Archive for October, 2011

True Love Is Like Ghosts

October 31, 2011

Too many lonely, frustrated souls are unwilling to do the self-work that spiritual partnership demands. Instead, they chase a fairy-tale fantasy and wonder why it continues to elude them.

True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about but few have seen.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Every day that you follow your guidance and do the hard work of (more…)

“Modern Family”—Real People in a Fake House

October 30, 2011

Aubrey Anderson-Emmons and Jesse Tyler Ferguson

As Entertainment Weekly reports in its October 28,2011 issue, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, the four-year-old actress hired to as the new Lily on ABC’s Modern Family, has a hard time separating truth from fiction. The following cub quotes from her are pretty much the cutest ever!

“The first thing she said to me and Eric [Stonestreet] when she was on set was ‘Are you real people? Because you live in a fake house,” [co-star Jesse Tyler] Ferguson recalls. “And at the end of that day, she said, ‘I think I saw you guys on Modern Family once.’ So she has no (more…)

Love Is for People Who Know Who They Are

October 29, 2011

Your search for a romantic partner will move closer to fruition once you direct your search within.

Those who go searching for love only find their own lovelessness. But the loveless never find love; only the loving find love, and they never have to search for it.
D. H. Lawrence

You cannot fully and confidently give your heart to another until you (more…)

Misadventures at Midnight

October 28, 2011

Lying in bed last night, drifting off to sleep a little after midnight, I didn’t expect that eight minutes later I’d be outside, laughing, searching in a dark alley for keys that were currently resting safely on the shelf by the front door. Ah, life is nothing if not unpredictable.

My misadventure started the moment the thought popped into my head in bed: I forgot to move Craig’s truck! Craig, the guy I’m renting a room from, is in Arizona for the week. His truck was parked out front on the side of the street that is swept at four o’clock every Friday morning. I had told Craig I’d move his truck on Thursday night so he wouldn’t get a ticket or get towed. My choices were clear: Either stay in bed and hope for the best or get up, get dressed and move the truck. It was no contest. I knew that if I stayed in bed, I’d feel too guilty to sleep. So I hopped out of bed, threw on some clothes and headed outside.

From the moment I sat down in his truck, I knew I had to be careful. It was dark, I was groggy and (more…)

Passing the Buck—A Son Honors His Father

October 27, 2011


Jack and Joe Buck video courtesy of Mark Klimowitz’s YouTube channel

Kirby Puckett rounds the bases after his game-winning home run in the 1991 World Series

October 26, 1991. Game Six of the World Series. Minnesota Twins vs. Atlanta Braves. Kirby Puckett of the Twins led off the bottom of the eleventh inning with a walk-off homer. TV announcer Jack Buck made the famous six-word call: “And we’ll see you tomorrow night!”

David Freese and his teammates celebrate his game-winning home run in the 2011 World Series

October 27, 2011. Game Six of the World Series. St. Louis Cardinals vs. Texas Rangers. David Freese of (more…)

Love Attracts Love

October 26, 2011

Like most of the human race, you likely have yearned for a soulmate: someone to love, to be intimate with, to share your life with.

Love is the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.
Robert Frost

The urge to find your beloved is not merely a human instinct, it is a Universal force that connects you to the deep love of God through the gateway of your heart.

Loving another person is not separate from (more…)

Phillip Lomax: Born to Croon

October 25, 2011


Phillip Lomax

Like Harry Connick, Jr. and Michael Buble before him, Phillip Lomax is a throwback to another era when crooning caused swooning. With good looks, a winning smile and (more…)

Tora Woloshin, the Tattooed Singing Car Mechanic

October 24, 2011


Tora Woloshin

Gotta love Tora Woloshin‘s audition on The X Factor on September 29, 2011. It’s great when an unknown walks out onto the biggest stage imaginable and owns it. I love to see people who are comfortable in their own skin perform with such confidence and unbridled joy, as if singing for (more…)

Habit Be Gone!

October 23, 2011

When I read this anecdote about Paramahansa Yogananda, I laughed out loud.

I found it in Sri Durga Mata‘s book, A Paramahansa Yogananda Trilogy of Divine Love. I try to take the same approach with my habits although I’m not quite as successful as Yogananda!

