Every child has known God. Not the God of names, Not the God of don’ts, Not the God who ever does anything weird, But the God who only knows Four words. And He keeps repeating them, saying: “Come dance with me.” Come Dance. ~ Hafez This blog is meant for every person who aspires to […]

August 24, 2017

A Story from Swami Rama


Swami Rama is a kindred soul for those of us on the spiritual joyride. In one of his books, “Living With the Himalayan Masters,” he tells the story of a swami of his acquaintance.  The swami’s disciples felt he was very ill, so much so that death might very well be imminent.  They asked Swami […]

November 30, 2017

Begging God to Prove Me Wrong


From my teens until I got sober at 45, no mantra defined my life more than “Nothing is too intense for me.” Ironically, it still does, though the meaning under it has changed quite a bit in 30 years, thank goodness. Back then it was a boast, an immature attempt to manage tremendous pain.  What […]

November 23, 2017

Awe Rather Than Judgment


It would seem that,  quite possibly, the ultimate measure of health  in any community  might well reside in our ability  to stand in awe at what folks have to carry  rather than in judgment of how they carry it. Greg Boyle, Jesuit priest, founder of Homeboy Industries   When I consider my life from this […]

November 16, 2017

Despair Helps Us Remember


It sounds funny, but among the keys to true happiness is despair. By despair I mean experiencing deeply the pain of choices we make that are harmful to ourselves and others.  Choices of belief.  Choices of rationalization.  Choices of denial.  Choices of judgment.  Any choice of us and them.  When we touch the core disharmony […]

November 9, 2017

Just Who is “Thine Own Self”?


“To thine own self be true.”   Now that’s useful advice, even if it is impossible to follow.  At least it’s impossible for me, because I don’t know who my “own self” is.  Fortunately, my lack of understanding doesn’t get in the way of a rewarding life. I can tell you all sorts of things […]

November 2, 2017

Deaths Are So Precious


It is said that every death awakens us to all the other deaths we have experienced, and in doing so encourages us to assess ever more deeply our commitment to our self.  Not just who will we be or die trying, but also how’s it going?  I find that to be the case, and in […]

October 26, 2017