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A list of fifty experiences to touch your soul and (maybe) change your life forever.
The priest in charge describes the real miracle of “the little chapel that stood”.
One crew, eight rowers, 32 brains... Wait a minute. How many brains?
Forgiveness is an absolute necessity for continued human existence.
A true story from the daring adventure of life
Decades of research worldwide suggest that cultures evolve in stages, a hierarchy like nesting Russian dolls elegantly described in the eight colors of Spiral Dynamics — and tested against apartheid. Surprisingly; the most dangerous stage may not be toward the bottom where people fight for survival, feudal power, and market share. Instead, it may be where we are…
Ruth Kollenborn is a creator and sustainer of her community.
Money is like water. It flows through your life, and can carry your soul’s intention to nourish people and projects that mean the most to you. Why not use this tax season to visualize genuine prosperity?
Finding our way in this new spiritual landscape.
Jane Goodall's work with chimps transformed the way we view our place in the natural world.
"For while the human being is as different as possible from a stone, yet man's innermost center is in a strange and special way akin to it (perhaps because the stone symbolizes mere existence at the farthest remove from the emotions, feelings, fantasies, and discursive thinking of the ego-consciousness). In this sense the stone symbolizes what is perhaps the simplest and deepest experience — the experience of something eternal that man can have in those moments when he feels immortal and unalterable." — Jungian analyst Marie Louise von Franz in Man and His Symbols
Imagine hosting a party in which your role is to be completely still.
Grab a pencil and paper to take this self-test, which appeared in the Summer 2000 issue of Spirituality & Health. Before you venture far to experience other communities in th…
Half a century of monastic life has taught Father Thomas Keating that there is a simple path that leads us away from our “false self” and the crippling addictions that keep us there
This new reality is not a New York-California phenomenon of the cosmopolitan coasts of America. This is a Main Street phenomenon. There are Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists in Salt Lake City, in Toledo, and in Jackson, Mississippi.
Beads have been instruments of prayer in Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, and Buddhism, and cultures as diverse as the African Masai and Native American Yaqui.
If we can’t find a way to speak about G— without smuggling in our political, ideological, and general concerns, then it is time to be silent.
A short introduction to the world’s first Buddhist Bible study group.
Faced with a diagnosis of terminal illness, this former “white coat” medical professional chucked the statics and went surfing.
Try these herbs and supplements for the physical body and homeopathics and flower essences for the emotional and spiritual body.
Forgiveness is simply and act of the heart. It is one of the greatest gifts of the spiritual life. For most people forgiveness is a process.
Reflections on parenthood and fear
Anticipating the 20th Century’s Endgame: would it bring a social meltdown? Or new support systems that demand trust, open hearts, and new approaches.
A look at how we regarded complex systems in 1999, just prior to the turn of the millennium.
In the summer of 2002 we invited our readers to take two leaps of faith — first by writing a personal essay, and then by letting us read it. We received many wonderful entries. Here’s one of our favorites.
The logos (empirical data) is that future robots will likely be smarter, more capable, and perhaps even more sensitive and sensible than we are. The mythos (larger symbolic narrative) is what we make of it. We can see our robotic creations as reminders that, while there are things we cannot know, the most likely path to wisdom is not to become more disembodied like computers but to become more embodied, more human.
Judith Orloff, M.D., knew the medical formula for breaking free of fatigue. But when she had her own energy crash, she had to find a deeper source. Use these exercises to be energized by calm fire.
The point of a rule of life, for communities or individuals, is that life should be lived in balance, with God as the focal point.
The experience of dying is often difficult, filled with fears and anxieties for both the dying and for the surviving loved ones. But death is also a mysterious and wondrous process. It involves both body and soul in the greatest transition we are ever called to make. The author has sat with hundreds of dying persons, and has learned that we don’t have to be fearful or intimidated.
Longtime yoga devotee and prize-winning journalist Elizabeth Kadetsky went to India on a Fulbright grant with a desire to return to the roots of the practice and to study under B.K.S. Iyengar, the world-renowned guru who helped popularize yoga in the West. Kadetsky was prepared for the harsh, grueling rigor of Iyengar’s school in Pune, but she never imagined that her toughest lessons would come from his daughter, Geeta, whose sometimes rough teaching style forced Kadetsky to test her mettle and transform her pain. — The Editors
We helped launch Laurel Mellin's Solution as a spiritual cure for overeating, and the response was astonishing. One reader not only lost 85 pounds, he found that his deeper relationship with himself had deepened his own spirituality. Now Laurel has expanded her program of self-nurturing and setting limits to help us all maintain our equilibrium. Her tools are simple and powerful. Best of all, we know they work.
Field Notes on Love, Sex, and Morality.
Designing and creating your own sacred journal can be an astonishingly simple contemplative practice that results in a beautiful and meaningful space for gathering and safekeeping your dreams. Here, a theologian and bookbinder shows you how.
This article appeared in the Fall 2001 issue of Spirituality & Health. It’s 3 a.m. and I’m awake, exhausted, my mind and heart tangled in a conflict with a close friend.…
Doctors invoke Asklepios in the Hippocratic Oath. His serpents remain our symbol of medicine. Now can we recall his spirit?
