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Joe Niemiec

Joe Niemiec
The Rev. Joe Niemiec Jr. began his spiritual quest in 1986 when he walked out of a Houston jail and was struck by the realization that his life was in shambles. He began his quest for ‘getting back on track’ with 12 step programs, followed by learning and practicing meditation with a local Redding, California, teacher.

Not fearing death

I learned when I was about 8 years old that people my age — young people — died, though usually through some sort of accident.

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Love, serve and remember

I look at three of my spiritual heroes of today, the pope, the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh, and each seems to advise us to love and serve each other, as well as remember to love and serve humanity.

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Ceremonies, traditions of the season

We are rapidly moving toward the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere (Dec. 21). Although we know the physics of why the length of days change on a regular basis we continue to participate in ancient traditions, ancient ceremony, that celebrate the miracle of light and carry hope of its return.

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