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January 17, 2020

“Be yourself.” This is an oft-repeated mantra nowadays. While the call to be true to oneself is enriching, the path to self-expression, as charted by contemporary consumerist culture, is impoverishing. 

Commercials scientifically designed to captivate our mind urge us to...

December 28, 2019

Time I Am

“Time I am” echoes in the air

as we breathe into the end of another year

We can fool ourselves that we are in control

Until we face how time sweeps us along

Like a slow moving tsunami

Ignoring us as we walk or jump

Or stumble or hold on for dear life

The new year is a...

November 22, 2019

It happens and will continue to happen - someone says something to us, or about us, and we feel the emotions rise. We get ‘bent out of shape’, can’t stop the replay in our mind, and practice all kinds of imaginary ways to respond to it. This may go on for days, weeks, o...

November 15, 2019

Question -

On the subject of identifying ourselves as a soul and not the mind and body, there is a delicate balance between pushing oneself to detach from the body and mind versus humbly accepting that actually I have certain mental and physical needs. For years I have b...

November 9, 2019

       This morning I watched the sunrise and marveled. What a blessing to see it and experience awe. It should be a daily tonic - to stand and soak it in, this moment of majestic movement. One could call it living yoga, feeling deeply connected to the source of light,...

October 20, 2019

I sit with my japa meditation in Autumn

and the mantra arrives softly like leaves

falling to the ground. Each one making

a journey down. Each mantra landing

in my head and heart.

As I listen to the Name I too become

softer, the mind shedding cares like

the falling leaves. 

And...

October 12, 2019

We are about to begin a journey into the month of Kartika (Oct 13th to Nov. 11th), a month that can sweeten and deepen our relationship with Krishna if we choose to take advantage of it. 

My suggestion for this month is to ‘travel light’ so we can be more available and p...

October 2, 2019

The Shrine of Saint Anthony

12290 Folly Quarter Rd.

Ellicott City, MD 21042

Wind your way through the forest trail system on the grounds of the St. Anthony Shrine in rural Ellicott City. The quiet, sacred atmosphere is perfect for a private japa walk - you might even bump...

September 26, 2019

As a chaplain, I often meet homeless people in the hospital who are being prematurely discharged because the hospital needs their bed. Tearfully, they often plead, “I don’t know what to do. I have nowhere to go and I’m not well enough to care for myself on the street. I...

September 12, 2019

When I was young we spent time at our aunt’s farm in the south of Ireland. She had 5 milking cows, all had names, and when she sat and milked them in the morning and evening, great conversations would be had. With the cows that is. 

It was there I learned to milk a cow,...

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