Koans represent the sayings and doings of Zen masters and their friends and students, as collected many centuries ago. Koan (Japanese) literally means "public case" (as in a legal precedent), and these ancient cases continue to have...

The GPS in my car never gets mad at me, no matter how many times I turn to avoid the torn-up street she has recommended. She just says, "Recalculating,” and directs me to turn right, and then right again, until I am back where she wanted me—on...

The ultimate habitual pattern is samsara itself—the wheel of habitual cyclic existence that causes all your suffering. The karma that drives the wheel—the three poisons of attachment, aggression, and ignorance—are actually deep-seated habits of...

If you made it through this much of 2014, you experienced some of the most wrenching astrology in recent memory. The cardinal grand cross of January and April, combined with Mars retrograde and some strategically placed eclipses, earned most of...

While the holidays can be joyful and exciting, they can also be overwhelming and stressful, especially for those in recovery.

Whether you feel the pressure to party or are confronting feelings of loneliness, cultivating more compassion...

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions," says the Dalai Lama. 

Many experts and spiritual teachers tell us that happiness, or joy, is a choice that we make. In fact,...

Jelalluddin Rumi wrote poems so alive and clear that even today—eight centuries later—they shimmer with freshness.

Rumi often speaks of the “Open Secret.” He says that each one of us is trying to hide a secret—not a big, bad secret, but a...

Lois: Your book, Polishing the Mirror, reminds us to live from our spiritual heart, which is a regular ongoing practice. What is the most important thing that you are learning as you continue to "polish" your own "...

Every day, the heart keeps beating and the lungs keep breathing. Likewise, the endless practice of bringing our soul into the world lets us keep unfolding. It’s a limitless journey of coming alive, which entails the messy, joyous, unfathomable...

Explore this month’s astrology and its celestial influence in your life with Eric Francis.

Aries (March 20-April 19)

There is big business moving in your chart and, right at the same time, planets come...