Thankfully I am back home in Los Angeles after 15 days in Arizona.
My mother is recovering slowly in a skilled nursing home in Sun City Arizona. She will be going directly home in 3 or 4 weeks. I had thought that she would have to go into a group home, or an assisted living facility somewhere in the Phoenix area. But due to our wonderful spiritual family, she will be able to go directly home and stay with a full-time caregiver. Two people in our Satsang volunteered to drop whatever they were doing and to move in with her to take care of her. How can I imagine such kindness?
The first person who volunteered is a wonderful young man with very deep meditations and understanding. But my mom was not comfortable with him because he is a man, rather than a woman. This young man has a great spiritual future. Already his meditation (self-inquiry) is very deep, as is his compassion and devotion.
Better for my mother, another member or spiritual community, living all the way across country, decided she needed a radical change in her life, and taking care of my mother would be it. This wonderful person is Jean Reilly, of our own spiritual family.
Everything came together with surprising speed and ease. Edji I, a Toyota Prius, was piloted by two other wonderful members of our Satsang, Andrea and Cary, who drove me to and from Phoenix.
After viewing several group homes and assisted-living homes in Phoenix, Jean volunteered to caretake my mom. Our spiritual family is coming together. Hopefully Jean will be able to school my mother somewhat in our spiritual tradition.
Our mother of Satsang, Jo Anne, has continued in communication with Web Ex, and the program is improving. So many people are coming to Satsang, we may need to change programs to make it only one way video, which would allow one hundred people to attend satsang rather than just 25 as we have now with two-way video. Previous talks can be found at http://wearesentience.org.
Tentatively we are looking for a place to do a retreat. I would like to do it in Sedona in the not too distant future. After a 6-day retreat we would shoot up to Grand Canyon for a day or two of R&R. This certainly is not set in stone. If some others can suggest a location and specific facility as well as offer reasons why he would be a good place, please communicate.
The best location of the world probably a small Baldy Zen Center, but it is quite expensive to read all of the separate facilities that would be needed. The play should be open, mountainous or by the ocean, with great scenery and quietness.
There is also the possibility that in the near future we could have an ashram in Texas.