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…

Wounds

Life hands us all a variety of wounds. These wounds are of different sizes and depths, different intensities and duration, even of different quantity and quality. Our task is not to avoid them, but work through them; not to pass them on to others or try to ignore them, but to understand and heal them.…

Is this the best?

My wife had a sister from another mister who passed more than ten years ago now. When we went shopping with Helen, we would joke about "good, better, best," a marketing technique popular at the time that tried to categorize products by quality - and ultimately by price. It pained Helen to buy "good," and…

Spiritual Practice

So, you say you want to start a spiritual practice? You say that first you just need to read these books, attend this retreat, or sign up for this class? You're fooling yourself. You're also being fooled by the spiritual marketplace that has commodified spirituality and turned it into a cash cow. Want to start…

Naked Practice

Calm down. It's okay, and yes I do sometimes descend to cheap titillation. I can't help myself. The truth is, though, that we need to ask ourselves a serious question: if Linus went on a meditation retreat, would he take his blanket to the meditation room? Since he is an American, the odds are he…

Our Fascination with Foreign Practices

Americans are fascinate with things we perceive to be exotic. I became acutely aware of this truth when I became an Episcopalian and was suddenly exposed to people who had never left the United States but had somehow acquired a British accent. Another example is that people just love to take their shoes off at…