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?

Greenbelt Restoration Work Parties: January 22 – February 5, 2020

There were three Wednesday work parties during this time period. UW Carlson Center Service-Learning students and UW Capstone interns participated in each event. Antje and I were team leaders at all three of the work parties. Haley, one of our long term team leaders joined us during the January 29th work party. January 22 Three … Continue reading Greenbelt Restoration Work Parties: January 22 – February 5, 2020

Living and Learning in Amritapuri, India: December 21-26, 2019

University of Arizona – Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Partnership I have learned more about the event that took place in the ashram auditorium early in my stay. At that time, a Letter of Intent was signed by University of Arizona and Amrita University (Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham) representatives. The agreement marked the beginning of dual degree programs … Continue reading Living and Learning in Amritapuri, India: December 21-26, 2019

Question to Readers: What Makes You "Duck" Unnecessarily? (Also… A Guest Post Opportunity)

There is a corridor in Amritapuri that can be taken as a shortcut between the auditorium and the north part of the ashram. That slightly sloped corridor has a low ceiling. A tall person would have to duck their head to get through any of that area, but for many people bending down isn’t necessary. … Continue reading Question to Readers: What Makes You "Duck" Unnecessarily? (Also… A Guest Post Opportunity)

Living and Learning in Amritapuri, India: December 13-20, 2019

Bhajans This last week I have, for the most part, stopped nodding off during the evening bhajan (singing) program. On December 20, Amma sang two or three new songs. That was fun. The times I enjoy most, though, is when she sings the really old ones. In India, she usually sings more of the old … Continue reading Living and Learning in Amritapuri, India: December 13-20, 2019

Living and Learning in Amritapuri, India: December 11-12, 2019

Balance I’m doing pretty well with balance. I mainly have problems when I stand up after being seated and when I’m tired. I walk slowly and carefully at all times. I’ve used a cane once for going up to the 7th floor of the temple; I imagine I will use it more as the crowds … Continue reading Living and Learning in Amritapuri, India: December 11-12, 2019

Living and Learning in Amritapuri, India: November 27-December 2, 2019

Pre-post Reflections I am presently in Amritapuri on my 32nd visit to Amma’s ashram in 30 years. This almost yearly pilgrimage has been an incredible part of my life. I feel blessed to have been able to spend so much time in the place where Amma was born. It seems to me that her energy … Continue reading Living and Learning in Amritapuri, India: November 27-December 2, 2019