Two short Hindi words that sum up the spiritual landscape.

Ram Dass met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, in 1967 in northeastern India. That chance encounter changed his life from that day forward and, if you’ve benefited from Ram Dass’s teachings, it changed yours, too.

This piece is specifically about one thing Baba said over and over, usually out of…

And the one tweak I’d add.

I listened to an Eckhart Tolle talk recently where he spoke about how to deal with the annoying situations we encounter in our daily lives. Things like waiting at red lights, dealing with bumper-to-bumper traffic, waiting in line at the supermarket checkout, etc. We’ve all been there and done those.

King Lear and MacBeth both paid the ultimate price.

It occurred to me recently that my two favorite plays by Shakespeare, Macbeth and King Lear, share the same spine: The protagonists lives fall apart after giving in to their powerful egos. Are there literally thousands of examples of this throughout literary history? Yes. …

David Gerken

Meditation and Mindfulness teacher. Dad of three precious kids. Former writer for THE WEST WING. Follow me at

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