September’s Questions For You To Ponder

Hello everyone! I decided it was time to do the monthly questions for everyone to ponder. I know it’s a little sooner than I usually do each month, but it always seems like I wait until the last few days or so before posting them. So I guess I’m being somewhat proactive in doing it now. 🙂 Anyway, I hope each of you will continue to take some time to mull them over, and as always, my own answers are listed below.

  1. If you became the next President of the United States, what would be your number one priority to helping our country?
  2. What do you struggle letting go of the most in your life?
  3. If Jesus actually returned to earth in your lifetime and you were given a small amount of time alone with him, how would you use it?
  4. What one thing can’t you live without?
  5. If you were reincarnated after this life, name three traits/circumstances you would want to experience within it?
  6. If you could tame any animal and have it as a pet, what would it be?
  7. How do you regularly spend the last hour each day before going to bed?
  8. Name one TV show that truly affected your thinking about life?
  9. If you had to live in the shoes of any one person in this world for just one day, who would it be?
  10. If you could remove one trait in the world in entirety forever, what would it be?

And one more for good measure as always:

  1. If you could have one superpower/ability, what would it be?

My answers:

  1. Finding ways to create more peace and unity.
  2. What other people think and say about me.
  3. I’d ask if I was living the life God wanted me to live and then I’d ask for healing.
  4. The happiness and joy that only comes from feeling my Higher Power’s presence within me.
  5. An unconditionally loving and spiritual family, a life free of addictive tendencies, and be Asian, Indian, or Native American.
  6. Some kind of tiger.
  7. Working on a puzzle, writing in my blog, watching one of my sci-fi/fantasy shows, doing my grateful journal, and praying.
  8. Senese8.
  9. My partner.
  10. Violence and bloodshed.
  11. The ability to speak and write and understand any language.

Peace, love, light, and joy,

Andrew Arthur Dawson

 

August’s Questions For You To Ponder

Well we’re about to enter the month of September (man where did the summer go?) and you know what that means. I haven’t done the monthly spiritual questions for everyone to ponder yet. 🙂 So here they are. I hope each of you will take the time to mull them over and maybe even share a few of your responses after you have. And as always, my own answers are listed below as well.do you normally handle when someone cuts you off while driving?

  1. What do you love the most about yourself?
  2. What is your favorite thing to do that helps you feel young again?
  3. What would you say is something you do regularly that could potentially be an addiction?
  4. What is the biggest thing you keep putting off in life?
  5. If you had to get a tattoo and it had to be a spiritual slogan, what would it say?
  6. Name one thing that bothers you the most when you see it in someone else?
  7. What is the number one quality you look for the most when making friends with someone new?
  8. If hell existed here on earth, what would that look like to you?
  9. If you had to wear a shirt with a message on it every single day for an entire year, what would it say?

And one more for good measure as always:

  1. What aspect of yourself are you working on changing the most right now in your life?

My answers:

  1. I pray for them by immediately sending them love, forgiveness, peace, and floodlight.
  2. My determination to complete anything I start no matter how long it takes or how hard it is.
  3. In a good physical state, going on rollercoasters. Currently, making faces and weird noises and needling people in their sides.
  4. If you count trying to find more and more ways to serve God, then I guess that’s one. Ok well maybe going to the movies once or twice a week counts as well.
  5. Writing a book about my life. (I’m still waiting for my health to get a lot better before I begin doing that.)
  6. “Be Still…”
  7. Someone gloating about all the cool things they’re doing in life.
  8. Someone who puts their needs, wants, and desires second to those their with.
  9. I’m currently living in it with all my chronic pain.
  10. “Love God, Love yourself, and Love everyone else too ok?”
  11. Trusting myself and trusting God a lot more than I used to.

Peace, love, light, and joy,

Andrew Arthur Dawson

July’s Questions For You To Ponder

Well we’re about to enter the month of August and I haven’t yet done the monthly spiritual questions for everyone to ponder. So here they are. I hope each of you will take the time to mull them over and maybe even share a few of your responses after you have. And as always, my own answers are listed below as well.

