Islam & Disciplined Prayer

What would happen if every human on earth prayed at five am just once a month? Once a week? How about once a day? What would happen if that single morning prayer was just one of five daily prayers, five daily moments devoted to humility, silence, grace?  The Five Pillar of Islam are faith, prayer, […]

Judaism & the Academics of Faith

Judaism Faith Study

Judaism is a faith built on faith. The Messiah is coming, eternally and beautifully coming. In the meantime, there is Yahweh and the holy books: the Talmud and the Torah.  The Talmud, which literally means “work,” is a compilation of over six hundred years of rabbinic teachings, musings and legalese. It can be considered as […]

Everyday Poet, Everyday God

Pope Francis is to the Vatican as Bob Dylan is to the Nobel Prize in Literature. Both represent a promise, long overdue, finally made real. In the case of the Vatican, the overdue promise is to embody Jesus’s goodwill. In the case of the Nobel Prize Committee, the overdue promise is, in Alfred Nobel’s own words, […]

How to Heal Yourself with Your Hands

Not too long ago, I read a book called The Healing Codes, written by Dr. Alex Loyd. The book offers a method of healing any health or emotional problem. It was recommended to me by the most well-respected bioenergetic doctor in Colombia, so I took it seriously. Rather than pre-empting a verdict on the veracity of the book, […]

Good God

  The unlaid egg is a grantor for today   Here Where the breeze reigns I bend Allow Bite off the broken nail Celebrant of drops of blood   That throb My fingertips Red

What Nietzsche Meant by “God is Dead”

I’m thoroughly enjoying my first Coursera course. It’s on philosophy since The Enlightenment and last week we did Friedrich Nietzsche.  Of course, I’d heard Nietzsche’s infamous phrase “God is dead” before, but I did not know exactly what was behind it. Now that I know, I wanted to share my class notes, because what Nietzsche […]

Health by mantra

I am a big believer in the power of words. Not only spoken words but words you say in your head. Several years ago I bought a book called Healing Mantras, written by Thomas Ashley-Farrand, in a bookstore in Bombay. I’ve revisited it several times, selecting mantras that I thought would help then-current situations. As I […]

Corcovado

  The idea was good, or nobody would have paid.   3.2 million in dollars today to claim the works of God below:   Black whale boulders beached by Guanabara bay,   Dripping buildings with coastal window holes,   Polka dot slums that cut the jungle into picture frames,   The blue white yellow gold […]

The Thing with Warhol & Watts

Sometimes I feel the Universe picks my reading lists for me. Like when I read Mrs. Dalloway after Ulysses, not knowing the first was inspired by the second.  Or when I got The God of Small Things at an airport on my way to, of all places, Kerala.  And so it is that I read The Philosophy […]

Truth from any source

Four excerpts from The Marriage Plot. Jeffrey Eugenides. Read Cartagena, March 2013

God Blog

  Blogging is a real religion. It is how I feel small but connected to the big, to the unknown, to the better than I, to that life after I die.   It is how I beg to be liked by being good.   Written 2013