What three things that happened to you in the past week are you thankful for?

I processed the reasons I’d been procrastinating on a project, and since found it a wonderful source of creative expression. Approaching my work on it each day now with joy and enthusiasm.

The hot weather where I live has been cooling down recently.

I’ve meditated immediately on arising 3 times – rather than after my morning coffee. I appreciate that when I do that, my mind goes to stillness more quickly and profoundly. Setting a stretch goal to do it 3 times or more in the coming week

Do you think having a purpose is a real thing, or should a person just do whatever his heart desires?

Personally, I think discovering a mission of service, or purpose that serves the greater good, is a useful guide to living a meaningful life.

It serves as a benchmark for the contributions one is making to humanity. For instance, Read more

What have you watched or heard recently that made you feel extremely grateful and lucky to have what you have today?

I suppose my sense of gratitude is influenced by outer events that are perceived by the senses. But for me, the deeper sense of gratitude follows from taking time for reflecting on what’s within. When I connect with my inner self, I’m better able to appreciate what presents in the outer world. For what is today.

I hope that’s not too woo-woo for you! (Smile)

Namaste!

Do people perform better if you think and speak positively towards them? Does the opposite hold true?

Yes, of course – in most cases. If your self-esteem is intact, receiving validation from others serves to reinforce it, thus increasing your potential for success in a given endeavor.

The opposite – negative outside messages – will tend to depress one’s performance if one has average self-esteem.

What does self-esteem have to do with this? Read more

Have you had a negative event happen to you that turned out to be very positive down the road?

Several failed relationships. The ending of each was traumatic at the time, regardless of which of us made the decision to end it.

I’ve heard it said that Read more

Do you believe a person with hate or anguish in their heart can truly be happy? What’s your reasoning?

It’s highly unlikely that someone harboring hate or anguish will be happy. Until life gets so miserable and deals up so much shit that they finally surrender.

Surrender is Read more

Why do so many men lack empathy?

Great question, thanks!

Actually, empathy is only one of many traits that men lack, that stems from repressing any emotion except anger.

Western society devalues emotions. So many messages – particularly for men – that emotions are somehow to be denied and ignored. Did you ever hear any of these? Read more

How does one gain wisdom?

There’s a distinct difference between wisdom and knowledge. Your question was about wisdom, but I thought I’d draw a comparison for the sake of clarity.

Knowledge is something your absorb from reading, lectures or discussions.

Wisdom is Read more

What is the point of rebirth if you are not aware during the cycle, or are you.? Does it make a difference, and how will my current self ever experience the result?

I presume you’re asking about reincarnation i.e., physical rebirth; and not energetic/spiritual/emotional rebirth as the result of therapy, ritual, or other altered state experiences.

Actually, rebirth is kind of Read more

What is something everyone complains about, but you have never personally experienced?

Technically, I don’t have an answer to your question, because I don’t know “everyone”.

But in the circles I move in, I’ve heard Read more