Here’s my most recent post on Psychology Today, The Skeptic’s Guide to Enlightenment: How to Wake Up Without Losing Your Mind. It explores the difference between skepticism and cynicism, and the value of doubt on the path to wisdom. Read it here.
I very much enjoyed doing this interview with Devaa Haley Mitchell for the #MeToo Dialogues with The Shift Network. We talked about what it feels like to be a fatherless boy in a house full of women, how to embody true masculinity in a world of machismo and perpetrators, and why violence against women is a men’s problem, first. Click here to watch the video interview.
An inspirational investigation of the self through expressive writing, guiding you along the path of awakening through radical truth-telling and self-inquiry. More information.
Join me this Sunday, November 6 at 5 pm EST for the Live Seekers Session Teleconference, What Is Enough?: Indestructible Gratitude. We’ll be talking about sufficiency and the cultivation of thankfulness. To recognize your inherent wholeness is the heart of spiritual practice. To feel gratitude for our precious lives, knowing that who you are is more than enough, is the bridge to an awakened life.
These monthly Seekers Sessions are the kickoff to each new program from The Seekers Forum, my community of fellow seekers and inquisitive minds interested in exploring spiritual and philosophical questions in a dogma-free atmosphere of self-inquiry, inspiration, and spiritual practice. It’s modeled after the sufi concept of sohbet, which is the spiritual talk of friends. Each program continues through the month with video lessons, a guest interview, and discussion prompts to promote dialog and further the conversation in The Forum, the online discussion room. Visit The Seekers Forum for more information and to become a member.
I recently had the pleasure of talking to Mark Nepo for The Seekers Forum about his new book “Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness.” Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry and philosophy for over forty years. His many published works include “The Book of Awakening,” a number one New York Times Best Seller. He devotes his writing and teaching to the process of inner transformation and the life of relationship. I spoke to him about gratitude, faith and the acceptance on the path of awakening. I hope you enjoy our conversation.
Surrender has long been a dirty word in a culture steeped in do-or-die machismo, in which giving in — even when fighting is useless — is often seen as giving up. Yet most of the things that truly matter — love, art, awakening, service — require significant leaps of surrender. Here’s my column from this month’s Contemplative Journal.