"The root of not listening is knowing. If I already know the truth, why do I need to listen to you?" -- ...
As we settle in for Thanksgiving here in the U.S., it seemed fitting to share this quick video showing a simple way to use tapping -- one that may als...
Linda Hakim left Iraq for London in 1970. But she has never been able to shake off the fear she had felt growing up as a Jew. She heard mobs in Baghd...
Battle between Mongol and Chinese armies, 1211, from Jami' al-tawarikh by Rashid al-Din (...
Hope can be a double edge sword. On one hand, you want to hope things will get better. But on the other, if you hope too much, you are left with heartache.
Friday's hostage crisis in Bamako has launched Mali back onto front pages and social media feeds. Unfortunately, the crisis runs deeper and farther than the today's tragic assault.
Inner peace is not boring because it does not remove or replace or shift or change your personality. It just allows you to accept it.
To win the "war" against ISIS, we must win the moral narrative -- we must reveal ISIS's distortions and lies and thus destroy their moral and religious legitimacy to those they seek to recruit. The best way to defeat bad religion is with good religion, and the better way to defeat religious fundamentalism is from within rather than trying to smash it from without. That means we also need a global religious coalition of Christians, Muslims, and Jews to unite together to undermine and defeat ISIS with our own religious public proclamations, demonstrations, and authority, especially with the younger generation. ISIS is not only a distortion of Islam, it is a blasphemy. And a unified and courageous assertion of our sacred scriptures, which all condemn their irreligious atrocities, would be the best spiritual weapon against ISIS.
In the wake of the shock of Paris, I had allowed myself to adopt and believe what I now realize is a lie I've been telling myself - that this is the best we, the world, which includes me personally, can do, and there is no way it can or will ever get better.
Whenever I have time off, I enjoy visiting museums and historic houses with my daughter. It is something that we both share a love for as we both enjoy learning new things and history.
One by one and all together we must learn and practice the ways of peace, cooperation, compassion, forgiveness and understanding. We must put our spirit into action and be the change we seek -- in our hearts, in our homes, in our relationships and in our communities.
Perhaps the reason these attacks strike such fear and despair into our hearts is because they threaten to confirm our deeper fears: that we're not one, that we're not together, that we are alone in a harsh world. Let's not give that fear a chance to take root and grow.
We can passively agree to be part of that energy of fear -- it is natural to match the energy around us -- or we can intentionally stand for the best within ourselves. I am moved by this video of a father and son trying to make sense of it all.
Compassion allows us to express unlimited empathy for the victims and their loved ones and also permits us to free their spirits from being executed again by hatred and cruelty. We need to ask ourselves what series of events over the course of time led to this terrible situation.
At 16, when I left the Jehovah's Witness religion, I made a scrapbook full of things I wanted to celebrate and do when I was an adult and had my own life. Cut and pasted magazine clippings for holiday parties and pink frosted birthday cakes were plastered on every page.
Only by asking simple but new and honest questions can we begin to challenge the status quo in this troubled land.