My immediate reason for writing is to let you know about a free Introduction to Online Circling that is happening this Saturday Feb. 18, 1:30-3:30pm EST. I will be there, and if you have any interest in the modality, I can promise you a good time.
But I will take advantage of the opportunity to give a more extended check-in.
So I have been now intensely engaged for close to 5 months in the Circling communities, first in Boulder and now on the online platform (which is separate from the Boulder Integral Center). What started out as a kind of dream-fantasy has turned into reality: I have found a developmental community that is a perfect match for me. The “love revolutionary tribe” that I have been seeking, these people have become my family. Circling is actually part of a worldwide movement called “Authentic Relating”, there are centers now in 70+ cities, plus the online platform that is very popular. I have a new book about it coming out soon as well (you can read the draft now), and it may well be my best book yet.
And to add fuel the the fire, I had some unexpected affiliate income in January, with which I have bought a small used car. Having a car is HUGE for me and i will tell you why (the final piece here). What I want is to be “nomadic” (with a base at my mothers, at least for now). I want to go on some kind of “adventure” every 6 weeks, and I also want to take summers off for major road-trips, or equivalent. Because the reality — and this is just who I am, resistance is futile — if I am not on an adventure, or planning an adventure, I am miserable. It’s how my brain is wired. And this is also the only way I am going to get any work done (between adventures).
So here is what’s happening: first adventure of the season is a road trip south in early April, to DC to empty my storage and visit friends on the way. I am doing a 10-day Goenka Vipassana sit in late June. For the summer I am planning the New Culture Camp in Virginia, from there proceeding to Austin, then Boulder, Salt Lake City, and ending at Burning Man. Then I will decide. I like Boulder (but its expensive), Austin has a large Authentic Relating (A/R) community (but summers are awful), and I love living with my mother! So many choices.
Living here in New Hampshire has been one of the best experiences of my life. My mother and I have a kind of “intentional community”, and she enjoys having me (man with tools, what’s not to like. She does have an inaccurate perception of my cooking skills which I am not challenging, or at least not much, as we eat gourmet every night). Little chance of getting laid here in the pastoral setting of Whitefield, NH; but I am not ready for a relationship anyway! That’s the hard thing I need to surrender to, the “love coach” who is single. But whatever, I can imagine lots of people who would love to have my problems. I am probably going to attempt to start a local A/R community here as well, even though the online community has been profound for me. Bottom line: I am no hurry to “leave home”.
Feel free to comment, and happy hear from anyone, anytime!