Why Waste Time on Spiritual Busywork?

I’ve spent time on many different spiritual paths, and all of them involved practices and activities which I found to be deeply satisfying.  Growing up in a Protestant church I gravitated towards opportunities to be involved and use my talents, like learning to play the organ because nobody else at our church knew how.  When […]


Where, Exactly, Are Your Toes?

So we seem to be fixated on our rights and freedoms lately, as we should be, but in an increasingly bizarre way.  There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding what is a right, what is a freedom, and who has the right to decide who gets to do what.  Politically, I’m not sure […]


Reaping What We Sow

Cultivating a spiritual life takes a certain amount of time, energy, and intent.  There is an investment we make of ourselves, which implies that we expect some sort of return on that investment. I consider writing to be a huge part of my spiritual practice.  My books and research notes, this blog, and the journals […]

Uninspiring Inspirations

“For everything you have missed, you have gained something else; And for everything you gain, you lose something else. It is about your outlook towards life. You can either regret or rejoice.”

You can regret.  You can rejoice.  You can actually do both at the same time. However, I don’t think you can honestly look at your life and say that every time something beneficial happened to you, something else was taken away.   We tell ourselves this stuff to make ourselves feel better when bad things […]


If You Could Just Come In On Saturday…

I think one of the biggest revelations I’ve had in my more recent spiritual life is that the most powerful venue for connecting my spirituality with my material world is in my workplace, not in my home.  Yes, at this point I still hold a traditional job.  I don’t write to make money, I write […]


Budgeting for God?

I spend quite a bit of time and effort on trying to maximize the usefulness of the space in my house as well as trying to allocate money in the best way, and I think I’m a pretty standard example in that regard.  When things are important to us we tend to be more willing […]

Defining Spirituality

Spirit: the nonphysical part of a person that is the seat of emotions and character; the soul

Spirit: the nonphysical part of a person that is the seat of emotions and character; the soul (above definition from Essentially, by this definition the soul and the spirit are the same thing.  I think that is up for debate, but I think it is reasonable to bundle them together when it comes to […]


Drawing a Line

I’ve been rather fortunate that not many parts of my life are affected by my spiritual affiliation or lack thereof.  I’ve had relatively few instances where I was put in an uncomfortable position by people who were suspicious or confrontational about religion.  But when I do experience instances of ignorance or intolerance, they stand out. […]


Knowing is Half the Battle

Probably the most common question I get asked when people realize I don’t adhere to a mainstream religious tradition is what, exactly, I really believe.  It’s an interesting question for me to try to answer and, truthfully, I struggle with it because I don’t have a set of doctrines to list for the curious.  The […]


Teach a Man to Fish…

I have known a lot of people who live by a spiritual code which teaches them that to help others is the most important thing to do in life.  It’s an honorable code by which to live, and I agree with the sentiment.  But I’ve also known a lot of people who live this to […]