Meditation made easy (for those who say they can’t meditate).

Have you ever tried to meditate and found you just couldn’t do it? Maybe you like the idea of meditation, are well aware of its benefits, but you just can’t get your racing, over-thinking mind to calm down enough to engage in the practice. This may help. About two years ago I wrote a Wake [Read More…]

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Die.

The inspirational writer and business consultant Dawna Markova is a long-term cancer survivor who has been diagnosed with the disease on six different occasions. That’s not a typo, 6 different times. In fact, almost 30 years ago she was told she had only six months to live. Yet, after each diagnosis, Markova has battled back. [Read More…]

Thomas Moore, Aretha Franklin and the Meaning of Soul.

Thomas Moore writes about it. Aretha Franklin sings with it. But even though they’re approaching it from two different perspectives, they share a unique ability—to touch the deepest part of our being, our souls, through their art. What is soul? According to the dictionary, it’s “a person’s moral or emotional nature, their sense of identity”—but [Read More…]

The real MVP at the Super Bowl wasn’t in the game.

For me, the best part of this year’s Super Bowl wasn’t the snore of a game, but something that happened on the pre-game show. A clip was aired showing a player from the San Francisco 49ers, Anquan Boldin, being named the “2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year”. By NFL standards, Boldin has had a [Read More…]

Americans are “Anxious”, “Worried” and “Mad as Hell”? WTF, America?

I’ve been hearing about it on NPR, reading about it in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times and seeing it on various cable news shows. The story making the rounds this election-year goes something like this: There is a large part of the American electorate that is “angry and anxious”. People are “mad [Read More…]

Are you happy? Maybe it’s more important to be content.

If you had the choice, would you rather be happy or content? I’ve written about happiness several times on these pages, but it recently dawned on me that there’s a subtle difference between the two words. While the dictionary definitions of happy and content are fairly similar, for me happiness is best represented by this image: [Read More…]

Steve Wiens on Beginnings: and becoming who you were meant to be.

In Beginnings, The First Seven Days of the Rest Your Life, author Steve Wiens offers up a unique addition to the motivational book genre. Steve, a pastor in Minnesota, has tied his main message to the seven days of creation found in the Book of Genesis and the promise of new “beginnings”. Now to be [Read More…]

How to improve your spiritual well-being—morning, noon and night.

January is the time to make big resolutions, and for many of us this includes becoming healthier and more physically fit. But this year, why not strive to improve your spiritual health as well? I recently wrote about how important it can be to start each day with a morning ritual and how it can [Read More…]

Let’s put Santa back into Christmas.

It’s that time of year again—the time when many Christians begin whining that the true meaning of Christmas is being lost. “Let’s put Christ back into Christmas!” shouts the sign at the Knights of Columbus hall down the street from me. But I’d like to propose that what we really need this Christmas is a [Read More…]

Were Jesus and Mary Magdalene a couple?

I’ve been reading a book titled Jesus Behaving Badly, and it reminds us that the Jesus of the New Testament exhibited more than a few human traits. Author Mark L. Strauss calls them “the puzzling paradoxes” and they include Jesus losing his temper (Matthew 23:33), Jesus railing against families (Mark 10:29-30) and Jesus being vengeful [Read More…]


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