essays

What freedom means to me

A little over two years ago, I took the following photo while touring Mount Rushmore on my way to graduate school in Wisconsin. At the time, I marveled at how tiny the destination actually looks in person, and also at how overwhelmingly white the rock features are. (I mean this literally, although of course the… Continue reading What freedom means to me

Personal writing, poetry

Choices, the heart, and God

Shall I go to the bar tonight, Or stay in and read? Shall I drop out of college, Or finish? Shall I propose to my girlfriend? Find another? Vote my conscience? Abstain?             Beneath these decisions, there is the part of us that has already chosen; if we try to convince ourselves of our choices… Continue reading Choices, the heart, and God

Interview/Talk

Soul Stories Podcast interview: 12/8/19

A few months ago I was lucky enough to interview with my friend Danny Mazur on the “Soul Stories” podcast. We talked about a range of things—reincarnation, one-life consciousness, “hero” and “victim” stories, intuition—all threaded through the circumstances of my life. This process was powerful for me: while I started off the interview nervous, I… Continue reading Soul Stories Podcast interview: 12/8/19

essays, Personal writing

“What’s my purpose?”

I In summer of 2017, I had a conversation with a guru about my life’s purpose. Toward the end of a session with my therapist, I had complained about work, saying that I never felt fully connected with or satisfied by what I was doing. “It sounds like you’re searching for your purpose,” she said.… Continue reading “What’s my purpose?”

essays, Personal writing

What it means to bow to the Buddha

A few years ago while reading a foundational text on Buddhism I had the first of two spiritual experiences with respect to the tradition: every new insight I read, it seemed like I was remembering rather than discovering. That is, it felt like I had been a Buddhist before. I asked a psychic about this… Continue reading What it means to bow to the Buddha