Everyday Mysticism: Awaken, Sleepers

We live in a world of perceived duality. There are the Haves and the Have-Nots. There are the Sacred and the Profane. There are the Optimists and the Pessimists. I put forward today that there are really only two types of people in the world. Those who are awake, and those who are sleep-walking. When … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: Awaken, Sleepers

Everyday Mysticism: Holding Faith

Every so often I need to bring myself back to ground, take a deep breath, and remind myself that the world is a decent place. It's so easy to get sucked into the negativity of the news, social media, and everyday stress. And the more I play in that world, the more it feels like the game … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: Holding Faith

Everyday Mysticism: Embracing That Creative Urge

The other day, actress Louise Jameson shared a quote from Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., on Twitter that made me smile. Since the quote she shared was slightly edited, I will post the full (funnier, and much snarkier) original below the break. If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don’t have the nerve to … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: Embracing That Creative Urge

Everyday Mysticism: Finding the Quiet

On my last day off, I found myself awake early. Very early. The sun was barely over the horizon, my wife was sound asleep, and I had no where to go. For the first time in a long time, I was surrounded by quiet. I've been on the meditation bandwagon for years. One of the most … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: Finding the Quiet

Everyday Mysticism: The Obligatory Encouragement Post (2018 version)

  Last year around this time, the United States watched in horror as the people of Houston,  then Florida, then Puerto Rico, suffered through massive storms that devastated those communities. From the outside, we watched, stunned and moved to do something, anything, to help alleviate the suffering. It seems like such a long time ago. And … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: The Obligatory Encouragement Post (2018 version)

Everyday Mysticism: Guest Post by Deedra Hill Abboud

I wish, wish, wish, I had written this post. Sometimes, I see a thread on the Twitter Machine that just stops me cold in my tracks and makes me say, yes! Deedra Hill Aboud is a lawyer, blogger, and candidate for US Senate representing Arizona. I met her shortly after the election in 2016 and have … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: Guest Post by Deedra Hill Abboud

Everyday Mysticism: Peace, Love, and Action

  I write a lot about creativity, empowerment, and agency in this blog. A few weeks ago, I wrote a post called Creative (Building) Blocks reminding readers that it's better to put a few words on a page than no words at all. With everything going on in the world, I'm realizing it's not enough … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: Peace, Love, and Action

Everyday Mysticism: Surfing through Hurricanes

I've had more than my share of stressful jobs. In fact, my three year stint as a customer service rep for a very prominent credit card company had me on six weeks' mental health leave before I finally quit for good. At another job, I was so efficient that the boss "honored" me by shifting … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: Surfing through Hurricanes

Everyday Mysticism: Creative (Building) Blocks

I keep a notebook in my purse. It's one of the fancy Target ones--pink chevrons, laminated covers, wide-lined pages. I have nice pen hooked into the loops, and inside there are pages of ideas for blog posts. This week, not one of them worked for me. I've been writing regularly in one form or another since the … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: Creative (Building) Blocks

Everyday Mysticism: The Dreaded Red X

If you believe neuroscientist David Eagleman, everything we can see, feel, smell, hear, and taste is created within our brains. That sandwich on your desk? Neurons firing. Shiny new car? Bam--neurons. Each of us creates our experience of reality individually using data acquired through our own unique experiences. In fact, the deeper science digs into the … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: The Dreaded Red X