Returning to Living Vipassana

I stopped writing regularly for this blog about 8 months ago. I had run out of things to say, and there were aspects of my life outside of dhamma that required my focus. Today, I feel new questions surfacing within me, and the answers aren’t obvious. When I started this blog in 2012 I had a similar feeling. While dhamma is not an intellectual exercise, I needed a space to logically process all the changes dhamma was bringing to my life. I found writing helped bring focus to my thoughts.

Sharing my writing has provided different benefits at different times including providing a platform to communicate my changing perspective, an opportunity to connect with other like minded meditators, and hopefully providing some support for individuals facing similar struggles. I think it also boosted my ego at times, for better or worse, to see people from all over the word reading my posts.

Today, I hope that writing and sharing my thoughts will provide similar benefits. I feel that I’m entering a new frontier on my path, and I can use all the help and support I can get. While I’m not sure how long it will last, for now I going to try writing once a week, every Friday. Hopefully the blog continues to benefit me and the people who come in contact with it. Time to meditate.

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About Ryan Shelton

While I'm currently married to a beautiful woman while teaching physics at Padua Academy, these descriptors fail to capture the totality of my adventurous life. I have hiked over 1700 miles, traveled to 5 continents, managed a bakery, started a meditation center, counseled troubled teens, attended Duke, UNC, and Harvard, protected forests as a wildland firefighter, volunteered thousands of hours with Americorps, rafted the Grand Canyon, SCUBA dived on the Great Barrier Reef, and continues to find new adventures. I hope my writing encourages you to pursue your dreams and be the best version of yourself while supporting your communities to work together to solve the current challenges in our world.

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