Apocalypse actually means “unveiling” — the emergence of new things. And even though change can feel like the end of the world, it inspires some surprising guides who thrive on the spiritual edge. They can teach us the art of Living in Threshold Times.
Ikebana (“life-filled flowers”) dates back to Crown Prince Shotoku-Taishi (572-621), a founder of Japanese Buddhism. Today there are more than 1,000 schools of Ikebana. One of them, Sangetsu, founded by the spiritual visionary Mokichi Okada, is a practice for creating paradise on earth.
In 1994 the prestigious medical journal The Lancet advocated acting lessons for medical students so they "could at least act as if they cared." Thankfully the act is becoming real.
People need and want to die with a dear conscience, with a feeling that the burdens of this life are past, and with a knowledge that their final wishes will be granted. We have the opportunity to help make our loved ones' final days more peaceful. In that process, we bless our families and ourselves.
Because marriage sets the stage for our most intimate contact with another human being, most of the world’s religions have offered believers guidance on both the why and how married life. As the various faith traditions have encountered modern psychology — and one another — some common understanding have emerged about what a marriage means and how to keep it together, but important differences remain.
Science is discovering that we share many kinds of love, but they all share roots in an unopenable black box called the limbic brain. Coming to understand what we may never understand about ourselves may allow us to forgive our failures... and to become more loving.