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"A History of God" Author Karen Armstrong

The faith and spirituality expert shares her insight into the unifying practice of compassion.

"All Fall Down" by Shawn Colvin

Back in 1987 Shawn Colvin was a backup singer for Suzanne Vega. Look at her now! All Fall Down is Colvin’s eighth studio album, and her memoir has just been published by William Mo…

"Anastasis" by Dead Can Dance

Rebirth. That’s how fans worldwide of Dead Can Dance must be describing the release of DCD’s first album in 16 years, Anastasis. Indeed, “anastasis” is the Greek word for “res…

"Apollo" by Icebreaker

Imagine life without gravity: weightlessly floating with ease. Images of the earliest astronauts bouncing in slow motion on the moon’s surface and drifting in space exude this feel…

"Benedictus: The Story of Sister Anne"

SPONSORED CONTENTBenedictus: The Story of Sister Anne is a love story of both divine and human dimensions. The story of the nun is also the story of Joseph, her psychologist. It wa…

"Different Colours" by Marconi Union

"The world's most relaxing song”—that’s how Time magazine (November 28, 2011) described “Weightless” by Marconi Union in an article highlighting 50 of the best new inventions.…

"Election Special" by Ry Cooder

And now a special message from Ry Cooder: welcome to the reality of money, corruption, and lies! Some call it politics, but for Cooder it’s just the here and now. His new album Ele…

"Fear" by Thich Nhat Hanh

By Thich Nhat HanhOur greatest teacher lies within. Birth and death are only concepts. The present moment is our true home. Everything in life is impermanent.These eternal truths f…

"I AM": Discovering the True Nature of Humanity

“What’s wrong with the world, and what can we do about it?” These are the two seemingly vague and yet deeply complex questions that director Tom Shadyac sought to answer when he se…

"Kindness" by Naomi Shihab Nye

The following poem, “Kindness,” is from Words Under the Words: Selected Poems by Naomi Shihab Nye, copyright © 1995. Reprinted with the permission of Far Corner Books, Po…

"Liberal Arts"

Like several of  his huggable cast mates on CBS’s How I Met Your Mother, Josh Radnor moonlights during the hit show’s hiatus. Embraced on the film-festival circuit in 2010 for…

"Life of Pi": A Journey of Spirit and Survival

Like Pi Patel, the brave young protagonist of Yann Martel’s Booker prize-winning novel Life of Pi, Ang Lee attempted what was thought to be impossible when he decided to bring this…

"Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions" by Billy Bragg and Wilco

Fifteen years ago Nora Guthrie, the daughter of political folk legend Woody Guthrie, asked British singer Billy Bragg if he’d create music for some of her father’s thousand unrecor…

"Planeat": Making the Case for an Earth-Conscious Diet

The Latin origin of the word “companion” literally means “one who eats bread with another,” and anyone who has ever walked past a bustling restaurant on a Friday night and listened…

"Remixed" by Girish

Opening the CD case for Girish’s Remixed, one discovers a poem by the great Sufi mystic Rumi: “After one moment with that glorious friend you became loving, radiant, and ecstatic. …

"Samsara": A Cinematic Meditation

Two decades after rewriting the language of documentary filmmaking in the groundbreaking Baraka, director Ron Fricke and writer-producer Mark Magidson are adding the next chapter w…

"Stifters Dinge" by Heiner Goebbels

Soundscape, audio collage, musique concrète, found sound. Those are some of the ways to describe the avant-garde traditions that Heiner Goebbels has drawn upon in his career. …

"The Bowl of Light: Ancestral Wisdom from a Hawaiian Shaman" by Hank Wesselman

The ancient knowledge of the authentic Hawaiian kahuna is not well known to the larger world, even in our time, when access to the wisdom of indigenou…

"The Woman Who Fell From the Sky" by Jennifer Steil

An exceptional travel writer can make a new and unfamiliar place invade your thoughts and senses so that you feel as though you’ve actually been there. If the writer is really good…

