Spiritual Practices

Awareness

Awareness can neither be perceived by the senses nor known by thought. It is the ever-present basis of all we experience, our fundamental nature. Experiencing your natural, unaltered, and simple awareness is experiencing precisely who you are and...

If You See a New Paradigm, Kill It

I am sometimes consulted by people in the corporate sector to shed light on a particular situation or relationship. In one such case, I walked into the office of a client and he looked at me as though I were an alien from outer space, still dirty...

When The Piano Strings Break

I have been searching for a metaphor to describe the ending of the spiritual path, about which people never speak. I found it today, or rather it found me, in the theater. In the movie “Shine” a young pianist named David Helfgott wanted...

Weird Failures

He wept. I was silent. I had seen him approach this threshold before, but not cross it. Now that he had, the real issues were clear, and they had nothing to do with the company or his “leadership.” The issues were sadness, despair...

Gorging on Inspiration

In writing this column, I sometimes clash with a part of my brain which offers advice. “Read other columns, write in the first person, tell instructional stories: entertain and inform. Above all”, suggests my brain’s advisory...

Work-As-Play

My father worked for a living; he didn’t play for a living. My father died at 53. He died of heart failure. The autopsy revealed that he also had pancreatic cancer, which would have killed him within months. For years, I had watched him...

Pulling the Trigger

On Christmas Eve, 1995. Susan asked, “A friend called me and said she was going to kill herself. Should I have interfered and tried to stop her, or let her be responsible for her own life? I tried to think about what was right for her.”...

Welcome Epiphanies

Our conditioned, patterned way of living may be disrupted by the unexpected. An accident, a sudden reversal of fortune, the death of a loved one, or a confrontation with our own mortality can open a window to another world of significance. Another...

Leading From Within

Many business leaders are becoming concerned with establishing a new order of peace and harmony within their spheres of activity. As they seek a new vision, we seek a new order within themselves as the foundation for a new order of values, ethics...

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