Angela

Profile PicWhat you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.

- Buddha

I’m a Screenwriter/ Freelance Writer with Third Culture Kid tendencies.

I started this blog in 2011 and wrote 365 posts before saying goodbye to it in order to work on other projects. This year, in 2013, I’m bringing my blog back to life with a focus on my meditation practice as I take my spiritual life to new levels.

I have a limited idea of where I’m going and no idea what will come of this year of meditation, but from what I’ve experienced in the past it will hopefully allow me to focus on the intentions of being more compassionate, more patient, more accepting and more loving.

I hope you’ll follow me along for the ride!

To learn how this blog first started, read this:

BLOG HISTORY

This blog used to be research for my first ebook, which I’ve yet to write…

I had been listening inconsistently to Zencast for a few years and the wisdom I gained improved my life to no end. I got the idea for a title for my first novel (yet to be published) from one of these podcasts and the title grew into the idea for this blog.

Rather than jump head first into my first novel, which is my normal process of leaving the structure and organization until the initial ideas have stopped flowing, I decided I needed to spend more time researching and learning how to live more wisely.

A Year Of Living Wisely was born.

Everyday for a year I listened to a Zencast, explored my reactions to it and anything else that came up. Those reactions and experiences were then the starting point for my first novel (written, but yet to be published).

Here’s to a blessed 2013!

Namaste…Enneagram

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23 Responses to “Angela”
  1. I have just awarded you the ‘Sunshine Award; for being super-cool and inspirational.Thanks for being in the blogosphere! http://addictionrecoverycoach.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/gratitude-awards-and-great-bloggers/

  2. rococonnor says:

    A beautiful idea, and one I’m looking forward to reading more of!

    • Thank you! I hope you find it useful :)

  3. I just wanted to let you know that I really love your blog, so I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Please visit, http://livinginthenow.net/2012/04/01/versatile-blogger-nomination/#more-1062, if you would like to see a post I wrote regarding it.

    Thank you for the time and effort that you put into this blog.

    Take care,

    Jason

    • Thank you Jason! I really appreciate that. I’m glad my blog resonates with you. _/\_

  4. I just wanted to pop in and say hi :-). I adore reading your blog. I always make sure to sit down with a cup of tea and really immerse myself in your writing. It contains such wisdom and insight. Thank you so much ♥

    • Thank you so much. That is very kind of you Meg. I appreciate that you take the time to do that. There are so many amazing blogs out there that I try to follow, but I rarely have the time to sit down and read them, unless it’s last thing in the day and then I hardly get to savor them. I’m happy you gain so much from my writing! Hope things are well with you :D

  5. last_lines says:

    Hello! I have been reading your blog and I think highly of it. I find the ideals behind this blog inspiring and uplifting and worthy of an award that symbolizes these ideals. I have nominated you for the Liebster blog award given to blogs with less than 200 followers who deserve a little more recognition.

    There are a few simple rules that go along with the award: they are as follows as passed down to me.

    1.Give a shout out to the blogger who nominated you by linking back to their blog.
    2. Nominate 5 other blogs that have less than 200 followers.
    3. Spread the good blog karma.
    Lastly, don’t forget to add the Liebster blog award image to your post.

    – Kim
    “Wrestling the Muse”

    here is your nomination: http://kimkoning.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/liebster-blog-award-all-loved-up/

  6. Blessings Angela,

    I have been very honored by your mentions of my blog. I have also very much enjoyed and learned from your excellent writing. A new post mentions you on mine with the hope of others enjoying it as much as I. May the Buddha bless you and the Dharma overshadow your steps.

    Caine

    • Thank you Caine! I really appreciate you sharing my work with your followers too! Namaste

  7. Devo says:

    Hi Angela,

    Thank you very much for your wonderful articles. It’s really interesting to read especially which happening here and now with our life. In other side, which is quite realistic rather than theoretical.
    I wish you great time ahead and continue to read your wonderful thoughts.

    • Thanks Devo. Glad it resonates with you! Namaste

  8. Ann Isik says:

    Thanks for subscribing to my blog. I was drawn to your post on karma. I wrote a bit about my idea of it in the intro post to my blog if you’re interested:

    http://annisik51.wordpress.com/2010/09/03/more-walks-than-works-an-intro-to-poetic-mapping/

    I also followed your link to It Starts With Us and joined up.

    Karma in action!

    I used to live in Dubai by the way. Once drove over into Oman.

    Ann Isik

    • Will definitely check that out! ISWU is great, although I feel a bit limited with what I can do out here. Hoping to get more involved when back in the US. It’s funny how there are all these little connections with people! When did you live there and what did you think about Oman? I’ve only been to Dubai once myself, but have to say I love the innocence of Oman and the cultural tradition that’s still kept up.
      Thanks for the link :)
      Namaste

  9. Justin Ross says:

    Stumbled onto your post on LittleBuddha. Hope things are well, and best of luck with the novel!

    Justin

    • Thanks Justin! Appreciate it. Hope all is well with you!

  10. Jennifer says:

    (My blog/website is very new but I’m including it anyway.)

    Hi, Angela.

    Great post. I found your blog the other day via the article you write for Tiny Buddha (which I am also so glad to have found). You certainly caught my attention with that post as I seem to be caught in a cycle of distraction, fear, isolation which comes and goes, chronic pain and depression. The cycle manifests itself in eating, TV, Internet, iPhone games, and other not so healthy behaviors.