"Threading the Ether: A Cantata in 9 Movements"

This is soul-nourishing music, leading beyond thought to a contemplative realm in which an acoustic symphony orchestra and instruments from foreign lands blend with and support a h…

"When Religion Becomes Lethal" by Charles Kimball

Today, when even a small number of religious zealots can wreak havoc on a massive scale, we are beginning to admit that our conventional wisdom, including our understanding of othe…

"Zero" Trans Fats Does Not Mean "None"

After years of reading scary warnings about our fat intake, many of us prefer not to eat any trans fats in processed foods, but we certainly don’t want to exceed the recommended da…

“Samsara”: A Feast for the Senses

Samsara, a non-verbal, visually astounding documentary, is the second feature film by Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, the creators of 1992’s critically acclaimed Baraka. Filmed in 25…

“Tapped”: The Truth Behind Bottled Water

The survival of humans, and of every ecosystem on Earth, relies on water. As one of our most essential resources, we cook with it, bathe in it, wash with it, and play in it. And, o…

“This is the oppressor’s language…

…yet I need it to talk to you.”

“What Would Jesus Buy?”: Unwrapping the Consumerism of Christmas

  What Would Jesus Buy? is a 2007 documentary by producer Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) that examines how Christmas—the “season of giving”—has in fact become a …

10 Moves to Relax and Uplift Your Body

Feeling depleted, frenzied or stiff? 10 easy moves to relax your mind and uplift your energy

10 Stories to Nurture your Most Important Relationships

During our last 10-day challenge, we explored the topic of nurturing our relationships. From self-love, to romantic relationships and from family to community – it’s so very import…

10 Affirmations for Honoring Your Body

We mostly take our bodies for granted. Until our health falters, we assume that we are invincible. Once illness strikes, however, we realize we aren’t. In the words of Thomas Fulle…

10 Affirmations for Making Healthier Choices

Here are ten affirmations to help you make healthier choices for 2016.

10 Affirmations for Mindful Parenting

Here are 10 affirmations to be in the present moment when parenting.

10 Affirmations for Nervous Flyers

Buckle your seat belt, sit back, and enjoy the ride.

10 Affirmations for Staying Centered

To stay centered, try asking yourself these questions…then recite the 10 affirmations listed. Read them here.

10 Apps to Kickstart a Healthy Lifestyle

Turn your phone into a 24-hour a day wellness coach with these fun, inspiring apps.

10 Best Bath Soaks and Soaps

Water is becoming more precious. Take it seriously.

10 Best Body Potions

Show your body some love with this sensual collection of lotions, balms, and oils.

10 Best Body Scrubs

Slough off the old skin, bring in the new with sugar and sea salt

10 Best Face Oils and Serums

Plant oils offer a pure and simple way to nourish your skin.

10 Best Face Washes

Nourishing and gentle products for your most visible self.

10 Best for Eyes and Lips

Make sure to give these delicate areas special care and attention

10 Best for Hands and Feet

A bounty of natural butters and oils to protect and regenerate.

10 Best for Natural Hair Care

Scalp-soothing, hair-hydrating serums, masks and more.

10 Best Mists to Spritz

A wonderful way to refresh yourself throughout the day, these aromatic mists can help in a variety of ways.

10 Best Sun-Care Products

Natural options from aloe vera to zinc

10 Days on a Grain Brain Diet

One woman reports healthy appetite shifts and a clearer head after trying the low-carb, low-sugar regimen.

10 Great Books About the Wisdom of Trees

Sit under (or in) a tree with one of these great reads.

10 Instant Ways to Calm Yourself Down

If you’re easily overwhelmed, try these techniques to get centered.

