January 7, 2020

As we head into the new year, we put away the glittering decorations and twinkling lights of the holiday season and set our sights on the goals we’d like to achieve in the coming months. Sometimes, the energy at this time can feel a bit heavy; the fun is over, and it is time to work. I believe this does not have to be true. We can keep the positive spirit with us all year long, if we choose to… Read more

December 23, 2019

The beginning of each new year is a natural time to set goals for the year ahead and assess your progress over the last year. Do you remember what resolutions you set for yourself 12 months ago? Did you succeed in keeping them? Hopefully, you wrote them down or remember them clearly enough. Maybe you were committed to them and accomplished them all, or maybe they were just momentary wishes that you weren’t ready to work toward. Or, maybe you… Read more

December 10, 2019

Every year, thousands of people go through one of my self-discovery workshops called Finding True Self. The people are of all ages, from young college students to retirees, and they come from many cultures and backgrounds, and it is given in many different countries around the world. The training is essentially the same for everyone, and almost everyone is deeply touched by it. Many end up with tears of joy streaming down their faces by the end of it, and… Read more

November 26, 2019

There are three essential things we need to grow on our spiritual path: a spiritual teacher, spiritual principles, and spiritual practice. Most people who regard themselves as spiritual people will usually find the first two very naturally. By participating in things such as reading books, attending church, and investing in workshops, they expose themselves to the principles offered by well-known spiritual teachers. The third one, spiritual practice, is less often adhered to because it takes commitment and discipline. Spiritual practice,… Read more

November 12, 2019

Many spiritual teachers tout the benefits of gratitude practice, and I agree. This exercise, especially if done daily, helps reorient the negative, judgmental mind away from depressing, problem-focused thoughts toward more positive, uplifting thoughts. Instead of worrying and obsessing over what is not working in your life, you are able to realize that there is much more good in your life than you may have assumed. Gratitude practice follows the old advice to “count your blessings” when you’re feeling down…. Read more

October 28, 2019

Many health experts tout the value of dietary fasting, which involves abstaining from most or all food, and sometimes from liquids, for a period of time. They theorize that this gives your body time to rest from constant digestion and your organs time to rest and recharge. Many people have claimed great physical healing, and sometimes great spiritual advancement, through this practice. But have you ever considered that food is not that only thing we consume? Today especially, we are… Read more

October 15, 2019

Sometimes I think about how different the world is today, compared to when I was growing up in South Korea. In those days, TV was only beginning and most people had not even seen a computer, much less had one in their home. Most of our information came from schoolbooks and what our parents and teachers taught us about life, and maybe from an occasional trip to the cinema. We didn’t have to think much about sorting out “good” and… Read more

October 1, 2019

Occasionally, I have heard people say “fake it ‘til you make it” about the process of finding success in the world. The phrase suggests that it is best to act, dress, and behave like a successful person, even if you aren’t yet. There is some wisdom in that for creating a success mindset, and I think the same might apply to the process of spiritual growth. Just like you can act with the confidence of a successful person even when… Read more

September 17, 2019

As we grow spiritually, our ability to maintain equanimity also grows. Slowly but surely, we learn how to control our ego, the part of us that wants everything to go our way. For the more trivial annoyances of life, such as getting cut off on the freeway or enduring an embarrassing moment, this is not too hard to accomplish. We can simply step outside the situation for a moment and realize that it is not really all that important. With… Read more

September 3, 2019

Psychologists tell us that a strong support system of family and friends is necessary for a happy, healthy life. In today’s world, that should be easier than ever since we can connect to each other so easily over the Internet. On social media, most people have hundreds of “friends,” often from all over the world. Yet, psychologists also tell us that more and more people, including an alarming number of very young adolescents, are suffering from a sense of social… Read more

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