November 25, 2020

Through the years, you’ve probably had some big dreams for yourself. When you were a child or young adult, perhaps you imagined that your life would be different than it is now, maybe even that you’d be famous or make a dent in the universe. Back when you still had those dreams, you probably found it easy to jump out of bed in the morning, and you were enthusiastic about working toward a better future. For most of us, unfortunately,… Read more

October 13, 2020

Keeping a cool head is not easy these days. There are so many issues that have our minds bound up in a web of negative emotions. We indeed have much to be angry about, sad about, and worried about, from economic concerns to environmental threats. It is perfectly natural and normal to feel these things in response to troubled times. Yet, these reactions rarely do us any good. If left unchecked, our stress and negativity can undermine our health and… Read more

September 22, 2020

Our modern world is a miracle of interconnectivity. We can easily stay in touch with people all over the world through social media, and we can buy food products from many different cultures at almost any grocery store. And, we can easily travel where we want when we want—across town or around the world. The dark side of this, however, as we have found out through the COVID-19 pandemic, is that new, highly contagious diseases can spread rapidly around the… Read more

August 18, 2020

Did you know there can be no life without growth? Biologists list it as a fundamental defining feature that defines an organism as “alive.” Even if we are not growing taller, our body is constantly growing and changing. Hair and nails constantly grow, and the cells of the body constantly regenerate. I would say the same thing is true for the soul. Without growth, the soul is essentially dead. Fortunately, though, our souls are never truly dead, and we always… Read more

July 7, 2020

If you have done much spiritual study, you probably already know that gratitude is an essential spiritual attitude. Without gratitude, our minds naturally focus on the negative until negativity becomes an ingrained habit, and the gift of life and the possibility for growth is lost to us. Typically, gratitude practice focuses on the external features of our lives— being grateful for the abundance we have, seeing struggle as an opportunity for growth, and so forth. But what if we were… Read more

June 9, 2020

Have you ever considered the fact that the world is made up of energy? We think of energy as a mystical, invisible force, but in reality everything is energy. If you are sitting in a chair right now, it certainly will appear as a solid mass to you. Yes, it is solid, but if you could shrink down small enough, you would see that it, and every other object in the world, is actually mostly empty space. The sensation and… Read more

May 19, 2020

We speak of time as though it has three parts—past, present, and future. But, two of those are only in our minds; the past is just fallible memory and the future is nothing but an imagined projection. The present moment, the now, is the only place in time that is real, the only place from which we can make the choices that shape our lives. Learning to stay focused on the present moment, however, is not always easy, but it… Read more

April 20, 2020

Did you know you are a water creature? Sixty percent of the human body is water, and it is vital to every physiological process in the body. While you can be deprived of food for three or four weeks, you can only go three or four days without water. And you have probably already experienced the mental and spiritual benefits of water. A quick shower or a lap in a swimming pool can do wonders to rejuvenate the mind and… Read more

April 14, 2020

Gaining the ability to mold and manipulate metals was one of humanity’s great leaps forward. It has allowed us to build and make things, like tall buildings and great ships, that have strength and permanence to weather the vicissitudes of nature and time. So much technology that makes our lives comfortable today—cars, trains, computers, and more—depend on it, too. Also, metal carries energy better than any other element. Electrical wires and circuit boards are evidence of this. Metal is also… Read more

March 31, 2020

Before we are Koreans, Canadians, Americans, or any other nationality, we are Earth beings. That concept is central to my philosophical teachings because understanding this ultimate identity is the only way to transcend some of the challenges we currently face. But how can we grow beyond our limited sense of self to truly embrace being a child of Mother Earth? One way is to place ourselves in direct communion with the elemental earth. Of course, we mean something different when… Read more

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