“Dear God, I’m doing the best I can.” (Remembering Huston Smith)

Perhaps the great religious scholar of our time died last week in Berkeley, California. His name was Huston Smith and he lived until the age of 97. I know Smith primarily through the book The World’s Religions. Originally titled The Religions of Man, it has sold over 3 million copies since it was first published [Read More…]

Three steps to a more fulfilling 2017 (circa 1660).

Blaise Pascal was a true Renaissance man. A Frenchman who lived during the 1600s, Pascal was a mathematician, inventor, physicist and philosopher. And right before his death, at the too-young age of 39, he was writing a book that was posthumously published as Pensees (which translates to Thoughts). Pensees is comprised of ideas that Pascal had [Read More…]

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A Christmas Eve Tradition: Lighting Up the Plastic Baby Jesus.

Do you have a family ritual you engage in each Christmas? In The Soul of Christmas, Thomas Moore mentions how each year he takes on the task of stringing up Christmas lights both inside and outside his home. He sees it as a way to “shed light on the world and dispel a little darkness.” [Read More…]

Moving from the darkest of days to the light of Christmas.

During the dark, heavy days of late-fall and winter, I find myself retreating within, spending more time at home, often in contemplation. It’s the time of year when I enjoy curling up with a good book, though the types of books I read are different from other seasons. I’m attracted to stories that don’t just [Read More…]

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 [Read More…]

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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 [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”, you may have [Read More…]

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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 forewarning. It is a [Read More…]

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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 that he believed [Read More…]

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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…]