Category: Spiritual

I am writing this from a time machine

I am writing this from a time machine
I’m on a beach in Mexico. Lazing under a palm-thatched palapa. I am not thinking about the Super Bowl, the government shut down or the Dow Jones average. Indeed, I am not thinking at all. Absolutely nothing is on my mind. And that is what I want to send you from my lounge chair facing... Read more »

The beginning of the journey

The beginning of the journey
Three years have passed since my first post introducing “Cheating Death: How I added years of joy and meaning to my life” to the ChicagoNow blogosphere. Many of my recent posts have reflected on current events, strayed from personal insights to politics and the social movements that are riling America: racism, the Me Too movement... Read more »

Thank you, Mary Oliver

Thank you, Mary Oliver
I was blind and She taught me how to see. (I knew nothing about wild geese). I despaired; what is the point I wondered. She nodded in understanding. When I am there l look to the sun. On the darkest day, it shows me the way to the miracles. Miracles, really… Sunlight bathes the bud... Read more »
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In the domain of the heart, unseen but undeniable, there is a force "other than me."

In the domain of the heart, unseen but undeniable, there is a force "other than me."
I may be making all this up. The concept of a so-called subtle body that co-exists with our physical form requires a leap of faith and a back story typically told by ascetics wearing robes and sandals. Accepting the existence of something nobody can see is a pretty good description of psychosis or priesthood. But... Read more »

HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK: Step 5 –The truth and lies about true love

HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK:  Step 5 –The truth and lies about true love
I write my posts in the first person rather than giving advice or suggesting that my byline makes me an expert entitled to editorialize. But when it comes to love I am up there with Casanova, Lord Byron and Leo DiCaprio. So buckle up and grapple with the unblemished truth about love as it became... Read more »

HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK Step 4: – No buts about it

HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK  Step 4: – No buts about it
My promise to the baby with the 2019 sash is to stay young at heart, regardless of the hundred and one daily reminders that I was born when the Dead Sea was still alive. It’s not easy to swim in the mainstream but if you’re finishing dinner before most people leave the office, you’re resigning... Read more »
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HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK. Step 3 – Crash your Maserati into the Jones’ Jaguar

HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK.  Step 3 – Crash your Maserati into the Jones’ Jaguar
I’m not suggesting that money is the root of all evil, although there’s a compelling case for the proposition. Having the wherewithal to live without the fear of residing in the backseat of a ’96 Pontiac is essential to one’s well-being. And surely, having some reserve past the worrisome stress of living pay check to... Read more »

HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK. STEP 2: ABANDON ALL HOPE

HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK.  STEP 2: ABANDON ALL HOPE
Tricky word, “hope.” “I hope I win the lottery.” Harmless enough aspiration although I’ve repeated it a couple hundred times with absolutely zero results. “I hope the Bears win the Super Bowl.” Wow, this year the possibility is more than a pipe dream; it can happen. Surely there is nothing detrimental in being optimistic and... Read more »

HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK. STEP 1: BRAINWASHING

HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK.  STEP 1: BRAINWASHING
Before you get carried away with scenes out of the Manchurian Candidate or imagine I’m recruiting you into a secret cult by zapping your mind with subliminal images secretly inserted within this post, slow down, this is not about me changing your way of thinking against your will. It’s about reviewing the attitudes and beliefs... Read more »
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I've never been so ready to die, and so intensely glad to be alive

I've never been so ready to die, and so intensely glad to be alive
This is not a paradox. To the contrary, dying well and living well are correlated as tightly as a magical yin and yang amulet. As I grew older, I came to see how these seemingly contrary energies were complementary and interconnected. Life evolved into an equation: the closer to dying the more precious every hour... Read more »