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Jack LaLanne on improving your spiritual and mental well-being in 10 easy steps.

Do you remember “The Jack LaLanne Show”? As a child, I can recall my mother watching the program on our black-and-white television. Jack was a “fitness expert” before there was such a thing, and I remember him as a man in constant motion. Wearing his trademark jumpsuit, he took viewers through exercise routines they could easily do right at home, using props like a kitchen chair and a broom.I hadn’t thought much about LaLanne since then, until a few days ago when I saw a short video clip of h … [Read More...]

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Will the texting, TV-watching monks of Cambodia find enlightenment?

If you asked me to name the place where enlightenment could most easily be obtained, I might guess a Buddhist monastery in the Far East—that is until I read a recent article in the United in-flight magazine Hemispheres.It seems that in recent years, Internet use has become widespread at temples across Cambodia. According to the article, “It is common to see monks toting iPads and smartphones. Many have their own Facebook pages.” This seems a bit out of character to this uninformed weste … [Read More...]

How Eileen Flanagan Turned a Midlife Malaise into a Life with Purpose.

What do you do when you reach middle-age and realize you’re living a life that is far less fulfilling than you expected? When you become aware of the fact you’re not living the simple and idyllic life you once imagined, but something that more closely resembles the consumeristic, upward-striving lif … [Read More...]

If gays are going to hell, are gluttons going too?

A few days ago, here in my home state of New Jersey, a story appeared that irked me. The Director of Campus Ministry at Seton Hall University, Warren Hall, posted a pro-LBGT (Lesbian/Gay/ Bisexual/Transgender) remark on his Twitter account. In today’s day and age, it seemed fairly innocuous: LGBT ' … [Read More...]

The puzzling Jesus parable—and a minster’s perfect response.

It was a few hours after my daughter was born, and I was sitting in chair in a small local hospital, as my wife and newborn child slept peacefully nearby. On the nightstand next to me, I noticed a copy of The Holy Bible, Contemporary English Version and picked it up.It was the first time I had … [Read More...]

Life is too short to be “busy” all the time.

I recently listened to a podcast with a great riff by the author Tim Kreider on how we seem to pride ourselves on our “busy” lives. Tim points out that while this busyness makes us feel important, there’s also a huge downside to our nonstop activity—it takes away from our ability to be lazy.Now, … [Read More...]

Napoleon Hill on getting ahead in life: with sex.

Successful people tend to be highly sexed. ~Napolean HillHave you ever read Napolean Hill’s Think and Grow Rich? One of the strangest and most curious parts of this self-help classic is found in a chapter titled The Mystery of Sex Transmutation. I’m sure it raised a few eyebrows when it was fir … [Read More...]

The powerful prayer that was forgotten about for centuries—and its amazing comeback.

What do you do when it feels like your prayers are going into a deep, dark void and aren’t connecting you with the Divine?Well, 700 years ago a Christian mystic had an answer, an alternative to traditional prayer that he believed offered a direct connection to God. The Roman Catholic church s … [Read More...]

Making the world a better place: one kind act at a time.

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. ~John BunyanWant to feel better about yourself? I can think of no better way than by engaging in a “random act of kindness”. It’s a gesture that not only makes the recipient feel better, it has a funny way … [Read More...]

What makes us happy? (It’s not what you might think.)

In the United States, we place a premium on being happy. (Cue the Pharrell Williams video.) Yet, a recent study shows that not all cultures approach life the same way. In a story titled “Not Everyone Wants to Be Happy” at Scientific American, social psychologist Jennifer Aaker points out that our per … [Read More...]

4 Life Lessons from the Minister who helped win a Super Bowl.

If you’re even a casual football fan, you probably know by now that the New England Patriots won the 2015 Super Bowl. But you may not know about the man called “a critical part of the team’s success”, though he’s not part of the coaching staff and has never played a single down.His name is Jack E … [Read More...]

A Look at Non-Stop Prayer—and a Very Doable Alternative.

I’ve always been fascinated by the simple edict found at in the New Testament to “Pray without ceasing”. Perhaps because, I have several times come across people and religious groups that take this proclamation quite literally.A few years ago, I read about a group of young Christian men, who bega … [Read More...]

A Wake Up Call from Bill Murray (and Life).

There’s an article in a recent issue of Rolling Stone called “Being Bill Murray”. It tells the story of how the now 64-year old actor has a habit of engaging in sometimes mischievous, often beguiling public acts.For instance, there’s the time he stopped to read poetry to a group of construction … [Read More...]

Does God have a plan for your life? Ralph Waldo Emerson has a compelling answer.

God’s plan for your life isn’t a map you see all at once, but a scroll unrolled a little at a time, requiring faith. ~Rick Warren, pastor and authorIn Christian circles, it’s common to believe that God has a plan for your life. It’s an idea called predestination (aka religious determinism) an … [Read More...]


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