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Prayer and Meditation

Living in the 'I Don't Know'

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Robin Amos Kahn

Life is wretched and life is glorious. It is designed that way, I think, to keep us humble. Anyone who thinks they have all the answers probably doesn't know the questions. "I don't know" is a good place to be. It isn't always fun or easy, but it is real.

Sunday Morning Interrupted

Carissa K | Posted 09.21.2013 | Parents
Carissa K

When I returned to our cottage my five year old asked what was going on at the beach. I had hoped to shield her and her innocence from this unpleasantness. I wanted to keep her away from this awareness that bad things can happen.

Is It Okay to Pray for the Same Thing Over and Over Again?

Rick Hamlin | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion
Rick Hamlin

There are two parables in the gospel of Luke that seem to be about praying for the same thing, examples of people importuning God until he finally gives up and just does what they ask.

How to Pray If You're an Atheist

Jerry DeWitt | Posted 09.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Jerry DeWitt

There are personal benefits to the act of praying itself. These benefits have been clearly documented by physicians, psychologists and philosophers. So here are four keys to praying like a Pentecostal... as an atheist.

Recovery 2.0: Yoga and Meditation for People in Recovery From Addiction

Tommy Rosen | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Tommy Rosen

Of course, one can stay sober without yoga and meditation. It's just that if you want to lift yourself up out of the energy of addiction and break through to a new level of strength and awareness, one will have to adopt a practice that continues the detoxification process on a much deeper level.

The Faith Of A High Wire Walker

Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion

Nik Wallenda took just 22 minutes to walk across the Little Colorado River Gorge on a two-inch thick steel cable, 1,500 feet over the water - with no ...

Can Meditation Make Better Leaders?

Big Questions Online | Michael Carroll | Posted 06.18.2013 | Religion

Not too long ago, meditation was considered an oddity, often viewed with suspicion – at times even ridicule. But today, such skepticism has all but ...

Jesus Loves Your Downward Dog

Mark Morford | Posted 08.12.2013 | Religion
Mark Morford

To religious fundamentalists, this is yoga's most dangerous, un-Christian, sacrilegious teaching of all: That you are not innately broken, or flawed, or sinful. That there really is no god to worship but the one already present in you, waiting to be expanded.

The Practice Of Just-Awareness

Lewis Richmond | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

Just-awareness is so simple that it is hard for us to see it. It is not actually a thing to be seen, but a reality to be experienced. It is the deepest ease and rest of all.

The God I Don't Believe In

Rabbi Richard A. Block | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Richard A. Block

I don't know if God is aware of us, hears our prayers or answers them. As a teacher once told me when I asked if he believed in God, "I live in the tension between believing and not believing."

What It Means To Be A Father

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

As my daughter Michal prepared to embark on her year of study in Jerusalem, I wondered what to say as my parting words. What would you say to a child going away?

A New Month For Miriam

Bonna Devora Haberman | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Bonna Devora Haberman

Women of the Wall beckon toward a new human era when women are fully safe and at home in the public domain -- as leaders and decision-makers -- in spiritual, ritual, community and political life. How does Miriam, an ultra-Orthodox woman, feel in our midst?

When God Talks Back

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 08.05.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

You pretend that God is there beside you listening with utmost attention to your questions and concerns. Eventually, the game becomes what is experienced as an actual conversation -- or maybe becomes an actual conversation.

'I'll Take Two, Please'

Karen Horneffer-Ginter, Ph.D. | Posted 08.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen Horneffer-Ginter, Ph.D.

When we sit with a large cup of wanting, it takes a lot to feel filled up. It can make it harder to experience gratitude for what we have when it's being measured as less than what we're hoping for.

Are We Afraid Of Talking About G-d?

Elad Nehorai | Posted 08.04.2013 | Religion
Elad Nehorai

Most of us consider G-d a four letter word. Something to be avoided at all costs, lest we be associated with the crazies and the terrorists and the preachers. When I started my journey into becoming a religious Jew, I figured this was finally going to change. It didn't.

Prayer In The Aftermath Of Tornadoes

Robert Hoch | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion
Robert Hoch

We need such prayers today, not because prayers "do" anything but because our prayers are given to the God who answers us with something vastly larger and more concrete than we alone could imagine.

Overcoming My Archie Bunker Prejudice

Guideposts | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion

When I get emotional about something I think somebody has done to me, I try to think before I start hurling a few hasty, bigoted thunderbolts. I simply leave the judging to the Lawgiver.

On An Unlikely Journey To End The Tears Of Hunger

Steve Peifer | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion
Steve Peifer

Perhaps the greatest gift Africa has given me is the gift of tears. I'd been afflicted with cynicism most of my life. But Kenya has managed to pierce my hard heart again and again.

How My Anxiety Nearly Ruined My Family Vacation

Mary Novaria | Posted 07.30.2013 | Fifty
Mary Novaria

Even with dozens of family trips under my belt, I still can't get myself or the rest of my brood out of the house without a meltdown. And I'm not talking about the kids, here. They're way past the age of tantrums. Unfortunately, I'm not.

When Faith Kills

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. | Posted 07.29.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

I am deeply saddened by the inevitable results of "faith" misguided, "faith" turned from a blessing to a curse, "faith" twisted from the spiritual tool of strength and inspiration it was meant to be into an instrument of pain, sorrow and death.

When The Great Physician Makes House Calls

Robert J. Morgan | Posted 07.29.2013 | Religion
Robert J. Morgan

If you're near the breaking point, remember: The Great Physician has lots of resources in His little black bag and lots of reassurance in his little black book.

The New Languages Of Pentecost

S. Brent Plate | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
S. Brent Plate

Religious people in the United States are speaking in tongues in ways seldom imagined before, offering a new twist on the event of Pentecost. As immigration shifts continue to unfold, we will find new ways of being not only "American," but new ways of being religious.

God Suffers When We Suffer

Stan Duncan | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Stan Duncan

God is indeed in the midst of suffering, but as its resolution, not its cause. God is in its healing. God is in the relief workers, the doctors, the volunteers, and in the heroic acts of people who saved their neighbors and pulled survivors from their shattered homes.

Writing Your Way Home

Pat Schneider | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Pat Schneider

Craft is important for the writer, but craft that can be taught must be the servant of craft that is original and innate -- not the other way around. Writing as a spiritual practice can be the most freeing of any I have found in a long life of trying different paths.

A High-Wire Walk With Faith Not To Fall

Guideposts | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion

The two-inch-wide steel cable felt cold and wet beneath the elk-skin-soled moccasins my mother had made me. I slid one foot forward, then the other. Below was the lip of Niagara Falls, where 600,000 gallons of water per second plunged 170 feet straight down to jagged rocks.