January 9, 2019

Karen Armstrong is a former Catholic nun who left the church to become one of the world’s leading writers on spirituality and faith, penning books on the Bible, Buddhism and Islam, as well as A History of God. Recently, she was interviewed by Oprah and asked the question: “Is there a common thread that ties together all religions?” Leaning on a lifetime of religious study and writing, Armstrong said that there was one theme she found in all religions. She… Read more

January 2, 2019

It’s that time of year, when we again make promises to become a better version of ourselves. Your resolution may involve improving your diet, your health, your relationships or your spiritual well-being. And if you’re like most people, at some point you’ll backslide, reverting back to your old form. The good news is you can take action before trouble starts. In the book Mastery, The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment, George Leonard writes that the experience of backsliding is… Read more

December 30, 2018

I stumbled upon a unique list the other day, in a way it’s the spiritual opposite of a to-do list. It’s a reminder that for all the concerns we may have about financial matters, the things that matter most in life have nothing to do with money. The list comes from the inspirational author Roy T. Bennett and it serves as a helpful reminder that while money may be important, it does not equate to happiness or a life well-lived…. Read more

December 26, 2018

I first published this column back in 2015, when the stock market had a few hiccups. Now that the market is going through a particularly tough stretch, I thought it was time to revisit it—both for my own peace-of-mind and that of any readers who have money invested in the market. If you’re like me, and you have money invested in a 401K account, the last few weeks have been more than stressful. The stock market has been moving steadily downward… Read more

December 19, 2018

Have you heard of the phrase “Christ consciousness”? There may be no better time to explore its meaning than right now, during the Christmas season. While Wikipedia lumps the term in with the definition of higher consciousness, a website called The Center for Christ Consciousness may do a better job of explaining its meaning: Christ consciousness is the state of awareness of our true nature, our higher self, and our birthright as children of God…it is the highest state of intellectual… Read more

December 12, 2018

If you go looking for a story on the birth of Jesus in the Bible, you might come away disappointed. Of the four gospels that talk about the life of Jesus, only Matthew and Luke include the tale of the miraculous virgin birth—and while they agree on some key components, they tell different stories that may not match the simple narrative you’ve known since childhood. That’s where the Gospel of James comes in. Also known as the Infancy Gospel of James, it was purportedly… Read more

December 5, 2018

To navigate through life, most people rely on their five senses: sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch. But if you’re like a lot of spiritual people, you sometimes find yourself relying on a way of knowing that exists beyond the physical senses, using a sixth sense known as intuition. You’ve probably felt the push or pull of intuition. Where does it come from? If you listen to two prominent names in the world of spirituality, author and frequent Oprah show… Read more

November 28, 2018

Just like you wouldn’t go into the woods without a map or compass, it can be difficult to immerse yourself in the world of spirituality without a guide. I still believe the spiritual path is best navigated as a solo journey and have railed against gurus in the past. But I also realize the importance of having a “mentor,” a guiding force who, when needed, dispenses valuable advice and counsel, ensuring that you, the spiritual journeyer, stays on course. To… Read more

November 21, 2018

If you live an active life with a full-time job, an endless list of errands to run and possibly kids or grandkids care for, it can be difficult to stay spiritually-centered. Hours can go by, heck, the whole day can go by, before you realize you’re not in touch with your spiritual core—or aware of the beauty and small pleasures found in the seemingly ordinary moments of life. I’ve written before about the importance of getting the day off to… Read more

November 14, 2018

I’m not going to catalog Donald Trump’s bad behavior here. His insults and threats and fuzzy relationship with the truth have been well documented. What I’ve been wondering, and maybe you are too, is this: Might Trump one day receive his cosmic comeuppance, aka karma, for his transgressions? To learn more about karma, I consulted the writings of an expert in the field, Paramhansa Yogananda, the late-Indian spiritual teacher who won a wide following in the west. (To cite one example,… Read more

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