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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.

"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…

20 Questions for a Spiritually Compatible Relationship

We received an email from Naini Duggal, who is launching a new matchmaking website for spiritually-minded singles called MatchMySpirit.com. We logged in and were intrigued by the q…

5 Questions for Dan Millman

Dan Millman, author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior, talks about how its message is still relevant today.

5 Questions for Thich Nhat Hanh

1. How did your childhood influence your spiritual path?When I was seven or eight, I saw a drawing of the Buddha sitting on the grass, very peacefully. I was impressed, because peo…

5 Reasons Not to Meditate

I’ll be honest: I’ve never liked meditating. I’ve dabbled in it, and forced myself to sit for 30 day meditation challenges, and it was boring and hard. Plus life is so busy: Five m…

5 Steps to Clear Mental Clutter

Is it time to clean out your spiritual closet? Is your emotional sock drawer overflowing? Productivity expert Erin Rooney Doland, author of "Unclutter Your Life in One Week," offers five steps to restore order.

7 Strategies for Child-Friendly Celebrations

By Cindy MatchettMy young son and the many children I have spent time with over the years have all taught me a lot about celebrating. From them, I have learned that children love t…

7 Ways to Make Happiness Last

As a surgeon I have used the word “cancer” — the C-word — thousands of times in my life. I have spent my entire professional life researching it, trying to find ways to resect it, …

91-Year-Old Meditation Master Ruth Denison

In the California desert, a vipassana pioneer prepares for the next stage of her remarkable life.

A Beautiful Distortion

One year, my wife and I attended several plays in the Fringe Festival in Dublin, Ireland, where we were living. I remember especially a favorite of mine, Play, by Samuel Becke…

A Christmas Pilgrimage

A pilgrimage to the Taos Pueblo for a traditional ceremony gives author Rivvy Neshama a new understanding of Christmas.One year, after family plans fell through, John and I were de…

A Faith Beyond Belief

Around the world, people tell stories of Nasrudin, a sometimes bumbling and often clever spiritual teacher of the ancient Middle East who was better at navigating the depths than t…

A Heart Exposed

A Heart Exposed: Talking to God with Nothing to Hide (A Book of Prayers)by Steven JamesOne of the most beautiful gifts of Steven James’s book, A Heart Exposed, is that the prayer-p…

A Lifeboat for the Caregiver

Taking care of a loved one with dementia can be a grueling task, but meditation and support can lighten the load.

A Mind-Altering Message

One of the key words in the New Testament is metanoia, usually translated as "repentance" and giving rise to neurotic concerns about sin and self-reproach. But the Greek word meta …

A New Primer for Psychic Research

“Something unknown is doing we don’t know what” — this is how physicist Arthur Eddington described the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principal, the vexing fact that science can never pin …

A Priest Finds His Other Religion

The word aikido combines three Japanese words that resonate with theology or spirituality. “Ai” means “joining/reconciling/harmony/love”; “ki” is “energy/power/-spirit”; and “do” i…

A Purr for Help: How A Rescued Cat Opened My Heart

Nearly broke and pessimistic about the world, journalist Jane Ganahl heart and mind were opened by one abandoned cat.

A Time to Plant

Life Lessons in Work, Prayer and DirtBy Kyle T. Kramer“With deep, sustained attention to the world, it is impossible not to feel awed by it, grateful for its many gifts, moved by t…

A Zen Master's Guide to the Bible

In the fall of 1999, my family and I were traveling on board a commercial airliner out of Memphis, Tennessee, when the cabin filled with smoke and the plane suddenly dropped right …

America's Most Spiritual Spa 2010: Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary

Even a first award requires a history. And any history of spiritual spas leads inevitably to the ancient Greek city of Epidaurus and the Temple of Aesculapius. As you may remember,…

American Veda

From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation: How Indian Spirituality Changed the WestBy Philip Goldberg“You don’t get tired of love, you don’t get tired of joy, you don’t g…

Ancient Goddess Archetype: Are You a Modern-Day Artemis?

The Greeks built temples and altars to gods and goddesses that today we might sense deep within our world or even within ourselves. One that particularly appeals to me is Artemis, …

Are Rainbows "Real"?

I left off last week’s post quoting Joseph Goldstein, where he says that some people think the recognition of suffering makes for pessimism. Then he says: “Actually, it is quite th…

Are You the Author of Your Life’s Story?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a problem with authority. When I’m stopped by a policeman for some minor infraction, I stammer and sweat. Immediately my thoughts go back to…

As God is My Witness and Buddha is my Publicist

My spiritual practice teaches me that we are all one. But my public relations work calls me to pitch stories of Hero vs. Villain, Us vs. Them, David vs. Goliath. All the experts ou…

ASK RABBI RAMI: How can I get my husband to follow my spiritual path?

