November 17, 2014

In November, I offered a workshop and facilitated a conversation on integrating mind and body health with spirituality, broadly defined, at the office of EAP Capital in Albany, NY.  Although I had a few things to share bordering on the esoteric and philosophical, much of it focused on pragmatic, practical ways to nurture inner wellbeing on a daily basis. There are many definitions of spirituality or inner wellbeing ranging from religious to humanist.  For purposes of my conversational workshop it was defined... Read more

August 27, 2014

The homeless have much to teach business professionals about ethics, perspective, and sense of self. Let me introduce you to Sandy, who merits being dubbed San Diego’s unofficial ambassador. This homeless soul had a smile broader than the harbor, warmth that rivaled the sun’s rays, eyes as big as the sky’s beauty, and good cheer that matched the spirit of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. In late August, business called me to a conference in this idyllic seaport of... Read more

July 17, 2014

In July, I had an opportunity to speak before a group on Wall Street regarding spirituality’s positive impact on ethics.  Yeah, talking about values and inner-wellbeing to professionals in New York’s financial district is like a lamb entering the den of hungry, arrogant, and disdainful lions.  I shared fellowship and survived. There’s a banner prominently displayed at this weekly gathering.  It reads:  Is it the truth?  Is it fair to all concerned?  Will it build goodwill and better friendships?  Will... Read more

June 24, 2014

At social functions, especially during business networking opportunities, we have been conditioned to ask, “What do you do?”  In many ways it speaks to our personal ethics and sense of self in a competitive world. Too often we’re defined, because we allow it, by societal definitions of success including wealth and education.  We’re quick to tell someone about our job as a lawyer or store manager or professional writer.  Success, however, is relative.  It’s also manifested in our car, clothes... Read more

May 22, 2014

State and federal laws and constitutions prohibit discrimination based on religious belief.  Ironically, American’s are 53% less likely to support someone for president who expresses disbelief in God, according to a recent Pew Research poll.  Marriage equality has more popularity with a growing number of Americans than honest, hardworking professionals who, for understandable reasons, are without a belief in a higher authority.      A presidential candidate with integrity, character, and experience in a committed, loving marriage would still be viewed... Read more

April 27, 2014

Rather than be spooked the next time you drive by or walk and whistle past a cemetery, think about all the individuals in it who are rarely, if ever, visited.  Most have been forgotten.  Look at the experience of walking or driving by a cemetery from a Sophiological perspective.  Think about their power, influence and significance when they were alive.  No doubt there are buried lawyers, doctors, professors, successful entrepreneurs, and maybe a real estate mogul or two.  However you... Read more

April 11, 2014

In “My Way,” Frank Sinatra crooned, “…regrets, I’ve had a few, but then again too few to mention.”  In the end, even if the regrets are few in number, it only takes one to challenge your conscience, thus causing self-doubt, regarding whether your personal sojourn was noble, honorable and true to one’s Creation as the Creator intended. Mikhail Kalashnikov, who designed the AK-47 assault rifle, died in January 2014.  Approximately 7 months before his death, he wrote a poignant letter... Read more

March 21, 2014

The Satanic Temple of New York, dedicated to the wisdom and philosophy of Lucifer, will celebrate a “Pink Mass” over the grave of Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., Westboro Baptist Church founder and notorious homophobic clergyman. Phelps, the man long associated with the phrase “God Hates Faggots,” died March 20. Purportedly, the Pink Mass will make him a homosexual in the afterlife.  As reported in the Huffington Post, the Temple celebrated a Pink Mass another time. It did so over the... Read more

February 13, 2014

A February debate between scientist and evolutionist Bill Nye, “the Science Guy,” and creationist Ken Ham, president of the Creation Museum and Answers in Genesis, generated a great deal of attention.  It didn’t advance science. Nor did it shed light on or explore the legitimate place spirituality has in the daily lives of Americans. Missing from the exchange was a much needed third voice – how faith, science and sometimes religion can be complements, especially in an age when spiritual... Read more

January 5, 2014

Phil Robertson, star of A&E’s very popular Louisiana based reality show, Duck Dynasty, caused uproar when in an interview the bearded patriarch made disparaging remarks about LGBTQ Americans.  He stood his ground insisting his views were biblically based.  A&E announced it would put the family patriarch on an indefinite suspension from the show. The money making reruns, however, didn’t stop. A video surfacing after the interview of Robertson giving an anti-LGBTQ sermon several years ago added fuel to the fire. ... Read more

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