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Spiritual Development

Want to Change Your Life? Take One Step

Sasha Cagen | Posted 08.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Sasha Cagen

One of my favorite parts of traveling and living abroad is that I meet kindred spirits. People who are also interested in growth through adventure and who have taken risks to travel and try out new things for the sake of developing themselves.

A Psychospiritual Odyssey Among Two Lost Tribes Of American Pop Culture

Josh Fleet | Posted 08.14.2013 | Religion
Josh Fleet

Documenting two years of following Phish and the Insane Clown Posse to the farthest reaches of his sanity and soul, Rabin's new book is a chronicle of repentance from the sin of the Golden Cliche.

Your Thoughts: Spiritual or Circumstantial?

Garret Kramer | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Garret Kramer

Never forget: Your feelings do not come from your circumstances. It may not look that way, but understanding that you live in the feeling of your thinking is the key to accessing your built-in ability to get over your indifferent perceptions, move on, and overcome.

Caring For Others Will Save The World

Joseph Ward III | Posted 08.12.2013 | Religion
Joseph Ward III

If we care enough, we can give ourselves permission to journey into the shoes and lives of others we don't understand; we can open our arms to hold and listen to the LGBTQ people of our world.

Mindfulness and the Monkey Mind

Steve Robertson | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Steve Robertson

This non-focused flickering is an intentional tool of the ego used to perpetuate confusion, attachments to duality and a resulting state of suffering.

Confessions Of A Recovering Perfectionist

Dawn Gluskin | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Dawn Gluskin

Perfectionism is a way of closing off and controlling things. It may look pretty on the outside but in reality it's cold, isolated and dark. It's the cracks that let the light in, anyway. So, go on and ease up a bit. Let some light in and shine on!

Why I Am Not A Believer

T. Thorn Coyle | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
T. Thorn Coyle

When I say I am not a believer, it doesn't mean I believe nothing. It is that belief is not central to my religious and spiritual life. As a matter of fact, belief holds little importance to me at all.

How Retreats Changed My Life, And How They Are Changing Judaism Today

Adam Segulah Sher | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
Adam Segulah Sher

When our desire to get away from the stress of the everyday meets our desire to get into the possibility of tomorrow, amazing things can happen.

My God Plays Hard To Get

Jessie Kahnweiler | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
Jessie Kahnweiler

I came to Israel to find my Jewish identity, so what was I, a nice Jewish girl from Atlanta, running around in a polka dot dress on the Palestinian side of the West Bank choking on tear gas for? This wasn't exactly the kosher "Eat Pray Love" journey I had anticipated.

Life Begins At 90: Many Thanks!

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

My 90th birthday is here. Did I make a contribution, have a good time, live wisely, maybe accomplish something? Frankly, I don't know. I didn't find life a big performance as much as a steady marathon race.

I Wish Someone Had Told Me I Talked Too Much: Missteps On The Path of Spiritual Growth

Aryeh Ben David | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Aryeh Ben David

I am a teacher. I fancy calling myself an educator. But in all of my teacher and rabbinical training, no one ever told me that the real education begins when I shut up.

LOOK: Portraits In Faith

Frank Fredericks | Posted 07.29.2013 | Religion
Frank Fredericks

Portraits In Faith is the world's most extensive oral history/testimony project conducted by one person on the subject of faith. Daniel Epstein has interviewed and made portraits of 400 people from 27 countries representing well over 50 religions, denominations and spiritual followings.

The Sign Of Spiritual Maturity

Steve McSwain | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

How do I know when I am advancing on the spiritual path? What is a "sign" of spiritual maturity? I would answer with a few questions of my own.

Come Home, Sweetness Awaits

Yogi Cameron Alborzian | Posted 07.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Yogi Cameron Alborzian

We don't create peace because we've forced everyone to no longer perpetrate violence, we create peace when we experience a state of supreme joy within ourselves and reflect that joy onto others. As a result, the other person feels this joy within themselves and peace becomes contagious.

Writing Your Way Home

Pat Schneider | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Pat Schneider

Craft is important for the writer, but craft that can be taught must be the servant of craft that is original and innate -- not the other way around. Writing as a spiritual practice can be the most freeing of any I have found in a long life of trying different paths.

How To Put Forgiveness Into Practice

Dawn Gluskin | Posted 07.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Dawn Gluskin

Forgiveness (of both self and others) is the most powerful spiritual tool we have, and it is accessible to all of us. Forgiveness is synonymous with freedom, one of the most important conditions for happiness.

As I Am: Our Hypnotic Existence

Alanna Zabel | Posted 07.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Alanna Zabel

In order to break these ignorant cycles, one must obtain truthful self-awareness. When this is obtained, outside perceptions and projections (intentional or not) will have no power to affect you.

A Heart That Is Ready for Anything

Tara Brach | Posted 07.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

There's a bright light of awareness that shines through each of us and guides us home, and we're never separated from this luminous awareness, any more than waves are separated from the ocean.

A Light Look at Naughty Gurus and Yoga's Five Steps of Suffering

James Brown | Posted 07.23.2013 | Healthy Living
James Brown

How does perception of another individual become so skewed that we are shocked when we learn of their mortal shortfalls? And why does seeing the dark side of a teacher hurt so much more than if the corner grocer or local barista does the same thing?

Learning to Admit Our Brokenness

Peter Rollins | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion
Peter Rollins

It is in saying "amen" to the highs and lows of life that we are able to live fully in both worldly sorrow and joy, touching what Johannes de Silentio called "the sublime in the pedestrian."

Soul Contracts

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 07.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

If you believe in God or some other organizing force in the universe, why would it be any further of a stretch to see soul contracts?

The Role of Vows

Maggie Lyon | Posted 07.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Maggie Lyon

How might I ripple and radiate out from the closest, most interior circles to the nether regions of the universe as an ever more welcoming, beaming, and loving presence?

The Shambhala Principle: We Made This World, We Can Change It

Ethan Nichtern | Posted 07.21.2013 | Books
Ethan Nichtern

"Society" is a creation of the minds of those who inhabit it; it always has been and always will be. Thus, we have always been and will always be empowered to change society for the better.

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Parenting: Missteps On The Path Of Spiritual Growth

Aryeh Ben David | Posted 07.21.2013 | Religion
Aryeh Ben David

My father had never apologized to me. I am certain that my grandfather had never apologized to my father. Was there some wise tradition of not apologizing that I was supposed to know?

WATCH: Why This Pastor DOESN'T Want Everyone At Church On Sunday

OWN | Posted 05.21.2013 | OWN

"I'm spiritual, but not religious." This is how many people describe their belief system -- embracing transcendental philosophies, but not following a...