The Gift of Awakening

I wonder if you have noticed how much of life you go through as a sleep walker on autopilot. The central message of spirituality is that we need to stay awake and we need to learn to see…. Continue Reading »

Mystical Vision

I am often asked why I am so drawn to the mystics. Coleman Barks (the widely respected translator of Rumi’s poetry) helps me frame my answer to this question. He describes the goal of Sufism as opening the… Continue Reading »

Learning and Living Wisdom

Of course I should have expected it, but over and over again since launching the CASCADIA LIVING WISDOM SCHOOL people ask me a question that I am still unable to answer – at least in any adequate way. The question… Continue Reading »

Mystery and Mysticism

Not long ago I had an interesting conversation with someone who told me that she had no tolerance for mysticism because it was based on intellectual laziness. She said that it involved glorifying mystery rather than viewing it… Continue Reading »

THE THREAD OF LIFE

You may not have noticed it but there is a thread that runs through your life. It weaves through the parts of your story that change but it doesn’t change. In fact, it holds all those parts together…. Continue Reading »

Gazing on Art as Therapy

Alain de Botton has done it again. When he turned his creative attention to religion, his book, Religion for Atheists, scandalized his fellow atheists but gave us all a chance to think afresh about the value of religion…. Continue Reading »

Finding God in All Things: An Interview

This is the third in a series of occasional interviews with people about their spiritual journey. Previous blogs in this series can be found by entering “Interview” in the search box. Irene Alexander is a mother and grandmother… Continue Reading »

What Brings You Life?

One of the things I am always interested to discover when I talk with people about their journey is their most important life practice. By this, I don’t mean something they feel they should do but what they… Continue Reading »

Silence

Silence plays a uniquely important role in any deep engagement with oneself, others, life, or the transcendent. Consequently, people on a journey from the surface of life to those deeper places often ask me questions about it –… Continue Reading »