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 well as more surprising [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 also tells the [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. – Rumi I 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 Ronald Reagan famously [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 do [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 knowledge into an easy-to-read book titled The Essential [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 [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 [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 Teresa [Read More…]

Walt Whitman on God, America and Life.

In my neck of the woods, the name Walt Whitman is associated with a bridge that connects the southern part of Philadelphia with Camden, New Jersey. You’ll usually hear about “the Walt Whitman” in connection with traffic jams or lane closures. But while reading Mary Oliver’s Upstream, I was reminded that the real Walt was [Read More…]

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Will You Live “Your Own Damn Life” Before You Die?

The role of a fully realized human being is to arrive at the door of death having become oneself. ~Michael Meade In an old issue of Sun magazine, I ran across an article that featured the words of the author and storyteller Michael Meade. They struck a chord. Meade tells us about an African proverb, [Read More…]