Holding our breath until we turn blue

There are a number of spiritual practices across traditions that are still based in a pre-scientific worldview. Consider fasting. Fasting was thought to clear our minds so we could hear from God. If we fasted long enough we would see things and hear things that we otherwise wouldn't. Fasting is rooted in the Greek belief…

New Perspectives

Over the years I have noticed that most spiritual teachers who teach on a national level develop what I call, "this year's message." That works because only rarely does anyone see them twice in a year, so most of their audience thinks they are listening to a wonderful message crafted especially for them. I suppose…

Experiences in Meditation

I recently received a question about experiences in meditation. I am reproducing in part my response here on the blog because I feel many people have a similar question. The experiences you are having are sometimes called "consolations." I tend to think of them as glimpses of awakening. Everything seems to make sense in those…

Truth, Justice, and the American Way

The old black and white Superman television program's opening informed us that Superman stood for "Truth, Justice, and the American Way." I'm not quite sure who is to blame, but Superman seems to have dropped the ball because now we have "Alternative Truths, Lack of Justice, and the Autocratic Corporate Way." The above photo is…

What is “Normal”?

It seems to me we tend to confuse "normal" with "what we are used to," and I don't believe that always serves us well. If you are like me, during the summer months you get pretty used to not having to worry about wearing a jacket or boots, but when autumn comes around and temperatures…

Why “Working on Myself” Isn’t Enough

Meditation in all of its various forms is great. I am a practitioner myself and can attest it has brought wonderful change to my life. Mindfulness meditation has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, and I would recent stay at home orders in some communities have afforded a wonderful opportunity to start or…

Three People and a Goat

COVID 19, aka the corona virus, seems to have brought the world to its knees - with some notably stupid exceptions. In the United States, we have seen increasingly restrictive measures taken by state and local governments as they try to control the spread of a virus that we still aren't completely sure of its…

Overheard in Detention

My wife and I share a car these days, and when I get to her office early to pick her up I sit in a little vending room on the first floor and write. I let her know I am there by sending her a graphic that indicates I am in detention. Some of the…

A Small Life

I had a conversation with someone the other day about the fact that they got a snowplow to come plow the driveway after about an inch and a half of light, fluffy snow had fallen, She said, "we're lazy, so we had a friend come and plow the driveway." I responded that I didn't think…