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Ritual

JT Burke's Paradise Circus Pops Up at the LA Art Show

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 12.17.2014 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

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.

Women in Art: RITUAL presented by World Wide Women

Malcolm Harris | Posted 12.12.2014 | Arts
Malcolm Harris

Founded in 2012 by fine art photographer and artist Anouska Beckwith, World Wide Women acts as a platform to encourage, support, exhibit and sell the work of female photographers and artists.

Show of Hands Plays The Best Halloween Song I Have Ever Heard (video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 10.30.2014 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

So when you place that candle in your Jack o' Lantern this year, maybe think of it as more than just a smiley-face carved in a pumpkin. Take a moment and "honour those who've gone before."

Celebrating New Year in the Fall

Donna Henes | Posted 11.22.2014 | Religion
Donna Henes

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.

Finding Comfort in the Wake of 9/11

Barbara Biziou | Posted 11.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Barbara Biziou

In this time of existential uncertainty, it's often difficult to trust that the Divine has placed us exactly where we are meant to be. On September 10...

Back On Track After the Summer

Donna Henes | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

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 to Rescue Your Religion

Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. | Posted 08.30.2014 | Religion
Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.

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.

He Wasn't the Best: My Healing Ritual for Father's Day

Barbara Biziou | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Barbara Biziou

Although it has been almost 20 years since my father passed on to spirit, every Father's Day I get a bit teary-eyed and have a pang in my solar plexus...

Ritual and Shoah Memory

Rabbi Avi Weiss | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Avi Weiss

It's 70 years since the Shoah. That generation is dying. The second generation, my generation, is growing older. With all of this unfolding -- how shall we remember into the future?

A Greenhouse Gas Fast for Lent and Passover

Donna Henes | Posted 06.13.2014 | Religion
Donna Henes

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.

This Altar Can Represent Your Wedding Dreams and Goals

Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway | Posted 05.10.2014 | Weddings
Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

Over time, you will begin to see many new ways to turn your little wedding altar into a haven of images and symbols that begin to spell out the wedding you want to experience.

Africa, Innovation and Access To Law

Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais | Posted 04.28.2014 | Impact
Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais

How do we ensure sustainable economic growth and an ecosystem that promotes innovation without the legal frameworks in place to guarantee transparency, accountability and good governance?

The Jain Art of Spiritual Dying

JAINA | Posted 04.16.2014 | Religion
JAINA

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.

Tradition, Bicultural Identity and Chinese New Year

Emily Chen | Posted 03.31.2014 | Travel
Emily Chen

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.

Book Review: Mindful Molecules

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 03.13.2014 | Books
Craig K. Comstock

In contrast to the war on drugs, MAPS wants psychedelics and substances such as marijuana and MDMA adopted as prescription medicines. The acronym stan...

The Power of Creating Rituals After the Loss of a Loved One

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gail Gross

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.

Move, Meditate, Write: The Yoga of Writing

Susanna Harwood Rubin | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Susanna Harwood Rubin

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.

Ancient Pagan Ritual Still Being Practiced Today

Global Yodel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Global Yodel

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.

How to Die Long Before Christmas

Mark Morford | Posted 11.05.2013 | San Francisco
Mark Morford

October 9th was a fine day indeed, strolling as I was through the crammed Walgreens near my yoga studio in the Castro on a balmy, Indian summer aftern...

Religion at Burning Man

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 12.18.2013 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

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.

The Torture of Insomnia: How to Get a Good Night's Sleep

Bradley Foster | Posted 11.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Bradley Foster

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.

Weddings: Why Ceremony? Why Ritual? (Part I)

Cornelia Powell | Posted 10.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Cornelia Powell

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.

Tie One On: Bracelets for Brothers, Sisters and Friends on the Festival of Rasksha Bandhan

Barbara Biziou | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Barbara Biziou

On Aug. 21 this year, Hindus all over the world celebrate Raksha Bandhan or Rahki -- a time dedicated to the love and caring between brothers and sisters.

Infused With Faith: Ritual and Conflict

Wray Herbert | Posted 10.14.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Are religion and religious values really tangential to this enduring conflict? New evidence is raising questions about this basic assumption, and suggesting that certain aspects of religion may indeed fuel these violent clashes.

Make a Wish Upon the Shooting Stars This Weekend

Donna Henes | Posted 10.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

On any average night, away from urban light, five or six such fiery space fragments appear as shooting or falling stars every hour. When our annual revolution takes us through zones heavily littered with disintegrated comet trash, we see the spectacular sky shows called meter showers.