May 4, 2022

Every few years, a spirituality bestseller comes out that captures the imagination of the public. In recent times, there’s been The Secret by Rhonda Byrne and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. Before that, you might remember The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield or Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. Once upon a time, there was a spirituality book even bigger than those classics. It was first published back in 1897 and since it is now 125 years old, there’s... Read more

April 27, 2022

Have you been in a spiritual rut lately? The definition of being in a rut is getting stuck in “a habit or a pattern of behavior that has become dull and unproductive.” And just like we can get stuck in a rut at our job or in our home life, we can also get stuck in our spiritual practice. The problem may be our routine, doing the same things over and over again. We read books by the same handful... Read more

April 20, 2022

I’m starting a semi-regular series that begins with this column. It’s called “10 Points of Wisdom” and my intent is to feature a valuable source of spiritual insights that our society too often overlooks: our elders. I will then highlight up to 10 of each elder’s most compelling musings, starting today with John Templeton. You may recognize the name John Templeton as a legendary Wall Street figure. But you may not know about the deeply spiritual side of his life.... Read more

April 13, 2022

What actually happened on the Sunday after Jesus’s death? Just the day before, the body of a crucified Jesus lays in a tomb in a cave, but by the next day he has mysteriously disappeared. Had he gone to heaven to be “seated with God”? Or did he, for at least a short time, remain here on Earth? As it turns out, there is not one story but many stories about what happened after the death of Jesus. One you... Read more

April 6, 2022

Are you familiar with Kabbalah? It’s an ancient Jewish tradition that interprets the Bible through a mystical lens. Kabbalah first emerged in the late 12th century in Spain and Southern France and offers insights into the nature of God. According to one rabbi, it’s aim is “to guide followers in their spiritual journey, helping them attain greater levels of connectedness with God.” It has been said it can take decades to study and truly comprehend Kabbalah’s lessons. But fortunately, I found... Read more

March 30, 2022

Is there ever an appropriate time to contemplate your own death? Like grief, death is a topic most of us prefer not to talk about or even think about. Most of us assume our own deaths will happen at some point in the distant future. Yet, as Wayne Dyer once said, the future is promised to no one. Most of us will wait until we are at the brink of death’s door to contemplate death. It might happen after a... Read more

March 23, 2022

Thomas Moore is one of the greatest spiritual writers of our time. His many books on the soul have both defined and illuminated our understanding of this mysterious and powerful lifeforce that lives within all of us. And for those who classify themselves as SBNR, A Religion of One’s Own should be required reading for those looking to start or enhance a personal spiritual practice. Thomas Moore’s latest book is Soul Therapy. As its title implies, the book explores therapy,... Read more

March 16, 2022

How are you dealing with the war in Ukraine? Has the constant barrage of negative news left you feeling anxious? Angry? Sick to your stomach? You may have even found yourself talking to God. Wondering why God just won’t put a stop to the death, destruction and mayhem. Where is God in this time of need? A couple of years ago I wrote about The Prayer that Turns Anger into Hope. It seems relevant now. Who among us, at least those... Read more

March 9, 2022

Is there any more hopeless feeling than watching day after day of news coverage on the war in Ukraine? It’s a soul-wrenching experience and like me, you may have wondered: What can I do? First, the obvious: Like me, you may not be of the ilk to enlist in the International Legion of Territorial Defense of Ukraine (though apparently, thousands of non-Ukrainians have). There’s prayer. And, if you have the ability, you can give to charity. Charity Watch is a... Read more

March 2, 2022

What took place in the years after the death of Jesus? Did his followers immediately begin setting up churches? What religious texts did they use? Did they share a cohesive set of beliefs about Jesus and his message? Was there one leader or many? As it turns out, the early years of Christianity were a wee bit chaotic. Nothing resembling the church or New Testament would exist for hundreds of years. Religious “practices” varied from community to community. There was... Read more

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