I’ve written previously about John Templeton and his inspirational tome the Worldwide Laws of Life. Within the book he has a brief but important passage that appears randomly at the end of a chapter and is credited to “Anonymous”. It’s titled “Symptoms of Inner Peace”. I wrote about it in a recent post on Elephant Journal, but quickly found out the author wasn’t anonymous after all. I received a message from Saskia Davis of Seattle who identified herself as the… Read more

I’m excited to tell you that I just published an e-book titled Life Tweets, Inspirational & Spiritual Insights That Can Change Your Life. It’s available on Amazon, though for now you’ll need a Kindle device or a Kindle app on your iPad or smartphone to read it. (Update: A paperback version is now available.) The book features 200 quotes and phrases I’ve collected from various writers, religions and philosophies, as well as contemporary personalities, that teach some of the universal… Read more

Albert Einstein was once asked to provide “the ultimate explanation of the world”, or what in everyday terms might be called the meaning of life. His response is both humorous and thought provoking: “I can not tell you in words, but I can play it on the violin.” It’s interesting how the ultimate intellectual Einstein explained his beliefs not in language, but in the feeling a violin can evoke. And maybe he’s right. Some things can’t be explained in words,… Read more

Human life is ultimately about a search for meaning, a path to enlightenment–to discovering our true transcendent nature. ~Templeton I go through phases with my spiritual reading, in recent years perusing everything from the Gnostic Gospels to the Kabbalah, from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Shirley MacLaine. But I always return to the philosophies that keep me most grounded, including the works of Napolean Hill, Thomas Moore and John M. Templeton. I recently wrote about Templeton in a post titled The… Read more

Maybe it’s because I’ve passed the 50-year milestone and I’m feeling my own mortality, but I’ve been reading the obituaries lately. Mostly in the New York Times. I specifically look at how old the people were when they died and what they accomplished during their lives. What gets scary is when I see people not much older than me (recent example: Steve Jobs, 56) who have accomplished their life’s work, or at least some part of it, before passing on… Read more

Give joy, hope, courage, something of value, to those you pass and those you come in contact with. ~Ralph Waldo Trine About a year ago, I wrote a story about Sal, an eccentric bus driver who I would run into occasionally on the commute from North Jersey into New York City. As I wrote here on The Inner Way: Unlike any other driver on the line, he was always smiling and gave you a hearty and lyrical “Good morning!” when… Read more

I‘ve worked in New York City for much of the past 20 years, and lived there during the 90’s. On September 11, 2001, I had been out of the city for about a year, so I saw the events unfold second-hand, on TV. But I can still remember how I felt that day. The whole thing felt personal, as if a close family member had been brutalized. I didn’t know anyone who died that day, but a good friend, Jim… Read more

You find what you look for: good or evil, problems or solutions. ~John Marks Templeton  I start most days at 6am stretching out my achy runner’s body. I then pour myself a cup of coffee and for 15 or 20 minutes do some spiritual reading on the sun porch. I’m currently re-reading John M. Templeton’s Worldwide Laws of Life, a thick book of wisdom that helps get me grounded for the day ahead. This reading session is usually a solitary endeavor,… Read more

There’s a dude I pass most days on the way to my office in New York City. He’s always in the same spot, standing curbside by a dark green mailbox, on 40th Street between Madison and Fifth. His name is Roger. (That’s his picture you see here.) He dresses like a long lost member of Parliament-Funkadelic. Colorful scarves and head wraps, flowing coats, sometimes a walking stick and an ever-changing pair of super-cool sunglasses. I suppose he’s a panhandler, of sorts,… Read more

“God is a current that runs through and between all things. The Divine Source resides in everything and everything resides in the Divine Source”. ~Annie Burnside If you’re like me, you’re probably convinced that there’s a divine power in the universe. Whether you call it God or Krishna, Divine Wisdom or Infinite Intelligence, you know that it’s there, because at various times in your life, you’ve felt it right at your core. The tricky part is tapping into this power… Read more

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