Bring It On

One of my major flaws is my desire to figure everything out. I keep trying to crack the code of life, thinking all the answers lie on the other side of some bridge I’m about to cross, if I could only get closer to that bridge. But life is life. There is no figuring everything out. There is only letting go. The practice of surrender is a difficult one for […]

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Music Will Save You

Music has saved me so many times. Not long ago, I wrote a short story about a 12-year-old girl who was sad and lonely. She didn’t know what was what in her life, and she had already been through several heartbreaks. But she put on her Walkman and pressed Play, and the woman’s voice that sang in her ear told her she was not alone in her struggle. And at […]

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The Enlightened One

“You have no bucket, and the well is deep.” John 4:11 “Jesus is God but God is not Jesus.” –My 4-year-old daughter, Izzy.   Spiritual seekers are like the Samaritan woman who goes daily to the well, trying to fill up her bucket with water. We try this, and we try that, and we see what this or that will do, all so that we may find greater wholeness. We take […]

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The Sense and Essence Podcast, Episode 1: “Why Meditate?”

What’s the big deal about meditation? Why are people always talking about it? Can it really change your life? My friend Dan Staub and I very much believe it can, and for the better. In this first episode of our Sense and Essence Podcast, we discuss what initially brought each of us to meditation as well as some of the benefits we’ve noticed in our lives through a regular practice. […]

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Embrace Your Sorrow

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. –Rumi, “The Great Wagon” I have this bad habit of asking God to take away all my pain, particularly my sorrows. I’ve always sort of thought if I could walk through life like a robot, making all the “right […]

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The Job That Always Pays

“On this path effort never goes to waste, and there is no failure. Even a little effort toward spiritual awareness will protect you from the greatest fear.” –Bhagavad Gita We think that our purpose in this life is to find a paying job we like, so we can have money to fulfill our needs and desires. From an early age, we ask kids, “What do you want to be when […]

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Finding the One

I’ll admit it, I’ve been on dating apps. It’s somewhat of a hellish experience, except when it works. Swipe left, swipe right. Good, bad, ugly, weird. Yes, no, yes, no. That’s a really bad way to live in this world. If you can get past the barrage of images and look at people with an open heart, you’re on a better track, but many of these apps just make you […]

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