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

Contemplating “Lover of Leaving”

I woke up sometime in February with the phrase “lover of leaving” in my mind. I knew those words were from a line in a poem I had read in the past, but I didn’t remember who wrote it. I searched under Kabir and Hafiz to no avail but soon discovered the phrase was part … Continue reading Contemplating “Lover of Leaving”

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?

Stay Alert: What We Need to Learn Will Be Revealed

I have learned during my life that the answers to our questions are often nearby; Likewise, if we keep our eyes open and stay alert, we will be able to see ways we have been prepared for what is to come. The knowledge that an event was preparation may not be evident until sometime in … Continue reading Stay Alert: What We Need to Learn Will Be Revealed

Laughing is Good for Me

There are things that have happened since I’ve been here that have consistently made me laugh when I think about them. I will describe three of them. *** My room has a view of a tiny Greenbelt. People rarely walk by the window. i’ve seen a woman walking her dog go by numerous times but … Continue reading Laughing is Good for Me

The Truth I Live By

I shared this piece written by my younger brother on this blog in May of 2014. He wrote it before he died of cancer at the age of 39. This seems like a good time to share it again. The Truth I Live By (William John Smith 1953-1992)  Everything makes sense. This can be paraphrased … Continue reading The Truth I Live By

A Time of Letting Go

As I mentioned in my posts from India, I have been having trouble with balance. It started about two years ago but has been getting worse. With my doctor’s support, I had dealt with it by working with a personal trainer at a gym and doing physical therapy. Both have been valuable, but it was … Continue reading A Time of Letting Go

Greenbelt Restoration Work Parties: February 7- 21, 2020

This quarter, we have two UW Capstone interns and three UW service-learning students working on the site. All five of the students work for 2 1/2 hours on Wednesday afternoons and the interns come back most Fridays. There were five work parties between the 7th and 21st of February. I attended all of the work … Continue reading Greenbelt Restoration Work Parties: February 7- 21, 2020