Spiritual Journey, travel

The next stage of the adventure: snow in Atlanta, cancelled flight, deeper surrender

Yesterday I left Karme Choling where I’ve been living and volunteering in the kitchen for the past three months. Somehow I managed to take all the prerequisites there that I needed for the temporary monastic program at Gampo Abbey that starts in January. See my post about how the first three worked out thanks to the kindness of friends. Since…

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Spiritual Journey

Rainforest download: We all come in with enough energy to sustain ourselves because we are ALL ONE

I took a walk through the jungle today in a new part of the island for me. I passed through a residential area with an abundance of fruit trees. Sprouted and fresh coconuts littered the ground. Jackfruit, limes, bananas, papaya, and citrus dangled from lush, dense tropical trees. I walked up and down hills past cozy resorts like ghost towns.…

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Spiritual Journey

Guilt and Gratitude for the Ocean

Today I feel the ocean’s pain. Grey skies and cloudy mist encapsulate the southern beaches of Koh Chang, echoing her sadness. In her ever-welcoming embrace, I stare into endless platinum waves. Her frequency remains high despite all that we do. High enough to continue generating and raising the frequency of all life on the planet.  We all come from her.…

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Poetry, Spiritual Journey

Sober High Idea: See through the eyes not with them

Have you ever noticed how planets look like any other bright–albeit larger–star when viewed in the night sky from earth? Whereas, viewed from space or images collected by high-powered telescopes, we see the colors and textures and rings and all manner of variety on the surfaces of planets. They look like glowing orbs or marbles that arouse wonder, awe, and the curiosity to know…

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Psychology, Spiritual Journey

Why is it so hard to leave? When it’s more authentic to leave than to stay

Again and again, I find myself in situations that feel off for some reason, or I simply know that it’s time to go. I stayed, I received, I gave, I learned, I enjoyed (maybe or maybe not). The subtle buzzer went off. The interaction reached completion. It’s the same type of signal like hunger satiety. I’m full. I’ve had enough.…

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