Master did not drink coffee. When he first came to this country, he did not know that coffee could become a habit. He drank it and wherever he went they served him coffee. One day he was alone, and when he could not get coffee and he missed it, he said to himself, “So you miss coffee do you? Very (more…)

The Copenhagen Philharmonic Goes on the Road

October 22, 2011

What do you do when you’re minding your own business in a train station and an orchestral performance breaks out? Well, if you were a commuter at the Copenhagen Central Train Station on May 2, 2011, you stop and enjoy the flash-mob performance of Ravel‘s famed Bolero by the Copenhagen Philharmonic, with the musicians gradually assembling in place as the work progresses.

As long as we’re talking about classically trained musicians performing anonymously in train stations, here’s a question for you: Would you notice a (more…)

It Is God’s Kindness to Terrify You

October 21, 2011

The moment you recognize the blessings inherent in your suffering, the greater your capacity to transcend your anguish, even as grief and pain threaten to consume you.

Whenever evil befalls us, we ought to ask ourselves, after the first suffering, how we can turn it into good. So shall we take occasion, from one bitter root, to raise perhaps many flowers.
Leigh Hunt

No matter how lost, scared, vulnerable, or powerless you feel, you can treat this very moment as a portal to peace, wisdom, and healing.

This place where you are right now, God (more…)

Your Biography Becomes Your Biology

October 20, 2011

Many reject the notion that illness often has an emotional root, complaining that they should not have to feel guilty for becoming ill. True enough; guilt is irrelevant because they did not intentionally, consciously get sick.

If you want to see what your body will look like tomorrow, look at your thoughts today.
Navajo proverb

Yet it is inescapable that your life history—the cumulative and synergistic blending of your (more…)

Do Not Wax Indignant

October 19, 2011

When you live inauthentically, when you do not heed the urgings of your heart, when you live somebody else’s idea of what your life should be, the unavoidable clash between your true self and the life that you lead cannot help but wreak havoc on your physical health.

When one is pretending, the entire body revolts.
Anaïs Nin

Gaining clarity about the emotional root of an illness, and tending to it as well as to your physical symptoms, often accelerates healing.

You can’t recover from (more…)

Are You Dying of Thirst?

October 18, 2011

Are you unhappy with what you have or with where you are  in life, and feel like you deserve better because you played by the rules and did everything right? Well, if you’re referring to the unwritten rules that required you to work hard, buy a home, raise a family and build your retirement account, it’s unfortunately time for a reality check. While those activities are undeniably worth striving for, the “rules” that supported them have been rendered irrelevant by societal and financial upheaval. What are the new rules? There are none.

Here’s the good news: It was never about social status, job security and financial security to begin with. It was never about your intended results, it was always about (more…)

Live an Authentic Life, No Matter the Cost

October 17, 2011

When my friend Laura began walking a spiritual path years ago, she was overjoyed at the results. She not only was happier and more peaceful, she became aware of a continual flow of synchronicities that made her life decidedly sweeter and, at times, seemingly effortless. Then she abruptly abandoned her efforts. Why? She was afraid that her personal growth would create so much distance between her and her husband that her marriage might not survive.

A funny thing happens when you ignore a calling: it eventually surfaces as a need. Years later, Laura resumed her spiritual practice because she felt she had no choice in the matter. It was either that or succumb to stagnation, perpetual boredom and a living death. When she brought up her concern to her husband, she was relieved to hear him say that, while he wasn’t interested in participating in her spiritual activities, he certainly supported her and was happy that she was doing what made her feel happy and fulfilled.

Ah, but what if Laura’s husband hadn’t been supportive? She would have (more…)

Weep With Your Whole Heart

October 16, 2011

Suffering cannot be compartmentalized. Refuse to deal with your pain and you poison every aspect of your life.

When you deny emotional pain, everything you do or think as well as your relationships become contaminated with it. You broadcast it, so to speak, as the energy you emanate, and others will pick it up subliminally.
Eckhart Tolle

Ignore your suffering, numb it with distractions and addictions, and the sentry (more…)