  1. If you had to start your entire life completely over again, how would you change how you lived?
  2. If you could say one sentence that the whole world would hear, totally understand, and follow, what would you say?
  3. If you were given a choice to live as long as you want, how long would you want to live?
  4. Who have been your biggest mentors in life?
  5. How do you express yourself creatively?
  6. What moves you to tears of joy the most in life?
  7. What are you most proud of so far in life?
  8. How have you given back to society in the past month (volunteer/etc.)?
  9. What risk would you take right now in life if you knew you wouldn’t fail?
  10. If you could control your dreams, what would you want to dream about the most?

And as always, one more for good measure:

  1. If you were going to turn over 100% of your free will to a Higher Power, what part would you be the most concerned about losing?

My answers:

  1. Total abstinence from alcohol, drugs, and cigarettes, and complete avoidance of promiscuity.
  2. “Bless everyone with love, forgiveness, peace, and floodlight every single day, even those you might struggle with.”
  3. I’d want to live for as long as I knew I was still capable of helping others.
  4. Manin, Susan, Caryn, my Sister, my parents, Buddha, Jesus, Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, Thich Nhat Hanh
  5. Puzzles, writing, gardening, speaking.
  6. Nature.
  7. My recovery from all addiction and allowing myself to heal as much as I have 100% holistically.
  8. Sponsoring others in recovery, AA hospital committee, and recovery speaking engagements.
  9. I’m already doing it by trusting in my body to fully heal itself of all lower vibrational energies without any external aids.
  10. Seeing myself happy and joyful within and doing what my Higher Power wants me to do in life.
  11. My relationship with my partner.

Peace, love, light, and joy,

Andrew Arthur Dawson

June’s Questions For You To Ponder

Well it’s that time of the month again to pose my monthly spiritual questions for everyone to ponder. I hope each of you will take the time to mull them over and maybe even share a few of your responses after you have. And as always, my own answers are listed below as well.

  1. What do you think happens to you after you die?
  2. What is your definition of a true friend?
  3. What is your ideal partner/soulmate?
  4. If you could become famous, what would it be for?
  5. If you had a terminal illness with less than six months to live, what three things would be most important for you to do?
  6. If you and three others were the only remaining people left on earth, who would you want those three to be?
  7. If you were to get stuck on an elevator for a few hours, whom would you want to be stuck in there with?
  8. What is your most painful memory?
  9. What would you do differently in life, if you knew no one would ever judge you again?
  10. Describe a miracle that’s happened in your life?

And one more for good measure:

  1. If you could have God answer one question, what would it be?

My answers:

  1. First, a reflection back upon my entire life, including my choices, decisions, and lessons learned. Second, time spent with others in spirit form, including ancestors and other beings of light. Third, rest and relaxation in a place I could constantly change its surroundings to be filled with amazing beauty. And finally, the option to return into a new physical form with more lessons to grasp in the next life.
  2. Someone who is concerned more often with the needs, wants, and desires of another than themselves.
  3. Someone who’s main desire is to grow closer to their Higher Power, who knows happiness comes from within, and who shows unconditional love towards everyone, including themselves.
  4. Speaking or writing.
  5. Make sure I’m free of any anger or resentment towards anyone or anything. Spend it in a beach home by a crystal blue ocean. Chronicle everyday of it to later become a book titled “Six Months To Live…”.
  6. The Dalai Lama, my partner, and my spiritual teacher.
  7. No one, just me.
  8. Either the day my father took his own life or the one where my mother took her tragic fall down the stairs.
  9. I’d be far more open about my sexuality than I am, like holding my partner’s hand in public.
  10. Becoming fully sober from addictions to alcohol, drugs, gambling, cigarettes, sex, codependency, love, caffeine, and shopping and completely healing from a traumatic childhood that included mental, verbal and sexual abuse, and bullying.
  11. God, why don’t you ever talk to me directly so that I can hear your voice?

Peace, love, light, and joy,

Andrew Arthur Dawson

May’s Questions For You To Ponder

Well it’s that time of the month again to pose my monthly spiritual questions for everyone to ponder. I hope each of you will take the time to mull them over and maybe even share a few of your responses after you have. And as always, my own answers are listed below as well.

