June 13, 2014

Becca Chopra is my go to-person when it comes to learning about the chakras, the body’s seven “energy centers” of spiritual power. She has written a couple of informative and entertaining books on the subject that teach how chakras can affect everything from your love life to your health, wealth and happiness. She has a new book out titled The Chakra Energy Diet and this time the topic is how eating right can not only balance your chakras—but help you… Read more

June 6, 2014

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. And that’s a problem. When we don’t expect to see anything different, we miss the small but important changes that take place around us. I… Read more

May 28, 2014

Each morning I do a little reading as part of my spiritual practice. And over the years, the one book I have turned to more than any other is The Worldwide Laws of Life, 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles, by John Templeton. A close second would be Wisdom from World Religions, Pathways Toward Heaven on Earth by the same author. They are the equivalent of my Old and New Testament. I have read through each of these thick texts twice and… Read more

May 13, 2014

The 14th Dalia Lama is one of the most revered people in the world. Spiritual leader, head of the Free Tibet movement, best-selling author—it’s hard to think of anyone who has done more with his or her precious life. Yet, if you ask me, the most compelling part of the Dalai Lama has nothing to do with his many accomplishments. It’s his ever-present smile. In virtually every photo you see of the man, the smile is there, conveying warmth and… Read more

May 1, 2014

“Let us be silent, and we may hear the whispers of the Gods.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson What do devotees of the Bhagavad Gita, Evangelical Christians and this humble Patheos Spirituality columnist have in common? We all believe in the power of a direct and personal relationship with God. For me, this personal relationship means that I start most mornings with a specific ritual. After rolling (or some days, hobbling) out of bed, I flick on the coffeemaker and begin stretching,… Read more

April 16, 2014

When it came to meditation, I was always kind of a dummy. It seemed easy enough, but I just didn’t get why I needed to do it. After all, I cleared my head each morning with a brisk four-mile run. Did I really need to meditate, too? Still, as I read stories about the meditation practices of Sting and perused the filmmaker David Lynch’s book on meditation and consciousness, Catching the Big Fish, I couldn’t help but wonder–was I missing something? So I tried… Read more

April 2, 2014

Several months ago I wrote about the one prayer to say if you’re saying only one. I call it the prayer of thanks. And it’s so important, I’m now writing about it again with some fresh, new insights to offer. The fact is as much as we may obsess about what’s not right in our lives, most of us have a lot to be thankful for. And by expressing gratitude for all the good things in our life, something magical… Read more

March 22, 2014

He is the wisest who seeks God. He is the most successful who has found God. ~Yogananda, The Law of Success It measures a little over 5 inches by 3 ½ inches and is only 39 pages long. You can comfortably read it in about an hour. Yet it’s jam-packed with wisdom and a true Wake Up Call for anyone who has wondered off the spiritual path. It’s The Law of Success, Using the Power of Spirit to Create Health,… Read more

March 14, 2014

How do you walk through life? Are you sure-footed with a specific destination in mind? Or do you meander, unsure of your direction or where you’re headed?  Several months ago, I wrote about finding your path in life, or what’s also known as “finding your calling”. I thought this quote by David Spangler did a great job of summing up what a calling meant: We all possess a gift or talent that we are attracted to and enjoy doing…this gift… Read more

February 21, 2014

I’m not a regular church-goer, more of a Christmas and every-third-Easter kind of guy. I prefer connecting with God in the solace of my own home and see spirituality as more of a solo venture. But on this particular Thursday, I’m breaking the rules. I decide I need to break away from an especially insane day at the office—I work in a fast-paced New York City advertising agency—and find a quiet place for contemplation. I think I know just the… Read more

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