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Spiritual Wellness

The Role of Teachers

Last month, my first and most important spiritual teacher, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, passed away. It had been many years since I’d seen him, and the event made me think back to the long hours I spent learning from him and the honor of being made a...

Healing the Planet as a Spiritual Practice

Recently, I was asked by an environmental activist what spirituality could possibly contribute to global warming and related issues. I said that the environmental crisis is also a spiritual crisis, because if we do not tap deeply into the hearts and...

Holy Humor

Someone once complained to the Indian sage Ramakrishna that one of his disciples was drunk. “But don’t you think God is drunk?” asked Ramakrishna. “How else would the universe be so crazy if God wasn’t drunk?” Maybe...

The Green-Eyed Monster

Recently, some colleagues and I were discussing the spiritual benefits of gratitude, when one of them asked, “What gets in the way of you feeling grateful?” As you can imagine, there were lots of responses, but one that just about...

Sacred Vacations

Planning a summer vacation? Why not do something that feeds your soul and elevates your spirit? Instead of settling for mere recreation, consider spending your time and resources on transformative re-creation. Here are some suggestions. Take an...

What ‘The Secret’ Leaves Out

Now that “The Secret” has been revealed on “Larry King Live” and “Oprah,” it’s tempting to say it is no longer a secret. Millions of people are adjusting the contents of their thoughts to align their minds...

Creating a Spiritual Repertoire

If you take your spiritual life seriously, you will, from time to time, get the feeling that you need to do something new or different to further your growth. The primal yearning for intimate connection with the divine is so powerful that, once it’s...

Spiritual Citizenship

I’m writing this in the afterglow of Election Day, and I have to say I’m both pleased and relieved. I have no illusion that the results presage an era of enlightened governance, but it does suggest that the American people are more principled...

The Spirit of Writing

Recently, I was asked to speak at the Nashville Path & Pen Writers Conference. My topic was originally “Writing as a Spiritual Practice,” but the more I thought about it the more it made sense to add “-And Spiritual Practice...

Spiritual Independence

I’m writing this on July Fourth, feeling thankful that the American Founders declared themselves free not only from political tyranny but from religious tyranny as well. The freedom to exercise the religious impulse as each of us sees fit is...