I often forget how refreshing it is to dedicate my meditation practice to others — to someone specific like a friend or my nieces and nephews, to a group of people who are suffering somewhere in the world, to animals who are abused, or just to give my practice to the whole world. This frame of mind motivates me because it makes my spiritual practice about something much greater than myself. My growth is better for the world and for my family and friends. With each sitting, day after day, I become just a little bit more grounded, a tad bit more compassionate, and I inch toward being more gracious. Though tedious at times, spiritual practices are an indispensable part of helping to contribute to a better world.
Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability. View all posts by Jonathan Erdman