10 Keys to a Happier Life­­

What are the daily habits of truly happy people? And how can we incorporate these habits into our daily lives? Action for Happiness—a movement dedicated to helping people ex…

10 Lies My Breast Surgeon Told Me

By Bianca Alexander and Howard Jacobson, Ph.D.According to the NIH, approximately 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifet…

10 Nighttime Routines for Peaceful Sleep

Stress is the new smoking. Studies have linked stress to countless health problems including insomnia, inflammation, obesity, Alzheimer’s Disease, anxiety, depression, asthma, hear…

10 of Today’s Most Enlightened Women on Letting Go

Our favorite pieces on removing obstacles to love, creativity and truth

10 Questions You Should Be Asking at the Farmers Market

Here are some good starter questions to help you identify a responsible grower and make sure you’re only buying the freshest local produce.

10 Reasons to Say No to Sex

My last blog’s topic was about the varied reason’s people have sex, which led a reader to ask me, “When is the right time to start a sexual relationship?”This is a difficult questi…

10 Relaxing Chair Yoga Exercises

Pause. Breathe. Repeat.Whether you're injured, lack mobility or find yourself stuck in an office chair, there will be times you’re not able to practice yoga in the traditional sens…

10 Resources for Clean Eating

A useful list for inspiration and recipes to eat clean

10 Romantic Love Habits

Valentine’s Day stirs up the concept of romance, but what, exactly is it and how do we create it?Webster’s defines romance as “a tendency of mind toward the wonderful and mysteriou…

10 Telltale Signs of Low Self-Esteem

<p><em>Anneli Rufus is a frequent contributor to&nbsp;Spirituality &amp; Health. Her books&nbsp;</em>Party of One: The Loners' Manifesto<em>&nbsp;and the Nautilus Award-winning&nbsp;</em>Stuck: Why We Can't (or Won't) Move On<em>&nbsp;examined our lives as individuals in a crowded world. Rufus’ upcoming work,&nbsp;</em>Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself<em>,&nbsp;will be released by Tarcher Penguin in the spring and continues this path, addressing self-esteem. It serves as the catalyst for this blog and asks: Why do we feel the way we do about ourselves?</em></p>

10 Things I Learned from Healing an Incurable Disease

by Meghan Telpner Five years ago I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a condition that is commonly believed to have no cure. I was given the options of surgery and medicatio…

10 Tips To Getting Fit In The New Year

Here are 10 tips to ensure success this year

10 Ways Pets Improve Mental Health

In their emotionally connected presence, pets can be a powerful ally for optimal mental health.

10 Ways to Get Present

1. Ask. As always, ask. Ask the universe, ask your higher self. Ask a divine power if you believe in one. Ask for help to get present. 2. Lay a daily foundation. Carve out thr…

10 Ways To Improve Memory And Concentration

According to Dr Itzhak Fried, Professor of Neurosurgery and Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, “We only need to see something once to remember it.” The senior author …

10 Ways to Overcome Jealousy

We’ve all been there. Maybe it was the popular cheerleader in high school who seemed to have it all: perfect hair, teeth, and her hunky boyfriend made you wonder if you’d ever outg…

10 Ways to Raise Your Vibration

According to universal law and the science of quantum physics, everything in the universe is fundamentally made of pure energy. This energy is constantly moving,  oscillating …

10 Ways to Support a Healthy Microbiome

Everyone’s microbiome is slightly different, but for this week’s Healthy Habits, here are some ways to support it in general.

10% Happier

Excerpted from 10% Happier by Dan Harris

100 Trailblazers in Ayurveda and Yoga

By Bess O'Connor, Kathryn Drury Wagner, and the Editors ofIf you’ve ever been to a candlelight service, you know how the magic works: A glow starts small and gets passed, from pers…

11 Benefits of Coffee Enemas

Coffee enemas are one form of hydrotherapy with a variety of health benefits. Hydrotherapy dates back to some of the earliest civilizations as a way to cleanse and heal the body. …

11 Tasty Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

As a vegan, there's nothing worse than showing up to holiday dinner hungry and discovering that every side dish, entrée, and dessert is made with meat, dairy or chicken broth. For …

11 Ways to Connect with a Group

The bitter election season was bad enough, but the devastation many people felt after the votes were tallied was profound. There’s so much emotion present that even if the person y…

12 Affirmations for Peace and Calm

Use these affirmations to find a moment of serenity.

