We've launched AOL Healthy Living as a one-stop shop that will inform, enlighten, engage, and inspire you to make more educated decisions about your health. READ MORE Dear Class of 2011: Good Luck... You're Really Going to Need It!: Despite commencement speeches they'll hear, for many of the graduates spilling into the job market throughout the nation, there isn't going to be much to commence. Economically at least, this is an especially rough time to be graduating from college. READ MORE Friday morning, I gave the commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College. Here is the video:
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.
(Photograph: "Sense of Spring" by Albena Markova) Rabbis tend to agree that the huge numbers of congregants who throng in synagogues on Rosh Hashan...
Years ago I read the Goethe quote, "The worst thing one can do is to think ill of oneself." It seemed true enough to me at the time -- I certainly thought ill of myself now and again and it never led to any good. But Goethe didn't say thinking ill of oneself was one of the worst things you could do; he said it was the worst thing you could do.
The various spiritual scriptures address numerous aspects of life. All too often, they are applied in a manner for which they were not intended. In ot...
When we plant seeds in a perfect habitat - the right amount of water at the right times, appropriate amount of sunlight, most suitable soil type and tilth - they flourish, coming alive in front of our eyes. What does flourishing mean for people and what "habitat" fosters it? Can we learn something from this for how the environment might flourish when humans interact with it?
Aspire to integrate your wisdom, the depth of your being, with the surface of your life. Ask yourself what you really feel about something deep inside. Look to that place that is untouched by programmed emotions and thoughts. Question why you feel the way that you feel, why you think the way you think.
"I'm a survivor", my friend said as he referred to a certain aspect of his persona. Unknowingly, my mind captured his words and for two days, like an ...
The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences. -The Third Patriarch of Zen I have spent much of my life in pursuit of satisfyin...
While recently filling out a government form, I had to select a "vocation" box. I winced when I realized the the only box I could check was "homemaker." This was a first. I've had some sort of professional title the past seventeen years. Before that, I was a student. But now? I guess I'm a "homemaker."
My family has been going through a medical crisis of late and it has become impossible to find a good stretch of uninterrupted time in which to write, not to mention things don't seem particularly funny right now.