Hello my fellow travellers, I am a Dutchman living in Vancouver BC. I have multiple reasons for writing this blog. First of all I really enjoy listening to Richard Rohr and this theme in particular is very practical and hand on. As a counselor and life coach I work with many people from different backgrounds. I believe this material will be helpful to understand some of the struggles people go through when dealing with or recovering from addictions. Of course we all have our own variation of addictions as Fr. Richard has pointed out so eloquently. I am ready to do some shadow boxing and make some new friends along the way. Stephan (41 years) married (15 years) and father (3 kids).
I guess my daily practice is more reflective than contemplative. At the end of my day I ask myself a few simple questions… Who was I today? Usually my mind just goes all over the place so I have to bring in some focus. I remind myself that I want to be an instrument of peace. I then allow the spirit to take me to specific moment of my day and encounters I had with people. I don’t judge myself, I gently replay and observe the interaction. If nothing comes to me I remind myself that I want to be humble, generous, faithful and compassionate and I ask the spirit to show me specific moments in my day that I experienced this attitude. Again I don’t judge myself or others during this time… I simply look back over my shoulders with complete serenity and I thank God for being alive. Then for a few minutes I just let go of any thought and enjoy the presence of the divine. It comes naturally when I go for a little stroll in the forrest or preferably on the beach. Now that I live in Vancouver I have more options 🙂 – Supernatural British Colombia.