Over the past few years, I’ve shifted from the material to the spiritual. My husband is supportive and loving regarding this shift but unwilling to make it with me. How can I bring…

Aung San Suu Kyi: Peace Through Work

Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi reflects on her spiritual life, our democratic responsibility, and the importance of asking questions.

Author Interview: Wally Lamb

More than two decades after his tales of trauma and redemption catapulted him to literary success, the best-selling author is still inspired by the human struggle—and the power of …

Avoiding Spiritual Bypass Syndrome

When I first started “coming out” as a spiritual guy, so to speak, I was living in sunny San Diego, California. The West Coast seemed to be the birthplace of so much personal growt…

Balancing Life by the Rule

Back in the third century, the first Christian monasteries wrote rules covering all aspects of life within their walls. Their goal was to keep God at their individual and collectiv…

Barefoot Healing

The old people came literally to love the soil, and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power. It was good for the skin to touch the ear…

Be the Change

“You must be the change you want to see in the world,” said “Mahatma” Gandhi, who led India to independence and inspired human rights movements worldwide – all by dramatically livi…

Being a Spiritual Person

Recently I was listening to my friend Satish Kumar being interviewed on the BBC. Satish is a former Jain monk who defined his life by walking for world peace. With no financial res…

Book Review: Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better

Fail, Fail Again, Fail BetterWise Advice for Leaning into the Unknownby Pema ChödrönSounds True“In your life you fail,” writes Pema Chödrön in her comforting new book, Fail, Fail A…

Book Review: Love Everyone

Love Everyoneby Parvati MarkusHarper OneMillions of readers around the world got their first glimpse of Eastern knowledge in Be Here Now. First published in 1971, the book chronicl…

Bra is Great

Sooraya Graham, a devout Muslim and an art student in British Columbia, took a photo of a woman draped in niqab and abaya (face veil and full-body covering), folding a bra while do…

Buddhism Through American Women's Eyes

Buddhism Through American Women's EyesEdited by Karma Lekshe TsomoFor Western women, Buddhism’s enticing spiritual package creates some dilemmas when it comes wrapped in an Asian c…

Buddhism without Religion?

Q&A with Jack Kornfield

Calling All Spiritual Superheroes (That Means YOU)

Recently a fellow traveler said to me: “I have no heroes. I have no gurus. I don’t look up to anyone. But I have many people I look across at and sit in circle with to create a bet…

Can Religion Save the Planet?

Unleashing the power of their faith on tough environmental problems, today's "ecovangelists" ask: Can religion save the planet, or will the planet save religion?

Care of the Soul: Joyfully Adrift

Maybe, as we become more soulful, we drift into reality rather than away from it.

Care of the Soul: Mega-Soul

I had an unusually enjoyable afternoon recently, lying on the floor in front of my massive classical Greek dictionary and a copy of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, where he makes a…

Casting Light on the Pitfalls of 21st-Century Spirituality

Narcissism: There's a thin line between narcissism and "following your bliss." Without some degree of sacrifice for the greater good, self-discovery eventually leads to plain old s…

Channel Your Inner Child: How to Live with More Joy, Passion, and Love

A few years ago I became an adopted grandma and had a five year old living in my house for awhile. I have to admit that seeing the world through the eyes of a five year old is an e…

Chart Your Own Course for Healing

When grief left her adrift, Jennifer Ewing found solace in spirit boats.

Christian Mystics

365 Readings and MeditationsBy Matthew Fox“Christendom adjusts itself far too easily to the worship of power. Christians should give more offense, shock the world far more than the…

Close the the Ground: Fashionista as Monk

In honor of spring, I decided to buy a new pair of pants. Usually, I head for St. Vincent de Paul for gently reused clothes, partly to keep the cloth out of landfills a bit longer …

Close to Grace: The Physics of Silent Transmission

by Russell Targ, and Jane Katra, Ph.D.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.The …

Close to the Ground: Buddhaland

She was sitting on a bench outside the grocery store where I shop. It was 8 a.m. and drizzling—typical for spring in Eugene. I watched her sip coffee out of a well-worn Starbucks c…

Conscious Love: Online Dating for the Spiritually Minded

Writer Jane Ganahl dips her toes into the pool of "conscious singles" looking for love online.

