I came across the term “the watcher” reading the late and controversial, Buddhist monk, Chogyam Trungpa’s book, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism. The watcher is the expression of self that learns, over decades of socialization, to watch what s/he says, watch how he acts, watch what he wears, watch his tone of voice, watch whether he…

Thoughts are living beings that live and move and have their being in the collective field of consciousness and unconsciousness of the human species. We were taught to believe that thoughts originate in our brains. But the esoteric and mystical masters throughout the ages have discovered that we shouldn’t take thoughts so personally. It seems…

Singer-songwriter, Lucinda Williams, sings a protest song about losing her joy in life: “You stole my joy, I want it back”. It’s a terrible thing to lose joy in life. It can erode gradually, even though there comes a definitive moment when we awaken to its absence in our life. Although it can feel sudden, typically…

I’ve used anxiety most of my life. When it lifted the other day, I found myself walking through a forest in a state of no-worry. With every breath the trees got greener, and the birds seems to sing more sweetly.  I mean this literally. So this is what it’s like to not worry. My intention when…

It seems inevitable that we will be required on our journey through life to start over. Often, this isn’t a matter of our own choosing. Circumstances such as illness, the ending of a relationship, or death of a loved one are both devastating as well as an opportunity to recreate our life. Alternatively, we come…