September 16, 2019

Sometimes you can find spiritual guidance in the strangest places. Like the ABA Journal, an online publication for the law profession. That’s where I stumbled upon an article titled Mindfulness and Spirituality for Lawyers. I know what you may be thinking. Lawyers? They perennially rate as one of the least admired professions in our society, a notch above car salespeople and members of Congress. But the fellow who wrote the aforementioned article, James Gray Robinson, is not your typical lawyer…. Read more

September 9, 2019

Every once in a while, I meet a person who radiates joy. These are people who seem to glow with an inner light. They are kind, tranquil, delighted by small pleasures, and grateful for the large ones…they live for others, and not for themselves. They know why they were put on this earth and derive a deep satisfaction from doing what they have been called to do. Did you read the paragraph above and think, hey, I’d like to be… Read more

August 31, 2019

“Let us be silent, and we may hear the whispers of the Gods.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson What if someone told you that they regularly talked to God, had a give and take, where they asked God a question and got an answer in return. Would you think they were nuts? Or would you think they had tapped into a secret wisdom that you didn’t know about? In a Daily Beast story titled “We Talk with God: What Evangelical Christians Hear,” anthropologist… Read more

August 27, 2019

Do you ever find yourself disconnected from life, more concerned with your to-do list or personal issues than the people and environment around you? Or perhaps you find yourself mindlessly scrolling through your smartphone just a little too often, tuning out the real world in the process. There’s an exercise for that, or make that 6 exercises. Think of them as ways to wake up your consciousness and stay better connected to the world around you. I stumbled upon them while… Read more

August 18, 2019

I was in NYC recently, having a beer at the bar of an Upper West Side restaurant, when the woman sitting next to me and my wife engaged us in conversation. Her name was Helen Anderson and she had quite a story to tell. Helen grew up in the South and moved to New York City in her 20’s, becoming the first African-American flight attendant for Eastern Airlines. She later moved on to a career selling real estate, and was… Read more

August 13, 2019

You don’t see much graffiti in New York City anymore, at least not in midtown-Manhattan. When it does appear, it’s usually about self-glorification, a name spray-painted on a building or a bus shelter. Within a day or two it disappears, the affected area scrubbed clean. That’s why it was surprising to come across a long-form piece of graffiti, scrawled on an abandoned phone booth kiosk, in the vicinity of 37th Street and Fifth Avenue. It appears to have been written in… Read more

August 6, 2019

Late in his life the famed Russian author Leo Tolstoy began compiling a book titled A Calendar of Wisdom. Subtitled Wise Thoughts for Every Day, it contained a series of quotes and insights that might be looked at as rules to live by. They included pearls like, “When joy disappears, look for your mistake,” and “Instead of saving humanity, every person should save himself.” But as pointed out by Maria Popova in Brain Pickings, many of these insights had to… Read more

July 30, 2019

Is God a continual presence in your life? Or does the sense of the Divine within you, the feeling you have a deep connection to something greater than yourself, come and go?  I believe for most spiritual people, it is the latter. Some days the heavenly spark in our hearts burns brightly, while at other times it seems to flicker and is barely perceptible. It is during these times that we need to fan the flame and there may be… Read more

July 23, 2019

How do you measure the passage of time in your life? For most of us, the primary way is through the annual observance of birthdays—but birthdays aren’t always the best measuring sticks. Age doesn’t measure our level of maturity or our growth as human beings. Some of us bloom late, while others find their lives are marked by unexpected detours. For those of us whose lives have been full of twists and turns, our true potential, the place where our… Read more

July 14, 2019

Have you ever heard of the impostor syndrome, also known as the fraud syndrome? I hadn’t until it was brought to my attention by the blogger and cartoonist Carl Richards. For starters, here’s a description from Wikipedia: Imposter syndrome is a psychological pattern in which a person doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud.” Despite external evidence of their competence, those experiencing this phenomenon remain convinced that they are frauds, and do… Read more

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