“I am the peace in humanity’s puzzle.”

– David Ault



The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it. – Henri J. M. Nouwen I admittedly struggle in my life’s work as a […]

What is Truth?

I question my self-subscribed theology often. I feel that’s healthy. I continue to take into account the evolution of consciousness through us as a species and see how language, nuance, […]

This is Your Tomb Time

Ram Dass wrote about visiting death row inmates in San Quentin. He recalled those visits to be equal to visiting the holiest of monasteries. As they meditated together, he described […]

The Tuxedoed Jesus

Years ago a prominent spiritual leader shared the story of her first invitation to a high profile political fundraiser. She felt the invitation came due to her strong opened criticism […]

Over Promise – Under Deliver

Over promise – under deliver. I’ve heard it used to describe the scene of so many of our trust crimes. I’ve used it myself regarding maintenance workers, organizations, health care […]

The Demands of Transformation

Peace is felt in an atmosphere of surrender. An atmosphere of surrender is available through letting go of the conventional. Letting go the conventional requires the understanding that there are […]

We Are All Stoners

In high school English class, we read a short story called The Lottery written by Shirley Jackson. It was first published in The New Yorker in 1948 and is still […]

Winter Solstice and the Power of Ritual

Ritual has been a part of civilization since the beginning of our primitive existence. What brings it relevance and meaning in our modern world experience is the depth of intention […]

The Alchemy of Worry

It’s noisy out there. Divisive and fearful opinions daily sound off like sirens which layer us with worry and a smothering forgetfulness that seems to blanket our innate genius. When […]


I was recently reminded of a powerful distinction – the difference between change and transformation. With change, I can make a different choice, but, I can always revert back to […]

The Nucleus of All Life

There is a sustaining energy that is the nucleus of all livingness. It links everything and everyone. It is infinite in nature – always has been, always will be. This […]

The Collective Migration

We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become. – Saint Clare of Assisi In a recent airline magazine article, a biologist shared his research on […]

6 Second Moments

A low self-image is usually not based on fact but on mismanaged memory. – Orrin Woodward The phone rang in the middle of the night. It was the Veterans Administration […]

The Mule Rule

You cannot perceive beauty but with a serene mind. – Henry David Thoreau The Mule Rule A mule is the offspring of a female horse and a male donkey. A […]

Paralysis of Analysis

When one suffers from cold and congestion there is a system we use in order to facilitate the cold to run its course. We rest, drink fluids, alter diet, take […]


Never regret thy fall, O Icarus of the fearless flight. For the greatest tragedy of them all is never to feel the burning light. – Oscar Wilde Icarus, from Greek […]

Do the Thing You Think You Cannot Do

Anyone who has never made a mistake, has never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein We are not born with a tentative stride. In our infancy, we are fearless, ceaselessly […]


If your knowledge of fire has been turned to certainty by words
 alone, then seek to be cooked by the fire itself. Don’t abide in
 borrowed certainty. There is no […]

In the Bag

Long ago the first lapidaries or gemcutters used primitive methods to polish the exterior of rough rock material. They would fill rough textured bags with raw unrefined pieces. Shaking it […]

Praghbodhi Cave

Northeast of Bodhgaya, India is a terrain of rocky hills and brush populated by slums. Situated inside one of these hills is the Praghbodhi Cave, the place where Siddhartha Guatama […]

Beginner’s Allowing

On a friend’s invitation, I signed up for a deep-sea fishing expedition off the shores of Corpus Christi, Texas prior to returning for my sophomore year in college. Far into […]

Our Life Reflects Our Loyalty

It was painful to watch. Activist and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver visits a family in Huntington, West Virginia – a town given the label as the unhealthiest in all of […]

In the Meantime

…the time between one occurrence and another …the period of time between now and when something is supposed to happen. Recently, when meditating on this common phrase, it occurred to […]

60,000 Thoughts a Day

DialogueYou may have read or heard from a variety of sources that we humans have something upwards of 60,000 thoughts a day. 60,000. I’m not sure how one actually calculates […]

The Net of Indra

Those who experience the unity of life see their own self in all beings and all beings in their own self. – Buddha Imagine an endless net where in each […]

We’re All In Hospice

You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.– Rumi We are all in hospice. From the moment we arrive through the portal of birth, we begin the journey […]

Ducks In a Row

The secret to having it all is knowing you already do. – Unknown If the gift of Life is already made, then our part must be to accept, receive, believe […]

Noncomplementary Behavior

The best propaganda is not pamphleteering, but for each one of us to try to live the life we would have the world live. – Gandhi The saying goes that […]

Mental Chemistry

Adaptability is key. – Marc Andreessen Early 20th century experiments with parasites on plants found that when infested rose bushes were brought into a room and placed in front of […]

Paper Tiger

It was never true. All those years focusing on a belief that somehow you couldn’t do it – somehow you weren’t good enough, were years influenced by lies. All those […]

Dwell on Possibility

You are not the same person you were 365 days ago. There is cell, blood and tissue regeneration. People have come and gone. Countless miles traveled. Physical adventure and immeasurable […]

Seize The Moment – Carpe Articulum

The Latin phrase Carpe Diem (seize the day) was first attributed to a poem written by the famed Roman poet Horace during the reign of Augustus. It gained fresh awareness […]

The Temple of Pure Being

There is but one temple in this Universe: The Body. We speak to God whenever we lay our hands upon it. – Thomas Carlyle We can sit in the shade […]

A Spiritual Sentinel

I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet. – Gandhi If we want to be free from suffering, we have to stop inflicting it. If […]

It’s Always Something!

Beloved comedienne Gilda Radner frequently joked, “It’s always something.” So many relate to the everyday human existence with perpetual overwhelm. Life seems packed with situations we feel must be overcome. […]

The Light Is Here

We have all the light we need. We just need to put it to practice. – Albert Pike The well-known idiom states, “There’s a light at the end of the […]

“In my world of effect, there will always be someone smarter, prettier/handsomer, richer, braver, and more talented than me. And eventually I learn that the gift of life isn’t about any of that; it’s about ceaselessly taking inventory of all the gifts I do possess and never abusing them through the waste of comparison.”