faced enormous forces of doubt as he meditated under the bodhi tree one night. The doubts, delusions, and attempts to persuade Siddhartha to turn against himself and give up the path were presented by Mara. As the night wore on, Mara Read more…..
Awhile back I was feeling like I had spent many of the past years of my life clearing and letting go. Like ground that needs to be cleared, weeded, and tilled, I had a sense that I kept working the field of my life to grow something. I also felt like I hadn’t really planted Read more…..
Last week I wrote a blog titled: How do we know when we’re ready?In it, I talked about some of my resistance and fear that was triggered by becoming part of a Buddhist community or Sangha. After doing some processing around that issue, I found myself lighter, happier, and inspired. The reason I write these Read more…..
I’ve often heard references in a wide variety of contexts regarding being “ready.” Mainly, that if one is not ready – for whatever change, reality, or awareness – that the vehicle, help, or message will not be heard. Or, the opposite that when we are ready, opportunity knocks. Then, it’s a matter of whether we Read more…..