Tony Robbins on Living Your Life in a Beautiful State (of Mind).

In his recent book Unshakeable, the life philosophy guru Tony Robbins lays down the basics on smart financial investing. In a nutshell: stick with index funds, diversify, and invest with your head, not your heart. Yet most interesting for the spiritually inclined are the chapters toward the end of the book where Robbins steers away [Read More…]

Back to Basics: 5 Essential Rules for Living a Righteous Life

As we grow spiritually, we can sometimes get ahead of ourselves. We may think we’re leading a pristine spiritual life, regularly attending religious services, reading the latest spirituality best-sellers, engaging in a yoga or meditation practice. But we can sometimes forget the basics—the simple daily acts that can enrich our lives and the lives of [Read More…]

A Total Stranger Left My Friend $250—and the Reason Is Heart-Warming

Imagine opening your mailbox one day and finding an unmarked, sealed plain white envelope inside—containing an unsigned note and $250 in cash. Here’s the story of an act of generosity that may surprise you: Good friends of my family live in a rural section of Maryland, where the houses are few and far between and [Read More…]

What does the world owe you?

We all want to make a good impression in life, to be the best possible people that we can be. Yet, sometimes we let ourselves down. Despite our best intentions to be shining examples of love, happiness and good vibes, we occasionally get worn down—by the struggles at work, by the demands of the kids, [Read More…]

Get Out of Your Rut and Make Life New Again.

Are you in a rut? Are you going through life limiting your contacts to the same narrow group of people each day? Are you restricting your activities to the same routine you followed yesterday and all the yesterdays before that?  Maybe it’s time to try a different approach. The definition of being in a rut [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…]

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…]

“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…]

6o-Second Inspiration: The Prayer of Thanks.

The official day of “thanks” is now upon us and there’s no better time to add a prayer to your spiritual practice that can benefit you each and every day of the year. I call it the Prayer of Thanks and use it each morning to get my day off to the best possible start. For [Read More…]

How to Become a Minister in the Church of Everyday Life.

You’re invited to join a church that’s unlike any other. It doesn’t have a set of rituals,  a holy book or even a physical address. It has no hierarchy either, because each congregation consists of only one member: You. I’m calling it the Church of Everyday Life. I got the idea from the late businessman and [Read More…]