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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 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

(0) 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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2015: Explore the 'No Resolution' Solution

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 10:52 AM

Success Is Not About Who Wins the Race, It's About Who Finishes.

"The road to success leads through the valley of humility, and the path is up the ladder of patience and across the wide barren plains of perseverance. As yet, no shortcut has been discovered." -- Joseph. J. Lamb


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"Things" May Not Change in 2015, But...

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2014 | 8:29 PM

Tomorrow, you promise yourself, will be different, yet tomorrow is too often a repetition of today. -James T. McCay

I have been going to the same bank for twenty-plus years and have become known by many of the long-time employees there as a good listener. Recently, I had an...

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The Wisdom of Patience

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 12:46 PM

Practicing the Art of High
Involvement & Low Attachment

"Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character." -- Heraclitus

A martial arts student went to his...

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Knowing When to Hold On and Knowing When to Let Go

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 11:54 AM

The Wisdom of the Sacred Continuum

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven."

-- Ecclesiastes 3:1

MacDoodle, my dog, and I took our regular early morning walk today just as the sun was rising. The air was unusually...

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Whether You Leave Your Mark or Not Is Not the Question...

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 1:18 PM

We all desire to have others witness our lives.
We want to know that who we are matters.
There is something sacred that lies deep
within us that seeks to connect us to our
oneness with others and with eternity...

On a trip to...

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Are You the Artist...or the Masterpiece?

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 11:27 PM

"To be properly expressed a thing must proceed from within, moved
by its form: it must come, not in from without but out from within."
~ Meister Eckhart

Have you ever thought of yourself as a piece of living art? If this question seems abstract, consider...

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The Ripple Effect of You...

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 11:59 AM

Six Degrees of Separation Is Not That Far
Between You and What Really Matters

"The idea that everything is purposeful really changes the way you live. To think that everything that you do has a ripple effect, that every word that you speak, every action that you make...

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Life: A Wild Ride On a Universal Roller Coaster

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 4:21 PM

Progress has not followed a straight ascending line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and retrogression, of evolution and dissolution. ~ Goethe

As Goethe inferred, metaphorically speaking, life is not a straight ascending ride but more like a universal roller coaster--an endless continuum of dips, rises, and...

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Who Is Chafing Your Chaps?

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 6:04 PM

"Projection always hides a feeling you don't want to look at. If you examine any negative trait you insist is present in another person, you will find that same trait hiding in yourself. The more you deny this trait, the more strongly you will have to project it." -- Dr....
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Wherever You Go, There YOU Are: Your Consciousness Never Takes a Vacation!

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 12:43 PM

"One of the reasons it has seemed so difficult for a person to change his habits, his personality, or his way of life, has been that heretofore nearly all efforts at change have been directed to the circumference of the self, so to speak, rather than to the center." ~...

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