A Neurologist's View
Explore what the Chinese call Vital Energy with a theologian.
Investigating the sixth sense that nobody fully understands but most of us feel we have — intuitively.
A deeper look at one of the holiday season's simplest rituals.
We pray, not because God needs it, but because we do. Prayer is a sacrament, an outer, visible expression of an inner, invisible grace — or intention.
As in all centuries, people in the 21st century look to the spiritual for meaning and virtue in daily life; they use spiritual practice to peer beyond the mortality of the body into the eternity of the soul. The big difference between the older forms of spirituality and 21st-Century Spirituality is the movement away from an external authority figure and a movement toward an empowerment of each seeker.
Birthing women are able to share something that connects them to all mothers, past and future.
A laser pioneer explores how the coherent light of a laser beam may help explain the joy experienced in the presence of a saint or a sage.
My lifelong effort to understand and practice the art of loving has led me to write two books on the subject. Since it might he assumed that I consider myself an authority on agape, Eros, and philia, it is with considerable embarrassment that I report that my two marriages — one of 17 years and the other of 25 years — ended in divorce.
I offer these reflections on the possibility of creating a loving divorce not as an expert but as a candidate and a continuing student of the difficulties of loving. You will notice that there are no personal details in the article that follows. You are invited to read between the lines. I hope that, in time, I will learn from the theoretical wisdom and insight of the author of The Passionate Life and To Love and Be Loved and become a better practitioner of the art of abiding love.
Learning to live with eyes wide open through circles of trust.
Why is contentment so difficult to realize, and how does one find inner stillness, satisfaction, and peace of mind? This article focuses on a basic orientation of our culture that seems to keep us forever discontented, and also suggests some simple, practical ways to find contentment in the only place and time it can be found — here and now.
In the first days of the relief efforts following 9/11/2001, volunteers barbecued food for rescue workers on the sidewalk outside St. Paul's.
Shiri Joshua, M.A., is a psychotherapist, “animal whisperer,” and director of the Shiri Joshua Centre for Human & Animal Healing in Vancouver, British Columbia. Each month she hold…
We can now watch a supernova seed a galaxy with all the compounds of new life, but can we envision a sacred relationship to our universe that tells us how to live?
Leadership guru Mel Toomey conducted careful studies of situations where extraordinary results had been achieved. He and his colleagues have developed a system called Generative Leadership, enabling leaders to transcend many of the obstacles inherent in complex situations, frequently with transformative results.
"This can make a real difference in our lives."
Can a self-proclaimed science nerd embrace the path of pure experience? A journey from inquiring mind to limitless heart.
For Anthony Ward, arranging flowers is part of a larger communion with nature.
This article appeared in our June 2003 issue. The beginning of discernment as a conscious spiritual practice for me came 20 years ago, well before I was a full-time theologia…
Coping with chronic illness requires spiritual resources that children cannot easily talk about. Now a hospital chaplain has developed two simple, enjoyable techniques to help them express their fears and tap into their deepest strengths.
A Native American approach to intimacy with yourself, your family, and the world around you.
This article appeared in the Fall 2000 issue of Spirituality & Health. As a teenager working in the theater, I was struck by a scene in Eugene lonesco’s The Bald Soprano. T…
Our beliefs about the afterlife shape us here and now. Do you know what you believe?
Megory Anderson has kept vigil with Catholics and Protestants, Buddhists and Muslims, Jews and pagans, Mormons and Hindus, skeptics and angry nonbelievers. When the time comes she sees them experience a clear transition to some other state of being.
"What would you do if you knew the world was coming to an end?" I was first asked that question back in the 1970s when I was on the road with a dance company, passing time before a…
A Harvard historian lets qi under her skin.
At birth we each receive our own unique spiritual DNA, but life soon separates us from our true selves. Here’s a path toward wholeness.
We in the modern West assume that the normal mind is a healthy one. But a "healthy mind" is still subject to many types of distress, including depression, anxiety, frustration, res…
My spirituality is switched on when I live with a willingness to see God in the everyday. I am fully alive, and the most ordinary moment can feed my soul. For me, one key is finding the spiritual practices that are right for me. I practice my faith in community; I watch and listen to those whose switches seem to be in the on position. I notice the simple yet elegant ways people connect with the Divine. I begin to borrow the practices that appeal to me.
After years of eating compulsively, the author learned that prayer makes it possible to sit down on a meditation cushion and to be a guest at a feast.
A gadfly is a biting insect reputed to drive animals mad. Twenty-five hundred years ago, the “Lord of the Gadflies” was a philosopher, Socrates, whose biting dialogues launched our Western intellectual tradition. But we forget that he was also a spiritual teacher with powerful tools to nurture our souls.
Adults can be generative in many different ways — as parents, teachers, mentors, leaders, friends, neighbors, volunteers, and citizens.
Fifty-One things you wish your grandmother had told you… or may be she did.
