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Long Overdue Updates

Hello, friends.  Its been a while, but i haven't forgotten you.
The Flu, pneumonia, conjestive heart failure that hit my 83 year old body in December,2016 left me debilitated for a while.  This. despite  my apparent spiritual growth, left me empty (whether for better or worse i cannot tell), silent, and without an "outer purpose."  I had become strong enough to drive myself to Coeur d' Alene and back (about 1500 miles) during a weekind in mid May.  Then a week after i got back i fell in a grocery store parking lot and broke my neck,  It turns out the fracture in the top of my spine will heal itself without neurological assistance.  In the meantme, i am ordered to wear a neck brace for about another six weeks.  I should  feel gratefuil, and i do.   Otjerwise, i feel that i am in very good health as  i approach  my 86th year.

This Novermber will mark the end of the tenth year of my journal.  As i have mentioned several tiimes, i was inspired by the journal of solitarybird who recorded her thoughts and feelings as she moved from an  active to a contemplative life.  I intended, through my somewhat more devious path, to follow her into silence, at which point my journal would also, natirally, end.  My ego has been my nemisis, blocking my way at every juncture.

I think i should retitle my journal, "The Monkey Mind Of A Wammabee Spiritual Seeker" to reflect more accurately what i have actually put into over the past ten years.  I do intend to try to be more mindful of certain facts as i go forward.  One fact being that i am not the center of the universe. geographically, spiritually, or otherwise.

I just discovered that i can play music on my computer  while  i am typing.  I've been listening to
Don McLean and, now,  Scott Joplin.

I have been back in my 12 step program for two years now.  The group that i call my "home group"
has grown recently from about 8 to about 20 people.  Five  newcomers were at Thursday night's meeting.  Wow!

I've been asked  if i am getting out of the program what i want.  I am certainly gettiong what i need.
Inspite of an ego that suffers from a fatal case of percieved uniqueness, i  am finding the fellowship
valuable and necessary for my spiritual growth.  I am starting to get over my obsession with language and semantics and to accept the program as a valid expression of the perennial philosophy.

I am working on my ninth step.

Love, peace, beauty to you all.  I will try to post with greater regularity.


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 1st, 2018 04:30 am (UTC)
thanks so much for the update, Bobby.
Blessings and love.
Jul. 5th, 2018 04:43 am (UTC)
Hi, Mia. It is so good to know you are there. I trust things are going well for you and yours. Your comments were my first introduction to advaita, one of the great ideas. Namaste!
Jul. 1st, 2018 08:37 am (UTC)
Glad to see that you are hard standing on your spiritual principles and not losing your composure.
Jul. 5th, 2018 04:45 am (UTC)
Thank you, my friend.
Jul. 1st, 2018 02:38 pm (UTC)

I appreciate it that you've updated as I had been wondering about you. But ouch....breaking your neck.
I hope you heal well and I'm glad to read that you are finding what you need spiritually.

It will he good to see you back here again!

Jul. 5th, 2018 04:47 am (UTC)
Thank you, Donna. I hope to be writing more, and reading more.
Jul. 1st, 2018 03:23 pm (UTC)
I have been thinking about you and wondering how you are doing.

You have had some physical challenges! I hope all heals well.

It's good to hear from you.
Jul. 5th, 2018 04:49 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for caring.
Jul. 2nd, 2018 01:34 am (UTC)
Glad you are on the mend.
Jul. 5th, 2018 04:49 am (UTC)

Thank you!
Jul. 5th, 2018 04:40 am (UTC)
So good to hear from you again; sorry for your health crises and my goodness, lucky your neck will mend on its own! Take care of yourself, and I am glad both your spiritual and earthly journeys continue along with always something new to learn or maybe just rediscover.
Jul. 5th, 2018 04:51 am (UTC)
Yes. thank you. Namaste
Jul. 7th, 2018 02:10 pm (UTC)
It is with concern and a smile that I welcome hearing from you again, sir. I have thought a lot about the days there were a lot more of us on LiveJournal, doing what we needed to, and what brought us joy. I am so glad to see, and to hear, that you are still doing what you need to do, both for yourself and for your growth.

I am heartened to hear you are recovering from your ailments, as well as your return to the steps which once - and are now again - bringing you a sense of community, and self, and spirit.

No matter how silent any of us may become from time to time, I will never forget what you have brought into my life and growth.

Namaste, my friend.

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