Category: Starting Over

I intend to write this reflection in two parts, tracking the spiritual progress of our protagonist, Siddhartha, and then riffing on some possible meanings for our own spiritual journey. I must be one of the very few who had never read Herman Hesse’s classic novel, Siddhartha. It’s based (sort of) on the life of the…

The most beloved Psalm in the bible is the 23rd, which opens with “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”. I always thought it meant that wanting was wrong. I read it as an injunction. “You shall not want”. If “the Lord” is my shepherd the spiritually realized individual shouldn’t want (or need)…

Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working palliative care, taking caring of ┬ápatients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She made a list of the top five regrets that the dying shared with her. I list them here. The list is very helpful and I’m grateful for her work….

In my last post, I wrote about the deep roots of shame. I was invited by a reader to write a post about how we exit the hell realm of shame. The first step is to realize, and I mean unambiguously realize, that we are not the cause of our shame. If we walk around…

I’d never talked to a medium before. I had heard this young woman in an interview with a highly intellectual man, downloading brainy men like Hegel, Feuerbach, Gebser and Spengler. She was not an intellectual, but she answered his questions by channeling these personalities with astounding clarity and simplicity. I decided to contact her. She…