    2010 was a very hard year for my husband and I with my father’s suicide and his mother’s death (I was very close with her as well) and some other big stresses and I’ve been trying to “give myself a break” for a long time now. We both read a lot of Pema and I have definitely had times of deep, deep pain in which I have STAYED and just felt. Now I feel like I am constantly in distraction mode and forever beating myself up about it.

    I’m a recovering alcoholic and addict (15+ years), attend twelve step meetings for codependency also for several reasons including my mother’s horrific struggle with late stage alcoholism. I have spiritual guides whom I call on regularly (including a BodyTalk facilitator that helps me tremendously) and a wonderful husband who is very supportive and also on a spiritual path. I have great friends, have done quite a bit of therapy, and take medication for depression and anxiety. My husband and I have started a meditation practice but it is not daily (yet :). I also started doing the 750 words that I found on your website. (Thank you!)

    Without going into my enitre life in this “comment”, I just wanted to show that I feel like I am taking care of myself in many ways but in other ways, it’s such a struggle and I so wish that were different. I love the idea of a year of living wisely…or a week for that matter…but it scares me somehow I think.

    Some days I don’t want to leave the safety of my home. Most days I don’t feed myself in a healthy way. I go to bed sometimes without brushing my teeth, let alone flossing them. A part of me tells me I’m okay and that I’m doing the best that I can right now.

    I didn’t know I was going to write all of that but I guess I do have a question for you and that is…have there been times in your life when you feel like you could not have pulled yourself together enough to try this Year of Living Wisely? Any thoughts (from anyone) would be appreciated.

    Thanks again for your blog. Namaste. Jennifer

    • Jennifer says:

      I meant to write this after your “Things I adore” post. Oops.

    • Hi Jennifer!
      Thanks for the comment!
      I’m so happy that you found my article helpful and that you could relate. It’s so helpful to feel that someone else is struggling and not just you alone! Sorry to hear about all the sadness in your life in 2010. It’s funny how we try and ‘give ourselves a break’ but actually end up doing the things that can often just prolong or give us more suffering. I do that myself. It’s hard to look at yourself clearly in the mirror when you’re grieving and really go into those deep painful places. I congratulate you for doing that!
      Also congratulations on being sober for 15+ years! Wow. That is impressive. Sounds like you have a great circle of trust and support to keep you on the path that you are on. Meditation practice everyday is difficult. I found it really hard until I found little tricks of things that helped me stay seated, otherwise I would still be struggling to stay seated for 3 minutes! I’ve really only just started. This is like my 3rd week of real meditation. Don’t give up! It will happen. you’re on the right track.
      750 words is such a blessing I used to just blab out all the crap on my mind, but then I started using it as the first draft of my blog, which cut down on time spent on the internet and made it easier to then go into my blog and create the final draft. It’s so helpful!
      I’m glad that you feel you are taking care of yourself, and I understand the difficulty. The most important thing on my path has been learning to practice acceptance. In no way am I perfect, but the phrase ‘This too’ has helped me when my mind wants to take over and fly out of control in resistance. Labelling in itself hasn’t done much for me yet, so that phrase is key to me watching my mind.
      I don’t know who it was that said this, but someone Buddhist said that it’s not about what happened today or what happened yesterday, but that the next day you decide to sit. I think it actually was Pema. Even a minute of sitting is better than not sitting. If you’re finding it really difficult to do things that on other days would be easy, like brush your teeth, my suggestion would be to say, okay I”m just going to lift my toothbrush to my mouth. Or I’m just going to put the paste on the toothbrush. Or something. Even that little step could mean that the next time you can then hold the paste up and clean one tooth. But again, that’s just my idea. Sometimes we just have to go through it, come out the other side and figure it out for ourselves, as I’m sure you’ve learned in your recovery.

      In answer to your question: my whole life has been leading up to this blog. It wasn’t something I was going to start until August when I return to the US. But for some reason I just felt like opening up a WordPress account and before i knew it I was in the process of committing to blog everyday. I was very scared about doing it as that is a HUGE commitment, especially cause many of the Zencasts are at least 40 – 1hr 30 long. But I have figured out how to fit it into my life as I’ve gone along. It makes such a difference that i have a point from which to blog. If I was just making it up and coming up with ideas as I went along I’d be lost (see my old blog for proof…actually don’t it’s not helpful!LOL!). I think that just jumping in with both feet was the best way to approach it and it just so happened that I got an idea for Tiny Buddha and the timing fitted in perfectly with a post I created for this blog but didn’t post so that I could submit it to Tiny Buddha.
      Well, I’m in the process of reading your blog, which I’m enjoying so far so I’ll put you on my blog roll. Please let me know if you have any more questions or need any support. I’m excited to read about your journey.
      Thanks again!
      Namaste

  11. andap14 says:

    I have looking for blogs like mine and came across yours. I am conducting an experiment with awakening that I started a few months ago and blog about. I very much liked the blog you posted about pain and being with it. You wonder if it will be with you forever and when I read that I could relate. Old pain is deep, yes, but Buddhists say all is change, so I believe our pain will change–sometimes into wisdom, sometimes into acceptance, sometimes even into laughter. Good luck with your project!

  12. Lula says:

    Namaste… how funny is I ran into your blog after getting to know this word just a couple of days ago.
    Great experience to say least.
    I remember on your last days in New York you mentioned your meditation practice, how silly I was I didn’t understand by then the full potential this could bring to our lives.
    Thankfully I was introduced to it, or more like, I accidentally ran into the practice, but loving it.
    Is definitely a place to be (in love with ourselves, non ego related).

    I hope you keep sharing, always!

    Namaste.

    Lula.

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