This blog was launched nearly six years ago as a way for me to chronicle my personal journey through the 12 Steps of recovery. It was while working the Steps, in searching for my own concept of a Higher Power, that I discovered the Buddhist path — a path which I now consider my “spiritual home”. As in everyone’s life, my journey through recovery has had its ups and downs, and so I rely heavily on a Japanese proverb which states “Fall down seven times, stand up eight” as a reminder that I am not defined by my mistakes, but by my resiliency.
In May 2015, I received a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Louisville. I am currently employed as a social worker at a psychiatric hospital in Western Kentucky. I am humbled by the opportunity to work in a setting where each day I can fulfill the vow of the Bodhisattva by bringing compassion to the suffering of others.
I am also a student of Zen Buddhism, and active member at Treeleaf Sangha, where this year I undertook Jukai (a form of Buddhist confirmation) from the founder and guiding teacher at Treeleaf – Jundo Cohen.
I hope your visit to my little corner of the web proves interesting.
May you be happy, joyous, and free!