Author Archives: SpiritualGadabout

Contemplating Age & Death

Yesterday I got the news that my oldest living Aunt died in the morning. My Uncle, her husband, is the oldest living relative in my immediate family. He is the last of his generation and I quickly realized that once … Continue reading

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Bird Contemplations 18-52

At the top of this year I shared that I was taking sabbatical for an entire year and considered writing weekly blog post. I made it to 17. My plan was to, “live a contemplative life which means to mostly … Continue reading

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Bird Contemplations 17

[At the beginning of my sabbatical I planned to write once a week. But I have found that in the past several weeks…maybe a month or two…I just wanted to sit with my own thoughts…observe them…feel them…reflect. As we sit … Continue reading

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Bird Contemplations 16 (Going Forth)

[If you’d like to listen to (rather than read) this talk, click here: AIM.] Note: Last night I gave a final dhamma talk at Asheville Insight Meditation. I ended up writing a script and decided I would post it here … Continue reading

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Bird Contemplations 15 (Bear Reflections)

[Given that the bears were making themselves far too comfortable (on my deck) the bird feeders have been put away and my daily contemplations/reflections while watching the birds, squirrels, and chipmunks have come to an end – for now; offering … Continue reading

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Bird Contemplations 14

Relief Surrender arises like the moon on the horizon allowing relief to reflect upon the earth just in time to receive clarity in the warmth of sun’s rays. Anger finds its voice. Sadness dries its tears. Personality meets inner being. … Continue reading

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Bird Contemplations 13

13,000 Pound African Bush Elephant Anger sits on my chest like a 13,000 pound African Bush Elephant. Constricted. Unable to breathe. Seething with unexpressed pain and suffering. Today’s or yesterday’s? I am not sure. Or am I? Was it her … Continue reading

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