The Isreali and Palestinian in my Uber Car: Peace

The Driver … His eyes were on the road driving, but he would glance back at me in the mirror almost crying as he beseechingly wanted me to understand. He was my Uber driver recently here in Chicago, and when I asked where he was from he said Isreal, but that he was Palestinian. And thus it began – and I paraphrase. He said, “The world is told that Isrealis and Palestinians are mortal enemies. This is a lie. Of … Read More…

No More Waiting to Know Who You Are

This beautiful image is of whales sleeping, but walk with me a bit further. These gentle giants represent the vast being that we are – in form – at rest. These bodies are born of the oceanic reality of their surroundings – and to this vast ocean they will return as they eventually dissolve. We are thus; bodies brought forth from the oceanic vastness of which we are born. Our humanness, fears, triumphs, and currents of daily life, will not … Read More…

Independence Day From The Craziness of The Mind

HAPPY DAY OF INDEPENDENCE in the U.S. But wait, perhaps it can be Independence Day for more of humanity. Follow me here. Yes, some nations are still under oppressive rule, and yes world dominance is still pursued. And yes there is much work to do to support love rather than hate. However, as valid as these are, I speak not of them. In 1776 the U.S. initiated freedom from oppressive tyranny. What tyranny can we break free of now, that … Read More…

You Are That Which is Beyond Definition

IF YOU’RE WILLING … I write this as I watch my leg injury cause an impulse to create a new identity as “Someone who has a leg injury.” Yes, my leg is injured, but creating a new identity is the question. Please read on … Ironic huh? We crave relief from suffering Yet we grasp tightly to the details of our pains and stories. Using them as reference points to prop up a sense of a “me.” Al beit, a … Read More…

VIDEO: When Life Throws a Curve: A Way to Deal with Feelings

Okay, so I’m now on crutches with a leg injury. I had to make this video – because I imagine I’m not the only one with life throwing a curve. How about you? Be sure to watch to the end for the true point of the vid; how to deal with feelings when the unexpected happens. Developing a conscious way of processing your reactions to life’s changes seems to be an invaluable skill in today’s world of endless changes and … Read More…

VIDEO: You’re an Explosion of Life: Both Stillness and Motion

Do you respond to life with fundamentally the same reactions and emotions – as if you’re a robot or a fixed object of reactivity? You’re not. You are free with infinite possible responses. But you can’t ever explore this freedom unless you let go of your concept of yourself as a fixed person with defendable positions and beliefs. If your heart calls you to experience life in a new way, then you’ll discover that freedom waits for you every moment … Read More…

Why You Can’t Find Love – And Where to Find it.

Ever notice how we say we live by this spiritual tradition, or that faith, or that scripture, and yet we have this underlying drive from something else? What is it? I propose we are unconsciously more faithful to the illusion that someone else has the love we need and we’ll do almost anything to obtain it. It could be seeking love from our parents (even if dead), God, childhood guardians, society, life itself. We live to our dying day in … Read More…

The Only Way to Know Lasting Fulfillment

Ever wonder how the Dalai Lama retains a loving and light-hearted way about him – even when his nation and beloved people have been nearly destroyed? One way might be the following … In these tumultuous times as we seek to “change the world” and find relief from our anxiety, I propose that we’re doing so in ways that will never fulfill our hope. Follow me here. Because we perceive ourselves to be a single fixed object; a person, a … Read More…

Contemplative Photo/Video Retreat in Ojai, CA

Gladly, I’m returning to the mountains of Ojai, CA, to co-lead this retreat with my contemplative friend and professional photographer, Doug Ellis.  DATES: JUNE 26-29, 2017 NOTE: Limited to 10 participants for individual attention. 4 spots remaining. WATCH PREVIEW BELOW Learn to feel more confident in the craft of photography and videography through gaining a quieter mind, a sense of oneness with nature, and opening to boundless creativity. *All skills are welcome. *All camera types are welcome, yes iphones, etc. … Read More…

How to Let Go When You Feel Emotionally Stuck

Is this familiar? You have anger and mental chatter about something someone said or did and your emotions won’t budge so you remain in this endless loop stealing your attention from living your daily life? What’s the key to escaping this hamster wheel of emotionality endlessly going round and round? Letting go is paramount, but not always so easy. The Sedona Method Fifth Way approaches your experience from a different angle. Rather than focusing on letting go, it focuses on … Read More…