From Darkness to Light Day 15 by Karuna Poole

Living Life My Way by Karuna Poole of Living Learning and Letting Go     I’ve had plenty of dark times in my life. When I looked at what has most consistently led me into darkness, I concluded that it was over-doing, particularly if the over-doing was combined with over-thinking. The first time my tendency …

Rage Against the Machine Day 3 by Karuna Poole

Creating Light in the Darkness by Karuna Poole of Living, Learning and Letting Go I’ve watched and read more news in the last two years than in the rest of my life combined. I feel almost compelled to keep informed about what is going on in my country, and to some extent in the world. …

Honoring My Inner Voice

When it snowed in Seattle last week, I decided to take a walk in the Greenbelt lot behind my house. The first thing I noticed when I stepped out of my back door was that a small Juniper tree had fallen across the path I take to get to that lot. I could have easily crawled under it or …

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Disease of Spiritual Despair?

by Karuna of Living, Learning and Letting Go   Reading Kripa Gressel’s contribution to The Seeker’s Dungeon’s On Living and Dying event yesterday reminded me of events in my life that occurred more than twenty years ago. August of 1994 brought with it something I dreaded: the symptoms heralding a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) relapse. …

On Living and Dying Day 6 by Karuna

Am I Contributing to My Living or My Dying? by Karuna of Living, Learning and Letting Go In 1996, I was on an airplane that “fell” 25,000 feet in about a minute’s time. For the next two hours we did not know if we were going to live or die. Since then I have had a sense …

Dealing with My Resistance

by Karuna When I arrived in Amritapuri last November, I had the goal of overcoming my resistance to chanting archana and my mantra. The archana we recite in Amma’s ashram is the Sri Lalita Sahasranama, a sacred prayer to the Divine Mother. Amma asks us to chant it daily, for our own benefit and for …

Amritapuri Flowers

by Karuna Poole I’ve been coming to Amma’s (Mata Amritanandamayi) ashram in Amritapuri, India each year since January 1990. For many years, it was a land of sand and palm trees. I remember when devotees started bringing other plants to the ashram, but it is only in the last five years or so that the …

Walking With Intention Day 4 by Karuna Poole

Living With Purpose by Karuna Poole of Living, Learning and Letting Go In the early to mid-90’s, I created a personal mission statement based on a process I learned in Stephen Covey’s book First Things First. When I finished the mission statement, I hung it on a wall in my house. I glance at it …

Tearing at the Fabric of Racism, Guest Post: Karuna Poole

Tearing at the Fabric of Racism by Karuna Poole Sreejit began his poem, A Couple of Brats, with the line “A political statement until they had us,” referring to the births of his sister and himself, kids with a white mother and a black father.  While I knew that line was true, at least to …