Great commercials tap into our deepest desires, creating cravings for gizmos we didn’t even know we wanted. Here, a top ad consultant shows how to use advertising archetypes to own yourself rather than buy more stuff.
According to Ken Wilber, the biggest challenge facing our world is not the income gap between rich and poor but the gap in levels of consciousness. “Only by honoring and acknowledging all the various levels in all four quadrants [of the Nesting Universe] can a more generous and inclusive vision be found.”
Would it surprise you to learn that you can begin changing your life right now, right where you are? As easily as turning on a light switch? It would? Good! You just started.
Acknowledge the child’s innate individuality and wholeness and what parenthood means in terms of the parent’s own growth.
On the cutting edge of cardiac medicine, in a mainstream hospital, the best of East and West meet as Mimi Guarneri, M.D., and Rauni King, R.N., create a hospital for the future.
Volunteering is one way to a healthier life, reveals a survey conducted by Spirituality & Health. More than 80 percent say their tense nation’s overall stress would decrease if personal-contact helping grows.
Spirituality & Health's former poetry editor says language is key.
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.
There is a clear beacon for our darkening but beautiful world. It’s from the sixth century, when a single monk chose to live a life that made the world new.
The world's great wisdom traditions all acknowledge the centrality of food; their practices remind us of its deeper meaning, beyond filling our bellies.
A theologian recounts her personal experience, and how it expanded her faith.
For the author, imagination is a spiritual practice, a vehicle of discovery. It is how she checks in with her inner life. "Images help you discover where you are in this moment and what opportunities are available to you."
In her quest to depict a world without violence, one artist creates monuments to the human spirit.
How can we or can we ever come up with criteria that distinguish us from animals, or for that matter, from a machine? Our spirit? Is it our intelligence? Is it our bodies? Or is it that we tell better stories? From our theologian at MIT's Artificial Intelligence Lab, here's a new metaphor for Who We Are, 2000.
When a seminary professor takes his course on “art and prayer” to recovering addicts, he gets a lesson in the raw spiritual power of beauty.
Both new and old approaches to the spiritual quest have strengths and weaknesses. I pray that in the 21st century we will finally learn how to teach the children the age-old tenets of love, harmony, and beauty, and that the fruits of our efforts will be loving people, living in harmony, on a beautiful earth.
The First Americans understood the joys and addiction of tobacco. (And the nicotine patch/pouch is thousands of years old.)
The greeks referred to mythical images as “gift of the gods.” See what you receive when you visualise these ancient symbols.
Garret Yount, Ph.D., was trained as a molecular neuroscientist. His wife, Yifang Qian, M.D., Ph.D., who is from Beijing, was trained in both Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. In 1990, when Yount’s father was diagnosed with Stage IV (terminal) leukemia, the three traveled to China where Yount’s father engaged in a combination of conventional chemotherapy and Chinese therapies including herbs and qigong. Nowadays (in 2001), Yount’s father is coexisting peacefully with his cancer, Qian is a board-certified psychiatrist, and Yount has taken up qigong. A collaborator with Anne Harrington and funded by the Fetzer Foundation, he dreams of discovering that the mind is able to alter genetic expression. He already has provocative evidence suggesting that qi is more than a “beautiful form of hypnosis.” — Ed.
When you are on the wire, there is no past, there is no future, there is only now
Why People Don’t Talk About War and Why We Should
Legally, corporations are people. Some, like addicts, are mired in destructive behavior. Others are building a healthy new fast lane. Here are some worth following.
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.
On tour for her book, The Seeker's Guide: Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure, Elizabeth Lesser faced these questions as she traveled across the country. "These are the big questions of the hour," she says. "And it seemed to me that Huston Smith would make an ideal partner for further explorations. We began discussing them over lunch when he was teaching at Omega Institute. I followed up with a letter, and he graciously replied. Several letters later, I realized that we had built up a correspondence worth sharing…."
Our faith traditions teach us how to honor our grief and come back to life.
Millions of Christians -- laity as well as the vowed and religious -- pray the Hours in one form or another. This may be a private practice but is not individualized. To keep the Hours is to enter with one’s fellows into that which has been, which is, and which evermore shall be.
Psychologist Carl Jung believed that, in times of need, symbols emerge from a great archetypal well called the collective unconscious – symbols that define us at our core and transcend our lives.
Here a woman grapples physically with her own symbols — rock and stone — and finds unexpected healing. Maybe even an answer to Robert Frost’s grand challenge in his poem “Mending Wall”: “Before I built a wall I’d ask to know/What I was walling in or walling out.”
Some practices for tending the gut have scant basis in anatomical reality… The gut has a mind of its own.
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.
Standing with who you are and offering the song of your life is a sacred act.
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.
Hoshin is a Japanese word roughly meaning both internal compass and personal North Star and is a practice designed to break through apparent chaos to find a hidden higher order and direction.
Hoshin almost always starts with a question, and you want to choose a question that really excites you, where you would feel phenomenal if you woke up living the answer to that question.
Don’t let your next great idea slip away. Follow these seven steps and weave your dreams into reality.
The joy of spirit in exercise.