An 8-Step Guide to Meditation—and Deep Inner Peace.

Are you familiar with the writer Sam Harris? In 2005, he wrote a bestselling book The End of Faith that, in a nutshell, portrayed religion as little more than a collection of myths and superstitions that could be blamed for much of the world’s ills.It was with some trepidation that I picked up his more recent book Waking Up, A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion---but I knew that Harris was an excellent writer and the title grabbed me. And in this fascinating study of meditation and c … [Read More...]

Marriage Advice from an Unlikely Source: Jesus.

If you’re like me, a lapsed church-goer who still considers themselves spiritual in nature, you may have come to the same conclusion I have. It’s hard to find many insights of real value in the Bible. I’ve written before how many of the lessons Jesus teaches leave me scratching my head, for instance the parable of the fig tree.That’s why I was thrilled when Care of the Soul author Thomas Moore began putting out a series of books on the four Gospels. There may be no better guide to the intrica … [Read More...]

The Fantastical Story of Dr. Seuss & Fate.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. ~Dr. SeussThere's a fascinating story behind Theodor Geisel, who later became known as Dr. Seuss. (And who hasn't read the great doctor?) I can recall reading Dr. Seuss books in my … [Read More...]

Was the Best Spirituality Book of All Time Written 120 Years Ago?

Every few years there’s a spirituality book that captures the imagination of the public and becomes a big bestseller. Think The Secret by Rhonda Byrne or A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle, or before that, you may remember The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield from the early-90’s or even Jonathan Liv … [Read More...]

Get Out of Your Rut and Make Life New Again.

Are you in a rut? Are you going through life limiting your contacts to the same narrow group of people each day? Are you restricting your activities to the same routine you followed yesterday and all the yesterdays before that?  Maybe it’s time to try a different approach.The definition of being … [Read More...]

60-Second Inspiration: The Hidden Meaning of Zen.

During his storied life, the religious scholar Huston Smith studied and then practiced virtually all of the world’s religions. But in a tale he tells in his autobiography Tales of Wonder, Zen may have been the most difficult to grasp.Smith studied for a grueling week at a Zen Buddhist monastery i … [Read More...]

5 Spiritual Practices that can Help You Live Longer.

 In the March, 2017, edition of the AARP Bulletin (yes, I’m a proud card-carrying member of the AARP), there’s an article titled “50 Great Ways to Live Longer”. The list includes obvious activities like getting 6 to 8 hours of sleep a night, staying hydrated and eating your veggies, as w … [Read More...]

Is Richard Simmons our Mother Teresa?

Have you heard the new podcast “Missing Richard Simmons”? It’s the most popular podcast in the U.S. and my family and I are hooked. It tells the story of how the legendary fitness guru mysteriously dropped out of sight three years ago and investigates what might have happened to him.The podcast a … [Read More...]

The Wall: Getting past the obstacles that hold us back.

Why struggle to open a door between us when the whole wall is an illusion. - RumiI recently published Thaddeus Squirrel, a Spiritual Fable, and within the book is a story within the story. It’s about a wall.Walls are powerful symbols, sometimes in a literal sense. Years ago, U.S. President R … [Read More...]

What’s Love Got to Do with It? Everything.

What are we supposed to accomplish during this lifetime? It goes without saying that we need to love and support our families in every way possible, but that’s just the baseline. Once we have that box checked, what’s next?I would argue that the next most important thing we can do has nothing to d … [Read More...]

Revealing the mystical secrets of Kabbalah.

Kabbalah is the ancient Jewish tradition of mystical interpretation of the Bible. It has been said it can take decades to study and truly comprehend Kabbalah’s lessons. Fortunately, I found a short cut. The author and religious scholar Daniel C. Matt studied Kabbalah for decades and condensed his … [Read More...]

Life is good. Life is bad. Either way, you’re right.

How do you see life? Do you look at it as a series of struggles to overcome? Or do you view life with wonder and focus on the small and big moments that bring you joy and passion and love. It’s funny how our frame of mind shapes our world, how when we expect bad things to happen they often do, an … [Read More...]

Is the key to knowing God, knowing yourself?

Did you read my last story about the hidden nature of God? I wrote about how it can sometimes seem that God is MIA—and how sages from Socrates to Meister Eckhart have told us the best way to find God is to look within ourselves.Nowhere is this message stronger than in the Gnostic Gospel of T … [Read More...]

Does God have a secret hiding place?

Every now and then, we can have the feeling that God is missing in action. We feel the presence of God one day, usually when things are going well, and by the next day, the Divine has seemingly departed the premises, leaving us to our own devices.This feeling even struck the saintly Mother … [Read More...]