Is the cure for our aches, pains and fatigue, right in front of us?

How are you feeling today? Healthy and alert with some pep in your step? Or are you suffering from aches and pains, feeling tired or even mildly depressed? There’s a fellow from a small town on the Eastern Shore of Maryland who may have a cure for what ails you. His name is David Mercier.Mercier’s resume includes a Masters’ degree in acupuncture, two years of study under renowned psychologist Stanislav Grof and a teaching gig as an integrated medicine professor at John Hopkins University. He … [Read More...]

Is the fantastic claim Jesus made about Heaven true?

It’s funny how we usually think of heaven as being in a faraway place, one we can’t reach until after our death. But Jesus left a clue that may indicate heaven is a lot closer than we imagine.If you were brought up in a Christian household like me, from a young age you heard that when someone had passed away they had “died and gone to heaven” which we imagined as a place up in the clouds. It’s an idea that’s been reinforced more recently by the spate of books on near-death experiences, from P … [Read More...]

Will you meet the 3 criteria to get into Heaven?

Do you consider yourself a Christian? Do you hope to get into heaven one day? I’ve been reading a new translation of the Gospel of Mark and one fact really stands out: the doorway into heaven is pretty narrow.You may know the passage from the Gospel of Matthew that states when it comes to e … [Read More...]

What does the world owe you?

We all want to make a good impression in life, to be the best possible people that we can be. Yet, sometimes we let ourselves down.Despite our best intentions to be shining examples of love, happiness and good vibes, we occasionally get worn down—by the struggles at work, by the demands of the k … [Read More...]

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 h … [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 … [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...]