I snapped this picture July 10, 1993 near Long Binh, Vietnam. I was on my first trip back since I’d left twenty-five years earlier. I was in the U.S. Army from the fall of 1965 through the summer of 1968. Originally drafted for a two year term of service, early in ’67, I volunteered to serve in Vietnam. Since I didn’t have enough time left on my original service commitment, I extended, packed my bag, and left on what I now think of as the never ending journey.
I’ve heard the term, spiritual journey, and I’ve come to believe all lives are spiritual journeys. However, in the sense that the term implies, it’s fair to say my spiritual journey began in Vietnam, since that’s where my vision of spirituality expanded beyond the bounds I’d created for it in my first twenty-four years.
Along the way I’ve made more mistakes and taken more wrong turns than the average person could imagine. Glancing over my shoulder recently, I noticed there are fewer of those these days; life is much simpler, calmer, more focused. In a single word, life is untroubled.
With Christina, my best friend, partner, lover, and wife, we have decided to share our love of mindfulness, meditation and peace with all who are interested in that pathway; untroubledmind.com is the vehicle we have chosen for that sharing. We’re glad you are here, and we invite you to stay as long as you like.
We appreciate you – your silence or your comments and your suggestions or your criticisms. Our wish for you is that you always know the peace of an untroubled mind.
Bert and Christina Carson – July 2016