What You Want vs. What You Really Want

Swami Kriyananda said, “Sometimes what you want and what you really want are miles apart.” I’m extremely grateful for the times that I received direct (and I mean Direct!) guidance from Swamiji. I had lots of ideas and many of them were not quite on target. Swamiji was usually subtle and understated in the direction he gave and rarely gave it at all, but at times, he could be blunt. When I asked for his guidance on moving to the … Read More

Entitlement Entanglement

A major pitfall in life, not to mention the spiritual path, is an attitude of entitlement. Have you ever caught yourself thinking, “Who does he think he is?” or “What makes her think she can talk to me that way?” or “I deserve better than that!” or “Surely, I don’t have to do that!” (Note italics for emphasis!) To survive “Entitlement Entanglements” try the following: Realize that no one owes you anything and you’re not too good for any circumstance. … Read More

One Moment in the Presence of A Saint

Have you ever initiated a contagious yawning spell among your friends? Perhaps you started yawning now that you’ve read that word twice in two sentences. Oh no! I just started a contagious yawning spell! I hope you’re not reading this while driving. I first heard of contagious yawning and mirror neurons from my friend, Dr. Peter Van Houten. Research suggests that the neurons that fire in our brain when we are physically performing an action are the same neurons that … Read More

Kindness Softens the Human Heart

This past weekend I watched “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” an inspiring documentary on the life of Fred Rogers (well known for his children’s show “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”). I was deeply touched by his life story and especially how he connected with children in a meaningful and uplifting way. Children were drawn to him like a magnet, not because he wore a goofy hat, dressed up, made jokes, or did magic tricks, but because he sincerely cared for them. He … Read More