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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 …

20 Calming or Invigorating Mini Meditations You Can Practice Every Day

Inspiration for practicing kindness and breathing in the beauty of daily moments and the miracles that are our lives.

4 Dimensions of Peacemaking

Whether it’s Israel/Palestine or Red vs. Blue, understanding why “I would be fighting me, too!” is only the second step toward lasting peace.

5 Questions for Seane Corn

Acclaimed yoga teacher and activist shares her strategy for staying connected to her practice.

50 Great Spiritual Adventures for the Next Millennium

A list of fifty experiences to touch your soul and (maybe) change your life forever.

7 Steps to Embracing Your Full Story

This may be the least expensive way to solve our health care crisis.

7 Stories to Find Your Center

At the beginning of this year, we offered a 10 Day "Find Your Center" challenge. The overwhelming response reminded us here at S&H to take a moment and do simple things like br…

A Practice in Stone

"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

A Time for Silence: On Not Speaking About G--

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.

Being in the Presence of Change

Twice last week I bumped into friends while in the midst of busy days. These are women who I adore, but haven’t seen in much too long, each of us consumed with the busy-ness of our…

Better Tools for the Ongoing Work of Living Day to Day

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.

Binding Lessons

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.

Candles, a Practice of Faith

A deeper look at one of the holiday season's simplest rituals.

Chinnamasta: The Self-Beheading Goddess

Chinnamasta shows us the simple, playful, and fierce truth that much of what we need is already right inside our own hearts.

Clean Your House and Your Mind Will Follow

The equinox has come and gone, and I find myself thinking about spring cleaning. You’ve likely seen the emerging body of research espousing the psycho-emotional value of keeping a …

Collaborative Painting or Drawing

In this episode, Flora Bowley shows how collaboration can bring together creativity and connection.

Contentment

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.

Do No Harm to Those You Love

In my work, I have witnessed many beautiful words of consolation and comfort gone awry.

Embrace Silence

An excerpt from Choose the Life You Want by Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD

Feeling Stuck? Try a Beginner’s Mind

“In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind there are few." - Shunryu Suzuki, Zen monkMany years ago, as a yoga student, I envisioned how wonderful i…

Focusing on What Matters, Moment By Moment

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…

How the World's Wisdom Traditions See Eating as Spiritual Practice

The world's great wisdom traditions all acknowledge the centrality of food; their practices remind us of its deeper meaning, beyond filling our bellies.

How to Become a Stalker of Your Own Mind

If we are relentless and impeccable about stalking ourselves, a result is that we leave the world and other people alone.

Is Yoga Practical?

As a yoga teacher, over the years I've had many people ask me whether yoga is the real deal: Does it really help, or is it just another fad? Do you have to be an acrobat to feel go…

Ladies and Gentlemen... Your Attention, Please

When you are on the wire, there is no past, there is no future, there is only now

Like a Rock

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.”

Listening in the Labyrinth

Walking a labyrinth can allow entry to the unknown if we are willing to listen.

Managing Your Life

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.

My Practice: Picturing the Moment

Learn how this artist starts her day with camera in hand.

Playing with Wonder Questions

I play with “wonder questions” all the time. I use them in coaching sessions and with my Sweetheart. I use them not to shift what I am thinking about, but how I am thinking ab…

Practicing Self-Care During Stressful Times

When stress strikes, self-care often takes a backseat. “The ability to care for oneself is predicated on the ability to consistently go inward and listen to what is there with open…

Rewire Your Brain: Practice Happiness

In the wake of New Year’s Resolution season, some of us are taking a good hard look at what’s blocking our paths to happiness and health. There’s plenty: the world is full of distr…

Riding the Wave of Emotions

Building a practice of being with your emotions.

Sit Up Straight: How to Deepen Your Meditation with Better Posture

If you’ve been meditating for some time now, but haven’t been able to deepen your practice, it may be time to check your posture.

Spiritual Being Seeks Practice

As we learn more about the practices of the world’s great spiritual traditions, the question becomes, how can we each discover what’s right for us?

Stressed Out? Lean into It

Stress has become a bad word in our culture. It causes illness and contributes to chronic pain. And we have too much of it. So we practice yoga: we meditate, do savasana, get relax…

The Happiness Track: Naming Your Hauntings

Quite simply, the hauntings of our mind stand between us and everything else.

The Hawaiians Call It Hopupu

To ride a board is to be animated by the force that feeds the wind, to be attuned, engaged, yet detached...

The Re-Enchantment of Childhood

The University of Michigan reports that during the last twenty years, kids' daily playtime has been downsized by four hours. Sheer creative play is fast becoming a forgotten part of childhood — a fact that can jeopardize children's ability to handle stress and compromise their immune systems. Here; an expert in the practice of imagery offers some simple games that help kids catch their breath. Beyond all else, using imagination helps children become whole and responsible human beings — something even elaborate technologies or expensive playthings cannot provide.

The Secret to Radically Transforming Your Practice & Life

I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, celebrating my 7th birthday and coming into the age of reason during the summer of the Detroit riots. There was this unspoken fear and concern …

The Self-Denial Diary

This exercise illuminates our motivations, good and ill, which might help us avoid self-destructive extremes.

The Ultimate De-Stressing Daily Routine

Put this anti-stress routine on your to-do list for a more zen approach to daily life.

The Unexpected Gift of Karate

Can learning to punch and kick bring you closer to your true self – even to God? It’s a secret the Shaolin monks knew fourteen hundred years ago. And it’s changing lives today.

The X Factor is the Answer

Spiritual Rx draws upon the hundreds of books, movies, and audios reviewed by our media editors, Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, to offer a toolkit of resources for your spiritual practice. Spiritual Rx is a book (Hyperion, January 2000). In this exclusive preview, Fred and Mary Ann look to some of our most profound contemporary spiritual writers to discover guides, companions, and teachers for the journey into the blessings of unknowing.

The Yoga of Critical Thinking

I was talking recently with a fellow yoga teacher about a student who takes three to four classes every day. He was a little worried about the effect that might be having on her bo…

Transform Your Life One Morning at a Time

Julia Cameron’s classic practice is much more powerful if you choose the right God.

Walk Like a Yogi: How to Live Your Yoga Practice Off the Mat

As many die hard yogis can attest, committing to a consistent yoga asana (Sanskrit for pose) practice can lead to more flexibility, strength, balance and overall serenity.However, …

When We Enter Silence: Shanti, Shalom, Salaam, Peace

By Kevin O’Brien When you walk into the chapel at Christ’s Peace House of Prayer in Easton, Kansas, you remove your shoes as you step on holy ground. In its glory, religious symbo…

Why You Don't Need to Be Fit to Be Good at Yoga

Does having a physically fit, flexible body mean that a yoga student is better at the practice than someone who is not as flexible or in shape? On the surface, our Western mind see…

Yes, Virginia, You Are an Open-Source Theologian, A Hacker of Your Soul

If you were born Jewish or Catholic or Episcopalian and a koan from a Buddhist monk suddenly changes your life, that doesn't make you a Buddhist. What it means is that you are willing to examine and rewrite your own source code in the hope of finding a closer connection to God.

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