Archive for March, 2010

The Universe Will Make Arrangements

March 15, 2010

As you walk your spiritual path, be kind to yourself and do not get discouraged when you slip up. Taking two steps forward and one step back still moves you in the right direction. When you are ready to learn more, the universe will make arrangements and the appropriate opportunities will present themselves.

Going slowly does not prevent arriving.
Nigerian proverb

As awareness grows, you realize that there is never a time when you are not presented with such opportunities, because you are always ready to take a step forward.

Don’t go through life, grow through life.
Eric Butterworth

Every step forward leads to another step, and another step beyond that. Shove (more…)

There Is Always More Mystery

March 14, 2010

As you accept the notion of divine intelligence at work in the world, your awareness of and appreciation for the perfection of universal law gradually expands.

Between our birth and death we may touch understanding,
As a moth brushes a window with its wing.

Christopher Fry

Think of yourself as a radio trying to tune in to higher spiritual frequencies. Keeping yourself perpetually plugged into the divine current deepens and enriches your understanding of how the universe operates.

The snow falls, each flake (more…)

The Poignant Story Behind Coach K’s Lapel Pin

March 13, 2010

Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski

I was touched by this story about friendship, basketball and tragedy by Andy Katz, a senior writer for It’s nice to read about the human side of celebrities. Mike Krzyzewski, known to sports fans as Coach K, is the longtime coach of the Duke Blue Devils men’s basketball team. He is also coach of the United States men’s national basketball team, which he led to a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

A pin on Coach K’s lapel serves as a symbol of a strong bond, forged through tragedy

Mike Krzyzewski and Ross Deutsch first met in 1997 at a basketball camp in Las Vegas (courtesy of the Duetsch family)

When Ross Deutsch read the advertisement, it seemed too good to be true.

For a fee, he could go to Las Vegas with some friends and attend Michael Jordan’s Flight School, essentially a summer camp for basketball-crazed adults. It was a place to live out one’s hardwood fantasies for a few days and receive instruction from NBA and college coaches, Hall of Famers among them.

It was 1997, and Deutsch was working in the financial world in Chicago. He was 36; he had the money and an interested friend; and his wife, Mindy, had no objection. He was certainly passionate about basketball and, as a Chicago native, had a love for all things Michael Jordan. He had three young sons — Rory was the oldest at 6; Robbie and Rickey were younger — but it was for only a few days, and besides, what kid wouldn’t get a kick out of his dad playing hoops for a few days as though he were a star?

A few days later, Ross and his (more…)

Sit Down In the Fire

March 12, 2010

The step-by-step transformation from ignorance to cosmic consciousness is vividly portrayed in the blockbuster movie, The Matrix. In the beginning, Neo, the central character, is clueless that his world is an elaborate fabrication. Exposed to the truth, he continues to resist until the existence of a different reality can no longer be ignored. Over time, he wraps his mind around the concept until it is fully integrated into his consciousness. Finally, as his life hangs in the balance, he experiences an epiphany and becomes one with the cosmos.

If your knowledge of fire has been turned to certainty by words alone, then seek to be cooked by the fire itself. Don’t abide in borrowed certainty. There is no real certainty until you burn; if you wish for this, sit down in the fire.

Neo’s journey—fictional, yes, (more…)

Thank You For Everything. I Have No Complaint Whatsoever.

March 11, 2010

Alan Cohen

I enjoyed this essay by Alan Cohen on the value of gratitude. Repeating this affirmation sounds like a worthwhile exercise!

Alan is the author of many books, including Dare to be Yourself and I Had it All the Time.

Here is a wonderful essay by Alan that I posted earlier.

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The story is told about a woman Zen master named Sono who taught one very simple method of enlightenment. She advised everyone who came to her to adopt an affirmation to be said many times a day, under all conditions. The affirmation was, “Thank you for everything. I have no complaint whatsoever.”

Many people from all arenas of life came to Sono for healing. Some were in physical pain; others were (more…)

Thank You, Rachel!

March 10, 2010

Rachel Bird, a writer friend in Costa Mesa, California whom I met on Twitter many months ago, just made my day! She recently bought my book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, and sent me such a nice e-mail that I wanted to share it here. Thanks a million, Rachel!


THIS IS ME SHOUTING FROM THE ROOFTOP HOW AMAZING YOUR BOOK IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so blown away. I feel compelled to buy it for everyone I know.

When I closed it I felt like it had hugged (more…)

The One Car Theory

March 9, 2010

If you’re like most Americans, your diet and lifestyle habits are not as healthy as they could be. And if you’re like most Americans, you are more concerned about the needs of today than the state of your health five or ten or twenty years from now.

You can abuse your body up to age 35. After that, it abuses you.
Chinese proverb

Far too many diseases and health challenges are predictable and self-imposed. I’ve talked to so many people who are suffering today because they didn’t think their bad lifestyle habits would ever catch up to them. If you’re in need of a wake-up call, here’s a great one from Dr. Doug Graham:


What if you only had one car? It would be issued to you by the government when you turned eighteen. Any automobile of your choice. That auto would be your only auto and would have to last you for an entire lifetime. If it wore out, it could not be replaced. Once gone, you would be reduced to other methods of getting around, or borrowing rides from other people. One car and only one for your whole life.

