Adapting to Life

Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative. – H.G. Wells From our first breaths to the last, we cope. All of us have adapted to the life we are born into. Some are better adjusted than others, but each and every one of us gets by. Life’s deeply embedded tenacity whispers to …

Manifesting Gratitude

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. G.K Chesterton Be grateful every day for the life you have. Each and every one of us is unique – never to come again. Your face, your voice, your heart and soul are one-of-a-kind. And …

Match Your Nature to Nature

The goal of life is to match your heartbeat to the beat of the universe, to match your nature to Nature. Joseph Campbell People in our modern technological society can lose track of their ancient nature. The day-to-day onrushing tasks can seem endless and inescapable. Tasks must be accomplished, and goals met. We have to …

Mindful Compassion

Compassion is the basis of morality. – Arthur Schopenhauer The goal of this life is to stand in a positive light in order to raise your awareness of the ultimate reality which is adrift upon a cosmic sea as wide as a trillion times a trillion times a trillion oceans. This shining life prepares you …

Manifest Beauty

You know it is one of the most marvelous things in life to discover something unexpectedly, spontaneously, to come upon something without premeditation, and instantly to see the beauty, the sacredness, the reality of it. But a mind that is seeking and wanting to find is never in that position at all. – Jiddu Krishnamurti …

Ecological Awareness

For most of history, man has had to fight nature in order to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it. – Jacques Cousteau Great unnatural changes are taking place around the world. When I was young, most people were not concerned about protecting nature. …

Love Connects Our Hearts

As if you were on fire from within/The moon lives in the lining of your skin. – Pablo Neruda Love takes many forms in our lives from our mother’s voice murmuring through the womb to our lover’s final kiss as we depart this world for the next. Love connects our earthly hearts to the divine …

Being Mindful

Our feelings are our own. They are tuned to the pitch of our soul. We cannot judge another’s feelings only their emotional expressions. And so we should treat one another with kindness and understanding if we too desire the compassion of others. I suppose throughout my life I have been an idealist. I have seen …

Our Shared Reality

We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep. – William James Standing at the edge of the stormy deep, I sense the pulse of millions of my fellow humans. Beyond the artificial boundaries of nations and politics, lie the vast interlaced storylines of our species. Life sweeps …

Faith Looks Up

Sorrow looks back; Worry looks around; Faith looks up. – Ralph Waldo Emerson It seems that every day for the past week has been filled with news and talk about the sickness running rampant through China right now. My wife’s family is nervous, my Chinese friends are worried, and my former students are uncertain what …