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Prayer and Meditation

I Learned More About Sex When I Gave It Up

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Andrew Z. Cohen

I came to recognize that the sexual impulse, once awakened, has a mind of its own. It's not that I wasn't enjoying the ride. It's just that it was dawning on me how little control I really had over this overwhelming biological instinct.

Worship For A Global Church

Rev. Mary M. Brown | Posted 08.04.2012 | Religion
Rev. Mary M. Brown

"Singing the song of our neighbor is not a token kind of thing," says Lange. "It should be an exercise into getting to know who the neighbor is. Why do they sing this song? And how will it open up our vision of God's kingdom?"

Does God Give Us 'Stuff'?

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 08.03.2012 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

The rabbis' point is that Israel could only feel God's presence when they were receiving gifts. This is a common malady; many people pray for something and if they do not receive it assume that there is no God.

High School Student Sues Over Prayer At Graduation

Irmo-Seven Oaks, SC Patch | Posted 07.31.2012 | Religion

An 18-year-old Irmo High school graduate is suing Lexington-Richland 5 for allowing prayer during graduation. ...

Mystical Prayer: Opening A Door To Silence And Love

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee | Posted 07.24.2012 | Religion
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Amid the noise and increasing demands of our daily life, it is more and more important for many of us to find a way to reach an inner quiet, a place of rest and refuge.

How A Dream Taught Me To Pray In Circles

Lisa Hickman | Posted 07.23.2012 | Religion
Lisa Hickman

Ezekiel spoke the difficult truth to a community in exile: perpetual sin left them spinning their wheels, going nowhere. His vision of a wheel within a wheel provided a new mechanism not only for prayer, but also for hope itself.

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.

How Meditation Helped One Jew Unplug And Reconnect

Tablet Magazine | Laura Silver | Posted 05.17.2012 | Religion

By Laura Silver Tablet Magazine My cousin and I are both perpetually busy people: I’ve been known to zip between three or four cultural events i...

Omer Day 40: The Presence Within Connection

Rabbi Yael Levy | Posted 07.17.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Yael Levy

The wellspring rising from deep within the Mystery. The rock that supports, sustains and brings forth our lives.

Are There Really No Atheists In Foxholes?

Matthew Hutson | Posted 07.14.2012 | Religion
Matthew Hutson

New research suggests that inducing fear of death at least makes atheists a little less entrenched in their beliefs.

Talking To God: It's A Brain Puzzle

The European Magazine | Posted 07.14.2012 | Religion
The European Magazine

What happens when believers attempt to communicate with their God? If the brain did not evolve a system for conversing with highly abstract invisible entities, what brain systems activate when it does?

Trouble Praying

Nancy Fuchs Kreimer | Posted 07.11.2012 | Religion
Nancy Fuchs Kreimer

The year was 1980. I was the guest of a graduate student at Heidelberg University. My stay in his home was part of a month-long trip through Germany with Jews and Christians engaged in "post-Holocaust interfaith dialogue."

Buddha Nature And The Divided Brain

John Stanley | Posted 07.07.2012 | Religion
John Stanley

Although covered by layers of psychological delusion and conditioning, this original self has for centuries been discovered and polished through meditation, mindful awareness and related disciplines.

Everything I Know About Prayer I Relearned In Spin Class

Michael Rossmann, SJ | Posted 07.04.2012 | Religion
Michael Rossmann, SJ

Those walking by overhearing Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj blasting from our spin class may not see this as a place to learn much about the spiritual life. It can actually inform our understanding of the spiritual life, if only we have eyes to see and ears to hear.

Our Favorite Prayers -- Add Yours!

Gina Ryder | Posted 05.21.2012 | Religion

Prayer is one of the most interesting ways to understand a person’s inner life. It’s a deeply personal practice, but also a public one. For some, ...

A Prayer To Jesus From An Admiring Skeptic

Allan Brawley | Posted 07.02.2012 | Religion
Allan Brawley

Jesus, if you are truly divine, all knowing and omnipotent, please do something about these so-called Christians. I know it's a bit presumptuous of me to be petitioning you this way, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

Peace Is Every Breath: The Light Of Awareness

Thich Nhat Hanh | Posted 06.30.2012 | Religion
Thich Nhat Hanh

You can be in touch with a lot of happiness during the time you're washing your face, brushing your teeth, combing your hair, shaving, and showering, if you know how to shine the light of awareness onto each thing you do.

Prayer Failure

Tanya Luhrmann | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Tanya Luhrmann

They go for coffee with God and take walks with God. They talk to God casually, easily and openly, about little things, and they expect that God will talk back.

God And Guns At Walmart

Mark Osler | Posted 06.25.2012 | Religion
Mark Osler

We should be cautious in drawing firm conclusions from this seeming correlation between public faith and gun violence, as many other factors are in play. But shouldn't faith direct us to try to stem the violence?

Prayer As Medicine For The Sick

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld | Posted 06.22.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

A spiritual approach to our health uses the words of our prayers in order to ground us, strengthen us and heal us. This is what faith is about. It should be something we embrace at all times in our life.

WATCH: Mirror Meditation

Posted 04.18.2012 | Healthy Living

Our experiences are mapped on our faces. When you look into the mirror, what do you see? Today, Donna D'Cruz guides us through a mirror meditation...

What 'The Artist' Can Teach Us About Prayer

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 06.16.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

Prayer comes from the world of our ancestors, who both had less information and knowledge of the universe than we have today, and more time to focus on the inner workings of the soul and spirit.

5 Tips For Running With The Mind Of Meditation

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche | Posted 06.12.2012 | Religion
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

When I began running, naturally I found myself applying the principles of meditation to my exercise. When we relate to our mind and body and allow them to harmonize, we feel more alive and strong.

Praying With Kids: An Interview With Rev. Rachel Hackenberg

Greg Carey | Posted 06.11.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

Elementary-aged children are still learning but are not yet fully accustomed to "church language," so their prayers are not encumbered by doubt over using the right church words.

What Counts As Legitimate Scientific Research On Prayer?

Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D. | Posted 06.11.2012 | Religion
Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D.

My basic response is this: Prayer effects should be subject to the same standards as other research. This means that standards should not be lower, nor should they be higher.