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?

Surviving Adversity

I had attempted to clear parts of the Greenbelt lot behind my house numerous times over the years, long before our current GreenFriends Greenbelt restoration project began. One day in March 2015, when Ramana and I were doing some clearing, we saw a glimpse of yellow among all of the invasive blackberry and ivy vines. … Continue reading Surviving Adversity

Greenbelt Restoration Work Party: March 17, 2018

On March 17, thirteen hardy volunteers gathered to spread wood chips in areas that had been planted during the February 26 work party. The wood chip mulch will hold in moisture, reduce weed growth and enrich the soil. Two neighborhood parents brought their children for part of the event. I felt moved when I realized … Continue reading Greenbelt Restoration Work Party: March 17, 2018

Greenbelt Restoration Project: February 3, 2018

After every work party, I tell anyone who will listen that it was an amazing work party. And it always is. The transformation in the land that occurs during each three hour work party is mind-boggling, at least to my mind. Four GreenFriends members, 3 neighbors and 21 students from the University of Washington’s Introduction … Continue reading Greenbelt Restoration Project: February 3, 2018

Greenbelt Restoration Work Party: January 21, 2018

I returned from India on the afternoon of Saturday January 13 excited to get back to my work in the Greenbelt. I had scheduled a work party for the first day that I thought I would be reasonably fit after such a long trip. That day was Sunday January 21. Sixteen people participated in the … Continue reading Greenbelt Restoration Work Party: January 21, 2018

Visiting the Seed-Saving Farm

I talked about my challenges in finding the Seed-Saving farm in my last post and said I would tell you more about my visit there in a separate post. That time has come! When I arrived at the farm, Lokesh, the volunteer who manages this project, told me that in Kerala they can grow four sets … Continue reading Visiting the Seed-Saving Farm

Living and Learning in Amritapuri, India: December 20-January 2, 2017

I have been writing individual posts about many of the things I have experienced over the last two weeks but decided it is time for me to update you on some of the other parts of my day-to-day life in Amritapuri. Temple Music The loud music from a temple in town played from 5 or … Continue reading Living and Learning in Amritapuri, India: December 20-January 2, 2017