The Miracle of Fatima: Was it the Virgin Mary or something stranger?

We all live day to day completely oblivious to the fact that we’re a part of a much larger and stranger reality than we can possibly imagine.  ~Blake Crouch There’s a thin veil that separates us from the world beyond and sometimes there’s a tear in that veil that shows us…something strange. And nowhere is [Read More…]

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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60-Second Inspiration: The Value of Praying for Nothing.

Each morning, I say the prayer of gratitude. Along with my early morning run, it’s one of the most important things I do all day. I give thanks for all the good things in my life—my family, my health, my home, the new day, and whatever new person or event that has come into my [Read More…]

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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60-Second Inspiration: 5 Tips on Living from a Man who Serves the Dying.

There’s a regular column in the New York Times called “The Sunday Routine” which details how a variety of City dwellers spends their Sundays. It’s usually a pretty good read, especially a couple of weeks ago when it featured the routine of one Koshin Paley Ellison. Koshin is a monk and Zen teacher, and also [Read More…]

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…]

5 Key Insights from “The Dude” on Love & Marriage.

“The Dude” Jeff Bridges on marriage: “You close one door, the door to all other women, but you open a door that leads to a long hallway lined with doors.” [Read more…]

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10 surprising truths about Jesus.

Jesus is a complex mix of mystery, miracle, and myth. Let’s step away from Sunday school for a minute and explore who he really was and is. [Read more…]

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An 8-step guide to living your life with gumption.

Are you actively engaged with life? Do you believe if you want good things to happen, you need to go out and take action? Or do you sit back and let life come to you, trusting that life will provide you with all you need? Last year, I wrote about The Surrender Experiment, Michael Singer’s [Read More…]

60-Second Inspiration: The secret to a happy, contented life.

To get love, you’ve got to give love. [Read more…]

Wise words from Canada—and the smartest guy you never heard of.

I’ve honored the deceased recently, including my buddy Terry, a good man who passed away at 55 from a sudden heart attack, and my wise expat friend from France, John, who passed away in April. Now it’s time to honor the living—a guy who I feared might have joined Terry and John. There’s a blogger [Read More…]

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Why Spirituality is a Better Escape Than Drinking, Sex or Drugs.

What’s your favorite form of “escape”? Personally, I’m a big fan of craft beers. In fact, I’m sipping a Flying Dog Mango Habanero IPA as I write this and it tastes pretty darn delicious. But I fully realize that drinking has a funny, often detrimental effect on some people. I recall once having a conversation [Read More…]

What Thomas Edison sees when he sees God.

How do you picture God? I was raised in a Catholic family and attended weekly Catechism classes for years. As a youth and young man, I pictured God as an elderly man with a long beard. He sat on a throne in the clouds, draped in bed sheets, watching over the Earth. It was not [Read More…]

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How to get the most out of your weekend. (Advice on chillaxing.)

BREXIT! TRUMP! ISIS! The headlines are enough to make you queasy these days, yet if you’re like me, you find yourself reading the stories, trying to make sense of things that are in large part nonsensical. But with the weekend here, it’s time to forget about politics, our jobs and anything else that might cause [Read More…]