Status Update

My new place to stay. I am a roommate in the 3rd-floor unit. Yes, it’s a walkup. I was, somehow able to keep my strength, stamina, and attitude in top form. I am still unpacking and have a few items to bring, store and, or discard at the old place. Wish me luck, so far so,Continue reading “Status Update”

Right Sized

On the brink of May 2017, I am continuing to share my experience with spiritual principals learned and incorporated into my life as the result of following the program of recovery from alcoholism. The 12 steps in Alcoholics Anonymous. Today we’re at step seven, “Humbly asked Him, to remove our shortcomings.” The principle behind this one is Humility.Continue reading “Right Sized”

Willingness

“If you want what we have and are willing to go to any lengths to get it.” Then you are ready to take certain steps. From How it works. Here we/I are/am at step 6 Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. So I have identified and shared my less than savory aspects ofContinue reading “Willingness”

Gratitude

Gratitude With me, it happens in a split second — and for no discernible reason. Out of nowhere, I find myself overcome with a wash of gratitude for everything, everyone.   And each time I know that whatever divine human potential generates the sudden waterfall of thanks, it certainly does not come from me —Continue reading “Gratitude”

“I hope you’re done and not here just to take a break”.

Those were the words of Roger B. at The Retreat in Wayzata The Retreat His words stuck home with me that day in November 1998. I was done and had finally reached the point where I was “willing to go to any lengths to get it” I had to want to be “done” in order for anyContinue reading ““I hope you’re done and not here just to take a break”.”

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”

I don’t have a clue.

I am fascinated with the authority with which many, write, advising the masses of how it is and how it should be. I have come to the conclusion that, in the words of Lao Tzu “Those who know don’t talk. Those who talk don’t know. Close your mouth, block off your senses, blunt your sharpness, untie yourContinue reading “I don’t have a clue.”

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…”

Don’t go in there!

I have recently become aware of how repulsed by or completely comfortable some are with dwelling in the darkness of their spirit. Poets write of bathing happily in it, however, seemingly missing the opportunity there. Mystics, sages, religious and spiritual writers, describe it as the residence of the true self. Thomas Merton writes “At theContinue reading “Don’t go in there!”

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