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

November 7, 2018

Did you know that one of America’s greatest philosophers, Ralph Waldo Emerson, was once a minister in the Unitarian church? Emerson graduated from the Harvard Divinity School and spent three-plus years as a member of the clergy. He ultimately found the profession to be “antiquated,” complaining that church services were rendered “in the dead forms of our forefathers.” He walked away to start a new life as a writer and public speaker. Like Emerson, you too may have been a… Read more

October 31, 2018

This month marks my 25th wedding anniversary. When I was recently asked to speak at my nephew’s wedding, I thought the longevity of my marriage might make a good topic—which got me thinking: How had our marriage endured through good times and bad? What kind of advice or tips could I pass on? My wife and I are yin and yang in many respects, different personalities that somehow fit together, with a healthy cross-section of interests and opinions that intertwine. Yet,… Read more

October 24, 2018

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 exactly where you’re headed?  Every now and then, you’ll hear about a friend or acquaintance who has “found their calling.” And when you hear those words spoken, it might cause you to wonder: Does everyone really have their own calling, even me? Spiritual philosopher David Spangler says yes: We all possess a gift or talent that we… Read more

October 17, 2018

Do you believe in a force that is greater than yourself? If yes, how do you engage and connect with this omnipresent force beyond merely recognizing its presence? For those of us who refer to this life force as God, one way to engage is prayer. I’m not talking about the formalized, ritualistic prayers of the church. I simply mean going into a silent place within yourself and engaging with what John Templeton calls “something wise within us” or what… Read more

October 10, 2018

What if I told you some of the most meaningful and compelling things Jesus said during his lifetime can’t be found in the Bible? That’s because they’re part of the Gnostic Gospels, a loose collection of almost 60 ancient texts that some early Christian referred to as “the secret sayings of the savior.” Many of the Gnostic gospels were written in the first through third centuries, about the same time as the four gospels found in the New Testament. Once in wide… Read more

October 3, 2018

You don’t need to be better than anyone else. You just need to be better than you used to be. ~Wayne Dyer At the end of our days, we want to be able to look back and say, “I led a good life.” But what exactly is the measure of a good life? I believe the quote above from Wayne Dyer points us in the right direction. To have lived a good life has nothing to do with comparing our… Read more

September 26, 2018

It’s a given in life. We all want to be happy, all the time. Yet, the challenges that occur in our lives, whether it’s issues at our job, with our finances, or with our spouse or kids, can often get in the way. But what if that wasn’t the case? What if the key to happiness was this simple: Do you want to be happy or not? Answer yes, and you have a life of happiness. Answer no and you don’t…. Read more

September 19, 2018

At one point in time, if you asked anyone in my family who their favorite actor/actress was, there would have been no doubt as to the answer: Lindsay Lohan. We watched movies like The Parent Trap, Freaky Friday and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen multiple times. Heck, we still watch them when they’re on today! There’s no doubt that if you’re aware of Lindsay Lohan and her acting work, you also know that over the years she has had some problems…. Read more

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