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If you want to know what your values are, just look at your own life. Your life looks like your values. A lot of us think we have higher or spiritual values, but those values are not necessarily reflected in our so-called personal lives.
I want a dream to take us deeper, to see everything as a gauzy display of images. Dreams help me see through ordinary experiences to their underlying narratives and images and mysteries.
The power of love to dissolve negativity cannot be underestimated. This power becomes our closest ally in removing the emotional blocks that keep us isolated from our love source.
Living by deliberation means intentionally aligning your thoughts, behaviors, and choices with who you really are, and the outcomes you're trying to achieve.
There are two ways that you can experience the intoxicating joy, profound peace and ecstatic wakefulness of the Ground of Being: spontaneously or through effort.
Not all contemplative paths kindle the same doubts or present the same liabilities. There are, in fact, many methods of meditation and "spiritual" inquiry that can greatly enhance our mental health while offering no affront to the intellect.
I really don't underestimate the power of listening. Listening enables me to learn much more about someone else, to discover new opportunities, to gain respect of another, to hear about different perspectives and make better decisions due to having more information.
Although blue moons do not cast an actual blue shadow, their very existence is a symbolic celestial reminder, a message out of the blue, as it were.
I've spent a good amount of my time on Earth fretting. A defense developed in childhood, worry was my talisman, my rabbit's foot. I believed it kept me safe. Delving into my spiritual yearning has brought me to a place of openness and questioning.
David Mercier opens our eyes to -- or at least reminds us of -- the sacred power of the natural world. Indeed, what is more worthy of worship than the miracles of sunrise and the morphing of seeds into trees. There's "science" behind these phenomena, but that doesn't preclude mystery.
A little over a year ago, I had somewhat of a meltdown. It wasn't the kind of meltdown that caused me to go into a depression or try to find myself in...
Take time to incorporate elements that you find beautiful, or as one of my client says, "Oooh, that makes me happy!" Things that evoke that reaction are the things that speak to the soul.
A client of mine told me that she had been making food for a friend of hers who was very ill. "I find that my heart opens and I feel so happy when I a...
The next time you catch a case of the purpose blues, just remember that you'll find the greatest success and purpose when you let go of the need for perfect answers and instead start actively living into the space of a few good questions.
In so many ways, we can use smartphones to serve God and neighbor. To text love. To advocate with hashtags. To tweet the gospel. To chronicle justice. To snap joy. To spread good news.