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Stumbling Toward Easter with Simone Weil: The Pain -- and Necessity -- of Separation

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 03.21.2016 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

It's Holy Week and my thoughts turn to the difficult, painful yet exquisitely beautiful thoughts of Simone Weil, whose book, "Waiting for God," was first published, posthumously, in 1951.

Love Poem to Robert Bly

Mirabai Starr | Posted 06.17.2016 | Religion
Mirabai Starr

You may never read this, Robert, but I have to write it. I know you know what I mean. I am in my mid-50s now, which must make you over 90. And so I hasten to add this little epistle to the storehouse of love letters you must have received in the long course of your career as a conduit for the mystics, you beautiful, wild, fearless man.

All Will Be Well: The Radical Optimism of Julian of Norwich

Mirabai Starr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Mirabai Starr

For Julian, the good news is not merely the reward we will receive one day when we slough off this mortal coil and go home to God. Every moment is an opportunity to remember that we are perfectly loved and perfectly lovable, just as we are.

The One Thing Everyone Wants More Than Anything

Steve McSwain | Posted 12.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Steve McSwain

What is happiness? And where is it found? And further still, if we found it, how would we know that what we found is actually it?

Christmas For Mystics

Marianne Williamson | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Marianne Williamson

According to the mystical tradition, Christ is born into the world through each of us. As we open our hearts, he is born into the world. As we choose to forgive, he is born into the world. As we rise to the occasion, he is born into the world.

So Close

Wendy Strgar | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Wendy Strgar

Our universal longing to feel heard and the profound sense of relief we experience when we feel "felt" by someone speaks to this deep connection of love that transcends the immediate efforts of communication and transforms the intimate exchange into a timeless moment.

Mystics and Mistakes

Sadhguru | Posted 12.18.2012 | Healthy Living

If your experience of life transcends the limitations of sense perception -- seeing, hearing, tasting, touching and smelling -- you are known as a mystic. You experience life in a way that others do not know.

Why Mysticism Matters

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 07.23.2012 | Religion
Andrew Z. Cohen

The transformative power of mystical experiences is that they can convey to us that no matter what happens to our bodies and personalities in the world of time and space, mysteriously, everything is always OK.

Rumi And The Love Of Women

Parisa Soultani | Posted 12.12.2011 | Religion
Parisa Soultani

I began to realize that my spiritual thirst was not to be quenched in either the male or the female section of the mosque, but maybe somewhere along the Madhhab-e Eshgh or the "Path of Love" in Islam.

The Story Of The Seeker

Guy Finley | Posted 12.11.2011 | Religion
Guy Finley

What is the nature of that place where our original self is one with its longing to explore its own deepest possibilities, and where discovering the treasures waiting there is the same as fulfilling our purpose for being?

What Does 'God' Mean?

Marilyn Sewell | Posted 08.22.2011 | Religion
Marilyn Sewell

When I use the word God, I have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about. And yet, paradoxically, I've staked everything there -- with this Mystery that I cannot comprehend with my finite mind.