Ultimate Pleasure: the Goal of Spirituality

Religions throughout the ages have tended to have a dysfunctional relationship with pleasure. In most religions (especially Eastern traditions), there is the concept of the ascetic. The ascetic recants all material possessions and pleasure in order to seek enlightenment. Additionally, the “pleasures of the flesh” do not have a good …

Reconnecting with God via the School of Life

In today’s society, we commonly mistake depression and anxiety as mental disorders. In doing so, we prevent ourselves from correctly addressing these issues. Unlike mental diseases such as autism and amnesia, the disorders that cause emotional suffering such as depression are not mental in nature, they are spiritual. As a …

Letting Go of Negative Thoughts

“You are the cause of your suffering, but only 100% of it.” — Byron Katie (paraphrased) One of my favorite authors is Byron Katie, the originator of a self-help technique known as The Work. The Work is series of 4 questions that allows anyone to discover that the real cause …

Failure is the Path to Success

Gaining Control One of things I often hear mentioned is that we have no control over our lives. And this is quite true: we are not really in control of anything. Initially, we may feel that we can influence certain outcomes. But in fact what we are doing is temporarily …

The Healing Crisis

When Life Falls Apart Sometimes we encounter a moment in life where everything seems to fall apart. A marriage ends. A job no longer brings interest, or a career loses its meaning. Life in general no longer makes sense. This crisis is often accompanied by radical changes that seem to …