The Next Step


The next step isn’t always clear. What an understatement. Motivated people always know where they are going, the voice in my head tells me. Nope. Wrong. Turns out we all must live with uncertainty. Talking to others more than I have in the past has served to underline this truth of daily existence. Uncertainty isContinue reading “The Next Step”

What Would Happen If We Made Life Simpler and Less Difficult?


To say there is a lot going on these days is an understatement. To say most of it is very troubling will not shock anyone. To ask, “What can I do about it?” is a worthwhile question. Can I trust politicians in this country, Republican or Democrat, to protect me? No. Can I change theContinue reading “What Would Happen If We Made Life Simpler and Less Difficult?”

Money is Good (Happiness Too)


I’m taking a ten-week online course about awakening to consciousness. One of the teachers in the course made some statements in a video about money and happiness that irritated me to the bone. The teacher said, in effect, that the pursuit of happiness and money in our culture is the cause of many of theContinue reading “Money is Good (Happiness Too)”

Where Does Peace Begin?


I am constantly amazed that people wander around all day staring into their smart phones, as if these devices somehow magically fulfill all of their needs except possibly eating and procreating. Before we continue, let me assure you of a few things, gentle reader. Despite a lack of addiction to my iPhone, I am fairlyContinue reading “Where Does Peace Begin?”

Is there a Silver Lining to Corona?


Can there be an upside to something as horrible as the Coronavirus? Well, maybe. While I (we) can’t ignore the tragedies and hardships CV has visited upon so many of us, I think it helps to realize there have also been benefits that will accrue to everyone who makes it through these troubling times. WeContinue reading “Is there a Silver Lining to Corona?”

Towards an Unshakable Foundation of Peace


What you can conceive and believe, you can achieve.

Hidden Treasure


What Do You Really Need? There are things in this world that promise satisfaction, and we launch into the quest to have these things thinking: “Wow, if I had that, I’d be happy. I’d be fulfilled.” What we actually find is the dream turns into eventual disappointment. Because the gratification that accrues with the attainmentContinue reading “Hidden Treasure”

This Single Moment


I don’t know anything anymore I don’t know up from down Or east from west Or happiness from sadness I don’t know anything It’s becoming one big ball One vast, amorphous something In the midst of this single moment I can’t turn away from my insignificance Or ignore my greatness In this single moment Just holdContinue reading “This Single Moment”

I wonder


If we removed anxiety and fear from our individual and collective psyche, what would remain? Would it be deafening silence? Would it be peace? Would it be clarity? Would it be joy? Would it be all of the above? I wonder. In these troubling times, try to look up and not down. You are stillContinue reading “I wonder”

An Impossible Dream?


This is not fun. Of course, life is not all about having fun, but there has to be more fun than this. I’m not referring only to the virus outbreak. I heard Sean Connery saying, while surrounded by his children and grandchildren, that his “third act” (or eighth decade of life) was “Shite.” His statementContinue reading “An Impossible Dream?”