Walking a Spiritual Path While Serving a Life Sentence for Marijuana

Randy Lanier, Life Without Parole for Marijuana

Randy Lanier as he looks today.

Greetings Friends,

I hope this finds everyone well, It has been a few weeks since I last posted so I thought I would write a few lines.  We have had a few lock downs but nothing serious. I have been putting a lot of time in the art room.

Over the years I have seen many people leave prison and return.  Recently there have been a couple of friends who got released and came back due to parole violations. I have had some good talks with them and hopefully this will be their last time in prison.

All of us at some time have thoughts about things or acts that we will not do again. Then time goes by and we find our selves doing the things or acts we told our selves we were never  going to do. Then guilt or remorse comes into our life.

The difference between feeling guilt  or remorse is guilt you feel bad about your self and remorse you feel bad about what you have done.

I like to practice never feeling bad about my self. Our inner self is pure love and beauty. We are not the things we do that we told our selves or others that we would not do.

If you ever wonder why people do the things they say they will not do, consider this. We all have tendencies that developed through our conditioning and our thinking. There are many different types of tendencies: addiction , compulsion, being judgmental, jealousy, greed, attactment, etc. These tendencies are very powerful. That is why we end up doing thing we say we will not do.

Our ego feeds on all things good or bad. Therefore it is important to practice humility and compassion.  By practicing awareness we can overcome our tendencies and develop a practice of compassion and empathy.

These tendencies hold us back and keep us bound within. They are what we need to workout and purify in our life   One of the most important things we can do is help people recognize the tendencies that keep them from being free.

By walking on a spiritual path and practicing awareness we all can have a level of contentment that is high and by grace we will attain an equanimity and balance in our life.

Peace!

Randy

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