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Contemplative Practice

A Journey From Unlovable to Beloved: An ex-Jehovah's Witness Reclaims Her Spiritual Heritage

V.K. Harber | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion
V.K. Harber

Yes, it's true. No, I'm not going through an early mid-life crisis. Yes, I've really thought about it. No, my values have not changed. Yes, I'm sure. This is how my end of the conversation goes when I tell my friends that I'm in the process of becoming Catholic.

Creating Art from Direct Experience

Julie DuBose | Posted 05.20.2014 | Arts
Julie DuBose

It could and has been said that there are two types of artists, those who conceptualize what they experience and want to express, and those who expr...

How Contemplative Photography Will Change Your Life by Changing How You See

Julie DuBose | Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie DuBose

The way we see ourselves and our world is held together by the way we sort our experience. We constantly evaluate everything we see and hear based on what we think we know about it already.

The World Needs More Poetry

Bryan Berghoef | Posted 04.12.2014 | Religion
Bryan Berghoef

A poem, at a different level from other types of writing, also invites us to pay attention. To be aware. To allow the flow of words to wash over us, the images to flicker on the screen of our mind, the senses evoked to become engaged.

Spiritual Death Can Be Avoided

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

It's the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at this writing. That means that it's the day in which we can return to forgetting about Dr. King's values or we can take a new stride in making Kingian principles tangible.

The Renaissance of Thought

Anthony Strano | Posted 02.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Anthony Strano

Reality begins with a thought. Thought in turn creates feeling and attitude, which is called consciousness. This inner, subtle world of consciousness ...

Putting the God of Vengeance in His Place

John Backman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
John Backman

The God of the Bible is very hard on the people of Israel throughout the Hebrew scriptures. He blazes with rage and punishes them severely, even exiling them to oppressors like Assyria and Babylon.

Are There Some Questions the Church Can't Answer?

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

Many of my clients aren't looking for answers, even when they think they are, and even when I want them to be. They are not seeking to understand, but longing to be understood. I suspect the same is fundamentally true of churchgoers.

Presidents, Pastors and Purpose Seekers: Finding the Balance Between Action and Contemplation

Matthew Dowd | Posted 10.15.2013 | Religion
Matthew Dowd

Some people think contemplation takes away our drive in the world. In truth, it enhances and deepens it. It allows us to work in the world from a place of abundance rather than scarcity.

Wake Up to Good News

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

The root cause of suffering and harm is ignorance, illusion, not seeing things as they actually are. But when we wake up and see the facts and live in the light, we feel so much freer, at ease, unthreatened, confident, overflowing, loved, and loving.

How Yoga Can Help You Deal With Change

Kripalu | Posted 09.28.2013 | Healthy Living

In my work, I also see a lot of successes, which is one of the things that inspires me in my own life and teaching. I witness brave people using the tools of yoga to move forward in their lives and to access positive change.

Find What's Sacred

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Without stress or pressure, see if there could be a deepening commitment to this something sacred. How do you feel about making sanctuary for it, in your attention and intentions, and in how you spend your time and other resources?

Your Death Is Your Headline

Anushka Fernandopulle | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Anushka Fernandopulle

We can connect with the poignancy and beauty of our lives, spend our precious limited time wisely, and treat people in ways that we will not later regret. So make death your headline, in order to spend your life living fully with integrity and presence.

When Mindfulness Meets Compassion: Close Encounters in Contemplative Science

Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D.

As an exploding body of clinical research confirms that mindfulness helps reduce stress and promote healing, learning and neuroplasticity, a parallel line of study on the practice of loving-kindness has begun to converge with exciting new research on positive emotions and the brain.

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Buddhists Respond To Hurricane Sandy | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 11.11.2012 | Religion

NEW YORK -- In the days after Hurricane Sandy, Buddhists and meditation practitioners are joining a host of faith-based and spiritual caregivers respo...

An American Christian Practices Yoga

Rev. Peter Baldwin Panagore | Posted 05.21.2012 | Religion
Rev. Peter Baldwin Panagore

After more than three decades of dedicated practice, for me, yoga is more about prayer than it is about postures, strength building, flexibility, and the right clothes and mat.

Lower the Pressure

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 04.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Remind yourself that you can act in competent, honorable and successful ways even when there is no sense of pressure.

Reliable Methods: The Future Of Self-Transcendence

Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 03.18.2012 | Religion
Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D.

A vibrant new field blending meditative insights and tools with current neuroscience, contemplative psychotherapy represents a turning of the modern tide away from contemplative methods.

Fluidity Consciousness: Understanding The Mind's Tendency To Turn 'Clouds' Into 'Bricks'

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

I had a lightbulb moment recently: I was feeling stressed about all the stuff I had to do (you probably know the feeling). After this went on for a while, I stepped back and kind of watched my mind and could see that I was thinking of these various tasks as things.

Ecstatic Altruism: The Secret Contemplative Art And Science Of Tibet

Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 02.04.2012 | Religion
Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D.

What makes the Tantric Buddhism of Tibet more mysterious than the Buddhist traditions that gave us mindfulness and lovingkindness? This simple question has at least three right answers.

Stay Right When You're Wronged

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 01.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

It's easy to treat people well when they treat you well. The real test is when they treat you badly.

Longing For Silence And Solitude

Elizabeth Cunningham | Posted 01.11.2012 | Home
Elizabeth Cunningham

In most places in our industrialized world it is impossible to be out of range of machine noise. I am homesick for a place that may not exist any longer.

Take a Stand.. Be Friendly: Why Friendliness Is Almost Subversive

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 01.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

In its own quiet way, ordinary friendliness takes a stand that is almost subversive these days: that the world has many more opportunities than threats, that most people want the best for others.

Practicing the Compassion Meditation

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 12.23.2011 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Compassion is natural; you don't have to force it; just open to the difficulty, the struggle, the stress, the impact of events, the sorrow and strain in the other person.

Feel Cared About

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 12.14.2011 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Sometimes we feel embarrassed about our yearnings to be cared about. But they are completely normal. Love has been the primary driver of the development of the brain over the last 80 million years.