Leaving Paradise

I am sitting in the San Diego airport. I will soon be sitting on a chair in the sky, winging my way back to Minnesota after five glorious months in Encinitas. Emotions are mixed. I am happy that I will soon see my family and friends, but I will miss my daily life in paradise. I will be in Minnesota for three months and then fly back to California in early August for another nine months.

I love living simply. It isn’t for everyone but it works for me. I am intentionally homeless; I rent a room in Encinitas and stay with family and friends when I’m in Minnesota. I have my suitcase and my laptop, and home is wherever I happen to be.

Now that I’ve made the decision to spend nine to ten months a year in Encinitas, there is no need to keep some of the things I’ve been storing in Minnesota. I sold my bed, will soon give away my combination TV/VCR (cutting-edge technology!) and sell my car. I have no car in Encinitas; most everything I need is within walking distance. Every day is sunny and warm, and I live right around the corner from Moonlight Beach. Here are two photos of ocean sunsets that my friend Christopher Gray took a week ago right around the corner from where I live.

I don’t know how long I’ll continue living like this. But as long as I’m single and not yet a Grampo, you’ll find me walking the streets of Encinitas. Wanna visit? I’ll see you at the Meditation Gardens!

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6 Responses to “Leaving Paradise”

  1. Sarah Says:

    I’m very happy for you, Phil. Sounds like you’re in your element with this lifestyle right now. Cool! :)

    I also can’t help but mention, on the topic of simplicity, the book “Simplicity Parenting”…for other kindred spirits who are looking for ways to keep life simple while they raise little ones and to preserve the beauty and simplicity of childhood. http://www.simplicityparenting.com. I’m thinking a lot of your readers would appreciate the concepts and tips in this book.

    Take care, enjoy your summer in Minnesota, hope to see you around!

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Yes, the less time spent on stuff, the more time parents have for their cubs. Thanks, Sarah! I hope your little guy is doing well!

  3. Rachel Says:

    You rock!

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Takes a rocker to know a rocker, Rachel!

  5. Denise Says:

    Dear Phil,
    It was nice meeting you on the plane traveling from California to Minnesota. I’m sure we brought the sunshine back with us, at least for one day.
    I have read your blogs and find them refreshing. You live the life that I dream of. It doesn’t have to be Encinitas or even somewhere near the ocean. I dream of the simplicity and work hard now so I can make it a reality. I have achieved the inner peace so I feel like I’m on my way.
    Do you have another book in mind? What about a sequel? The reason I ask is because I think of my own story of realization that there is more to life than materialistic things. My own miracle was when my daughter was young and in the hospital with all the symptoms of the flu and couldn’t move the left side of her body. Her fever was raging for days and no one could find out what was wrong with her. She was subjected to all kinds of testing which exhausted her and caused deep concern in my heart. One test included a lot of radiation exposure. Finally when we were at the end of our ropes my younger brother arrived. He brought a couple of friends from his church and they sprinkled holy oil over my daughter’s head and said a prayer for her. I was young. How was I suppose to know the power of prayer was so powerful. One hour later, her fever broke, she was up walking around and on her way to a full recovery within hours. I saw a miracle happen before my eyes. I’ve seen others in my life or felt them as they happened, but this one stands out because my dear daughter was fading away from my sight and suddenly she was full of life again.
    I could tell you stories of the afterlife too as I have a clear visions of where I came from and have high hopes for where I’m going. Sincerely, Denise

  6. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks for reaching out, Denise. It was nice to meet you too! If you already have the inner peace that so many people dream of, you’re already where you need to be and the rest will follow in divine right order!

    I have finished a book on spirituality that has not yet been published. I’ll post news of it on this blog when the time comes.

    I’m so glad to hear that your daughter recovered so wonderfully. Yes, the prayer is powerful indeed. I think you will like this interview I did with Dr. Larry Dossey on intercessory prayer: https://bolstablog.wordpress.com/2010/09/18/dossey-prayer/

    I’m glad our paths crossed, Denise!

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