Greetings, readers! It’s been a while. In case you’ve been wondering why, I wanted to tell you what’s going on, and forecast what’s next for this blog.
I’ve actually been quite ill this year, starting with a baffling back issue that turned out to be a problem with my rib joints, to an acute lung infection, which then triggered a massive flare-up of previously-more-subtle health issues I’ve had my entire life and never understood why.
Finding out and coming to terms with why has been a difficult and time-consuming struggle, and through it I’ve learned a lot that I foresee will enable me to help other suffering people deal with their own hard-to-understand (and thus hard to come to terms with) health challenges.
It’s been a fascinating journey, and I look forward to sharing with you about it in 2019. In the meantime, I likely won’t write any more here in 2018, and will instead use the next several weeks to continue working on stabilizing my health, and also deciding what my new writing priorities are.
All the same things are still important to me; over the past several months, however, I have drastically changed the amount of physical presence and energy I devote to them, and thus my writing priorities have shifted accordingly.
For years now I have focused primarily on diversity and inclusion, from a variety of angles—including interfaith relations, race relations, and sharing cultural and religious spotlights from the Metro Detroit area that are overlooked by the mainstream.
I went from being a spiritual free-agent, to looking at all these topics through a Buddhist perspective, and even periodically turning my focus on integrating Buddhism with a more holistic view of health and wellness—meaning, mind/body/spirit/emotion as an interconnected system rather than looking at any one of these primarily in isolation.
Of these four components of health and wellness, the one I realized I have done the least service to in my own life has been the physical, and thus arose this long, drawn-out opportunity to create value for myself and other people by correcting this situation.
This is the largest personal turning-point I have reached since my Granddaddy died at end of 2014, which brought me to a spiritual impasse; and now, four years later, I’m seeing the need to completely recast my life again.
The primary difference this time is I’m carrying the same religion—SGI Nichiren Buddhism—with me into this new phase of my life, and I look forward to finding different ways of applying it to my life and to helping other people.
There are two ways I’m considering doing this. One is that I may decide to alternate among posting about different topics each week per month—such as health and wellness in week one, interfaith relations in week two, relationships in week three, and so on.
The second option is alternating topics each month—such as health and wellness in month one, general spiritual reflections through a Buddhist lens in month two, local culture spotlights in month three, and so on.
Until then, thank you for reading, have a great holiday season, and I look forward to infiltrating your screen-time again in the near future.
Image: "November Clouds" by Karla Joy Huber, 2011; oil pastel