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Spiritual Development

The Impossible Paradox of Life and Death

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Z. Cohen

At the highest metaphysical level, my teacher was right: It takes no effort to be free. But interestingly enough, this spiritual freedom is of little help to me now as I face one of the most challenging decisions of my life. As life is so full of paradox, so is enlightenment.

Sunrise Faith

Sue Shanahan | Posted 07.08.2013 | Arts
Sue Shanahan

Twenty years ago a dream was planted in my heart. I wanted to create a picture book. Over time, it was put on the back burner as "real life" took over. Finally, finally my longing is being realized.

What My Dad Learned In Prison

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Quite often we find new meaning and strength where we least expect it. Quite often it lies waiting for us to discover. We simply have to look within ourselves.

Land of the Free? Not for Everybody

Master Charles Cannon | Posted 07.06.2013 | Crime
Master Charles Cannon

If prison isn't working, what will? How about asking this question: "If so many people are using drugs, what's wrong with reality?" Locking up drug users doesn't address this question.

101 Things That'll Take Your Breath Away

Rebecca Lammersen | Posted 07.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Lammersen

I gauge a good day by the number of times I get the goosebumps. Why? Because it is a sign I am listening to my spirit, being guided by her. Goosebumps are the smile of our spirits -- we can never smile enough.

Why Music, Part 9: Music and Spirituality

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 07.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Frank Fitzpatrick

Music is one of our most powerful gateways to connect to our spiritual nature -- our divine source -- the unseen, as well as to the universe around us and those other divine beings that inhabit it with us.

Beyond The Comments: One HuffPoster's Redeeming Story Of Her Tumultuous Past

Jessica Joseph | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Jessica Joseph

Instead, I had a knock down, screaming match with "Whoever the hell is up there!" I laid out my case, my fears, my doubts and I demanded an answer!

The Backward Step

Tara Brach | Posted 07.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

In practicing open awareness, I've found it helpful to think of existence -- the entire play of sounds and thoughts and bodies and trees -- as the foreground of life, and awareness as the background.

The Core Of Yesod

Reb Ezra Weinberg | Posted 06.30.2013 | Religion
Reb Ezra Weinberg

The week of yesod in the Counting of the Omer is an invitation to consider pulling down the veil. It's about penetrating to the core of who we are.

Writing As A Spiritual Practice

Pat Schneider | Posted 06.29.2013 | Religion
Pat Schneider

To write about what is painful is to begin the work of healing. To be in an attitude of praise or thanksgiving, to rage against God, or to open one's inner self and listen, is prayer. To write tragedy and allow comedy to arise between the lines is miracle and revelation.

21st Century Spirituality: I Am the Problem, We Are the Solution

Beth Green | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Beth Green

For some of us, it may seem like a lovely idea that we are aspects of God in the process of evolution. It's an abstract idea, but an attractive one. It inspires us to think that we are part of a whole, larger than ourselves.

4 Ways To Use Love To Improve Your Life

Susanna Bair | Posted 06.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Susanna Bair

My attitude in life is this: Everything is perfect as it is, and everything can be improved. Love is the power that makes things grow, mature, and become harmonious and beautiful. Here are four steps to use love in ways that improve your life.

The Mystery of Who We Are

Tara Brach | Posted 06.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

Probably the deepest inquiry in any of the spiritual traditions is the question, "Who am I?" If we look behind the roles and images that our culture gives us, behind the ideas that we internalize from our family, who's really here?

Journeying Into A Creative Existence

Phil Shepherd | Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion
Phil Shepherd

I am a fan of creativity. I stand by a theology that believes: if we are made in the image of our Creator, we are inherently creative ourselves. But even with that said, I've never seen myself as much of a creative type.

Japan, Buddhism and the Ultramarathon of a Lifetime

Amy Chavez | Posted 06.24.2013 | Books
Amy Chavez

The Buddhist pilgrimage appeals to the motives of the independent traveler in us. Meditation appeals to our inward search for meaning.

The Only Place in the Universe

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 06.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Z. Cohen

I had my first spiritual experience when I was 16 years old. I was sitting up late one night having a conversation with my mother about something I can't remember, when for no apparent reason, the doors of perception opened wide.

A Different Kind of Pilgrimage That Can Change Your Life

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 06.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Instead of traveling to some remote part of the world, we seek a remote part of the self. We seek a quiet mind, inner peace. People of all religions and no religion are making a pilgrimage into silence. They are making a silent retreat.

The Power of Time Off

Ashley Turner | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Ashley Turner

This week's vlog is about the difference between Chairos and Chronos, the importance of giving yourself permission to do less (or nothing at all) and the power of taking time off.

Mindfulness: Don't Leave Home Without It

Ariel Bleth | Posted 06.16.2013 | Travel
Ariel Bleth

More than being aware, mindfulness is often thought of as a state of being fully in the present moment, free from habitual reactions, conclusions and judgments. This can come in handy when we are in situations that we can't change.

Receive Generously: Getting to the Core of Our Human Thirst

Miriam Mason Martineau | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Miriam Mason Martineau

Here's another thing -- receiving generously a gift of authentic love has nothing to do with deserving. It's called unconditional love for a reason. That love that embraces us, even when we mess up. This love surpasses our calculations of right and wrong.

The Human Spirit

Lorenz Sell | Posted 06.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Lorenz Sell

Each of us struggles with limitation in a very personal way. Without limitation, we would have no individuation. Humanity would be a canvas of even monochromatic brushstrokes.

Developing the Right View of Anger

Tenzin Norbu | Posted 06.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Tenzin Norbu

In order to be able to view anger as a dysfunctional emotion, we must develop in our lojong meditation practice the conviction that anger is a dysfunctional emotion.

Pole Vaulting and Spiritual Knowing

Anthony Strano | Posted 06.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Anthony Strano

One aim of meditation is to develop inner strength through attention to practice. Practice is to observe and to take the opportunity to transform knowledge into an experience that helps us in our daily life.

A Buddhist Perspective On Finding Meaning

Dr. Karen Derris | Posted 06.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Derris

The Karmapa offered my students, and me, a rare gift in inviting us to define how we will make our lives meaningful for ourselves and others.

India's True Prosperity

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 06.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Z. Cohen

Underneath modern India's booming economy and ever-more-commercialized spirituality, the mystery of consciousness, of Brahman, still exists. India is still a magical place.