6,741 days, one at a time.

This is a totally random choice to feature this achievement, of which I can take little of the credit. I have followed the path of many before, who by sharing their experience, have managed to make it through a day without the use of substances to impair themselves in order to relieve  The Longing  


Hello, freaks! With my tongue planted firmly, where it belongs. When I hold on, I’m left with nothing. If I let go everything is possible On this glorious Palm Sunday morning, I am embarking on a trek through some principles I have embraced, due mostly, to the idea I was in control and knew exactly whatContinue reading “Surrender”

Hey, you!

Image source: photo taken by me at- Minneapolis Institute of Art- The Animal Nature of Man- oil on canvas- Emerson Burkhart 1905-1969 Continued from Who Am I? I: So, what say you? Me: I have a question, who am I? or what am I? I: Is there a difference? Me: Well, I think so, who IContinue reading “Hey, you!”

When you can’t look on the bright side, I’ll sit with you in the dark -Alice in Wonderland

This week a theme has been percolating within me since my last post and the one before that. Things that I’ve read, things I have been thinking about, I know that is a dangerous endeavor, given my thinking problem. I have uncovered something that seems universal.  There is no way I can be of any help ifContinue reading “When you can’t look on the bright side, I’ll sit with you in the dark -Alice in Wonderland”

Something about the blues

Divine Music It never wears you out by making cheap demands on your sensibilities. Instead of drawing you out into the open field of feelings where your enemies, the devil and your own imagination and the inherent vulgarity of your own corrupted nature can get at you with their blades and cut you to pieces,Continue reading “Something about the blues”

But for the Grace of…

The stark contrast of what I have become aware of as my natural self, ruled by ego and my earthly desires, and my true inner self, untouched by this mortal existence, is exasperating to observe. If I am left to my own decision making without cooperation with something beyond myself, I nearly extinguished this miracle of livingContinue reading “But for the Grace of…”

What do you get?

When you summon the courage to be/sit with what is there. Whether it is the pain of disappointment. Perhaps apprehension or you’re feeling depressed. For me, anxiety is a little exhilarating if I can’t identify what it’s about. I know I’m weird like that. I have in practice, with God’s help created a channel or river valley,Continue reading “What do you get?”

I forgot

Imagine if you will, waking up having forgotten everything. Every belief, every concept, idea, what you are afraid of, what you thought. EVERYTHING! Especially yourself. You are suddenly consumed, enveloped, filled, sated with peace, love, safety. You felt as if there is nothing you couldn’t do and enjoy it beyond measure. There is nothing thatContinue reading “I forgot”

“Souls are like athletes, that need opponents worthy of them, if they are to be tried and extended and pushed to the full use of their powers, and rewarded according to their capacity.” ― Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain

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