Life of Meaning

Jugaad: Making the Most of Little

March 16, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Adopt resilience, frugality, adaptability, simplicity, inclusivity, empathy, and passion, all of which are essential… in a complex world.” Navi Radjou, Jugaad Innovation

Pam and I just recently watched the brilliant Apple TV series titled Shantaram about a convicted bank robber who escapes from an Australian prison and flees to India, finding a home in the Sagar Wadi slums of Bombay.
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#306 Courtney Marchesani: Empathetic Gifts

March 13, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Show Notes #306 Courtney Marchesani

Today’s guest, Courtney Marchesani, is one of my very favorites. I think she has been on the show four times over the past six years!

Courtney is the author of the popular book Four Gifts of the Highly Sensitive. Her insights into sensitivity help readers identify their gifts of intuition, empathy, vision, and expression as a means to maximize their potential.

As you will soon discover, Courtney’s empathic style emphasizes nonjudgement and acceptance and learning how sensitivity’s silent effects can impact mental, emotional, spiritual health and wellness. 


Visit Courtney’s website HERE

Click here for access to Courtney’s Free Sensitivity Test

For Courtney’s book go to Four Gifts of the Highly Sensitive



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Giving Up Self-Neglect

March 2, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments

Instead of giving up chocolate or fasting, sometimes I’ll say I’m giving up self-neglect for Lent…Dr Chanequa Walker-Barnes

Lent is special for me this year. I am giving up distracting habits. You know, the ones that consume the mind and the desires. I am seeking the Holy, not seeking to be holy. Never before has Lent been so special and my guess is that it will never be the same again. Such a fresh (and true) perspective.
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Freshly Grounded

February 17, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments

I love my freshly grounded Turkish coffee.” Comment overhead by Fr Greg Boyle

On an early morning walk on the streets of New York City, Homeboy Industries Founder Fr Greg Boyle overheard this very non-descript comment from a construction worker talking about the pleasures of freshly grounded coffee.
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The Age of Imagination

February 10, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments

What we are experiencing today is more than the Great Resignation and it’s more than the Great Reset. It is all about reimagining.Futurist Bob Johansen

For me, futurist Bob Johansen offers a message of hope. Yes, we live in the most troubling of times, perhaps ever faced by human civilization. Many of the social structures upon which we have set our hopes and our safety are rapidly disappearing. In last week’s post I talked about our discontent with media and government and religion. We are witnessing the gradual (yet imminent) demise of each.
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A Reason for Being

February 3, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments

The prime dread of the human condition is the terror of emptiness, of the absence of meaning, and of the empty space of our own death.” From a Maria Popova Blog

So… after a two-month break in blogs and podcasts I have resurfaced. Yes… two months of pondering and searching in some sort of “spiritual quest” to better understand the vast vacuum of meaning and purpose in everyday American life.

With consideration, prayer, discussion, spiritual direction, therapy, and Lord knows whatever other means of gathering wisdom and insight, I have come upon an idea of has been troubling me. The dreary quote above describes what I see as the American social angst which may be described as contempt for the institutions we have treasured for the last couple hundred years: religion and government and media. All the above have let us down.
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The Next Chapter of The Next Chapter with Charlie

December 2, 2023 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments


The Next Chapter with Charlie is taking a two-month break. After nearly 10 years of blogs and podcasts, we are taking time to consider a bit of refocus on our goals and reflections. Times have changed radically. I feel called to a renewed focus aimed at everyday spirituality. Please know, however, the show will continue to be practical and inspiring for living a life that matters… to you! Below are more thoughts.


In that day, people will be so hungry for the Word of the Lord that they won’t even know what they are hungry for. And many will stagger searching for it.” The Prophet Amos

People are hungry. We know that something is missing, our minds are in a continual search for something more or different or even meaningful. What’s even more fascinating is that although we know deep in our gut that something is missing, we just don’t know what it is.

And so, typically, we seem to do one of two things: Our proactive option is found in a never-ending search for new careers/avocations or new relationships. And then there is the second alternative of numbing and ignoring the issue with what we called in the 60’s: sex, drugs, and rock n roll.
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Religion is Not Useful in a Rational Sort of Way

November 25, 2023 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Religion is not useful in a rational sort of way… I don’t want to go into a church to discover the rational things of life.” Nick Cave with Krista Tippett

Storyteller Garrison Keillor, once said, “We go to church every Sunday for one reason. That is, for just a few moments, to step out of this life and into the next.”

We long for a transcendent world, one that feels not the burdens, sorrows, and sadnesses of our present lives, but rather, one that extends into the mysterious, the loving, and the life filled full in the goodness of the Divine.
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You ARE Potential!

November 18, 2023 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Everything exists in a state of potentiality. When God creates, God does not bring about new essences, but God brings to completion or actualization that which he created as incomplete or as potential.” Ilia Delio interpreting thoughts of Bonaventure (1250 AD)

You do not “have” potential, you “are” potential.

Truly this, for me, is one of the most life-impacting ideas I have come across for years. As human persons, we are born incomplete, like an empty container just waiting to be filled. And particularly, we await the filling of grace to live in harmony with Divine Intention.
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The Spiritual Quest: A Relational Endeavor

October 29, 2023 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Part of the spiritual quest is to improve our ability to relate.” Reid Hoffman

Why is it that for many of us involved in some kind of religious tradition, far too much of the spiritual quest has devolved into a kind of transactional spirituality? That is, we earn spirituality through the practice of the right disciplines, rights thoughts, and right actions. If we do good and score well on our spiritual quest, we will be rewarded with deep spirituality.
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