Archive for July, 2010

Remove the Rock From Your Shoe

July 15, 2010

Journey within, and your enthusiasm builds as you glimpse the infinite beauty and joy that await you just beyond the far reaches of your consciousness. You are no longer satisfied being dissatisfied. You embrace continual self-improvement instead of constant self-criticism.

Remove the rock from your shoe rather than learn how to limp comfortably.
Stephen C. Paul



You praise rather than blame. You look for solutions instead of excuses. You see opportunities instead of obstacles.

A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s (more…)

You Are Your Road

July 14, 2010


Going within and confronting your fears is difficult, demanding work. Take heart: every barrier you break through means there is that much less blocking you from all you are capable of becoming.


When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
Lao Tzu

Inevitably, you will discover that not only are you more than you imagined, you are more than you ever could have imagined.

I can’t give you any advice but this: to (more…)

A Temporary Surrender of Security

July 13, 2010



To transmute knowledge into wisdom, you must scale the wall of your restless thoughts and dive headfirst into the uncharted waters of your inner world.

There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.
Victor Hugo




Take a deep breath and plunge beneath the surface. There, far beyond your comfort zone, life-altering insights and experiences await.

There is only one great adventure and that is inward toward the self.
Henry Miller

This internal expedition can be both thrilling and terrifying. Welcome your uneasiness; ask it to reveal its secrets. Brace yourself. Stripping away (more…)

Breaking Rules Like an Artist

July 12, 2010




I like Caroline Myss‘ anecdote about her epiphany regarding creative writing. She included it on page 43 of her book, Sacred Contracts, to make the point that some people may come into our lives only briefly yet still have a significant impact.





I can still recall a brief exchange with a high school English teacher who cornered me after class one day to offer me some advice on both my writing style and my attitude. At the time I was carrying on a love affair with (more…)

Knowledge Vs. Wisdom

July 11, 2010

The journey toward true security begins when you shift your focus from the external world of knowledge and achievement to the internal world of wisdom and experience.

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.
Sandra Carey

Knowledge is ever-changing; it is the calling card of the intellect. Wisdom is timeless; it is the common sense of the soul.

Intelligence complicates. Wisdom simplifies.
Mason Cooley

Our outer world offers access to (more…)

The Spirit Laughs For What It Has Found

July 10, 2010




Allowing events in the external world to shape and define your internal world is an act of self-delusion that always leads to suffering.

Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
Mahatma Gandhi







You must lose the fear of losing what you fear to lose. Free yourself by turning your attention from what might be lost to your fear of losing it. Each layer of fear you peel away gives you a (more…)

Enemies on the Other Side of the Wall

July 9, 2010

By definition, the craving for external security leads to a life lived in fear. After all, if you desperately want something, you will desperately fear losing it once you have it.

There is fear as long as you want to be secure—secure in your marriage, secure in your job, in your position, in your responsibility, secure in your ideas, your beliefs, secure in your relationship to the world or in your relationship to God. The moment the mind seeks security or gratification in any form, at any level, there is bound to be fear.
Jiddu Krishnamurti

Obsessed with holding on to what you have, you may not only fail to recognize life-enriching opportunities, you may view them as threats to what you are so fiercely protecting.

The walls that we build around ourselves both mentally and physically give us the dangerous false illusion that we are safe, but there’s no such thing as a (more…)

The Shadow of a Bird in Flight

July 8, 2010



If you have achieved a comfortable level of security, you may not even entertain the notion that the ground could shift beneath you at a moment’s notice.



Would that life were like the shadow cast by a wall or a tree, but it is like the shadow of a bird in flight.
The Talmud

Fear of change and the yearning for stability can (more…)

Divine Blessings Ceaselessly Shower Down

July 7, 2010

Image by Jan Jansen Pascal


The beckoning whisper of Spirit is a call to rise, to be a source of love and light to the world, to humbly be of service to God and mankind. Life begins anew when you joyously acknowledge that everything you do is for God and that everything you have is from God.



By living fully, recognizing that all we do is by His power, we honor God; He in turn blesses us.
Becky Laird

As you transform the way you show up in the world, divine blessings ceaselessly shower down to guide your way.

Every man who becomes heartily and understandingly a channel of the Divine beneficence is (more…)

The Pretense of Perfection

July 6, 2010



While you discern that life is unfolding perfectly as you walk your spiritual path, you do not make the egotistical, spiritually arrogant assumption that you yourself are perfect.

There is no worse sickness for the soul, o you who are proud, than this pretense of perfection.
Rumi



On a soul level, of course, you are indeed perfect, but your spiritual development in the physical world requires (more…)

Collaborating With Fate

July 5, 2010

Live with greater reverence and you begin noticing subtle evidence of divine guidance at work. You bump into an old friend who had popped into your mind an hour before. You receive an unexpected check that is precisely the amount you need to get your car repaired. A chance encounter in a restaurant leads to a terrific job opportunity.

When I’m trusting and being myself as fully as possible, everything in my life reflects this by falling into place easily, often miraculously.
Shakti Gawain

Taken separately, these happenings can be dismissed as happy coincidences. Yet as your (more…)

Click Your Ruby Slippers

July 4, 2010

You will have the power to transform your life the moment you realize that you have always had the power to do so.

All the Buddhas of all the ages have been telling you a very simple fact: Be—don’t try to become. Within these two words, be and becoming, your whole life is contained. Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
Osho

Dorothy could have clicked the heels of her ruby slippers together three times as soon as she arrived in Oz, but she had to (more…)

Losing Sight of the Shore

July 3, 2010

Travel far enough on your spiritual path, and you will reach a crossroads. You will have to choose between retreating to the safety and comfort of life as you knew it, or severing all ties with that existence and forging bravely ahead into the vast unknown.

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
Andre Gide




This does not necessarily mean you must bid farewell to the life you have lived; but it does mean that you are genuinely (more…)

The Octopus: Master of Disguise

July 2, 2010

In this mesmerizing six-minute TED videoDavid Gallo, a pioneer in ocean exploration, shows highlights of never-before-seen oceanic life, including a slow-motion camouflage trick by an octopus that will leave your (more…)

Letter to a Teenage Boy

July 1, 2010




Last year, one of my best friends shared her concerns about her teenage son. I had known Alex (not his real name) since he was born and we had always had a great relationship, so I wrote him a letter. With my friend’s permission and encouragement, I am reprinting that letter here in the hope that other parents will share it with their sons.

The teenage boys of today will play a big role in shaping all of our tomorrows. May they come to know the value of love, compassion and empathy sooner than the generations of men that came before them.




Dear Alex,

When you answered the phone the last time I called, I heard a deeper voice than what I was accustomed to. When your mom later confirmed that your voice had recently changed, my thoughts flashed back to my teenage years . . . and I found myself cringing. At fourteen, I was incredibly naïve; to make matters worse, I didn’t have a clue that I didn’t have a clue. Thankfully, you are much more mature and wiser than I was at your age.

As I reminisced, I found myself wishing that an adult friend of our family had taken it upon himself to pull me aside all those years ago and give me a heads up on what to expect from life and how to handle myself as I approached adulthood. If you would be so kind as to indulge me for a few minutes, I’d like to share with you what I wish someone had shared with me at fourteen. Even though you have been blessed with great parents who I’m sure have already told you all of this, sometimes it’s helpful to hear the same thing from someone outside your family.

Do you know why I was so naïve and unaware as a teenager, Alex? It’s because I was (more…)