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Healing From Within
by Rocky Uchimura


The Buddha talked about the “impermanence of all things.” To use a metaphor, life is like the flow of a river. Although it may be the same river geographically, the water flowing through it is most certainly not the same from moment to moment. Thus the river is always changing. The same is true of […]


The Time for a Spiritual Revolution is NOW
by Craig Kolavo


As I sat on the floor in my closet, unpacking boxes of dusty journals and notebooks I’d collected over the past 20+ years, the task at hand seemed overwhelming. How do I organize all of these life experiences into a coherent story? How do I put these events into a clear, chronological order for my […]


New Day, Old Reality
by Annette Cravera Goggio


Deepak Chopra, as one of the keynote speakers at the 18th International Conference of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) this past July, discussed “The Nature of Reality.” He posed the questions, “What is the universe made of?” and, “What is the biological basis of consciousness?” Positing the theory that fundamental reality has no boundaries—it […]


FUQ — Frequently UNASKED Questions
Swami Beyondananda


Dear Swami: For such an enlightened being, you seem way too innocent.  I mean, trying to change the world?  Give me a break.  The world is as it is, and it always will be.  Even Jesus said the poor would always be among us.  Forget utopian visions.  Why not just accept things as they are? […]


Be the Kind of Influencer the World Needs in 2020: Seven Simple Changes You Can Make to Start Influencing Others on a Higher Level
by Karen McGregor

stacked rocks

Our world is full of so-called “influencers” vying for our attention. You can’t miss them: They create tons of noise and are always in the spotlight. From spiritually bankrupt politicians to super-wealthy tech geniuses to charismatic online personalities who use their influence to sway audiences to buy their favorite (sponsored) products, these larger-than-life figures may […]


Winter Solstice
by Dreama Vance


December 21st is Winter Solstice for the northern hemisphere. It is my most favorite day of the entire year! Yin energy is at its peak and calls us to settle down with a warm cup of herbal tea and reflect on the past year. It calls us inside ourselves to contemplate, meditate, and rest in […]


Fake “Self-Love” Is So Played. Here’s What We Really Need!
by Jessica Baum

woman sitting on park bench looking at mountain view

We live in this modern-day society where it’s become so incredibly popular to join the “self-love” movement. We see the word thrown around everywhere online and in social media, yet we are still struggling with feelings of emptiness and depletion. The question always boils down to this: why are we as a society still struggling […]


The Koan of Everyday Life
by Brenda Shoshanna – New York City

hen on nest

We think our everyday lives are ordinary, nothing much going on. And especially during the holiday season, we want glitter, glamour, parties, excitement. This will make our season special. Or so we think. So often, after all the commotion a hollow feeling appears. What was that all about? we wonder. Despite temporary thrills, an emptiness […]


A Holiday Guide to Getting Organized for Those Who Love Their Stuff
by Marla Stone – Orange County, CA

December is dominated by the holiday season, which often involves lots of parties, visitors, travel, and special meals. Maintaining an organized home is a particular challenge this month, given all the pressure to decorate, buy presents, host gatherings, and cook. This is when having a fine-tuned storing system will help a great deal, since it […]


Can St. Francis of Assisi Save Our Divided World Today?
by James Twyman


Set aside your computer for a moment and see if you can guess who wrote these words: “I made a mistake. Without doubt, an oppressed multitude had to be liberated, but our method only provoked further oppression and atrocious massacres. What was really needed…were ten Francis of Assisi’s.”   I love asking this question and […]