Cocoon and Evolve: Global Pandemic and Metamorphosis

Cocoon and Evolve: Global Pandemic and Metamorphosis

Last week a friend and I were talking about how it may be a good idea to stay put for a while. Cocoon and evolve were his wise words. It was days before “social distancing” became a common term, days before distancing became shelter-in-place mandates. The shelves in Whole Foods were fully stocked. People looked … Read more

Shadow Work: Learning to See in the Dark

Shadow Work: Make the Unconscious Conscious

There’s an unsettling tendency in some spiritual circles to focus on all love and light. Yet there is a fine line between staying positive and being unaware of our own blind spots. Too much light can be blinding, and even young children know not to stare at the sun. The experience of being human contains … Read more

Courting the Wild: How to Spark and Nurture a Love Affair with Nature

How to be a Nature Lover

As I attempt to tackle this lofty topic, I have some reservations. Writing about how to love nature is dangerous territory. The risks of spiritual pomposity or airy-fairy Walden-esque prose gather all around, waiting for the first chance to jump onto the page and turn this article into utter fluff.     There is also the … Read more

Transformation and the Hidden Power of Chores: Lessons from the Mundane

Anyone who has ever devoted the full intensity of honed human attention to a task knows that even the most mundane act has something deeper to offer. When we stay present with whatever we are doing, even a simple chore is an opportunity for transformation . This particular example of how chores can reveal hidden … Read more

Love, Ego, and Long Term Relationships

Caveat: this article mentions some statistics on marriage only to reveal a trend in our regard (and perhaps capacity) for a long-term relationship. But the discussion here applies to any human relationship, short or long or backed by a government certificate or not. I now present to you Love, Ego, and the Long Run, a … Read more

The Greatest Threat to Our Freedom

The greatest threat to our freedom is so close to us we often miss it. Picture yourself fast asleep. Someone is asking you to wake up, but you are deep in a dream, and the call to awaken is experienced as a vague awareness that something is not quite right. We are in that dream, … Read more

Powerful Books: You Can Be Happy No Matter What

You Can Be Happy No Matter What by Richard Carlson dissolves some of the illusions that cause our suffering. Our external circumstances often appear to be the cause of our suffering or happiness, but closer examination reveals that it is our thoughts that affect our well-being. However, thoughts are not the same as reality. Just … Read more

Free Yourself to Improve Your Life

One of the most powerful ways to free yourself to change your life is to step back from your ego. A few weeks ago I wrote about how You Are Not Your Ego, and this topic is such a vital part of improving your life that I’m feeling compelled to elaborate. What is Ego? If … Read more

What is Ego?

What is ego? It is the story we choose. When several people witness the same event, they have different perspectives, and they notice different things. A similar phenomenon takes place every moment as we process all the sensory information we’re receiving. Only a tiny fragment of the sensory information that we receive reaches our consciousness, … Read more

How Personal Responsibility Can Change Your Life

All the choices we have made up to this point in our lives have created the exact life we live at this very moment. Personal responsibility is a sensitive topic these days, but here’s an easy way to reveal how it exists in our lives: Take a look around you. The room you are in … Read more