This is part of the Compassion in Action series. If you just found this and are wondering what’s going on, click here for chapter 1. Chapter 8 - Listening to the Inner Sound   “There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.” – Rumi   If you’ve ever been to a Yoga class, odds are you chanted an OM at some point when you were there, although you pronounced it more like “AUM”. There are similar words in other traditions as well. Christianity puts an Amen at...

This is part of the Compassion in Action series. If you just found this and are wondering what’s going on, click here for chapter 1. CHAPTER 7 - Working with Pain and Pleasure “For the peaceful practice of meditation, It’s not necessary to go to the mountain retreat. Have the mind cleansed of the passions, And even the flames are cool and refreshing.” - Zen monk, spoken as he was being burned alive1   The meditations that we’ve been looking at so far have all been what I’d call active meditations,...

This is part of the Compassion in Action series. If you just found this and are wondering what’s going on, click here for chapter 1. CHAPTER 6 - WHO AM I?   “Our own self-realization is the greatest service we can render the world.” – Ramana Maharshi   When I was in my late teens, I was browsing through a metaphysical bookstore and was stopped in my tracks by a book with a really interesting looking man on the front. It was his expression, and something special about...

This is part of the Compassion in Action series. If you just found this and are wondering what’s going on, click here for chapter 1. Chapter 5 - Love Conquers All   “One word Frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.” - Sophocles   Back when I was in college, I ended up getting a double major in Economics and Classics. I wanted to do something in the financial realm, so Economics seemed like a good fit, but I also was attracted to Classics...

This is part of the Compassion in Action series. If you just found this and are wondering what’s going on, click here for chapter 1. Chapter 4 - Ho'oponopono “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.” - Rumi   Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len is a Hawaiian psychologist who practices and teaches a powerful healing process called Ho’oponopono. In the Compassion in Action group, we spent quite a few sessions practicing this technique, and many of the participants felt...

This is part of the Compassion in Action series. If you just found this and are wondering what’s going on, click here for chapter 1. Chapter 3 - Metta and the Inner Smile   “Radiate boundless love towards the entire world — above, below, and across — unhindered, without ill will, without enmity.” – The Buddha   When it comes to our emotional state, we can often trace how we feel in the moment back to specific events that occurred in the external world. However, as we saw...

This is part of the Compassion in Action series. If you just found this and are wondering what's going on, click here for chapter 1. Chapter 2 - Agitation Training   "When your mind is narrow, small things easily agitate you. Make your mind an ocean." - Lama Thubten Yeshe   In the previous chapter, we discussed a specific example of agitation: a member of our circle was sitting next to someone with a nervous bounce in his leg. As time went on, that little...

Years ago, back before I was an "official" author, I had a very strong urge to write a book on spirituality. I've learned to listen to those urgings, so, with some time on my hands, I jumped in and started writing. When I was done with it, I wasn't sure what to do, so figured I'd send it off to a few spiritual book publishers and see what they thought. Unfortunately, I didn't really know how to write a query...

Ok, I know this is supposed to be a blog about books and writing, but since I'm currently in the waiting-for-an-editor purgatory zone familiar to all authors, let's talk about something else. How about pillows? :-) I am usually a pretty easy-going guy, and usually don't have a lot of likes and dislikes to navigate in an average day. However, I tend to be awfully finicky when it comes to pillows. I have always had a ton of trouble finding a...

Earlier this year, the audio rights to Killing Adam and The Earthling's Brother were acquired, and I've been waiting patiently for the production process to complete. Just yesterday, I was checking out the Amazon pages for these two books (authors are totally OCD with this stuff, didn't you know?), and I saw that there's now a placeholder for the audiobook version of The Earthling's Brother! It's due to be released Jan 7! I haven't heard anything yet, and am super excited...