The Qualities of Spiritual Maturity, Part 3: Patience

Quality #3: Patience ~ Patience, like kindness, is a quality that characterizes the spiritual life from beginning to end. But it too takes on different nuances as one gets some years under one’s belt and begins settling in for the long run. Patience, as the direct antidote to anger, is a crucial part of a practitioner’s foundational efforts Read More

The Qualities of Spiritual Maturity, Part 2: Kindness

Quality #2: Kindness Kindness – in which we can include love, compassion, good will, helpfulness, generosity, forgiveness, and a general interest in others’ welfare – is, of course, the very cornerstone of any meaningful spiritual practice. One could even say that it is definitive of it. Kindness is the heart of the spiritual way of Read More

The Qualities of Spiritual Maturity, Part 1: Nonidealism

At the end of his modern spiritual classic, A Path With Heart, Jack Kornfield reviews ten qualities that he thinks characterize someone who has “come of age” in their spiritual life. The ten traits Kornfield identifies have inspired me to write down some of my own thoughts about each of them. Quality #1: Nonidealism When Read More

How to Get Spiritually Motivated

We’re living totally blessed lives. But we’re mostly just spacing out and squandering the miracle, wasting this amazing opportunity to really help ourselves and others. This excerpt is from last year’s “Summer Retreat” in Massachusetts. Join us this summer for the 2012 “Summer Retreat”: http://thesummerretreat.com/ Download MP3 > Get Motivated Read More

Which Side Are You On?

I’m reposting an article I wrote for my newsletter four years ago, just before the last U.S. presidential election. If anything, Americans are seemingly more divided in this major election year than they were in the last.  The public is polarized, and everyone seems angry. The election will be held in the wake of the Read More

What Will Happen In The Future?

In a question and answer session, Lama Marut speaks on the uselessness of spinning out imaginary scenarios about what might happen in the future, or of reviving unpleasant memories of the past – both of which just undermine our present happiness. Download the MP3 File Now > What Will Happen In the Future?   Read More

Getting the “Oomph” Behind the “Try”

Joyful Effort… We all are desirous of the rewards of a spiritual life – a deep sense of  well-being and contentment; pleasant and meaningful interactions with others; the end of alienation and aloneness, replaced by the feeling of interconnectedness and “at oneness” with the things and beings around us; and the full realization of our true Read More

Spiritual Renegade-Lama Marut’s New Book

A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life  By Lama Marut  With fearless candor and disarming humor, Lama Marut offers the key to creating and sustaining happiness in a modern age. Now Available at your local bookstore or your favorite online bookseller! This honest, brave, and yet playful guide offers a practical and achievable—if not radical Read More