12 Affirmations for When Conflict Arises

Affirmations to manage and solve conflicts.

12 Rituals to Reopen Your Life

“We the people” are conditioned to focus on the positive and not dwell too long on the negative. We share our triumphs but keep our tragedies to ourselves. When we experience emoti…

13 Affirmations for Stretching Beyond Your Boundaries

Here are some affirmations to get you from a place of reluctance to that wonderful feeling of “Woo! I cannot believe I just did that!”

13 Choices We Must Make to Honor Love

The holidays—or as I like to call them, the holy-days—are upon us: a special season marked by traditions and time with loved ones. This is an especially beautiful time of year for …

13 Steps to a Holy Day

Lessons from one family’s Shabbat ritual

14 Affirmations For When You’re Around Someone Negative

Consider these affirmations an emotional shield for when you’re around someone who is allergic to optimism.

14 Affirmations for Experiencing Gratitude Everyday

Oprah attributes much of her success to the power of gratitude—that right there is enough to get anyone to count their blessings.A study from Harvard suggested that expressing than…

14 Affirmations for Increasing Body Awareness

This incredible body of ours is a cloak for the spirit. Our bodies are a high form of intelligence that not only includes the fascinating brain, but also a network of consciousness…

14 Affirmations for Trusting Yourself

Our instincts can lead us well, if we can answer the call.

14 Affirmations For Working With Others

Working well within a team requires self-care and awareness so we can be our best selves, even under pressure.

14 Affirmations to End Your Day

Here are some affirmations to savor the Golden Hour.

14 Practices For the Fulfillment of Hope

Through years of research, Anthony Scioli has found 14 distinct aspects of hope. While it is not important to remember every aspect, trying these exercises will help boost your hop…

14 Reasons for a Beach Vacation

Take the plunge for all these health benefits:

14 Ways to Effectively Shield Yourself from Toxins in the Environment

The sooner we come to terms with the fact that we are living in a toxic environment, the better. Once one becomes conscious of something, then they can make the necessary steps to …

15 Affirmations for Following Your Intuition

Affirmations for further strengthening your intuitive gifts.

15 Affirmations for Getting Out of a Bad Situation

“You’ve got to know when to hold ’emKnow when to fold ’emKnow when to walk awayAnd know when to run...”Thank you, Mr. Kenny Rogers! Because the time comes when you need to fold. Yo…

15 Affirmations for Practicing Acceptance and Tolerance

Acceptance and tolerance leads to inner and outer peace. Let’s make it our business to practice a little more acceptance for the holidays and for the new year.

15 Affirmations For Slowing Down

Here are 15 affirmations to help you in your quest for a slightly slower tempo.

15 Affirmations for When Things Don’t Go As Expected

When your expectations are dashed, try these affirmations.

15 Affirmations for When You’re Stuck in a Rut

Wire your brain for success with these affirmations.

15 Affirmations to Embrace the Great Outdoors

If you need an energy boost, the best place to get it is outside. According to a study done at the University of Rochester, being in the presence of nature for just 20 minutes a da…

15 Creative Ways to Spend the Week

Creativity is powerful for all of us. We can channel our pain into penning a poem, singing a song or moving our bodies. We can channel our joy into making a nourishing meal. We can…

15 Ways to Deepen Your Practice

1. Teach your practice to a novice who is hungry to learn.2. Practice in secret.  There is a temptation to get “credit” for our practice, from friends or a teacher. Find …

16 Affirmations for Coping With Grief

May these affirmations offer some comfort as you go through the grieving process and strive for deeper meaning.

16 Affirmations For Courage

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. –Muhammad Ali

16 Affirmations for Letting Love In

Love is scary. Use these affirmations and be open to love.

16 Affirmations For Loving Your Body

What if we were to practice radical self-acceptance?

16 Affirmations For Mindful Eating

Here are some affirmations to guide you on the path to mindful eating.

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