February 18 is the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year and time for all of us to clear out any obstacles and open to a fresh start. Here are five of my favorite rituals you can do to make the most of this time
For Burke, the allegory of Paradise Circus is not really about satirizing any individual faith per se, his own or anyone's -- it's more about shining a light on the absurdity of killing one another over competing theories of the unknowable.
May this autumn usher in an entirely New Era for the whole of humankind, wherein each and every person might have enough to eat each day. May we harvest together the offerings of our mutual Mother Earth and feast together as a family in the spirit of cooperation, communion, and commemoration.
The first crisp hint of a chill in the air always shakes me out of my summer lethargy, wakes me, makes me more alert. It focuses and concentrates my attention. I can smell the possibilities of a fresh start in the air.
How often have we heard this? "Religion is violent." "Religion is sexist." "Religion is wrecking the planet." Actually, more often than not, religion gone wrong has been hijacked. Stolen. Bought, sold, made off with.
Perhaps we need to undertake a Greenhouse Gas Fast during this holy season. How about giving up carbon emissions for Passover and Lent? This sacrifice would ritualize our intention to abstain from wanton waste by pursuing a more sustainable way of life.
As humans, we will all face death one day. As a Jain, I know how I will take that journey when the time comes. Each tradition has its own way of preparing for death, and it's important to considering it during your life.
This time last year I traveled to Taiwan from California to celebrate Chinese New Year with my 90-year-old grandmother. Born and raised in the United States, it was the first time in my 30-plus years that I'd experienced the holiday in Asia.
No one can help you here, not even your mate. You must depend upon your own resource for, in reality, it is that resource that will bring you back to life. The essential self, given time, can reconnect and guide you back up out of the descent.
The practice of yoga asana, the practice of meditation, the practice of writing: In each of these, commitment and repetition coalesce into ritual, and ritual both holds and creates meaning. In our lives. About ourselves. In the world.
In the transition from hunting and gathering to tweeting and posting, what did we lose? That's what Charles Fréger set out to explore in his photo series Wilder Mann, a study of the costumes used in pagan rituals still practiced today in Europe.
In outlandish costumes, creating breathtaking works of art, building friendships we tried to express more completely who we genuinely are. Perhaps for a short time we could even see ourselves and others more clearly as children of God.
Sleeping eight hours doesn't guarantee you will awaken feeling refreshed. It's the quality of sleep that's important. Sleeping poorly leaves you feeling irritable, less able to deal with stress, and makes you more likely to make poor decisions.
As a gay couple, you can embrace the intimacy of ritual and ceremony for your wedding without falling victim to the mainstream's rather tired and institutionalized "traditions" that have become more commercial than cherished.