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No One Can Save You

Darren Littlejohn | Posted 09.27.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Darren Littlejohn

Sure, I pray. But, as a Buddhist, who am I praying to? Aren't all Buddhists athiests after all? I remember an AA old timer said at a meeting, "There a...

Stumbling Through Lent: I Cling, Therefore I Am

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 03.09.2016 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

As I continue my rocky spiritual journey through Lent, I notice that I am still, as always, seriously guilty of what the Buddhists call clinging. Westerners might call it greed, getting attached to the temporal and earthly at the expensive of things eternal and divine. Greedy clinging is not good for you, wise folks of every tradition will tell you. It'll make you suffer.

Death Will Not Escape Us

Marion Leary | Posted 02.23.2016 | Impact
Marion Leary

Death will not escape us, any of us. Though it seems that death has a fond proclivity for me, it has followed me throughout my life thus far. Case-in-point, I started writing this from a room in a hospice center, watching as my father-in-law took some of what were his last breaths.

For Lent -- Give Up That Worn-Out Story About Yourself

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 01.31.2017 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Giving up something -- making a change in our lives -- for Lent is tough. That's partly because change can be so painful....

Mindfulness Meditation and the Passage of Time

Steven Schwartzberg | Posted 01.06.2017 | Religion
Steven Schwartzberg

I wonder if some people completely lose track of time while on retreat. I don't. Life at silent meditation centers is radically less scheduled than anywhere else I know, yet still tethered to inescapable rhythms.

Seven Winters Left: Children and Impermanence

Andrew Andestic | Posted 01.04.2017 | Parents
Andrew Andestic

It's going to be a rough morning. My heart is heavy because holiday break is over, and it's freezing outside, and getting back into the routine of wo...

Sex Is Not Static

Pamela Madsen | Posted 11.19.2016 | Fifty
Pamela Madsen

Traditions are meant to evolve. So you can try to document sex. You can photograph, draw or video tape a moment and put it on Instagram, Facebook, Pin it, or hang it on your wall to savor the memory or share it. But the moment itself is gone.

Review: 'I Said Yes to Everything: A Memoir' by Lee Grant

Traci L. Slatton | Posted 08.26.2016 | Books
Traci L. Slatton

Of late, meaning the last few years, coming to myself in the dark woods in the middle of my life, I read autobiographies of interesting women. They are my guides as I navigate a way that is lost only because it isn't found yet--because I haven't lived it.

Some Things Aren't Permanent

David Vienna | Posted 05.20.2016 | Parents
David Vienna

Boone, someday you'll float away from me. And I will cry heavy, racking sobs because you're out there in the big wide world and I won't want you to get hurt. I won't want you to be alone.

How to Help Someone Who Is Grieving

Daniela Tempesta, LCSW | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Daniela Tempesta, LCSW

Not until losing my mother to metastatic breast cancer earlier this year did I become all too familiar with the painful journey of grief. It is a difficult path. There is no Google map that can provide perfect guidance on how to support someone who is navigating loss.

Adding Bacteria To Photography Amounts To An Art-Meets-Science Explosion

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.29.2014 | Arts

South Korea-based artist Seung-Hwan Oh doesn't just develop his photographs. He subjects them to the strange, sometimes violent whims of microbes. The...

7 Things Mindful People Do Differently Everyday and How to Begin Now!

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

When the comfortable emotions are present we also hold those lightly as we know that are not permanent either, but have this same nature of coming and going. With this experience, people who practice mindfulness can be grateful for the good moments and graceful during the more difficult ones.

Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on Death and Impermanence

Judith Johnson | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

While I am not a Buddhist, I find the Tibetan Buddhist teachings on death a source of great wisdom and potential liberation -- particularly for those ...

The Dharma of Aging

Lewis Richmond | Posted 11.18.2013 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

Gautama the Buddha was among the first religious or philosophical teachers to discern the truth that "everything changes." This prescient insight, now embedded in the standard model of modern physics, is one of the most enduring legacies of the Buddha's teaching.

Overcoming Creative Block by Letting Go

MeiMei Fox | Posted 09.30.2013 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

Lately, I have been craving the tangible, something physical, something that endures, rests on a table even. I keep thinking, if you want to paint -- then paint! If you want to take photos -- take 'em! What are you waiting for?

Magical Journey by Katrina Kenison

Lindsey Mead | Posted 07.30.2013 | Books
Lindsey Mead

Though different, each of the losses that Katrina experiences are both irrevocable and life-altering. I related to both.

Other Parents' Grief

Kate Blanchard | Posted 07.01.2013 | Parents
Kate Blanchard

Those of us with healthy children may, for a time, enjoy the luxury of remaining oblivious to their vulnerability and impermanence. But when a "close call" provides an unwelcome reality check, we can take some comfort in the fact that all parents are, really and truly, in this together

The Magic Of No Self

Mack Paul | Posted 06.09.2013 | Religion
Mack Paul

We experience ourselves as so very real and distinct, and we are so consumed by desire, that the notion that it is all empty is just confusing. But impermanence is actually a wonderful thing.

A Meditation On Impermanence

MeiMei Fox | Posted 06.06.2013 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

There is a message here about impermanence. While I've heard it many times before, somehow every time an unexpected event happens or I receive unwelcome news, I have to learn the lesson all over again. We are not in control of so many things.

Breathing Eternity Into Time, Part Two

Ellen Davis | Posted 08.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Ellen Davis

Depending on where identity lies, there are many ways we can experience or speak about "step by step" or gradual and sudden awakenings.

Breathing Eternity Waves Into Time, Part One

Ellen Davis | Posted 08.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Ellen Davis

The footprints we leave, danced in that awareness, change the face of the earth, as all footprints do. Yet these create a path toward the freedom that is our birthright and the freedom from which they come.

Find Lasting Comfort In Times Of Temporary Changes

Guy Finley | Posted 01.08.2012 | Religion
Guy Finley

The ground over which these leaves race remains the same; it provides the stage upon which an infinite number of characters interact with one another, yet never really change anything other than their places.

Zen Practice Is Difficult And Dangerous

Rev. Zesho Susan O'Connell | Posted 11.22.2011 | Religion
Rev. Zesho Susan O'Connell

The world we live in, and the very nature of our mind, push us to stay self-focused and self-protective. We are encouraged to widen our stance in the ...

The Mandala: Why Do Monks Destroy It?

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB | Posted 11.20.2011 | Religion
Sister Joan Chittister, OSB

They destroy it. Why? Because the underlying message of the mandala ceremony is that nothing is permanent. Nothing. All things are in flux, it says, beautiful but ephemeral, moving but temporary, a plateau but not a summit

What Lasts? Reflections From Ireland

Terry Newell | Posted 10.15.2011 | World
Terry Newell

At first thought, Kylemore Abbey, the majestic castle looking across Pollacappul Lake and nestled in the Connemara highlands of western Ireland, bears...