The End of Rock Bottom

At the end of 2015, just after Christmas, I packed a small bag and headed to Manhattan for a couple of days. The first song on the musical playlist I had made was Van Morrison’s “Astral Weeks”: If I ventured in the slipstream Between the viaducts of your dream Where immobile steel rims crack And the ditch in the back roads stop Could you find me? Would you kiss-a my […]

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You Have It To Give

  Money is the root of so much awesomeness. –Jen Sincero, author of You Are a Badass at Making Money When I was in Europe this past summer, finding churches to pray in, places to write blog posts, I recognized heaven exists not in some far-off land, but right here, on earth. It is inside us, if we have the bravery and persistence to tap in. In every direction is beauty […]

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Your Soul is Not a Product

I keep getting emails and ads showing up in my social media feeds for what is called a “masterclass.” The idea is that if you watch this video and listen to this person, you’re going to gain massive spiritual insight that’s going to take you to the next level. And what is the next level? I don’t know. Happiness? More money? Deeper awakening? This dude interviews all kinds of healers […]

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FirstDay Sermon: Should You Be Empty?

A lot of meditation teachers talk about the practice of “emptying” yourself when you sit down to pray. A word about prayer vs. meditation. These two are pretty much the same. Prayer tends to be something we do with words, while we think of meditation as silence. But I’ve done some meditation in kundalini yoga that requires repeating a mantra out loud over and over again (like Catholics do with […]

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Confessions (and a Video Link)

I am weird. I have always been weird, but I have often tried to suppress that side of myself. My family doesn’t like “weird.” They are very straight-laced folks. But I love being weird. I love being creative, trying new things, getting out of my comfort zone. (Wait, can I say I love that last part? Probably not, but I love when it’s over.) And I love weird people. They are […]

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