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Dennis Merritt Jones
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Throughout his lifetime, Dennis Merritt Jones has been on a quest to inspire and lift people to a higher expression of life. His personal vision is to guide people to their purpose, knowing that when a person fully awakens to who they are and why they are on the planet, they begin to naturally share their gift with humankind and, in the process, create an enriching life for themselves and the world around them.

Dennisʼ most recent book, "Your (Re)Defining Moments - Becoming Who You Were Born to Be" was released in June of 2014.His second book, "The Art of Uncertainty ~ How to Live in the Mystery of Life and Love It"" -- was released by Tarcher/Penguin on June 9, 2011. In addition, Dennis is the award winning author of "The Art of Being ~ 101 Ways to Practice Purpose in Your Life," also released by Tarcher/Penguin Publishing. "The Art of Being" received the Nautilus Gold Award designed to highlight books that offer new ideas and options for a better world for everyone. "The Art of Being" was also a Silver Finalist in the Multiple Sclerosis Society Books for a Better Life Awards. Study Guides are available for both books as a free download at Dennisʼ website:

Dennis was the founder and spiritual director of the International Center for Spiritual Living in Simi Valley, CA. Dennis retired from the pulpit in 2008 to take is message to the world by means of his books, spiritual mentoring, keynote speaking and seminars.

Entries by Dennis Merritt Jones

The Gift YOU Are...

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 3:44 PM


Sooner or later every one of us breathes an atom that has been breathed by anyone you can think of who has lived before us--Michelangelo or George Washington or Moses. ~ Jacob Bronowski

"One day, many many years ago, great contributors to humankind...

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Truth Is Always an Inside Job

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 8:39 AM

"There is no truth except the truth that exists within you. Everything else is what someone is telling you." ~ Neale Donald Walsch

Do you ever take time to contemplate that which you embrace as "your" truth? By "truth" I mean your reality, the spiritual and core values that...

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Don't Let Your BS Hold You Back in 2016

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2015 | 11:04 PM

"Life is a blackboard upon which we consciously or unconsciously write those messages which govern us. We hold the chalk and the eraser in our hand but are ignorant of this fact. What we now experience we need not continue to experience but the hand which holds the eraser must...

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The Difference Between a House and a Home

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 6:39 AM

"I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself."

-- Maya Angelou

For my friends who have been reading my "weekly" MindfulPurpose messages on HuffPost for any length of time, it is probably obvious that they have not been very "weekly" in...

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We All Shine On

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 12:03 PM

"Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun." -- John Lennon
Last night after watching the nine-o'clock news (not recommended) I took MacDoodle out for a late evening stroll. I couldn't help but stop and stare at the full moon. I thought, "Wow,...
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Reverence Starts in the Mirror

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 10:00 AM


Perspective is everything, isn't it? I have heard it said that Ernest Holmes, would, on occasion, dine with a vase of weeds on his dining room table. What great insight and wisdom he had. He considered it a beautiful reminder that the creative...

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Has Your Ticket Been Punched Today?

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 9:49 AM

"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'Wow! What a Ride!'" -- Hunter S. Thompson
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Whose Truth Are You Living?

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2015 | 11:55 PM

"Believe nothing. No matter where you read it, Or who said it, Unless it agrees with your own reason And your own common sense." ~ Buddha

I wonder how many of us are basing our lives on someone else's truth? Many people take what has been given to them...

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Best if Used Before Expiration Date

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 4:27 PM

"What day is it?" It's today," squeaked Piglet. My favorite day," said Pooh." ~ A.A. Milne

This morning I was REALLY looking forward to that one and only cup of coffee in which I indulge on a daily basis--that is until I poured in the half & half which immediately...

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Don't Borrow Trouble

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 12:10 PM

"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia." -- Charles M. Schulz

Does your mind ever scamper out in front of you into the shadows of the unknown where your imagination conjures up a plethora of cinematic "what ifs"? On occasion, mine...

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The Complaint Department Is Closed!

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 2:24 PM

"What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain." -- Maya Angelo

Have you ever known a chronic complainer? The danger is that the universe takes what we focus our energy...

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Looking for Your Purpose? Look No Farther!

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 12:51 PM

"Everyone has a purpose in life ... a unique gift or special talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals." -- Dr. Deepak...
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Feeling Stuck in the Yuck? Here's Why!

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 2:36 PM

"Argue for your limitations and, sure enough, they are yours." ~ Richard Bach

Have you ever felt "stuck in the yuck"? You know, that mental, emotional, physical, quagmire where life seems more about just enduring another day rather than thriving. I remember the day in 1977 as I was...

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Life in the Fast Lane Requires Mindfulness

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 12:44 PM

"Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?" ~ George Carlin

I love the aforementioned quote by George Carlin because I can see myself in it and I am wondering if you might see a bit...

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Who Is Holding Your Happiness Hostage?

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2015 | 12:31 PM

All blame is a waste of time. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration.

You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won't succeed in...

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When the "G" Word Doesn't Work

(2) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 12:49 PM

"We should have a great many fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves". ~ John Locke

Recently I had an interesting conversation with a gentleman I met at a birthday party...

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What Do Little Children Know That You Don't?

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 7:07 PM

"Except ye become as little children, except you can wake on your fiftieth birthday with the same forward-looking excitement and interest in life that you enjoyed when you were five, "ye cannot enter the kingdom of God." One must not only die daily, but every day we must be born...

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Recognizing the Gift Each Moment Bears is a Mindfulness Practice

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2015 | 12:30 PM

"Appreciation of life itself, becoming suddenly aware of the miracle of being alive, on this planet, can turn what we call ordinary life into a miracle. We come awake to such a realization when we recognize our connection to a spiritual dimension." ~ Dan Wakefield

I am just now coming...

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What Do Your Life and Groundhog Day Have in Common?

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 10:19 AM

"Every day, each of us makes a multitude of choices that will impact our lives...the quality of our choices will dictate whether we will struggle in frustration or live an extraordinary life--the life of our dreams." ~ Debbie Ford

Last week, groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted another six weeks of winter...

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Conscious Choice: The Engine of Your Evolution

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 3:34 PM

Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation. -- James Allen

As a spiritual mentor, part of my job is to challenge the...

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