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Ritual

The Power Of Ritual In The 'Hunger Games' Trilogy

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 03.24.2012 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

As I neared the last pages, I found myself fatigued; exhausted by her story of loss and death. I struggled with how to make sense of it all.

New Year: Here We Go Again!

Donna Henes | Posted 02.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

A year, no matter how it is determined, is simply a complete cycle. The transition, the precise turning point, between the end of one cyclical period and the start of another designates a new year.

Birthing New Life in the Midst of Despair

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 02.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Our redemption comes from another direction. The first step is to look within, to recognize our own interior "Grinch thoughts" that act as a thief in the night. These self-critical, self-doubting beliefs end up robbing us of our birthright to live freely as we are.

Doing Death Before it Does Us

Donna Henes | Posted 12.28.2011 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

Halloween descends from Samhain, the most significant holiday of the Celtic calendar.

Just for Men: Slow Tea and Slow Shaving in 10 Steps

Jesse Jacobs | Posted 12.27.2011 | San Francisco
Jesse Jacobs

There's something delightful and dangerous about sliding a thin blade of cold steel across your face.

Tea and the Art of Distraction -- 4 Simple Steps

Jesse Jacobs | Posted 12.17.2011 | San Francisco
Jesse Jacobs

Whether it's tea or anything else you can find to wake up, I believe that we need all the weapons available to fight distraction. Distraction keeps us from living fully and making a real difference in the world.

Why Rituals Matter: My Daily Tea Ritual

Jesse Jacobs | Posted 12.12.2011 | San Francisco
Jesse Jacobs

Rituals slow us down, and get us present, both of which make life better. I love using tea as a ritual because it covers so many bases. Here's my regular tea ritual that I use to start my day.

15 Ways To Keep The Sabbath In The Time Famine

Donna Schaper | Posted 12.03.2011 | Religion
Donna Schaper

If you can keep a full day on Saturday or Sunday for nothing but worship and quiet, please do. But if you can't keep Sabbath the way your ancestors did, figure out something new.

The New Years In Autumn

Donna Henes | Posted 11.27.2011 | Religion
Donna Henes

The fall, when the long hard labor of the growing and reaping seasons is finally finished and when the storehouses are as full as they will ever be, is an especially appropriate time to begin the year.

Throttle Up

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 10.15.2011 | College
Zoe P. Strassfield

At two minutes to launch (T-minus-two) everyone started cheering and clapping. Atlantis was really going to go!

A Blessing Of The Motorcycles

Rev. Susan Sparks | Posted 07.21.2011 | Religion
Rev. Susan Sparks

The sacred can be found in the most unexpected of places: at work, at home, or on a 2005 black cherry Harley Davidson Road King with bored out cylinders and custom pipes. It's all holy.

Ash Wednesday And The Value Of Tradition

Christopher Cocca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

Not all who find themselves moved to religious ritual are finished seeking. Those who will bear the mark of Christ's cross on Ash Wednesday do so for different, even disparate reasons.

Remember You Will Die (It Helps You To Be Alive)

Kent Annan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kent Annan

Each Ash Wednesday, if you go to a church that does this sort of thing, a version of "memento mori" happens when you go to your knees and a cross of ashes is marked on your forehead.

Whom Can I Trust?

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

Trust, cemented by ritual, is the indispensible ingredient of human community and research indicates that nothing builds trust quite like religious ritual.

Vision 2011: Presence And Connectedness Through Ritual

Jennifer La Lima-Ortmuller | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jennifer La Lima-Ortmuller

Rituals become something to look forward to, a source of peace and connectedness. Making ritual a part of our daily lives also gives us perspective on our place in the scheme of the universe.

Don't Blame the Song, Blame the Packaging

Susan Deily-Swearingen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Susan Deily-Swearingen

On the home page of AOL News last week I encountered this opinion piece by Kevin Blackistone, "Time to Turn Off National Anthem Before Sports Events,"...

The Pope, The Environment And Religiously Inspired Self-Restraint

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

The deepest roots of our ecological crisis lie in a narrow, secularized understanding of progress.

Making Male Circumcision Humane: A Jewish Moral Imperative

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Human rights start at home. We must defend them for children in the Jewish community as much as adults in others. Day eight in the life of Jewish boys should be no exception.

Get the Christmas Cards Ready

Peter Y. Sussman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Y. Sussman

It's not a moment too soon to be thinking of sending Christmas cards -- next year's Christmas cards.

Dealing With Grief Through The Holidays

Judith Johnson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

While grief is an exquisitely private matter, in order to move on, most of us need someone to bear witness to our truth in grieving.

The Ritual Season

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Stoller

Those who seek power have understood the political punch of myth and ritual. They have always manipulated these central components of social life to further their interests -- and none of this changes during the Holidays.

How The Celestially Auspicious Occasions Of The Past Are The Holidays Of Today

Donna Henes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

Though few people in our crowded cacophonous urban world live in focused alignment with the earth, the holidays we celebrate are the living legacy of the oldest seasonal observances.

PHOTOS: EXHIBITION SPOTLIGHT: Pages From Ancient Egyptian Book Of The Dead At The British Museum

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

WHAT: 'Journey Through the Afterlife: The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead' WHEN: 4 November 2010 - 6 March 2011 WHERE: British Museum Great...

What Is The Biggest Divide In The Jewish Community?

Paul Golin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Paul Golin

Literally millions of American Jews are headed toward the exits, and we aren't putting nearly enough resources toward trying to convince them that it's worth it for them to engage or re-engage.

The Religion (and Race) of the President: Obama as National Scapegoat

Eddie Glaude, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eddie Glaude, Jr., Ph.D.

President Obama has become our national scapegoat. Americans are good at exorcising demons, in order to affirm our inherent goodness, but we find it terribly difficult to look directly at ourselves in the mirror.