Create Your Own Holy Day

We are entering one of the busiest spiritual seasons of the year, so we asked for some special “Roadside Assistance” from Rabbi Rami Shapiro:• What are holy days for?• How should w…

Cultivating a Gratitude Practice

In all my years of following the Buddhist path, there has been only one teaching that made me cringe. Whenever I heard it, my reaction was, “Are you kidding me?!”  Here’s the …

Cultivating Contagious Gratitude

When I walk through my plant nursery, The Sacred Garden, right after we have watered, there is a tangible energy in the air. Everything feels different. When I stop to be observant…

Cutting-to-the-Chase Meditation

This is my arrangement of a transcription of the conversation/dharma talk with Zen priest Sokuzan Bob Brown last Sunday at our local meditation group. Bob began by describing the b…

Dance Ecstacy

We humans have been “dancing with our gods” as long as we have had a conception of the divine. Our moving prayers manifest as lyrical expressions of the Gospels, the Vedas, and the…

Death of My Teacher Bonia Shur

One of my dearest teachers died last Thursday. His name was Bonia Shur, and he was Director of Liturgical Arts at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). Bonia…

DIY Quiet: six tips to find your stillness

The neighbor’s smoke alarm is beeping, demanding a new battery. A kid is bouncing on a pogo stick out in the yard—squeak, squeak, squeak. Trying to focus on a task can be challengi…

Do I Tell My Dying Daughter That I Don’t Believe in Heaven?

My roommate insists it’s impossible to prove the existence of God. I’m not sure. What’s your take?It all depends on how you define the word “God.” For example, if you define God as…

Does God Favor Abortion?

Is God in favor of abortion? Maybe so. An article in The Tennessean newspaper told the story of a fifteen-year-old unmarried girl pregnant with triplets. The pregnancy was not goi…

Driving Evil Spirits Away with Bottle Rockets

Normally, when it comes to clothing used for a religious rite, you think of robes, a miter, a tallit (or prayer shawl), and perhaps a head scarf.Here is what I wore to honor Guan Y…

Eight Paths to the Goddess

On the spring equinox this year, with the full moon in Virgo, about a hundred people gathered excitedly together in Ashland, Oregon, to dance, to pray, and to perform ceremonies to…

Empowered by the Sacred

An Invocation"Rise and place your hands on your heart. Bow your head to your heart and in doing so, bow your mind, bow your intelligence, bow your ego, to the presence of the Livin…

Enjoy Every Sandwich

Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day as If It Were Your LastBy Lee LipsenthalCrown Archetype“We all die. This is the nature of life. At some point, life ends, but this book i…

Enjoy the Fun of Getting, But Teach the Power of Giving

To these perennial questions, I offer some answers — not to close a conversation, but to broaden one. I do not claim to know anything you don’t know, but if I can help you remember…

Enlightenment is to be Lived

My best friend and I are intrigued by enlightenment but can’t define it. What is enlightenment?Rabbi Rami: For me enlightenment is the act or art of embracing what is as it is, acc…

Enlightenment: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

I’ve been reading a lot of books about enlightenment lately, and I still don’t have a clue as to what it is and why it matters. Can you help?Think of it this way: You suddenly find…

Essential Conversations with Rabbi Rami: 21st Century Spirituality

Former priest Matthew Fox speaks with Rabbi Rami Shapiro about his work, and his new book, modern spirituality, and intergenerational wisdom.

Excerpt: "The Law of Divine Compensation" by Marianne Williamson

Author, activist, and spiritual leader Marianne Williamson is often considered one of the defining voices for a new generation of spiritual seekers. Six of her 10 published books h…

Excerpt: Matthew Fox's "Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for Our Times"

Author Matthew Fox is the popular and controversial theologian and author of more than 25 books that expose the corruption and patriarchal hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church an…

Expose Yourself: A New Year Intention, Inspired By the Moon

Because the moon feels loved, she lets our eyesfollow her across the field, steppingfrom her clothes, strewn silkglinting in furrows. Feeling loved, the moon lovesto be looked at, …

Expressing Myself Through Nia

I practice the Nia Technique, a dynamic fusion of moves from dance, martial arts, and healing arts that integrates body, mind, emotions, and spirit. The workout leaves me drenched …

Faith and the Family: When Our Beliefs Differ

When loved ones challenge our deepest beliefs, is it even possible to agree to disagree?

Family Dynamic: Deepak Chopra reflects on how family has changed him

We visted with Deepak Chopra a year after son Gotham’s documentary, Decoding Deepak, opened a window on the spiritual icon’s private life. How has it affected you to have…

Fifty Ways to Nourish Your Soul

"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…

Film Review: Paulo Coelho’s Best Story

Paulo Coelho’s Best StoryDirected by Daniel AugustoMUSIC BOX FILMSThis biopic about the internationally best-selling writer of The Alchemist isn’t quite the hagiography you might e…

Find the Right Tea to Soothe Body and Soul

Find the right tea to soothe yourself, body and soul.

