Grateful to Karuna: As I Journey to Live, Learn and Let Go


Almost two years ago, I created this blog to voice my opinion and share my life experiences.  And, this I have done.

However, in the course of following other blogs, over this two-year period, I read about their opinions and life experiences of other bloggers.

And, through the world of blogosphere, I have become wiser and more understanding of the people, places and things that exist outside of my limited environment.

One of the bloggers that I have connected with, in a special way, is Karuna over at Living, Learning and Letting Go.  Our lives are different in so many ways:

  • She is white; and, I am Black.
  • She is divorced; and, I have been married for 55 years.
  • She lives in the northwest; and, I live in the southeast.
  • She follows Amma (one of India’s foremost spiritual leaders); and, I am a baptized Baptist and attend on-line church services at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.
  • She is a vegetarian, and, I eat meat.
  • She is a practicing psychotherapist, and, I am retired.

Despite these differences, Karuna’s blog resonated with me from the beginning.  Her posts opened up my space to explore and receive the “new and different;” and; I am confident that going outside my comfort zone is a part of the journey, in this season of my life, to Live, Learn and Let Go.

Right, now I am reading Karuna’s book “Getting to Joy:  A Western Householder’s Spiritual Journey Amritanandarmayi.”  This book as well as Karuna’s blog:

  • Motivated me to go outside of my comfort zone;
  • Exposed me to a different spiritual practice;
  • Educated me on recycling and climate change issues;
  • Introduced me to Ashrams in India; and
  • Inspired me through her writings, musical lyrics, and beautiful photographs.

I am grateful to Karuna for bringing something “new and different” into my life.

When I Live, I Learn — and, even if, I Let Go — I believe what enters my space remains.



During this final season of my life, I am going on a journey to define "ME." Opening up and going outside of my comfort zone to redefine my life. Exploring and pursuing new interests that will lead to personal happiness, serenity, and tranquility. In undertaking this mission, overcoming the FEAR of starting this new venture as a blogger will be my greatest challenge. Fear has played a large role in my life, but I overcame the FEAR of breast cancer, chronic pain associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and Sleep Apnea. My new mantra: FEAR has two meanings: "(1) Forget Everything And Run, or (2) Face Everything and Rise. The Choice is Mine." Blogging here I come ready or not!!!

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9 comments on “Grateful to Karuna: As I Journey to Live, Learn and Let Go
  1. A lovely thought to begin my day. Bless you, Yvonne.


  2. says:

    Vonnie how do I get this book?

    Sent from my iPad



  3. Karuna says:

    Thanks so much for your beautiful words. I love how receptive you’ve been to ways that are so different from your own. You definitely model living, learning and letting go! I really appreciate our blogging friendship.


  4. Awesome. I’m glad you found each other


  5. imanikel says:

    You are just a true friend. I love the way you celebrated Karuna. You have such a good heart. A toast to good friendship and embracing positive change.


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