January 18, 2024

Have you ever purchased a book from Amazon and, when you received it, thought that maybe you got ripped off? The site is full of self-published books on various subjects and while some are worth your time, there are others that have been dashed off by the author in hopes of making a quick buck, complete with ill-gotten 5-star reviews. Such was the initial case when I purchased Living from the Soul: The 7 Spiritual Principles of Ralph Waldo Emerson... Read more

January 12, 2024

If you enjoy this story, you’ll find 112 just like it in my new book Wake Up Call: Daily Insights for the Spiritually Curious, now available from Wildhouse Publishing. Is there a secret to happiness—a magic formula that, if you uncover it, can lead to a lifetime of contentment and bliss? In the book Build the Life You Want: The Art and Science of Getting Happier, authors Arthur C. Brooks and Oprah Winfrey attempt to answer this question by answering... Read more

January 4, 2024

This week I’m taking a break from my regular spiritual fare, to tell you a little about me and the story behind my new book, Wake Up Call: Daily Insights for the Spiritually Curious. The first few paragraphs are adapted from the introduction. I’m what you might call a regular guy. For virtually all my adult life, I’ve worked a nine to five job in an office. My wife and I have been married for 30 years, we have a... Read more

December 27, 2023

The following story is one of 112 included in my new book “Wake Up Call: Daily Insights for the Spiritually Curious.” It’s available at Amazon. January is often the time to make big resolutions, and for many of us this includes a pledge to become healthier and more physically fit. But what if for the next year, you resolved to improve your spiritual health as well? You may have already read about starting a morning ritual, a practice that can... Read more

December 21, 2023

Who were the Wise Men (Magi) who traveled so far to honor the birth of Jesus? What provoked them to make such a long journey? And how did they find the stable? The Magi have achieved almost a mythical standing in Christianity (for decades, they were on the front of every Christmas card my Dad sent out), but the Bible paints only a faint picture of them. There are two stories in the Bible that speak to the birth of... Read more

December 14, 2023

It’s the holiday season. And whether you’re a Christian or not, it’s a special time of year with a little magic in the air. I was raised a Catholic, so the connection to Jesus, and the celebration of his birth, is in my chemical makeup. Yet, I believe the warmth and cheer of Christmas extends to non-Christians and agnostics as well, for there are elements of the holiday season all of us can enjoy, including: Family and togetherness. It’s a time... Read more

December 8, 2023

There’s been a lot of buzz recently about AI, otherwise known as artificial intelligence. While AI has been getting some bad press with some concerned it’s going to take over the world, I’m here to look at the positive side of AI—specifically Bard, an AI-powered chatbot tool designed by Google. Bard is positioned by Google as a “conversational AI service” and it works just like a search engine. You type in a phrase or topic you want information on in... Read more

November 30, 2023

In The Universal Christ, Franciscan friar Richard Rohr makes an astounding claim: You and I share the same superpower as Jesus—the ability to establish a direct and intimate relationship with God, or what’s known as “Christ Consciousness.” Sound implausible? Not if you take into account our perception of Jesus. Rohr points out that many of us believe that God came into the world through Jesus—and Jesus alone. To our detriment, we “limit the Creator’s presence to just one human manifestation,... Read more

November 21, 2023

Every year around the holidays, on bumper stickers and lawn signs, we’re reminded to “Keep Christ in Christmas.” I’m okay with that. But it struck me that seldom, if ever, do we hear any mention of keeping the “Thanks” in Thanksgiving. I think it’s time to change that. In years past, I’ve written about the importance of having an “attitude of gratitude” and how giving thanks should be part of your Thanksgiving Day ritual. And recently, it was again brought... Read more

November 17, 2023

If you’re the kind of person who says they don’t have time to meditate, this meditation may be for you—because it doesn’t take time out of your day, it’s something you do during your day. It’s called the “waiting meditation” and I learned about if from Zen teacher Jan Chozen Bays in the Everyday Mindfulness section of the Waking Up app. Personally, I find the best time to meditate is in the morning, ideally at sunrise. But some mornings, when... Read more

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