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Prayer and Meditation

Haven't Got A Prayer

Daniel Davis | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Daniel Davis

Isn't it ironic that it would be political suicide for any of our elected leaders of today to follow in the footsteps of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson or Abraham Lincoln? May we as a nation recognize again the need to pray to the Almighty and may He again bless this country.

The Season Of Renewal

Sue Shanahan | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Sue Shanahan

Spring is a sign of renewal and rebirth. It's the counterpart to the reawakening of humanity. I am comforted that the darkness in the church is being rooted out. I still have hope that one day it will again feel like home to me.

Something Inside

KidSpirit | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
KidSpirit

Some people have that sixth sense, knowing when change is around the corner. Others stumble blindly into it, like going through a pitch black tunnel, when one turn careens you into the light.

Amazing Grace

Katherine Marshall | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

The stories behind the fight against slavery, the struggle to secure women's equality, and the bitter battle for civil rights are reminders that all the virtues implied in that term grace are within reach.

I Want To Care Again, Lord

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Because I've seen so much tragic addiction at close range, including in my own family, I felt literally pulled into writing a prayer about its pain and also possibilities of healing.

What Binds Us

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

In houses of worship, we share so many important milestones of our lives. We are a community, unlike any other. This amazing, intangible, but palpable, "mystery" of the Holy is what gives us common ground on which to stand.

The Truth About The Lord’s Prayer

Rick Hamlin | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Rick Hamlin

As a praying person, how could you honestly say you were going to pray for one group and not another? What kind of prayer would that be? It's "Our Father," not "My Father" or "His Father" or "Her Father." Prayer can't limit itself to one small universe.

The Pope's New Clothes

Rev. Jerry Campbell | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Rev. Jerry Campbell

In accepting the papacy, Pope Francis now is shrouded in the protection of the church's political vestments. As representatives of an interreligious university, we trust that Pope Francis will wisely recognize the transparency of his new clothes and hew to the naked simplicity of his namesake's example.

Attacked By Evil, Healed By God

Beverly Donofrio | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Beverly Donofrio

In the midst of the terror, in the void of his howling absence, in my absolute lack of control, God had been hotly present. Shaken out of myself by the visitation of horror, the world slowed enough for me to really look at it.

Another Way To Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day

Craig Considine | Posted 05.15.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

Amid the fanfare and elation on this Saint Patrick's Day, we would be wise to honor the patron saint of Ireland by also adhering to his moral teachings and by personifying his exemplary character.

5 Steps To Meditate Yourself Out Of Stress

David Magone | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
David Magone

Like most things, learning to calm your mind takes some practice and effort. Keep with it though, and you'll discover a wonderful tool that you can use to protect yourself when you experience a thorny situation in life.

A Prayer For Francis

Neil McCarthy | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Neil McCarthy

Yesterday, he asked us to pray for him. And I did. I offered up my own version of the prayer of his namesake, St. Francis.

12 Basic Truths For Lenten Living

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 05.13.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Cultivate simplicity. Learn to communicate in non-verbal ways. When you use words, have them say what you mean. If there is a key to your mystery, let people have it so they can understand you.

The Surprising Thing I Miss After I Left My Religion

Christine Organ | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Christine Organ

There is one ritual, one sacred physical activity that I still miss from my inherited faith, and it surprises the hell out of me: Head bowed, eyes closed and knees pressed into the God's holy ground, so that I can surrender myself in prayer physically, mentally and soulfully.

Everyone Has An Inspiring Story, And This is Mine

Guideposts | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Guideposts

I'm a singer-songwriter by trade. Folks send me their stories hoping I'll tell them through song. But it never would have happened had I not first told my own story one night not long ago.

Your Death Is Your Headline

Anushka Fernandopulle | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Anushka Fernandopulle

We can connect with the poignancy and beauty of our lives, spend our precious limited time wisely, and treat people in ways that we will not later regret. So make death your headline, in order to spend your life living fully with integrity and presence.

Foster Creativity In The 'Flow' Of Life

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

Being alive, aware, open and creative doesn't just come to people like a gift from the heavens. It is something they work at.

Coping With Cancer And Keeping The Faith

Martha Lyles | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Martha Lyles

At night I stared into the bathroom mirror, haunted by my own reflection. Was there an answer hidden in my eyes? What did my body know that my mind did not? Fear was taking hold in my bones, but by the week's end, I could feel its antidote springing up, silky and fragrant: faith.

Keeping The Sabbath.. Radical

Mirabai Starr | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Mirabai Starr

The practice of Shabbat is not only a spiritual response to the timeless commandment given to my ancestors to keep the Sabbath holy. It is a political act. I am keeping the Sabbath radical. That too is my heritage.

Emptiness: The Most Misunderstood Word In Buddhism

Lewis Richmond | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

If we are ever to embrace Buddhism properly into the West, we need to be clear about emptiness, since a wrong understanding of its meaning can be confusing, even harmful.

Meditation Makes You More Liberal, Study Says

Richard Schiffman | Posted 05.05.2013 | Religion
Richard Schiffman

Until now, scientists have not explored the impact of meditation on that most un-meditative of all disciplines: politics.

What Is The Relationship Between God, Angelic Beings And Humans?

Lorna Byrne | Posted 05.05.2013 | Religion
Lorna Byrne

Everyone has only one guardian angel and this angel is with them from before their birth until after they die. This angel never ever leaves them, not even for one moment.

The Baha'i Fast.. Slowly

Rainn Wilson | Posted 05.05.2013 | Religion
Rainn Wilson

Sometimes the hours tick away quite slowly and you find yourself obsessively checking the clock, almost willing it to hit 6 p.m., when you can gorge on smoothies and quesadillas. "The Fast" in the Baha'i Faith is certainly misnamed. It should be called "The Slow" for the way time plods throughout the day.

Meditation And Mourning: 3 Obstacles To Successful Grieving

Lodro Rinzler | Posted 05.04.2013 | Religion
Lodro Rinzler

For anyone who has suffered a loss, you know that no amount of nice words can heal the sense of grief you experience every day. As I began to grieve, I noticed something very familiar arise in how I related to this process: My grieving patterns mimicked patterns often perceived as obstacles to meditation.

Better Times?

Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D. | Posted 05.04.2013 | Religion
Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.

We've now gone through a few years of economic hardships, and we are making it through. Yes, times are hard for most of us; harder than we've ever known or experienced. It's true it is not over, but there is hope and we're going to be all right. Trust me. Trust God.