Tag: Spirituality

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November 15, 2017

On joining our individual reckoning with injustice with the practical work of changing the broken structures that affect our lives.

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November 15, 2017

Fr. Richard Rohr on awe in the face of mystery. Omid Safi on touching the mystical in the daily act of driving. Rebecca Delker on rethinking how we talk about climate change. And our editor-in-chief’s latest picks from the Wall Street Journal, Hazlitt, and Netflix.

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November 8, 2017

We never would have guessed it, but Omid is a total gearhead. What a jaunt in a convertible dream car taught him about seeking out the luminous moments in the mundane — that while we can’t all speed around in expensive convertibles, we can find the joy of driving the family car with all the windows rolled down.

Asia Nichole Jones leads a class at Uhle Fitness Studios in Chicago.
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October 9, 2017

Black women are blazing a new trail for yoga —  one that shatters the barriers of race, culture, and class that previously excluded them. How women of color are embracing the strength of their bodies and spirits through vinyasa flows set to Future and Gucci Mane.

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September 29, 2017

The turbidity of Melbourne’s Yarra River reflects the murkiness of inner life. When faced with loss and joy, we must sink into shadows before we can make the crossing — and emerge more whole on the opposite shore.

Photo of a phone saying "Stop Complaining." Photo by Omar Prestwich
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August 17, 2017

Can the occasional cathartic rant lead to healing? The virtue of letting our frustrations be heard — from Russian novels and the Book of Job to a Catholic women’s “pray and bitch” prayer group.

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July 7, 2017

In a turning cultural tide, non-religious Millennials and the Christian church find themselves at odds. But do they have to be?

John Thompson, a friend and former colleague of Philando Castile, is embraced after speaking on the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol building on June 16, 2017 in St Paul, Minnesota. Protests erupted in Minnesota after Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted on all counts in the shooting death of Philando Castile. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
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June 24, 2017

Our editor in chief turns to other sources for understanding and pondering: brain science on why our brains are wired for hate, African-American spirituals as a monument to our nation’s history and resilience, and focusing our attention on what really matters.

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May 31, 2017

After a meditative walk through a Shinto shrine in Kyoto, Japan, a reflection on recognizing the paths we’re on as a spiritual destination.

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May 6, 2017

The companionship of Thomas Merton; an inspiring faith in our nation’s potential; and the spiritual work of environmental care.

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March 11, 2017

Interrogating our anger, honoring our elders, facing the truth of life’s fragility, and helpful new discussion guides for Becoming Wise — the best of what’s engaging our minds and spirits these days.

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March 2, 2017

To elevate the spirit, we must nurture the soul and the rational mind, alike.

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January 10, 2017

A pilgrimage of gratitude illuminates an essential connection between the private journeys we take in life and the messy path we all walk together.

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October 6, 2016

Often, the remedy to what ails us is simpler than we think. Omid Safi shares a comedic lesson on recognizing the blessings that are already within us.

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September 29, 2016

For Omid Safi, the words and movements of prayer are more than rote. A reflection on faith as a lived embodiment of love.

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September 14, 2016

The violence of our culture can trap us in a spiral of fear and paralysis. Parker Palmer on the importance of centering our minds and hearts in sacred spaces of our own, wherever we may find them.

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August 11, 2016

The strength of spirituality lies in the just action it inspires. Omid Safi points to faith as inextricable from the work of bringing about a community of equity and love.

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August 9, 2016

Essential celebrations of the strength and beauty that surround us, from new life and community to the poetry of words and images.

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August 2, 2016

The late historian Vincent Harding explores the potent and challenging spirituality shared by two fathers of the movement for civil rights.

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July 5, 2016

A gift of verse as we reach the close of the season of Ramadan — testaments to the comfort of faith across a lifetime, from the safety of home to the surprising kinship of a stranger.

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June 4, 2016

“Let yourself be silently pulled by what you love.” Weaving poesy with mellifluous prose, an Egyptian poet celebrates the power of the lyrical art to bring us closer to the divine, and to ourselves.

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March 24, 2016

Faith can be a salve for the soul in the face of the suffering we witness. But, Omid Safi reminds us, our spiritual love must be bolstered by how we stand for the weak and vulnerable in our midst.

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December 19, 2015

A Dominican friar-turned-soldier reflects on the essential role he’s discovered as a “combat shaman” — and how his work of spiritual growth and guidance continues from the pulpit to the ranks.

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November 7, 2015

The Philippine-Catholic ritual of pabasa reveals the power of song to reacquaint us with tradition, bridge superficial divides, and connect us through the kinship of our imperfections.

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August 16, 2015

At the age of 18, a young woman goes into a coma and faces a near-death experience. For nearly four years, she’s hospitalized and tries to find peace and God — in a well-lit intensive care unit — in her dreams. A story of faith, hope, and gratitude for the landscape of dreams.

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March 28, 2015

To do yoga in America today is to make a statement. Melani McAlister unpacks what “yoga spirituality” might mean for an atheist and how her “embrace of reality” might flow from the practice of yoga.

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March 21, 2015

Most of us chant tunes from the classic musical, but have you considered the spiritual lessons that the movie offers?

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February 25, 2015

Aided by Hafiz, Parker Palmer reminds us that the inner life does not have to be a somber one, but a life rich with experience.

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January 24, 2015

When one grows up without a faith tradition, where does one turn? An Argentinian children’s book writer maps her journeys in faith, the lack of conviction, and the surprising path to devotion — all in her own backyard.

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April 26, 2013

You don’t have to spend months in meditation, says Eckhart Tolle, to gain insights that could change your life, even your health.

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May 4, 2012

For Seane Corn, yoga is much more than a practice in flexibility. It’s a way of applying spiritual lessons to real-world problems and personal issues. One way she channels her energy and love is through a practice she calls “body prayer” as she shares in this video from “Yoga from the Heart.”

Sylvia Boorstein expresses her point during a live event in suburban Detroit.
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April 1, 2012

I picked up Sylvia Boorstein’s lovely book, That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist, years ago and loved it. Then, several…

Meredith Monk performs "Ascension Variations" on March 5, 2009.
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February 18, 2012

The singer and composer Meredith Monk is a kind of archeologist of the human voice. She’s also an archeologist of the human soul, with a long-time Buddhist practice.

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March 27, 2011

Martha Depp on Art and Cancer This afternoon we received the following email from Ben Depp, a photographer whose sister…

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June 12, 2010

“Everything I write is for spiritual reasons—to help people keep their spirits up, to help transform misery into laughter or…

Two men prepare to hang a portrait of Albert Einstein by Max Liebermann at an exhibition of 'degenerate' German art at the New Burlington Galleries, London. The exhibition includes work by all the German artists pilloried by Adolf Hitler in the 'Degenerate Art' exhibition in Munich of 1937.
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February 25, 2010

Our host reflects on discovering the legendary scientist’s far-reaching compassion, humor, and the unending wonder he embodied.

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October 22, 2009

This is a personal entry, in the spirit of the “Your Voices, Your Stories” door we open to you each…

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August 13, 2009

The Myth of Order The title of this slideshow, “The Myth of Order,” is in reference to a statement made…

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December 5, 2008

I have to express my excitement about the show we have scheduled for podcast release on New Year’s Day. Back…

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November 13, 2008

“The main creed that I like to refer to when I think of Vedanta is as Swami Vivekananda said: ‘If…

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August 8, 2008

This week we’ve been wrapping up production on next week’s show with Eckhart Tolle. One mark of a promising interview,…

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April 2, 2008

(photo: Lastexit/Flickr) As we prepare to do a show on endangered languages, I’ve been thinking a lot about the intersection…