Finding the Light in the Shadows: On Shri and Kali

It’s 2012: the end of the Mayan Calendar, the year of New Age spiritual transformation, year of the Water Dragon. I started off 2012 learning about the Divine Feminine with Shiva R…

Five Insights for Fearless Living

The First Insight: Fear can close our hearts, shape our emotional life, and freeze our emotions, but the only power that fear has is the power we give to it. We can take that power…

For Chronic Illness, Try Qigong

Medical styles like Dragon and Tiger can offer gentle yet effective relief.

For the Next Seven Generations

13 Indigenous Grandmothers Weaving a World that WorksCarole HartThis inspirational documentary is most powerful when seen as part of a gathering, especially a large gathering that …

Former Priest Matthew Fox on 21st Century Spirituality

Two decades being expelled as a priest of the Dominican Order, Matthew Fox has continued to challenge the doctrines of the Catholic Church with books including last year’s The Pope…

Four Legal Entheogens for the Spiritual Explorer

Throughout human history, spiritual seekers have used sacred plants and fungi for healing, visionary encounters, and mystical experience. Though this history has been largely obfus…

Full Circle

My wife, Nancy, and I have a 75-acre horse farm in Ledyard, Connecticut, that we built four years ago and named Standing Stones after a 12-foot-high boulder, a glacial erratic left…

Getting “Close” to Geri Larkin

In her new book, Close to the Ground, the S&H columnist and Zen practitioner explores Buddhism’s seven factors of enlightenment: mindfulness, investigation, effort, ease, joy, …

Getting Used to Stuff: A Conversation with Daniel Gottlieb

“Thank God for GPS,” sighs psychologist, family therapist, radio host, and author Daniel Gottlieb, rolling into the Jewish Community Center in Bridgewater, New Jersey. If it were p…

Gifts of the Spirit

Long before the birth of Jesus, the Celtic and Norse pagans exchanged gifts at the time of the winter solstice. They believed that this practice mitigated one’s vulnerability to th…

Give Us Ten Minutes, We'll Give You the Kosmos

Go ahead. Check your watch. Let's see if we can pull this off. The next 10 minutes may change the way you think about evolution, psychology, ecology, even God.The cosmos is merely …

Giving Prayers, One by One by One

Somewhere at the bottom of my purse is a small drawstring bag that holds something precious: a number of small pewter hearts. These little charms — part of Mexican folk religion — …

God Always Answers Our Prayers

God always answers our prayers. Sometimes the answer is “no.” You’ve probably heard this said dozens if not hundreds of times. It’s God’s “Get Out of Jail Free” card. In other word…

God Is Not a Christian, Nor a Jew, Muslim, Hindu

God is Not a Christian, Nor a Jew, Muslim, Hindu: God Dwells in Us, Around Us, as UsBy Bishop Carlton PearsonBishop Carlton Pearson dares to openly ask the questions that many Chri…

God of Love

A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity, and IslamBy Mirabai StarrMonkfish Book Publishing CompanyMirabai Starr has always been drawn to the heart of love that resides at the…

Goddess Matangi: Salty Old Lady, Teen Angst Heart

Soon, I’m turning 29. My birthday always sends me into an introspective tailspin about what age means, considering the past, and wondering what the heck I’m doing with my life.When…

Great Jews

Rabbi David Wolpe, citing Rav Abraham Isaac Kook, asks a great question in his 12/29/11 blog post: When will Jews who are great also be great Jews? This questions begs an…

Guidance from Ancestors: A Practice for Our Divided Nation

In the past few months I’ve been saddened by the pain and confusion the deep political divide has caused in so many of us across the U.S. Just before the November election, the NPR…

Heart of Brightness

One Woman's Yoga Odyssey in the Balinese JungleAs J. Krishnamurti once observed, there exist very few individuals with an irresistible passion for spirit. Very few of us really ded…

Heroes

“In a place where there are no heroes—be a hero!” This two thousand year old challenge by Hillel the Elder, whom many consider to have been Jesus’ rabbi, is a staple of Jewis…

Home Sweet Home? Not for Domestic Workers. Ai-jen Poo Demands Justice

On the front lines fighting for the dignity of an invisible workforce, Ai-jen Poo aims to rehumanize society.

Honoring Everyday Transitions: "Do, Be"

By Robyn Greene Most people are aware of the big transitions or events in life. We honor births, birthdays, perhaps coming of age, starting and ending school, leaving home, marria…

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