Recovering from Over-Doing

Two years ago, in a The Seeker’s Dungeon prompt, Sreejit asked us to fill in the blank in this sentence: “I am a Recovering _________.” There was no doubt in my mind what my behavior would be. If I was at a 12 Step meeting, I would say: “Hi! I am Karuna, and I am … Continue reading Recovering from Over-Doing

Recovering from Over-Doing

In this week’s Dungeon Prompt, Sreejit asks us to fill in the blank in this sentence:  “I am a Recovering _________.” There was no doubt in my mind what the behavior would be for me. Using the Alcoholics Anonymous introduction, I will say: “Hi!  I am Karuna, and I am a recovering over-doer.” As I … Continue reading Recovering from Over-Doing

Challenges for Growth Prompt #11: Overcoming Resistance

Overcoming Resistance This week’s challenge is: “Today I do something I’ve been resisting.” A co-therapist I used to work with often told clients that it may take 75% of the time one is in therapy to do 25% of the work that needs to be done. The remaining work is likely to be completed much faster. … Continue reading Challenges for Growth Prompt #11: Overcoming Resistance

Overwhelmed by the Violence?

Sreejit’s Dungeon Prompt this week asked us to address these questions: In many countries where guns are not legal the police also don’t carry guns themselves – only the military does.  In America, because guns are so widespread, we couldn’t even conceptualize an unarmed police force.  But now, with the full militarization of the police, … Continue reading Overwhelmed by the Violence?

Adventures in the Snow

While the amount of snow that has been occurring in Seattle will seem small compared to what most of the country is experiencing, it is not small to us. When I moved here in 1966, Seattle occasionally had big snow storms, but there have been many years when we had no snow, or almost no … Continue reading Adventures in the Snow

Living and Learning in Amritapuri, India: January 2-10, 2019

Strikes Towards the end of December, we were told there would be a transportation strike on January 2nd. During that type of strike there are no rickshaws, taxis and buses on the road. I imagine the trains are also grounded. On that day, I decided to walk into Vallikavu, the town closest to the ashram. … Continue reading Living and Learning in Amritapuri, India: January 2-10, 2019

Living and Learning in Amritapuri, India: December 28-January 3, 2019

Even though New Year’s Eve wasn’t the first day of this time period, it seems like the best place to start! New Year’s Eve Amma meets with the residents and visitors for meditation and a question and answer session on Mondays and Fridays. The program would occasionally be in the auditorium, but for the most … Continue reading Living and Learning in Amritapuri, India: December 28-January 3, 2019

A Job Proposal for Al

When I picked this title, I wanted something that would grab Al (my ex-husband)’s attention  and the attention of everyone who knows him. I think the content will also be of interest to others who read my blog. When Amma’s Seattle satsang began the PNW Litter Project in 2011, we focused on general litter pick … Continue reading A Job Proposal for Al

Living and Learning in Amritapuri, India: December 24-27, 2018

Christmas Eve Program This was the first time in ten years that we’ve had a Christmas Eve program in Amritapuri that consisted of many different performances instead of a play. It was such a fun and enjoyable night. One performance was done by a group of about 20 young children dancing to Little Drummer Boy. … Continue reading Living and Learning in Amritapuri, India: December 24-27, 2018

Living and Learning in Amritapuri, India: December 11 to 20, 2018

  I love doing forest restoration work in the Greenbelt so much that it is becoming increasingly difficult for me to leave Seattle. As the time approached for my December/January visit to Amritapuri, I felt an increased pull to stay in Seattle. In the days before my departure, I wrote two or three people and … Continue reading Living and Learning in Amritapuri, India: December 11 to 20, 2018