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Spiritual Development

Find Your Medicine and Use It

Lindsey Kesel | Posted 01.25.2014 | Hawaii
Lindsey Kesel

My medicinal recipe is a zesty concoction of reggae music, dancing, travel, avocados and ginger, conversations with momma, soul writing, jiu-jitsu, jungle hikes, nephew hugs, beach cleanups, stretching, singing and trusting myself.

We Need Ethical Evolution, Not More Destructive Fundamentalist "Certainty"

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Ethics can evolve along with every area of human discovery, for instance, beyond ugly biblical myths born of justifying tribal hatred and ethnic -- God-made-us-do-it -- cleansing after the fact.

Why Young Women Should Spend Time With a Spiritual Elder

Ora Nadrich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ora Nadrich

I have tremendous gratitude for the brave, passionate women who walked the wisdom path before me, and shed their light on it for all of the women who wish to travel a similar path too. It is a journey to awaken your "great woman spirit" well worth taking.

4 Tips For Keeping Your Emotions In Check

Elana Miller, MD | Posted 11.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Elana Miller, MD

Mindfulness meditation offers a specific, practical solution for reactivity. In this context, reactivity is defined as a negative, unskillful, impulsive reaction to a difficult situation. The solution is encapsulated in the acronym STOP.

12 Universal Truths To Live By

Dr. Howard Samuels | Posted 11.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard Samuels

Life is hard. But there are people out there who seem to have an idea of how to stay optimistic in these changing times.

'Growing and Giving': An Interview With Tony Robbins

Marianne Schnall | Posted 01.23.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Marianne Schnall

During his sold-out events all around the world, Tony is known for his "tough love" approach to help ignite the passion inside of participants. Something you may not know, though, is Robbins is also a generous philanthropist.

11 Daily Rituals for Self-Empowerment

Dr. Carmen Harra | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Carmen Harra

Daily life can drag us down and make us weary of our circumstances. The repetition of routine becomes mundane and mediocre, and we often wonder where to turn for a bit of liberating distraction. So what would you do if you discovered your fountain of inner energy? You can unlock your own unique force through daily exercises aimed at establishing your tenacity and capacity.

The Most Common Birds of the Bible

Debbie Blue | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Debbie Blue

You find birds in the ancient mythologies of almost every culture. They are all over the Bible -- from start to finish.

Is Do-it-yourself Faith Dangerous to Your Soul?

Jacob Weber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Jacob Weber

Take Madonna's Kabbalah study. Most folks see the pop icon's immersion in this obscure wing of Jewish mysticism as another narcissistic celebrity accoutrement, like Paris Hilton's dog or Angelina Jolie's children. But hold up: Could this judgement stem from our own spiritual insecurity?

One Person, Multiple Roles

Rupa Mehta | Posted 12.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Rupa Mehta

As champions of multitasking, we all think we can have our cake and eat it too, and sometimes, we can! But oftentimes, it takes long-term vision, planning, and managing your roles to truly feel satisfied with each one. When considering all you do, it's important to understand what you want and need from each role.

9 Ways To Cultivate Wisdom And Compassion

Elana Miller, MD | Posted 12.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Elana Miller, MD

Here are some ways we can all cultivate our own inner spiritual warrior -- the part of us that faces challenge with wisdom, equanimity, and compassion.

Bringing Burning Man Home

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 12.25.2013 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

What did I bring home? Mystical experiences in the desert renewed my sense of intimacy with the divine. In the solitude of early morning, red slivers of cloud intersecting the rising sun made me feel like God was baptizing me in dust.

Fundamentalist Belief Grows Brains Incapable of Dealing With the World as it Actually Is

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

It takes a lifetime of literalistic Bible studies to destroy a human brain as completely as is necessary to make an otherwise intelligent person trust Bronze Age myths over science and a flake as obviously perverse as Ted Cruz over a man of such obvious integrity as President Obama.

5 People You Forgot to Say 'Thank You' to

Rupa Mehta | Posted 12.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Rupa Mehta

From that family member who taught you a life lesson to the sibling that showered you with unconditional love to the friend that gave you the gift of patience, there are countess big things that are deserving of a simple "thank you."

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.

How To Stop Obsessing Over Everything

Yogi Cameron Alborzian | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Yogi Cameron Alborzian

If you follow these five steps and make them a part of your daily thoughts, all other aspects of your life will start to fall into place. Your mind will be freed up to see the endless possibilities that are available to you. Now this is called living.

Divine Calling

Sue Shanahan | Posted 11.27.2013 | Arts
Sue Shanahan

Start acting as if you're already there by finding a place of trust within, a place where you know your dream is being brought to fruition. Live as if it's already happening, and the physical world just has to catch up.

Your Breath Is Your Conversation With the World

Susanna Harwood Rubin | Posted 11.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Susanna Harwood Rubin

We need to allow ourselves to focus on our breath. The breath is the most immediate and the most intimate way of engaging with the world. You inhale the world. You exhale your experience of it.

How Much Power Do You Assign to Words?

Yogi Cameron Alborzian | Posted 11.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Yogi Cameron Alborzian

We are never going to stop others from saying things in public or thinking things behind the closed doors of their mind. But we do have a choice to not let ourselves be burdened by words.

The 7 Books Every Spiritual Person Needs To Read

Posted 09.09.2013 | OWN

We all want to lead more meaningful lives. Discover the profound texts that inspired Phil Jackson, coauthor of Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success. Whic...

God, Christianity and Meat

Kathy Freston | Posted 11.05.2013 | Religion
Kathy Freston

I was delighted to learn about this rich tradition of incorporating vegetarian diets into spiritual practice, but I admit that it first surprised me. It certainly is not something most Christians in America know about.

Uncommon Wisdom About Your Body, Lifestyle and Spiritual Awareness

Matthew B. James, Ph.D. | Posted 11.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Matthew B. James, Ph.D.

The thing I've come to understand is this: We do have everything we need but we often aren't accessing it. It's like having one of those unbelievably powerful super computers and not plugging it in.

Spiritual Colonic

Edie Weinstein | Posted 10.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Edie Weinstein

I wear many professional hats: journalist, author, therapist, speaker, minister, healer, radio show host social worker, PR goddess, reiki master and ...

Making Your Body Your Temple

Susanna Harwood Rubin | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Susanna Harwood Rubin

Your breath is the thread connecting pose to pose, stringing together the beads of your practice so that you can hold your intention in different ways, in different containers, seeing which form offers the most meaning for you today.

Self-Awareness Increases With Meditation

Debbie Gisonni | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Debbie Gisonni

There's no right or wrong way to meditate. Anything you do to help connect you to your inner self is a step in the right direction. Be gentle and loving to yourself and all will be revealed.