The Secret of Life according to the Bhagavad Gita.

The Bhagavad Gita is an ancient Hindu spiritual text whose name means “the song of the Lord”. Hindus believe the book, which they often refer to as the Gita, contains “the direct message of God” and it is common to find it on bedside tables in hotels in India, much like we find the Bible in hotels in the US.Like the Bible, there are mysteries that surround the Gita. Scholars do not know who wrote the book and disagree at to then it was written, with estimates ranging from 500 years before the … [Read More...]

6o-Second Inspiration: The Prayer of Thanks.

The official day of “thanks” is now upon us and there’s no better time to add a prayer to your spiritual practice that can benefit you each and every day of the year. I call it the Prayer of Thanks and use it each morning to get my day off to the best possible start.For all its simplicity, the Prayer of Thanks is the most important and powerful prayer I know. There are a few variations of the prayer, but the one I’ve been using recently starts with a simple seven-word statement: “Thank you, … [Read More...]

How a “Pocket of Stillness” can help you find Inner Peace.

I just returned from a vacation in Key West and as a friend of mine once remarked, I felt totally relaxed the moment my feet hit the tarmac at the airport. There’s just something in the air there. Whatever worries or concerns you had when you left your city of origin seem to dissipate like the m … [Read More...]

A 10-step guide to starting your own spiritual practice. (No church required.)

Are you serious about your spirituality? Would you belong to a church or religion if you could just find one that wasn’t tied to stale traditions and dogma or an out-of-touch holy book? It may be time to start your own spiritual practice.If you classify yourself as “spiritual but not religious”, … [Read More...]

How to Become a Minister in the Church of Everyday Life.

You’re invited to join a church that’s unlike any other. It doesn’t have a set of rituals,  a holy book or even a physical address. It has no hierarchy either, because each congregation consists of only one member: You. I’m calling it the Church of Everyday Life.I got the idea from the late busin … [Read More...]

The Miracle of Fatima: Was it the Virgin Mary or something stranger?

We all live day to day completely oblivious to the fact that we’re a part of a much larger and stranger reality than we can possibly imagine.  ~Blake Crouch There’s a thin veil that separates us from the world beyond and sometimes there’s a tear in that veil that shows us…something strange. And nowh … [Read More...]

The importance of premonitions: and the 4 times you should pay attention to them.

Have you ever had a premonition? It’s the feeling that something good or bad is about to happen to you, often with specific details, that’s often so strong you just can’t shake it. In The Power of Premonitions by Larry Dossey, the author describes them this way: A premonition is literally a forewa … [Read More...]

60-Second Inspiration: The Value of Praying for Nothing.

Each morning, I say the prayer of gratitude. Along with my early morning run, it’s one of the most important things I do all day. I give thanks for all the good things in my life—my family, my health, my home, the new day, and whatever new person or event that has come into my life.But there’s an … [Read More...]

Rewriting Jesus: A New Take on the Gospel of Matthew.

Earlier this year, Thomas Moore published The Book of Matthew: A New Translation with Commentary in which, as the title indicates, he reinterpreted one of the four Gospels. His aim was to make Matthew more accessible to the modern reader, improving “the flow” and using new words for a few key terms t … [Read More...]

60-Second Inspiration: 5 Tips on Living from a Man who Serves the Dying.

There’s a regular column in the New York Times called “The Sunday Routine” which details how a variety of City dwellers spends their Sundays. It’s usually a pretty good read, especially a couple of weeks ago when it featured the routine of one Koshin Paley Ellison.Koshin is a monk and Zen teacher … [Read More...]

Is this why Robin Williams killed himself? (Achievement vs. Fulfillment)

It has been just over two years since the actor and comedian Robin Williams passed away and his death still haunts. How could someone with so much to offer his family, friends and the world at large take their own life?After his death, an autopsy report showed that he had Lewy body disease, a … [Read More...]

5 Key Insights from “The Dude” on Love & Marriage.

Sometimes wisdom comes from places you don't expect to find it. For instance, a little over 3 years ago I wrote a Wake Up Call column titled “You’ll Dig These 6 Life Tips from The Dude” that featured insights from the man himself, actor Jeff Bridges, as told in his book The Dude and the Zen Master … [Read More...]

10 surprising truths about Jesus.

About once a year, I’ll pick up a book about Jesus in search of fresh insights on the man and his mission. My personal preference is that these books not be tied to any specific dogma or religion, but that they explore the many mysteries and myths that surround Jesus and his life. And I found just s … [Read More...]

An 8-step guide to living your life with gumption.

Are you actively engaged with life? Do you believe if you want good things to happen, you need to go out and take action? Or do you sit back and let life come to you, trusting that life will provide you with all you need?Last year, I wrote about The Surrender Experiment, Michael Singer’s a … [Read More...]