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Prayer and Meditation

'Text a Prayer Intention To A Franciscan Friar'

Reuters | Patricia Reaney | Posted 01.09.2013 | Religion

(Reuters) - The largest group of Franciscan friars in the United States is offering the faithful a new way to pray in the digital age by accepting pra...

The Huppah And The Supreme Court: A New Year's Resolution

Nancy Fuchs Kreimer | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Nancy Fuchs Kreimer

Each time I plan a wedding with a heterosexual couple, I will initiate a conversation about marriage equality. To be specific, I will suggest that they include in their service a prayer for change.

Mysterious Ways: Wrong Place, Right Time

Guideposts | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion

Then I saw it. A cute little stuffed dog, sitting all by itself on a bench in the main terminal area. Some poor kid was probably heartbroken at having lost it.

Meditation Tips: Pause A Busy Mind To Find An Inner Calm

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 03.10.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Meditation does not have to be difficult. We are changing the habit of constantly thinking. We are changing our pattern of carrying the details and challenges of daily life all the time within us. Meditation can teach us to let go of our busy mind and be in our heart.

Silence: Where Religion Ends And Our Personal Sanctuary Begins

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 01.09.2013 | Religion
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

In silence we find the steps within where everything that is good is present. In silence are the steps to perfect joy. Whether we are busy with the details of modern life or live as a monk and mystic in the woods, sooner or later each of us will travel the inner silence of our hearts.

God Is A White Teddy Bear And Drives A Red Sedan

Christine Organ | Posted 03.10.2013 | Religion
Christine Organ

One doesn't expect to experience divine intervention in an Old Navy parking lot. God saves himself for churches and synagogues and dark basements where AA meetings are held on folding metal chairs. At least, that's what I thought until that damn white teddy bear showed up.

Would A 20th Century Christian Monk Use This?

Carl McColman | Posted 03.05.2013 | Religion
Carl McColman

"Returning to Reality" demonstrates how the wisdom of a contemplative master from the past can remain surprisingly relevant to the concerns of the present. Merton's perspective on technology echoes not only Thoreau, but even Christ's assessment of the religious customs of his day.

Does God Intervene In Our Lives?

John Backman | Posted 03.04.2013 | Religion
John Backman

As mystics and sages have testified for millennia, intimacy with God is the richest experience we can know. While it does not solve a thorny issue theists face -- the question of divine intervention -- it enables us to move forward into God, even as the question lies unanswered.

Making Resolutions Realistic

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble | Posted 03.04.2013 | Religion
Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

The New Year gives us an opportunity to look back over what has past, the mistakes we have made and also the good things that have happened. We certainly cannot change the past, but we do have to learn from it.

Love In The New Year

Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D. | Posted 03.04.2013 | Religion
Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.

I am building on the love from my Creator who I chose to call God, who made me and gives me everything I need and more. It is God's love that I will return to again and again in meditation and prayer, when I need love, and when I want to give love.

10 Spiritual Ways to Get Through New Years Clean and Sober

Stanice Anderson | Posted 03.02.2013 | Religion
Stanice Anderson

If you are truly serious about your recovery and growing in faith, these are some of the things I've done through the years and continue to do:

'Help, Thanks, Wow' And Amen

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 02.27.2013 | Religion
Judy Bolton-Fasman

Amen is a response to this lovely, messy life that yields moment after moment of wows -- moments that Abraham Joshua Heschel described as "radical amazement."

4 Spiritual Approaches Shaping The Workplace

Michael Carroll | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Michael Carroll

Today, more people are finding inspiration and fulfillment in their jobs by bringing their spirituality into the workplace. What does the meditative tradition of Buddhism offer in this quest to find spiritual fulfillment at work?

Spreading Love, Peace And Unity This New Year

Purnima Ramakrishnan | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Purnima Ramakrishnan

With a will to spread love, and a heart to receive it, we can move mountains with our faith and strong belief and with the knowledge, that it is bound to happen anyway, at a time in future.

An American Lama's Thoughts On Prayer

Lama Surya Das | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Lama Surya Das

I have visited, prayed, chanted, bowed and meditated in many, if not most, of the great houses of worship of this evanescent world. And at this holy time of year, I send my warmest wishes and prayers for your health and well-being.

Trimming The Vines For The New Year

Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.

I cut away the old, non-producing dead vines leaving only the most important bearers of true fruit. Unfettered and unencumbered by the old, I branch forth anew -- just like my holy vines.

A Buddhist Practice For Your New Year Resolution

Lodro Rinzler | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Lodro Rinzler

As 2013 approaches, it is a helpful reminder that at any moment we can take a fresh start approach to our life. You can reflect on your intention for entering the new year, or even the new day, and see what aspects of your life you want to cultivate through meditation and contemplation.

Season Of Light

Mirabai Starr | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Mirabai Starr

In this light all barriers melt and we remember our essential interconnectedness. In this light we notice that there is no such thing as the Other.

Praying For Strength, Not For Answers

Raphael Harkham | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Raphael Harkham

Much of the time prayers are made not to receive an answer or a blessing or to have a wish fulfilled, but rather to help people cope with despair as they turn to their faith for comfort, and pray for the strength to carry on.

Anne Lamott on "Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers"

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 02.20.2013 | Books
Lois Alter Mark

In signature Anne Lamott style, this is a small, simple, no-nonsense, no-holds-barred guide to the only prayers that matter. The book is a must-read, a must-share, and the perfect gift for everyone this holiday season. For many people, it may be a life-changer.

When The Buddha Faces Death

Rev. Jennifer Block | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Rev. Jennifer Block

The effort of remembering our shared humanity assures us that we are embraced by a wider community, not forsaken as isolated individuals. This daily practice can enhance our appreciation for life. It can also make us more able to face death like a Buddha.

A Prayer For Newtown

Mache Seibel, MD | Posted 02.20.2013 | Impact
Mache Seibel, MD

It is almost impossible to comprehend the senselessness and loss resulting from the recent murders in Newtown, Conn. It has traumatized a community and the country.

A Prayer For Newtown

Bishop T.D. Jakes | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Bishop T.D. Jakes

O' Lord, we need You now!

The True Gift of Christmas

Father Alberto Cutié | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Father Alberto Cutié

Christmas is the yearly celebration of the birth of Jesus, but it is truly a gift that we must experience each day. Christmas is a present, not a past.

A Prayer Of Healing From The Tragedy In Newtown

Rabbi Naomi Levy | Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Naomi Levy

Our hearts are breaking, God, as our nation buries innocent children and brave teachers. The loss is overwhelming. Send comfort and strength, God, to grieving parents, to siblings, family and friends in this time of shock and mourning.