Everyday Mysticism: The Science of Happiness – Introduction

For the next few weeks, I'd like to do something a little different with the column. Perhaps the main reason people turn to spirituality is because they are looking for more happiness in their lives. In the spirit of "the Lord helps those who help themselves," I've decided to take my happiness in my own … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: The Science of Happiness – Introduction

Everyday Mysticism: If Baskin-Robbins Can Have 31 Flavors…

  Blogging about spirituality each week, it can be difficult to navigate the treacherous waters of religion. Most people agree there is a difference between religion and spirituality, although the two are not mutually exclusive. And like many people, my days of participation in organized religion are far, far behind me. When folks talk about … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: If Baskin-Robbins Can Have 31 Flavors…

Everyday Mysticism: The Year End Charity Post

Yup, it's that time of the year. Everybody's hand is out, and you are wondering "How can I be the noble, generous, charitable person I want to be, without bankrupting myself?" Okay, you may not be thinking that, but maybe you should. When you're living in crazy times, action can be great medicine. And doing good, … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: The Year End Charity Post

Everyday Mysticism: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…

December. Holidays. It's that time, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Solstice, Kwanzaa, or Fill In Your Generic Mid-Winter Celebration Here. No matter how hard you try, it's almost impossible to avoid the holiday crazies--be it increased traffic, higher stress, or online drama about coffee cups and pleasantries. On the Holiday Lunacy Scale, I fall somewhere … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…

Everyday Mysticism: EXTRA: No Spirit is an Island

I don't normally do this, but I wanted to expand on this week's "Everyday Mysticism" post. Because I am influenced by Buddhist philosophy, a calm, steady mind is my ideal. Since I struggle with anxiety and depression, maintaining a certain degree of stability and calmness is a necessity. Your mileage may vary. Psychology Today lists 5 states … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: EXTRA: No Spirit is an Island

Everyday Mysticism: No Spirit is an Island

A few weeks ago, Kat and I were playing Mindball at the Arizona Science Center. Our friend Dr. Jim was in town for a visit, and the three of us were running around like kids enjoying the interactive exhibits. Mindball is a game controlled by brain waves, and players compete to control a ball's movement … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: No Spirit is an Island

Everyday Mysticism: In Defense of Tenderness

  My spiritual journey has been a long and winding path, filled with wrong turns, retreads, and missteps. I went from a very naïve girl who fiercely wanted to believe her Catholic faith to an embittered agnostic who didn't dare believe anything, all before my 20th birthday. I spent my 20s mired in agnosticism, lost … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: In Defense of Tenderness

Everyday Mysticism: It’s “Deity,” not “Daddy.”

When Kat and I were brainstorming ideas for this week's column, she suggested "Spirituality and Fear." At first, I was kind of put off by the idea. Having grown up in a religion that uses fear as its number one motivator, I try to stay positive with my spirituality. After discussing the idea with her, … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: It’s “Deity,” not “Daddy.”

Everyday Mysticism: Chop Wood, Carry Water

  There is a Zen saying that I love: "Before Enlightenment, chop wood carry water. After Enlightenment, chop wood carry water." This simple koan keeps popping up in my life, usually when I start getting on my own case about not being good enough or spiritual enough. There is a temptation--to which I am not immune--to … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: Chop Wood, Carry Water

Everyday Mysticism: My Goodness, That Veil is Thin!

October 25 is a pretty big day in my life. My dad, Mel Baudoin passed away on that date, two years ago in 2015. It's easy for me to remember the exact date, because he died two days before his 78th birthday. This Friday, October 27, 2017, my dad would have been 80 years old. Now, the … Continue reading Everyday Mysticism: My Goodness, That Veil is Thin!