Conscious Spirituality

Let me share some thoughts and ideas about consciously exploring your spiritual side, in the form of questions and answers, with the intention that it may help you explore your own spiritual path. Why spirituality? I use the word spirituality to refer to your current understanding of the entire universe of existence and your role within it […]

Completing Your Side Quests

There’s an idea (from Hinduism, I believe) that if you want to dedicate yourself to a path of spiritual awakening, yet some seemingly lower desire keeps nagging at you, then you should go pursue that desire first and get it out of your system. If it takes years to do this, that’s okay. You’ll be […]

Duty

This morning I was reading a small portion of The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda and came across this passage: What is duty after all? It is really the impulsion of the flesh, of our attachment; and when an attachment has become established, we call it duty. For instance, in countries where there is no marriage, there is no […]

11 Years of Growth

As part of my website update project, I planned to spend a day or so cleaning up the first two years of my blog (2004 to 2006). I started blogging with WordPress version 1.x, and blogging was still a young medium in 2004, so I wasn’t sure where to go with it. During those years […]

Your Relationship Purpose Statement

A spiritual purpose statement answers the question: Why am I here? A spiritual purpose statement for a relationship answers the question: Why are we in each other’s lives? Yesterday I felt inspired to create a spiritual purpose statement for my relationship with Rachelle. I figured it would be simplest if I took a first stab […]

Your Relationship Purpose Statement

A spiritual purpose statement answers the question: Why am I here? A spiritual purpose statement for a relationship answers the question: Why are we in each other’s lives? Yesterday I felt inspired to create a spiritual purpose statement for my relationship with Rachelle. I figured it would be simplest if I took a first stab […]

Your Relationship Purpose Statement

A spiritual purpose statement answers the question: Why am I here? A spiritual purpose statement for a relationship answers the question: Why are we in each other’s lives? Yesterday I felt inspired to create a spiritual purpose statement for my relationship with Rachelle. I figured it would be simplest if I took a first stab […]

The Spiritual Path of Veganism

At the time of this writing, I’ve been vegan for more than 18 years (vegetarian for 22 years). I’ve already written about transitioning to veganism, which I did during the 1990s. This time I’ll share some thoughts and feelings about what it’s like to be vegan as opposed to becoming vegan, especially with respect to living in a […]

Your Own Star Colony

My long-term path of exploring personal growth has often felt like repeatedly breaking orbit around a familiar star to go explore elsewhere in the galaxy. Usually this involves three stages: Recognizing that the familiar star is limiting my growth; becoming aware of its constraints Feeling increasingly attracted to new possibilities outside the current star system; […]

Connecting

When Rachelle and I were in southern Spain a couple weeks ago, we stayed with some new friends on a three-acre fruit farm. Since the weather was so nice, we spent a lot of time sitting outside, enjoying views of rolling green hills and the city of Malaga down below, while we snacked on fresh avocados and […]