Indestructible Truth

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Barbara*, 1939-

“With insight meditation, all the stuff you ignored all your life, all of a sudden you realize what it is about. They call this meditation vipassana, which means insight, and you do get insight.”

I am a nun, I have lived in monasteries. I left the monastery, but still wear my robe every day. The definition of Buddhism as a nontheistic religion made me an instant believer. It spoke to me, and I pursued it to ordination. In the monastery I learned to meditate Read more »

Trespassing on a Public Bench

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Bertha, 1951-

“Say what?!”

This is my famous bench. Everything you see here, the cart, blankets, clothes, the radio, is mine. She crochets while talking, a thick vibrant blue thread in her lap. Over there, she frees one hand and points behind her without looking, is the city council, that white building. Whenever they have their meetings, they can look out the windows and see me. Read more »

Dual Diagnosis

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William, 1963-

“When I settle down at Bonita House, I’m going to write a book about my life. Dual Diagnosis, I’ll call it. It is time the community learned about it.”

I had a rough childhood. I was seeing a psychiatrist since I was about eight years old. Anxiety, inability to focus, and getting in with the antisocial crowd. My addiction started young Read more »

Knights Templar

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Christopher, 1986-

“For about 200 years, the knights Templar protect the church, wealthy landowners, and they grow throughout Europe. Eventually, they invent Western banking.”

Right now, I’ve been on a truth search. So, every day I attack a different topic. I don’t know where it will lead. Last night, I was up all night reading and watching stories about the Knights Templar. Are you familiar with the Knights Templar? Read more »

A Grateful Dead Traveler

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Sean, 1977-

“I don’t understand going to work every day and working for somebody else, working for a paycheck. Then that is what your life becomes, that’s why your heart is beating. So many people are unhappy because of it, because that’s not what they really want. ”

I have been traveling for the past 21 years. One of my best childhood memories is traveling with my family. We didn’t have much money, but my father saved up for a trip every year. One year, Read more »