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 …

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 …

Joy Comes from Giving

“Joy in life comes from loving others and giving to others, not in being loved or receiving from others.” -Joel S. Goldsmith As much as we would all love to believe that joy actually comes from giving, deep down we probably don’t really believe this way (if we are honest …