1) Why did you write the book?
I don't think a nondual diary by a self-realized writer has been done before. But I wasn't trying to "pave the way" or be some sort of "first." I just noticed that such a book, to my knowledge, hadn't been written, and I was willing to give it a go. Secondly, I wanted to see what came of it myself. For I had no clue what I would be saying. I quickly saw, though, that I wouldn't be able to write daily entries, because of my job and the blog. And finally, I wanted readers to see me how this life had changed, as well as how it had not changed. For example, feelings and emotions continue to arise, but very little is identified with.
2) What is your favorite entry?
It wasn't written by me. It's the quote from the movie 2010: The Year We Made Contact, at the beginning of the book. And no, I'm not going to repeat it here, because it's much too personal--which is ironic, given that I didn't write it. And yet, it readily and beautifully captures my perspective (or rather, the lack of one) and how life radiates for me these days.
3) Okay, but you have to have some favorite selections.
I really don't. Each entry is, at once, deeply intimate and completely impersonal. Each arises from Beingness itself. So those aforementioned characteristics are aptly present. I was moved by Dr. Colleen Loehr's Preface, of course. That she agreed to write it--despite her busy job (a psychiatrist) and hectic family life--was an immensely generous gesture on her part...But as to your question, remembrances of those 100F-plus degrees of summer, the reflections on Stephen Mitchell's translation of the Tao Te Ching, my girlfriend's leaving just after Thanksgiving, and the subsequent solitary days and nights of the holidays are coming up, as I type these words. Why they are presenting themselves I have no idea.
4) Do you regret writing anything in Fully Present?
God, yes. And no, I'm not going to list them here. They're done. But for whatever reason, a handful of entries now appear too private. And one or two, fluffy. I knew that that was likely to happen, but I proceeded with the writing. But most of the entries succeed (in some form or fashion) in what I was attempting to do: Reflect upon the personal in a way that points totally beyond it. For though the book appears to be about a defined "me," it would be more accurate to say that it is about this lived life, e.g., about the multitude of things that were coming up and disappearing into the beauty, wholeness, and serenity of Presence. That sounds a tad ethereal and intangible, but it's not. Also, my life is very ordinary, very simple. Anyone looking on would be thoroughly bored by it. And that's the way it should be. Yet, awareness is extraordinary indeed. And that interplay (for the lack of a better word) between the ordinary and extraordinary is one of the hallmarks of this "final understanding."
5) Will there be a Fully Present 2?
I can assure you that there will not be a FP2. This book was nothing but work! "Why or why or why," kept popping into my brain, as I repeatedly tried to capture each day's events. Fortunately, the diary has been of considerable help to some people. And I'm thrilled about that, of course. And if it assists in ending a life of doubt, confusion, and suffering for just a single person, then the book will have served its purpose well.