Maybe you are wondering if this practice of atonement has any impact? Does it do a damn thing? I can only say this. I have become right in myself. I have found a love that comes from inside my heart and a level of compassion that was unknown to me before.
Looking back over almost half a century of spiritual practice, I sometimes ask myself what was the greatest challenge, the most difficult lesson. On the spiritual quest we are faced with our love and longing, our darkest fears, our failings.
I was taken by surprise when a spiritual friend of mine said, "How could Dean Potter call what he did a spiritual practice? Where's the compassion? ...
In 2009, I made the unusual decision to sell a company I had built for 14 years, donate nearly all the money and give away my possessions to undertake a three-year meditation retreat.
A recent art exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art at St Louis University featured the work of photographer Regina DeLuise, whose black and white photographs attend to the ordinary moments in the spiritual lives of the people of Bhutan.
In due time, we're sure to find that our compassion, love, and attentiveness to those crises and responsibilities were the most powerful actions that brought us out of those storms for our greatest celebration that empowers us for the rest of our lives!
Over the course of my ministry, I have had the great privilege of witnessing movements and individual leaders seeking peace.
With the sermon on the mount and the Beatitudes in mind, we have to ask ourselves. What would Jesus do if He lived today and His community was being oppressed and killed by those in power?
As a society we tend to talk around or mock prayer and having faith in God. What is sacred to some, is smeared by others - even after we hear eye-witness accounts of miracles.
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Well, another one of Shirley Dobson's big National Day of Prayer shindigs has come and gone, with all the same regulation-violating military participa...
If your own critical thinking tells you to pray to Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha or even the Spaghetti Monster, by all means say your prayers in the privacy of your own home or silently if in a public setting.
Feel exhausted all the time? Dreaming about going to an ashram and disconnecting? Whether you're chronically exhausted or not, here's a quick tip to ...
Some years ago, I made a careless and unintentional comment to one of my students about the deplorable conditions in the city where she grew up. She was visibly offended and although I immediately apologized and tried to take back my comment, I could tell she wasn't ready to forgive me anytime soon.
What role does prayer play in the lives of people who have experienced abuse or extreme trauma?
Let's not confuse patriotism and genuine piety. Neither is it spiritually wise to lump a practice as sacred as prayer into the narrative of American exceptionalism with the flashy spectacles of what can be construed by even the most bona fide of the blessed as a self-congratulatory occasion.