3 Tips for Maintaining a Spiritual Practice While You Travel

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on September 9, 2014 at 2:45 AM


As I write this I am preparing to leave for a 17-day trip abroad. I truly love to travel and have found that immersing myself in territories and cultures that have previously been unknown to me is one of the best ways to disrupt my “status quo” and spark new internal growth.

I love discovering new food, people, art, history, music, architecture, natural environments, and...

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Forgiveness: Your Most Important Spiritual Practice

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on August 5, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Forgiveness is a very powerful spiritual practice that is often very difficult to accomplish. Whenever we feel we have been wronged by another person, or society, or even life itself, it is human nature to carry anger and resentment with us, sometimes for many years. The problem is that such bitter feelings are destructive to us physically, emotionally and spiritually.

When we c...

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Being vs. Doing

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 10, 2014 at 3:35 PM

"Be yourself. Life is precious as it is ... There is no need to run, strive, search or struggle. Just be."

- Thich Nhat Hahn

Recently a reader asked me a very pertinent question related to the quote above from Thich Nhat Hahn: "In this day and age, how can we focus on BEING when there is so much that...

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Waiting on the world to change

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on March 14, 2013 at 2:55 AM

I took the title for this post from a song of the same name by John Mayer, one of my favorite contemporary songwriters. In the lyrics to the song, Mayer explains that he and his generation want to make a difference but they don’t have the means or the strength to change anything. So, they are...

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Learning to let go

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on November 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM

As I look back on the events of my life in 2012 I keep seeing one theme that has returned to me over and over again: I must learn to let go of my need to control things. I have had some major teaching experiences on this issue - like a bike accident that resulted in a concussion and broken clavicle, and a kidney stone that kept me doubled over in pain for a day. Each time somethin...

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How religion can help or harm spiritual growth

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on September 12, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Ever since I wrote a piece that asked the question “Is it possible to be religious but not spiritual?” I have been contemplating the difference between religion and spirituality and the impact that each of them has had on our society. I know some people personally for whom religion was the springboard to their spiritual growth, who may not practice the religion now, b...

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Learning the tough lessons from the Olympics

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on August 9, 2012 at 4:35 PM

As we have seen over the past two weeks, the glorious triumphs of Olympic medal winners can provide us with abundant motivation to keep working toward our own goals. We can fuel ourselves with inspiration from the magnitude of their performances and cry tears of joy with them as they stand on the podium.

But the vast majority of Olympic competitors will never stand...

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A simple technique to change your outlook (and your life)

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on August 2, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Recently I was introduced to a powerful practice that is based on an ancient Hawaiian ritual for forgiveness and reconciliation called Ho’oponopono. In the Hawaiian language this word literally means to “put things in order” or “make things right” and originated with the cultural belief that forgiveness o...

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Why is it so hard to forgive?

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on July 26, 2012 at 5:25 PM

(Photo Credit: Aaron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)

One of the survivors of the Aurora theater massacre has told The Denver Post he has already forgiven the shooter, James Holmes, for wounding him. While the victim, Pierce O’Farrill (pictured above), was...

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Embracing the Enemy: A Peace-Building Practice

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on June 28, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Is there someone in your life you have difficulty getting along with? Someone you consistently carry negative feelings toward or who always manages to “push your buttons”? If so, then you are not alone – nearly everyone can identify at least one person with whom they have a challenging or frustrating relationship.

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