  1. What kind of spiritual retreats have you ever done?
  2. What is your biggest fear?
  3. What do you feel is your best trait?
  4. What do you feel is your worst trait?
  5. What do you feel is your strangest trait?
  6. What would the title of your book be if you wrote one about your life?
  7. If you were to start a new hobby, what would it be?
  8. Name one thing that has brought you great inspiration in life?
  9. What was the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
  10. If you could transform into an animal whenever you wanted, which one would it be?

And one more for good measure:

  1. Who do you miss the most right now, alive or dead?

My Answers:

  1. New Warrior Training (ManKind Project), Vipassana (10-day meditation retreat), Matt Talbot (AA Retreat), Cursillo (Christian Retreat).
  2. Not being able to live life fully due to chronic pain.
  3. My love and compassion for everyone and everything.
  4. My obsessions around my health.
  5. Habitually using a shop vacuum to clean my lawn of any debris.
  6. I Am Kicking Hard Enough!
  7. I’d learn how to make stone, crystal, or beaded necklaces for myself.
  8. Writing For My Blog.
  9. Doing an accelerated free fall skydive solo.
  10. A Rüppell’s vulture (Solely because it can fly up to 37,000 feet above the earth).
  11. Cedric Saunders.

Peace, love, light, and joy,

Andrew Arthur Dawson

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

10 More Questions For You To Ponder

We all ponder various philosophical questions in some fashion or another on almost every single day of our lives. Back in July of this year, I decided to capitalize on this very thing by posing 10 questions of my own for each of you to think about. Because I was told on more than one occasion how they generated good spiritual conversations, I’ve decided to do this exercise again with 10 more. I hope all of you will take a little bit of time to reflect on each of them and may your spirituality be blessed in the process…

1.  You are in a group of people where one of them is making severely racist jokes or comments. What do you do?

2.  If you knew you only had one day left to live, how would you spend it?

3.  If you were suddenly given one million dollars tax free, what would you do with it?

4.  If you had the ability to change one aspect of the entire world all at once, what would it be?

5.  Where would you say the majority of your happiness is coming from these days?

6.  You’re having lunch with several people whom you love and cherish when they abruptly all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing that person  is your friend. What do you do?

7.  If you could effectively communicate one piece of advice to all newborn children in the world where it would change each of their lives forever, what would it be?

8.  If you had to be stranded on an island with one and only one person for the rest of your life, who would you want it to be?

9.  If you could instantly change one and only thing about yourself permanently, what would it be?

10.  If you could instantly change one and only one thing about your closest friend, spouse, or significant other permanently, what would it be?

And here’s one more for good measure:

11.  What three things are you the most grateful for at this very moment?

Peace, love, light, and joy,

Andrew Arthur Dawson

10 Questions For You To Ponder

I thought it might be interesting today to do something completely different with my writing. Instead of me sharing about something spiritual going on in my life, I decided to pose 10 questions that I hope you will ask yourself and ponder. Each is truly meant to help guide you into taking a deeper look at your own spiritual journey. While I do hope you may share some of your answers to them with me, I sincerely pray that you find more enlightenment on your own spiritual journey in whatever they end up being.

1.  Who or what are you giving the most attention to in your life these days?

2.  When is the last time you told someone you really loved them unconditionally and expected nothing in return?

3.  Is there anyone, alive or deceased, that you just can’t seem to truly forgive?

4.  Name one selfless action you’ve done lately, where there was no hidden agenda?

5.  What does your daily spiritual routine consist of?

6.  When was the last time you lost your temper and what caused that to happen?

7.  What does spirituality mean to you in no more than a sentence or two?

8.  Do you pray, and if so, what do you normally pray for?

9.  What is your conception of a Higher Power?

10. What do you think your spiritual calling is in this life?

And here’s one bonus question I decided to add at the last minute for good measure:

11.  Besides when you sleep, how much time do you spend each day in silence?

Peace, love, light, and joy,

Andrew Arthur Dawson