Greetings! As the newest member of the OMTimes editorial team, it makes sense to introduce myself formally, in spite of being tardy. I'm typically the last one to get to a party or gathering anyway, and if questioned about my lack of consciousness or consideration my response is simple. "If I wasn't late, I'd be perfect, and this is my way of keeping the Cosmos in balance. You're welcome." I am seldom late for travel endeavors though, and you can count on me to be on time for my weekly iOM.fm broadcast, Thursdays at noon, PST. If you haven't had a chance to listen to Radio Nahmaste yet, here's your invitation!
I've been an editorial nut job for most of my life -- I'm delighted to share that several of my short stories, prose and research articles have won awards, I've been the production editor for two excellent print and digital magazines; however I have yet to publish a book, this is on the agenda for 2015. In the meantime I am now the newest irreverent reverend at OMTimes Magazine, and the Spirituality Editor. Lucky you.
Lucky for me, Shelly Wilson (The Metaphysics Editor) managed to articulate a few key points for contributing authors which I will heartily repeat and paraphrase for us all:
In retrospect, that's kind of a clever bio! However, I hope that it illustrates the difference between what a bio should and should not portray.
Finally, regarding "Spirituality vs. Metaphysics" -- please tag your submission with both if you still feel you must, and we'll handle the rest. Articles with an emphasis on faith without religious bias will be bumped to the top of my "must read" list each week. My schedule includes reading articles on the weekends. Pieces about successfully navigating the spiritual path to a healthy destination, defeating moments of doubt, and overcoming obstacles through faith based practices are all welcome. Remember, faith is something held in the heart, belief is limited to the brain. Feed our hearts with your words, and nourish our spirits with your wisdom!
In closing I would like to share that one of the most profoundly spiritual people I know does not have a foundation of organized faith. He's not been a member of a religion or cult and couldn't quote theological texts, although he is fond of saying, "Going to church doesn't make a person good any more than standing in a garage makes someone a car." He cannot claim to be saved or healed through devotion to a deity or group of divine beings. His excellent character isn't a result of conditioning through fear of a low quality afterlife or displeasing an all knowing creator. His healthy lifestyle isn't dictated through strict guidelines for membership to an exclusive temple, club or committee. Missionaries from quite a few realms of faith based worship misunderstood his considerate silence as curiosity or acceptance; one can only imagine their disappointment when he declined their formal invitations. Doing the "right thing" comes as naturally as breathing to this guy, and if you ask him what his higher power is or if he believes in a God, he will say, "I'm pretty sure there's something going on behind all this life and death stuff, but it's none of my business."