Why Spirituality is a Better Escape Than Drinking, Sex or Drugs.

What’s your favorite form of “escape”? Personally, I’m a big fan of craft beers. In fact, I’m sipping a Flying Dog Mango Habanero IPA as I write this and it tastes pretty darn delicious. But I fully realize that drinking has a funny, often detrimental effect on some people.I recall once having a conversation with an EST-trained co-worker sipping a diet soda at a party. I was aware she was a recovering alcoholic and asked her what would happen if she had a beer or glass of wine. She told me it … [Read More...]

What Thomas Edison sees when he sees God.

How do you picture God? I was raised in a Catholic family and attended weekly Catechism classes for years. As a youth and young man, I pictured God as an elderly man with a long beard. He sat on a throne in the clouds, draped in bed sheets, watching over the Earth.It was not until I was well into adulthood, and my spiritual knowledge expanded, that I began to see God in a new light. In the words of Paul Tillich, I surmised that God is not a being, but being itself, not so much an entity but … [Read More...]

How to get the most out of your weekend. (Advice on chillaxing.)

BREXIT! TRUMP! ISIS! The headlines are enough to make you queasy these days, yet if you’re like me, you find yourself reading the stories, trying to make sense of things that are in large part nonsensical.But with the weekend here, it’s time to forget about politics, our jobs and anything else th … [Read More...]

“Jesus is just like you and me”: the radical message of R. W. Emerson.

Imagine graduating from one of the top religious schools in the country, entering the ministry, and after a few years deciding the job isn’t right for you. You find yourself troubled by public prayer, the act of communion, and most of all by the formality and stiffness of the church service i … [Read More...]

60 Second Inspiration: The Best of the Best 2016 Graduation Speeches.

Each June, The New York Times prints excerpts of about 20 of the top graduation commencement speeches from around the country. The speeches come from  actors and athletes, politicians and businesspeople, and each year I faithfully read them, looking for nuggets of inspiration or wisdom. This year, … [Read More...]

My wise 86-year old friend just passed away. Here are his final words.

I first met John Gray in early-2014. He was a reader of this column and we began a regular exchange of ideas via e-mail. I soon found myself collecting some of his choicest sayings and, to his great enjoyment, wrote a story about him titled Musings on God and Life from an 85-Year Old Expat Living in … [Read More...]

The “cat people” of Mayoruna want to know: What is your ca’ah?

There is a fairly obscure book by the name of The Encounter, Amazon Beaming in which the writer Petru Popescu tells the story of his good friend, National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre, and how he made contact with the elusive Mayoruna tribe in the deepest jungles of Brazil.In 1969, … [Read More...]

Norman Vincent Peale’s 7 life-changing words—and why some call them blasphemous.

Norman Vincent Peale may be best known as the author of The Power of Positive Thinking. First published in 1952, the book went on to sell 5 million copies and is still a Top-10 “religion & spirituality” book at Amazon today. It was one of 41 books Peale wrote during a distinguished life that inc … [Read More...]

NJ family wins $430 million Powerball lottery—claims “Divine Intervention”.

There was a recent story in the NY Times about a family in my home state of New Jersey that had just won the $429.6 million Powerball jackpot—and what made it interesting is the reason they believed they had won.Pearlie Mae Smith and her 7 adult children did not normally play the lottery. But on … [Read More...]

A 10-step guide to being “spiritual but not religious”.

In a few weeks I will be writing about the brand new book from Thomas Moore, a modern-day translation of one of the New Testament gospels, The Book of Matthew. But as I did a little research on that book, I was reminded of Moore’s previous release, the groundbreaking A Religion of One’s Own.If yo … [Read More...]

Mother Teresa—on why loving your family is the most important thing you can do.

I was recently reading one of my favorite life philosophy books, when author John Templeton asked a question that stopped me in my tracks: Was the Earth a better place because you were born? Wow, that’s a tough ask, isn’t it? For some context, Templeton credits this line to an old American Indian m … [Read More...]

The guy who gives thanks for his Stage 4 cancer.

His name is Mike and I’ve known him for over a decade. While we work for the same company, we’re now in different offices and I hadn’t seen him for a while. So it was through the grapevine that, about six months ago, I learned Mike has Stage 4 cancer.I visited his office recently and had the chan … [Read More...]

The fabled Che of Key West–and the importance of having your own story.

The picture you see to the left was taken at the altar of a small church in Key West, Florida. Okay, it wasn’t a church, it was a bar. But bear with me, because there are some similarities.It is a place called the Chart Room and it's where I drank a few beers with a local guy named Che. If you t … [Read More...]

The Bible Passage more potent than the Law of Attraction.

What is the key to getting more success and happiness out of life? If you believe in the Law of Attraction, you might trust the maxim that “like attracts like” and that by focusing on the positive you can attract the positive. Believe you’re going to land that job, win that contest, find the ideal ma … [Read More...]


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