Would you take care of your car or (more…)

Daryl Markham Honors His Brother on “X Factor”

March 8, 2010

Forty-year-old cabinet maker Daryl Markham’s X Factor audition on August 29, 2009 was incredibly emotional and poignant. Markham had planned to audition the year before but had bowed out to serve as best man at his brother Gary’s wedding that day. Soon after, tragedy struck. Here is the whole story, reported by Tom Latchem in News of the World on August 30, 2009:

Gary and Daryl Markham on Gary's wedding day

This was Daryl Markham on the day he should have been at his X Factor audition last year . . . beaming with pride as best man at his brother’s wedding.

Just SIX WEEKS later his beloved younger brother was (more…)

Frank and Teressa, Chicken Wings May Be In Your Future!

March 7, 2010

Eleven days ago, I wrote about my friend Frank’s blossoming romance with Teressa, his long-lost first love. It was an unusual pairing of names so out of curiosity, I Googled “Frank Teressa” to see what would come up. To my astonishment, the first site listed sang the praises of Frank & Tersssa’s Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, Home of the Original Buffalo Chicken Wings. I sent the link to Frank and he and Teressa had a good laugh about it.

Fast-forward to today. I was in my mom’s kitchen working on my laptop while she watched TV. A second after she switched the channel to the Food Network, I looked up and saw that they were doing a feature story on . . . wait for it . . . yep, (more…)

A Cry From the Depths

March 6, 2010

An abiding faith in the perfection of God’s plan may be of little comfort when your body is wracked with unbearable pain or when the world is not large enough to contain your grief.

When we lose God, it is not God who is lost.

But it is the light of that faith, no matter how dimly it flickers in the darkness of your despair, that carries with it the promise of a better day.

However long the night, the dawn will break.
African proverb

In the throes of despair, the idea that time will heal your pain (more…)

The Wisdom of Surrender

March 5, 2010

Some goals stay beyond your reach because achieving them would delay your awakening to the wonders that lie beyond material existence.

Prosperity knits a man to the world.
C.S. Lewis

In the darkness of disappointment and regret, the beckoning light of detachment glows ever more brightly.

In detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty . . . in the wisdom of uncertainty lies the freedom from our past, from the known, which is the prison of past conditioning. And in our willingness to step into the unknown, the (more…)

Will Science Ever Define God? Nope.

March 4, 2010

Do you demand irrefutable evidence of God’s presence that your senses and science can observe and measure?

One can search the brain with a microscope and not find the mind, and can search the stars with a telescope and not find God.
J. Gustav White

Science cannot objectively define God through experimentation because every subject’s perception of God would be, by definition, subjective.

God is like a mirror. The mirror never changes, but everybody who looks at it sees something different.
Rabbi Harold Kushner

Science will continue to be at loggerheads with faith because faith, by definition, is (more…)

The DMR Method: Relieving Neck and Back Pain Nonsurgically

March 3, 2010

Dr. Pete L'Allier

I was impressed to learn of a promising nonsurgical method for treating disk herniations and back and neck pain. I’ve had two bouts of muscle spasms in my lower back in the last month so I got a taste of how debilitating back pain can be. I’m gad that people like Dr. Pete L’Allier are determined to help back pain sufferers get the help they need.

I’ve been getting treated by Dr. Pete for nearly ten years and I swear by him. Not only is he a dedicated chiropractor who truly cares about his patients, he is a devoted husband and a loving, wonderful dad to his two kids, which is my litmus test for character and integrity. If I made a list of the most honorable people I know, Dr. Pete’s name would be at the top.

I wrote the following article about the DMR Method for Dr. Pete and the Hopkins Health & Wellness Center.


If you or someone you know has a herniated disc or challenging neck and back pain, the nonsurgical, drug-free DMR (Decompress, Mobilize and Rehabilitate) Method may be the answer you’ve been searching and hoping for.

In a two-year clinical case study conducted by Hopkins Health & Wellness Center in partnership with the Center for Diagnostic Imaging, one of the largest diagnostic imaging groups in the country, post-treatment MRIs revealed that the disk herniation in an astonishing 96.4 percent of participants (more…)

Orna Ross on Creative Intelligence, Writing Novels and Facing Cancer

March 2, 2010


Orna Ross

Novelist Orna Ross is the author of A Dance In Time and Lovers’ Hollow, big family murder mysteries full of emotional twists and surprises. Now living in London, Orna spent her youth and most of her adult life in Dublin, working as a freelance journalist and teaching creativity and creative writing. She also writes, speaks and blogs about Creative Intelligence, a concept that emerged out of her work.

Click here to read a revealing article about Orna’s experience with breast cancer and the inspiration behind (more…)

The Balcony of Introspection

March 1, 2010

The more you can step back and view whatever happens as an impartial observer, rather than as a victim, the more peaceful you will be.

Much of our inner turbulence reflects the fear of loss: our dependence on people, circumstances, and things not really under our control. On some level we know that death, indifference, rejection, repossession, or high tide may leave us bereft in the morning. Still, we clutch desperately at things we cannot finally hold. Nonattachment is the most realistic of attitudes. It is freedom from wishful thinking, from always wanting things to be otherwise.
Marilyn Ferguson

Paramahansa Yogananda urged his devotees to “look dispassionately at the drama of your life from the balcony of introspection.”

To become a spectator of one’s own life is to escape the suffering of life.
Oscar Wilde

Impartially observing the circumstances of a loved one’s life may be more difficult. After all, you (more…)