Spiritual Practices

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...

You Are God

You will never understand nor will you ever believe who you are. You are beyond understanding and believing. You are that consciousness which pervades the entire universe. You are that from which everything is born. You are that in which everything...

Being Mindful

What does it mean to be mindful? Being mindful means that we are alert to what is happening within us and around us as it is occurring. It means that our mind is clear and our senses open, that we are responding effectively and creatively to what is...

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