Our columnists come from vastly different backgrounds and beliefs, but are all devoted to the spiritual journey—and sharing with us their own stumblings, wonderings, and "aha" moments along the way.
Mark Nepo moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening. Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, Mark has been called "one of the finest spiritual guides of our time," "a consummate storyteller," and "an eloquent spiritual teacher." His work is widely accessible and used by many and his books have been translated into more than twenty languages. A bestselling author, he has published eighteen books and recorded thirteen audio projects. In 2015, he was given a Life-Achievement Award by AgeNation. And in 2016, he was named by Watkins: Mind Body Spirit as one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People, and was also chosen as one of OWN's SuperSoul 100, a group of inspired leaders using their gifts and voices to elevate humanity.
Emma Seppala, PhD, is science director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, the founder of the popular news site Fulfillment Daily, and a frequent contributor to Psychology Today, Harvard Business Review, and the Washington Post. A sought-after speaker, Seppala has addressed academic, corporate, and governmental institutions, including Google, the National Science Foundation, and the World Bank. Seppala holds degrees from Yale, Columbia, and Stanford. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
Geri Larkin gave up a successful career as a management consultant to become a Buddhist teacher. A practicing Buddhist since 1988, she completed seminary and was ordained in 1995. In 1999 she founded Still Point Zen Buddhist Temple, a Zen meditation center in the heart of Detroit. She is the author of the "Close to the Ground" column in Spirituality & Health magazine, and her books include "Stumbling Toward Enlightenment," "Building a Business the Buddhist Way," "Tap Dancing in Zen," "First You Shave Your Head," "The Still Point Dhammapada," and, most recently "Close to the Ground: Reflections on the Seven Factors of Enlightenment."
Paul Sutherland has worked in the investment and financial advisory business since 1975. Beyond his extensive investment experience, Mr. Sutherland is the author of numerous books on financial planning and money management, including "Zenvesting: The Art of Abundance & Managing Money" and "The Virtue of Wealth." Mr. Sutherland is co-founder of the Children of the World Foundation, past chairman and current board member of Safe Passage, and founder and chairman of the board of the Utopia Foundation. He authors the column "The Heart of Money" (formerly titled "Zenvesting") in Spirituality & Health magazine.
Thomas Moore is the author of the bestselling book "Care of the Soul" and 15 other books on deepening spirituality and cultivating soul in every aspect of life. He has been a monk, a musician, a university professor, and a psychotherapist, and today he lectures widely on holistic medicine, spirituality, psychotherapy, and the arts. He authors the "Care of the Soul" column in Spirituality & Health magazine.
Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award-winning author, poet, essayist, educator, and prolific writer. A congregational rabbi for more than 20 years, Rabbi Rami is currently adjunct professor of Religious Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. His most recent series of books is titled "The Rabbi Rami Guides." He authors the "Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler" column in Spirituality & Health magazine.