The Evan Gattis Story: A Milestone

The Evan Gattis story reaches a milestone. He has gone from high school baseball star, to suffering depression, to quitting baseball, to discovering nonduality, to finding out his true nature, to getting back into baseball, to playing professionally. His story is best told in this Sports Illustrated article.

Last night his team, the Houston Astros, won the World Series¬†(advance to 9:22 if you do not wish to watch all the game’s highlights). Winning the Series is every baseball player’s dream and few achieve it.

Gattis does not make a public display of nondualistic claims and confessions as do Jim Carrey and Prince Ea. Some day in a book or movie he may do so. Or not. Meanwhile there’s more to come. He’s only 31 and has more years to play baseball.

Atlanta Braves v. Washington Nationals

Photo: Evan Gattis

you take the spirituality autobahn

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you leave the city
and take the spirituality autobahn
all the way
until it becomes a two-lane highway
then turns into a low speed road
then bumps and potholes
and finally a dirt road, smooth at first,
then quickly its unevenness rocks you
almost brings you to a stop

you don’t want to go any further
but the road curves up ahead
so you go

now the dirt road is barely identifiable
overgrown with old thick weeds
nearly impassable with rocks and small boulders
but you go
and then the road, if you call that a road,
ends.

you get out of your vehicle
and enter the woods.
there’s a path.
you take it.
you look back, you see the way out is now gone

yet there is a path to follow
you feel found
you find some stability

until the path starts to lose definition
at times you’re not sure you’re on any path at all
you start looking for a path
you imagine you’re on a path
in your mind there’s a path and you are going

then you meet someone living an ordinary life
you talk about your path
he says you’re not on a path
that there’s no path here

in the distant there is noise
it seems to come for you
it is a city
you are in a city
a big city
a beggar asks you for a dime
a priest wears a prominent cross
a stranger is driving your car

and you realize something:

that you are in the pathless land

Three Moods

Photos taken in Nova Scotia