Wordsworth and the Soul

How “New Age” can something be when poets were writing about it in 1807?  Sometimes life just catches my funny bone. Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood 5 Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting: The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star, Hath had elsewhere its setting, And cometh from afar: Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness, But trailing clouds of glory do we come From God, who is our home: Heaven lies about us in our infancy!… Details

Looking For A Refill

Media has bombarded us for not just decades but hundreds of years of message and media telling us that this or that thing will inspire us, fulfill us, and make our lives the dream we’ve always dreamed.  I see this all the time in the spiritual community. … Details


When people say “Life’s a dance” they are usually referring to partner dancing where two people hold hands and try not to step on each other’s feet.  You know “sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow.” But sometimes life’s a dance like a ballet teacher trying to get 5 year olds to perform for the first time. … Details

Body Voice

People tend to listen to their bodies when the message is so loud that it drowns out everything else or when the body decides to taken everything offline and stop the car.  Injuries, chronic illness, chronic pain, repeated issues like migraines, we listen to that. … Details

Fear Goggles

You’ve heard of rose-colored glasses.  They tint everything with a rosy glow so that it all looks positive and upbeat.  I’m all for it other than the fact that it’s a false experience of reality and it hides as much as it enhances. … Details

Swimming In Themes

I don’t know if this happens to other people, but as a writer when I’m working on (or through) a project I sometimes find myself swimming in a flow of themes that are all converging.  Right now I’m starting to write out the section of my Kabbalah class which talks about Shekinah, the indwelling human relations form of God.… Details

Life In All Caps

There is so much shouting going on. You know how the more people you add to a space, the louder the conversations get because each person is trying to be heard. The sound will crescendo until it’s uncomfortable or annoying or someone draws everyone’s attention to it.… Details

However Improbable

Ever just get to the point where you’ve tried everything and you’re pulling your hair out and you don’t know what else to do? It’s not that you can see the answer and can’t get there from here, it’s not that you aren’t willing to do whatever it takes, it’s just that nothing has worked and nothing seems to be able to resolve the issue and when all is said and sifted there’s nothing left except that you’re still stuck in the same dang place! … Details

The 1/3 Rule

A rule of thumb that comes in handy when resetting priorities is the 1/3 rule.  Our lives, in general, should be divided into these thirds: personal, family/friends, goals/path/profession.  The most common response to my talking about this rule is laughter because such a thing is obviously impossible for a great many reasons which they can start listing off in priority order. … Details