Wishing you a ridiculously awesome winter holiday

 “This life is a brief, ecstatic spark. Darling, fling yourself into the stars.”—Chelan Harkin The headline for this post is a paraphrase of my new Consuela purse. My bestest friend, Mary, made a valiant effort to walk away when she first spotted it. But when she discovered that every single Consuela product bears the motto […]

Unicorns are the national animal of Scotland and other magical things

“When all your desires are distilled; You will cast just two votes: To love more, And be happy.”—Hafiz Wow! This is a rather strange admission for a writer to make, but sometimes that’s the only thing I can really say. Wow! Well that and, of course, thank you, thank you, thank you! I have just […]

Reboot your spirit: a guest post

“Joy is not an escape from reality’s hard edges, not a privilege of the few or a luxury to be allowed once the hard work is done. It’s a life-giving, resilience-making human birthright.”—Krista Tippett I loved this essay by a friend of mine who describes himself as “Holder of lots of jobs, author, coach, nice […]

Just in: My monkey mind officially announces its theme song

“When you get stuck fighting small battles, it makes you small.”—Hank Green You’ve probably heard it: Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.” The all-time favorite line of my monkey mind (the Course calls it my ego) is “I like big but’s and I cannot lie.” Monkey mind doesn’t just LIKE big but’s. It throws them out […]

Don’t let the past assault your now

“We lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”—Jack Kerouac Kum Back, a bootleg album packaged in a plain white jacket, rubber-stamped in red or blue ink and released in January 1970, demonstrates everything you need to know about why I go through the lessons in the Course workbook every year. The album, […]

Joy too deep to comprehend

“God is my boo.”— Maya Angelou Our eyes, as remarkable as they are, can only “see” a tiny fraction of the frequencies in the electromagnetic spectrum. To be scientific, we humans can pick up wavelengths between 10^-4 and 10^-6 of the spectrum. That’s a pittance of what’s out there. Radio waves, infrared waves, x-rays, terahertz […]

Get on the enlightenment fast track

“Re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book.”— WALT WHITMAN A reader emailed me this morning to regretfully admit that, alas, she was unable to faithfully execute the hourly reminders requested in the Course workbook. I had to chuckle because a) In 20 years of doing the Course, I […]

More miracles from the annals of magic and enchantment

“One of the greatest paradoxes of your physical senses is that your eyes actually show you what you believe, not what you see.”—Mike Dooley So I’m sitting in a French café in Mexico, having just finished a travel article on a Brazilian steakhouse I visited in the United States. What a small world! ACIM Lesson […]

3 thought-twisters that slow down fun and joy

“Love is an act of heroic genius. Pleasure is our birthright. Chronic ecstasy is a learnable skill.” –Rob Brezsny Merriam-Webster just announced the addition of 850 new words to their dictionary. My favorite, coined by a writer of The Simpsons, is embiggen (to make bigger or more expansive). That’s what I think A Course in […]

Ditch the commandments. Join the party

“Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.” ― Oprah Winfrey According to Beto Perez, the creator of Zumba, more than 15 million people in more than 180 countries Zumba every week. Why? Because it’s easy (“I wanted it to be something my mother could […]