Five Steps to a Better Day: Starting a Morning Ritual.

I was recently listening to a podcast by the author Tim Ferriss (The Four Hour Work Week) and was reminded of just how important it can be to establish a morning routine. With regular practice, it can help you get each day off to a fresh, clear-minded start, better prepared for the challenges and opportunities [Read More...]

Life is too short to be “busy” all the time.

I recently listened to a podcast with a great riff by the author Tim Kreider on how we seem to pride ourselves on our “busy” lives. Tim points out that while this busyness makes us feel important, there’s also a huge downside to our nonstop activity—it takes away from our ability to be lazy. Now, [Read More...]

Can you be a spiritual person and still have a wild streak?

I consider myself a spiritual guy. Though I’m a lapsed Catholic, I believe in God. I meditate and pray daily. I like nothing better than to spend an hour or two reading a good spirituality book. Oh, and I write the Wake Up Call column here at Patheos. Yet, there is a side to me [Read More...]

Moving away from formal religion—toward a one-to-one relationship with God.

The problem is that we have lost religion—in the deep meaning of the word. We have formal religions that contain the seeds of genuine religiousness, but they are weakened by…fundamentalism, moralism, empty ritual, misunderstood teachings and general irrelevancy. ~Thomas Moore Are you one of the millions worldwide who classify themselves as “spiritual but not religious”? [Read More...]

WHAT IF: You looked at each day as shiny and brand new.

Is it possible that our senses are dulled by our daily routine? You know, the 9-to-5 rut. For me personally, after working several years at the same job, traveling the same route to work, performing similar tasks each day, I can testify to how easy it can be to walk through life with blinders on. [Read More...]

Finding the Spiritual Silver Lining in a Long, Blue Winter.

Arctic air. Sleet and snow. Black ice. Commuting nightmares. It has been one brutal winter in most of the United States and I, for one, have had enough. This year, like most, when the calendar hit January 2, I was officially ready for summer. But after one of the coldest months on record, even the [Read More...]

The Soul Whisperer: Thomas Moore and the care and understanding of our souls.

Last year I moved into a home with large built-in bookcases in the den. This was a treat as my several hundred books were previously scattered on small bookcases around the house and I now could store them in one place. It also gave me good reason to organize my books by category and author. [Read More...]

The amazing power of 100% pure, unlimited agape.

I’m not talking about the love you feel for your favorite ice cream, your cat or dog, or even your significant other or spouse. My topic is the true greatest love of all, something that the ancient Greeks called agape. [Read more...]