I have been listening to dhamma talks on the internet, reading some of the suttas and meditating on and off for a few months now but haven't put forth any effort to make spiritual friends. I am beginning to understand what the Buddha meant when he told Ananada that kalyana-mitta is not half but the WHOLE of the holy life.
It would be nice for others to help point out where I might be going off track since I know now that sometimes my own seemingly good ideas don't always work out as intended. Also I have noticed more and more that "regular" friends tend to pull me away from the path and, whether or not it's their intention, into desire, ill-will and delusion. Not only this, but my own unenlightened attempts to help others out of their trouble sometimes not only doesn't work but gets me in trouble too!
So here I am, looking for spiritual friends. I am sure that I will learn a lot here and hopefully others will benefit from me too.