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Entries tagged with “Personal Essay”

7 Ways to Take Care and Take Action

What do we do when facing what appear to be insurmountable challenges of our time?

A Great Longing

An excerpt from Kale & Caramel by Lily Diamond

And This Is How Our World Will Change

Those who have deeply suffered know the only way to attain authentic and lasting contentment is to turn our hearts outward in service to those who are suffering. Here are two stories…

Book Review: Love Hurts

Love HurtsBuddhist Advice for the HeartbrokenBy Lodro RinzlerShambhala PublicationsThis book, by 34-year-old author and meditation teacher Lodro Rinzler, had an unusual genesis: fo…

Breathing through Untangling Myself

Discovering yoga and embracing the constant transitions that come with the practice.

Create a Living Faith

And see what it feels like to be the author of your own spiritual beliefs.

Create Your Own Simple, Primal Challenge

Find out What Happens When You Say, “I’ll Take This Watch”

Discovering Gold on the Gold Coast of Australia

How a Trip to the Land Down Under Shifted My Perspective from Hole to Whole

Dying is a Sacred Act

Dying is itself a time, a space, and process of surrender and transformation.

Exploring the Power of Intuition

Within the quietness of mind you hear a kind of deeper process, a deeper wisdom.

Finding Refuge

My 5-Week, $500 Vacation from Anxiety

Gathering Grace Wherever It Falls

On Soaking Up Joy, Pure and Simple

Get a New Perspective on Your Regrets

A close encounter with a powerful force of nature gives writer Steve Lewis a new perspective on his regrets.

God is Everywhere

I grew up in a suburban neighborhood in Sacramento, California. I was always fascinated to go next door to our neighbor's, an older couple, who had the exact same house as us, but …

Heal Yourself, Heal the World

Drawing from the wisdom of spiritual teachers, writer Emma Pearse focuses on healing herself to heal the world.

Healing, Science, and Practical Applications of Trees

Book excerpt from Be More Tree by Alice Peck

How to Break the Spell of Fear

When you take control, you break fear’s spell. The concept is simple, but is difficult to accomplish because fear is the ultimate enabler. I saw that clearly when I went blind.

Make Your Story a Gift

To come to know and to make sense of and to share our stories is not an act of selfishness, but an act of growth, healing, and ultimately, generosity. But what is a writer to do with a violent story she cannot narrate—when it’s her own?

My Year in White

A sociology professor records her experiences.

Peace Lessons From A War Horse

Could you teach a peace-loving and exquisitely sensitive animal to carry you across a battlefield into enemy fire? What would that teach you? A true story…

Prayers for Our Children

A soon to be mother asked me what prayers she could do for the child in her womb. It brought me back to my days as a pregnant lady.  There was a sensation of something incredi…

Spirited Away: What Yes

Lessons learned while staying with Hare Krishnas at an ashram in Argentina.

The Art of Traveling Alone

Tips on mastering the solo journey

The Cancer Whisperer

On the morning I found I didn’t have the energy to walk over to the horses…

The Christmas Bird

Excerpt from Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver

The Commons: Receiving the Wisdom of the Golden Rule

A meditation on creating a civil society

The First Child in History Diagnosed with Autism

Adapted from In a Different Key: The Story of Autism

The Gift of Mistakes

Yes, it is true, we make mistakes. I have made plenty and as my husband often reminds me—it’s alright! In fact, he says I'll probably and we'll probably keep making mistakes. It is…

The Monkey’s Lesson

Spiritual practice begins with healthy engagement of the mind.

The Real High

My definition of a drug is any substance which alters your senses. I include alcohol and marijuana in addition to hard drugs. The following thoughts are a conversation I fantasize having with some of my friends who practice yoga and meditation and use drugs.

The Self-Loathing Look

In a public place thousands of miles from here, a stranger identified me as someone who lives in the same town as himself.I happen to hate this town, where the person behind you in…

The Wrong I Needed to Write

In the last two issues of S&H, I’ve written two articles. This is the one that was trying to get out…

Third Time’s The Charm

Sometimes, relationships take a few tries to stick.

What Is Your Crazy?

When I was twenty-one, my grandma was bedridden and needed full time care. She was worried that the lady living with her and taking care of her was crazy and asked us to get someon…

What to Do With the Stories That Haunt You…

For Reasons You Don't Understand

Yoga and the Journey to Sobriety

I grew up in a household of teetotalers. The only alcohol anyone in my family drank was at the altar during communion—until the church switched to grape juice. Despite my par…

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