April’s Questions For You To Ponder

I wanted to make sure I didn’t wait until the final day of April to post my monthly spiritual questions for everyone to ponder. So here they are and it’s my ongoing hope you will take the time to mull them over and maybe even share a few of your responses when you’re done. And as always, my own answers are listed below as well.

  1. What was the hardest lesson you’ve learned in life so far?
  2. What hobby brings you great joy and do you still make time for it nowadays?
  3. What is challenging you most in life right now and causing you the greatest stress?
  4. What is the first thing you turn to when you’re having a really difficult day?
  5. Of everyone currently a part of your life, whom do you relate to the most?
  6. What is the number one thing you want to do (or see) before you die?
  7. What was your most favorite childhood activity?
  8. What was your favorite thing to do with your father growing up?
  9. What was your favorite thing to do with your mother growing up?
  10. What is your dream job?

And one more for good measure:

  1. If you could invent one thing by just thinking it right now, what would it be and why?

My answers:

  1. Pursuing someone else’s dream that wasn’t part of my own. (Losing $650,000 of cash investments to a Bed & Breakfast I bought for an ex-partner)
  2. Writing or doing jigsaw puzzles and yes to both.
  3. My health issues.
  4. When I’m in good headspace – Prayer, meditation, and my hobbies. But when I’m in bad headspace – dark chocolate (lots of it).
  5. My spiritual teacher – Manin.
  6. Visit Bodhgaya in India, the place where the original Buddha became enlightened under the Bodhi tree after intense meditation.
  7. Playing on those metal merry-go-rounds at the playground where people pushed each other on it super fast.
  8. Go hiking up a mountain, having lunch at the top, and then getting a dessert treat after coming down.
  9. Playing card games like Gin Rummy, Crazy 8’s, and Kings In the Corner.
  10. Becoming both a paid motivational speaker and professional writer.
  11. A teleportation device so that I could travel anywhere in the world whenever I wanted.

Peace, love, light, and joy,

Andrew Arthur Dawson

March’s Questions For You To Ponder

As I sat here this morning and attempted to think of a topic to write on for the final day of March, I realized I hadn’t done a posting yet of my spiritual questions for you to ponder this month. So here goes nothing and better late than never I say. And hopefully each of you will take the time to answer them just like I did at the bottom of today’s entry.

  1. What has been your greatest test of patience in life so far?
  2. Where do you hope your life is five years from now?
  3. If you could teleport to just one place whenever you wanted, where would it be to?
  4. What is the strangest spiritual experience you’ve ever had so far in life?
  5. What do you usually do to comfort yourself when you’re hurting really bad inside?
  6. Name one form of holistic healing you’ve tried in life that worked great for you?
  7. If you were to write a story about your life, what would be its title and theme?
  8. Name one unhealthy habit you’d most like to change about yourself right now?
  9. Describe yourself in just three words?
  10. What memory in life brings you the most joy anytime you think about it?

And as always, one more question for good measure…

  1. What do you most like to do on your birthday?

Here are my answers:

  1. Going through the healing process I’ve been going through the past five years.
  2. Feeling truly happy from within on a regular basis no matter what I’m doing.
  3. A secluded beach in the Caribbean with fine white sand, crystal-clear water and a coral reef nearby to snorkel in.
  4. When meditating once long ago, I somehow left my body and was staring down at myself from the ceiling.
  5. Talk to my Higher Power.
  6. EFT Tapping Therapy.
  7. “I Am Kicking Hard Enough Mom!” – A story about how I learned to love myself unconditionally.
  8. Beating myself up when I think I’m not living up to my spiritual potential.
  9. Introspective, Compassionate, Motivational.
  10. Thoughts of my annual family vacation to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina when I was a kid.
  11. Dining out with someone close to my heart and finishing it with a piece of flourless chocolate cake.

Peace, love, light, and joy,

Andrew Arthur Dawson

February’s Questions For You To Ponder

Well it’s that time again to post my monthly set of spiritual questions for each of you to ponder, except this time around, I decided to start including my own answers to each of them as well. So let me get right to it then, here are the questions:

  1. What place do you like to visit near you when you want to find a little slice of peace and serenity?
  2. What hobbies do you like to do that bring you joy?
  3. What was one thing you really liked to do as a kid that brought you great happiness and when was the last time you did it?
  4. Is meditation a regular part of your life, if so, what does it look like?
  5. What was the last book you read that truly uplifted you?
  6. If you had the ability to go back to school to learn something new, what would it be?
  7. Have you ever done a random act of kindness for a total stranger, if so, what was it?
  8. If you could spend an entire day with one famous person (alive or deceased) that you feel represents a spiritual person, who would it be with?
  9. What spiritual issue in this world would you most like to see fully resolved in your lifetime?
  10. If you had the resources to go live anywhere in this world right now, what place do you think you’d go to that would bring you happiness?

And as always, one more question for good measure…

  1. What person currently living most represents the kind of person you wish to become?

Here are my answers:

  1. Walking around the rock beds and along the water of the Maumee River in Maumee, Ohio.
  2. Doing puzzles, writing for my blog, and gardening.
  3. Playing miniature golf, late fall 2014 before it got too cold.
  4. Yes, 40 minutes either in the early morning or very late at night each day, breathing in for 10 seconds, holding 10 seconds, breathing out for 10 seconds, and holding 10 seconds.
  5. The Afterlife of Billy Fingers.
  6. Spanish
  7. Yes, bought coffees and other breakfast items for strangers at Starbucks, Bigby, and Dunkin Donuts.
  8. The original Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama.
  9. Full acceptance and equality for gays and lesbians.
  10. Tampa, Florida and preferably waterfront.
  11. The Dalai Lama.

Peace, love, light, and joy,

Andrew Arthur Dawson

January’s Questions For You To Ponder

It’s been awhile since I last posed an entry with a bunch of spiritual questions for each to ponder. Given that I’ve been in quite the introspective and philosophical mood as of late, I felt today might be a good day to do this exercise again. I also decided from this point forward to repeat this exercise once a month, as it seems to stimulate great discussions each time I do. I hope each of you will take a moment to answer them and maybe even share a few of your responses back with me…

1.  What song(s) have stirred your heart to greater unconditional love when you’ve heard them?

2.  Which movie(s) have moved your heart to greater unconditional love when you’ve watched them?

3.  If you could communicate to one deceased person for only a few minutes, what would you say?

4.  If you could spend one more day with a deceased person, whom would it be with?

5.  If you could change one thing in your past, would you, and if so, what would it be?

6.  If you could ensure one thing would happen in your future, would you, and if so, what would it be?

7.  If you could find out the exact details of when and how you will die, would you?

8.  If you knew the exact details of when and how the person closest to you would die, would you tell them?

9.  If you could own a profitable business that would help make the world a better place, what would it be?

10. If you could become best friends with one person  you’re not already best friends with, who would it be?

And one more question for good measure…

11. What is the one thing that always seems to unravel your peace and serenity in life most often?

Peace, love, light, and joy,

Andrew Arthur Dawson