Hello to the Sangha!!! I am happy to be here. I just want to poke in and say a few things about what has been happening in RRKZOO and some things that have happened recently in my personal life. First of all, I want to share some love world wide to everyone that reads this blog. Much Metta to you all.
As I stated before, this website is dedicated to the Kalamazoo Sangha, but the blog is utilized to document my journey in both recovery as well as my Buddhist path. That being said, our Sangha is amazing and if it weren’t for them, as well as my core group of people, I would not have the ambition, drive or fortitude to trudge ahead at the clip that I am going. I work hard at my sobriety and schooling as it is necessary to provide a better life for myself and my family. In addition, I took my Refuge vows as well as Bohdisattva vows this weekend.
The ceremony was held in a small local yoga studio and was a beautiful experience. There were three in total that took the Refuge vows and I believe there were 16 in total that took Bohdisattva vows. It was an amazing experience and I learned a lot about the path that I am taking. It really allowed me to open my eyes and understand ME as a person and acknowledge my mistakes. I relinquished my past today and will not long have my burdens.
Also, we are going to move forward with pursuing a Portage location for Refuge Recovery. As long as the planets align, we should be up and running in a month or two. This will be a location in Portage Michigan, with another facilitator (or perhaps myself) as we are not aware of the options yet. Stay tuned for more. Time for me to do my sleep meditation and my offerings.