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December 17, 2009


So I began my journey from that point of selfishness and insecurity.  I suppose many journeys begin for all the wrong reasons, but still get you where you need to go.  I had no idea that I  was starting a journey, thank goodness.  I probably wouldn't have been brave enough.  Ignorance is sometimes bliss.

I continued to attend all the church activities with my family, but with a different awareness.  I began to question in my own mind what was being taught.  Wouldn't have dreamed of voicing my doubts so I drifted along in my own way until eventually I dropped out of most church programs.  I just didn't feel that what was being taught was all there was.  I saw the hypocrisy of what was said and what was done.  Two completely different things happening all the time.  I saw no truth, no integrity and was very confused.  At that time I had no one to talk to so I decided to just let go of organized religion.  And my brilliant decision then was that I ne...

December 16, 2009


I've been asked many times how I got to be this calm and think the way I do about people and life. As usual, it wasn't easy.  So I'm going to try to put into words my story.  I will probably ramble around a lot as I haven't made an outline--too detail-oriented for me.  And I will probably interject current events and thoughts to break up the narrative.  If my story helps one person to decide to follow their own path then my effort will be worth it.  So here goes......

In the beginning...OK, I won't go back that far.  I was born on an army base in Macon, Georgia, lived there 6 months and spent the rest of my life, literally, moving about every 3-5 years.  I sometimes wonder if my whole spiritual life would have remained attached to organized religion if I had grown up in one place.  I was very involved most of my life with Methodist church activities, Sunday school and church service, Sunday evening and sometimes Wednesday evening, but there...

December 13, 2009

This is from an email newsletter from Richard Sutphen.  It pretty much sums up "our stuff" in a nutshell.  If we could all learn to accept this premise we would be so much happier.  I've been working on this for over 15 years and although I'm getting better it's still hard to make yourself accept the reality of it.  It takes daily practice.

I just traveled with my husband and he was constantly upset by how things were being done in the different airports.  Even though his anger wasn't going to change anything, he insisted on being angry.  Now what purpose did that serve?  I could agree with him that the airports weren't very organized, but being angry with him wasn't going to change that.  So I just let him rant and get himself all worked up.  It was one of those moments that made this principal very clear.

HUMAN POTENTIAL: The Cause of Suffering

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December 2, 2009

I woke up this morning with a back ache so decided to go walking.  Went down to the main road, about a block away, the Costenera, and turned south.  I could see the ocean, but didn't know what kind of beach would be down there.  Eureka!  Just around the bend in the road is a nice long beach.  There's black sand from the road down to almost the edge of the surf, and then it changes to a shell base right down to the water.  I walked through the shells and as a life-long shell collector, picked up a couple as I walked.  Nothing spectacular, but it doesn't matter to me.  There's about 20 feet of little cone-shaped shells and then several different kinds of clam shells down to the water.  A good part of the shoreline is rocks so you get some really good sprays upward as the waves come in.  "Wow, that's a good one!"  (That's for my friend Denise.)  The crunch of the shells, the sound of the waves, the smell of the ocean--I'm in heaven....

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