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Spiritual Development

Spiritual But Not Religious: Misunderstood And Here To Stay

Philip Goldberg | Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

It could be the most important religious development of our time: SBNRs are as diverse and complex as any other spiritual cohort. They are here to stay, and their numbers will surely grow as pluralism evolves and access to the world's wisdom becomes even easier.

The Dos And Don'ts Of A Mindfulness Practice

Deborah Schoeberlein David | Posted 04.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein David

Mindfulness is a training process that moves inside your consciousness and only by your choice. Mindfulness develops over time; be humble about the process and enjoy the ride.

Lojong Practice Outside of Meditation

Tenzin Norbu | Posted 04.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Tenzin Norbu

We must overcome craving if we are to develop any of the six perfections, most especially generosity and patience.

LOOK: 12 Steps To Spiritual And Financial Success

Posted 02.08.2013 | Healthy Living

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

What I Don't Know For Sure

Donna Jean Freberg | Posted 04.09.2013 | Religion
Donna Jean Freberg

I thought I knew everything. Or at least pretty close. It took a long time to become wise, and by wise I mean to realize how much I don't actually know. And for a while it's left me feeling pretty faithless and lost.

Peace Begins with Me: A Review of Deepak Chopra's New Book, Ask Deepak About Love and Relationships

Suna Senman | Posted 04.02.2013 | Books
Suna Senman

Ask Deepak About Love and Relationships espouses the core philosophy that we all are empowered to direct our own lives and that not only do we learn from our own experiences; we also learn from the experiences of others.

The Endless Search

Christine Eilvig | Posted 04.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Christine Eilvig

I have done fire walks and thrown forgiveness letters into burning flames. I have been spit on in the face, poked on my body and I have even been beaten up as part of a workshop. My home has been space cleared and decorated after all kinds of rules.

Exposing Ourselves to Vulnerability Is the True Measure of Our Strength

Raymond Torres | Posted 03.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Raymond Torres

Far from being a vulnerable trait, if used wisely, a humble attitude clears the way for one to fully appreciate more of life.

When Our Children Ask About God

Common Ground News Service | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Common Ground News Service

As a Muslim American parent, I have unique struggles in the post 9/11 landscape. But like parents of any faith, I want my daughter to find in her faith a place of comfort and security, a refuge from harshness.

Enlightened Leadership: Kings, Queens and the 99 Percent

Lama Surya Das | Posted 03.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Lama Surya Das

Offer your selves, your vessel, and your boat by developing a greater, long-term relationship to life and appreciating one's meaningful part in the whole. There is no sitting back. Life is precious and tenuous; handle with prayer.

Thin Places Of Faith

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

The phrase describes situations where heaven and earth come together so profoundly that the distance between them is almost erased -- a moment of connection to the Divine that is close and profoundly intimate. I've definitely had "thin place" experiences.

10 Tips To Discover Your Personal Dharma

Tabby Biddle | Posted 03.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Tabby Biddle

If you take discovering your dharma too seriously, you may not actually be able to see it. It helps to have a light touch.

If Not Religion, Then What?

Patty Kogutek | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Patty Kogutek

Why is it that we can be "friends" with thousands on Facebook and literally find the answers to unfathomable questions, and still be searching? People today are exploring every avenue looking to add meaning and resolution to their lives.

A Change Would Do You Good

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

We have a responsibility to ourselves, to our families and to the world to embrace that which is life-giving for our unique, differentiated selves. This invariably means that each of us is on an adventurous, sometimes nerve-wracking transformational journey.

Silent Retreat: The Joy of Now

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 03.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Our daily life is unfulfilling until we discover the joy of now. No matter what are the circumstances of our day, life becomes truly different when we change the habit we didn't even know was just a habit. Constantly thinking is a habit.

Spiritual But Not Religious? Not So Fast: Disney, I-Clouds And New Religion

Michael P. Murphy | Posted 03.21.2013 | Religion
Michael P. Murphy

People are more religious than they give themselves credit for. But who are these new gods, what is this new spirituality, and what is the object of our new belief?

What We Can Learn From 'The Sopranos' About Revenge And Compassion

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Nancy Graham Holm

"The Sopranos" is the story of an Italian-American family inside the criminal society of a New Jersey mafia in which revenge is the standard response to disrespect and disobedience. Why is immoral behavior worthy of anybody's attention?

No, You Are Not Actually The Power Source

Lillian Daniel | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

From the prosperity gospel that tells you that wealth is yours to create to new age promises that you can create your own perfect health, the implication is that we human beings are the power source. We must look like morons to God.

Take 4 Steps Toward Love

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

When we react from a fearful instead of loving place, we make poor decisions. What can we do to combat our tendency to view others and the world with fear?

Is Gratitude Good For Body And Soul?

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Jonathan Merritt

As religious Americans face the inevitable chaos and harshness of 2013, perhaps we should covenant together to offer thanksgiving for the gifts of grace and love and relationship hidden amid life's rubble.

When The New Year Doesn't End

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Andrew Z. Cohen

So on a day like the first day of the New Year, when you experience the thrill of renewal, realize that it is not merely a personal experience you are having. The universe is trying to evolve through you.

WATCH: Jean Houston's Spiritual Awakening

OWN | Posted 01.17.2013 | OWN

She's been called a mystic, a philosopher, a historian and a scholar, but Jean Houston is much more detailed when she describes herself. "I would c...

What The Bible Says About Hope

Posted 01.15.2013 | Religion

While defined as an emotional state of being, hope can also be a spiritual disposition of the soul. The Bible says a lot about hope including stories ...

5 Rules For The New Year

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks | Posted 03.14.2013 | Religion
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

There are many other rules, but these are some of the most important. Try them and you will be surprised by joy.

Mind, Heart and Soul

Amanda Slavin | Posted 03.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Amanda Slavin

What I have learned this year is to never run from reality, to face it head on with your mind and heart; it is about staying on the ground with your two feet, and instead of looking outside yourself for the magic, never being afraid to know that it exists within you.