Are You Stuck In Shades of Gray (And Black)?


Are you stuck in the land of sadness? Do you always come back to this all-too-familiar place, no matter what you do to get out? Surprisingly, I’ve found very little in the annals of Psychology relating to prolonged periods of sadness besides labeling these states as some variation of depression. It may be called ClinicalContinue reading “Are You Stuck In Shades of Gray (And Black)?”

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?”

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”

Grain Burgers and the Door to the Infinite


I had everything a thirty something American male could wish for: the perfect job in a field I enjoyed; a great boss; a townhouse bachelor pad; girlfriends, a few pals to hang out with; a sports car and club memberships. I had scrupulously followed the prescribed formulas for success. I had cobbled together many of the accoutrements of an ideal life.

Yet I felt restless and unfulfilled.

Serenity


To experience serenity, I think of the word “see.” To feel serene, I remember that a wise person sees the big picture. From this heightened perspective, I am free from the tension and anxiety that too often pushes its way into my awareness to eclipse the spontaneous joy my soul wants to feel. I thinkContinue reading “Serenity”

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”