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Gratitude in Times of Suffering

Imam Jamal Rahman | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Imam Jamal Rahman

The practice of gratitude is central to Islam. Students of Islamic spirituality are sometimes asked to ponder on a teaching story about the Mulla, who...

Grief and the Terrible Holiday Season

Megan Devine | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

Part of your family wants traditions to stay exactly the same, others want to change everything. Conflicting desires, broken hearts, lots of attention when you'd rather just hide in your blanket fort until the whole thing is over -- it's too much.

How to Bring Yoga to the Table This Thanksgiving

Susanna Barkataki | Posted 11.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Susanna Barkataki

Every night, I watch my 3 year old son sleep the sealed, peaceable sleep belonging only to the province of childhood. He is curled, cozy in his wa...

When Suffering Feels Good

Carine Fabius | Posted 11.20.2015 | Books
Carine Fabius

My new favorite word is suffering. I endeavor to use it in my writing and in everyday life as much as possible. This is because I'm reading Elena Ferrante's delicious novel quartet, which recounts the tale of a complex friendship between two women from a very young age into their sixties

Why Attacks on the Innocent Do the Opposite of What They Intend

Donna Labermeier | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Donna Labermeier

We know in our hearts that what was meant for our harm will always be used in our favor. And so, when evil-doers perpetrate unspeakable crimes against us, this is actually what they do, not to us, but to themselves

This Is What Happens The Moment You Truly Forgive

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 11.18.2015 | OWN

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Je Suis Human: Thoughts About Suffering, Humanity, and Paris

Antione Gray | Posted 11.16.2015 | College
Antione Gray

As we all ‪#‎PrayForParis‬ and apply Facebook filters to our profile pictures, we cannot turn a blind eye to human suffering around the world just because "those people" are not "us."

Oh, Come, oh, Come, Emmanuel: Entering Into the Pain of Human Suffering

Khristi Adams | Posted 11.16.2015 | Religion
Khristi Adams

May we accept the gospel's invitation to enter into the pain and suffering of our sisters and brothers, and in turn deliver a message of redemptive light in the midst of the darkness that surrounds us.

The Buddha Part I: Did He Invent Anything New?

Ted Cadsby | Posted 11.11.2015 | Religion
Ted Cadsby

Gautama claimed that he did not create the Four Noble Truths (the centerpiece of his philosophy) but that he rediscovered this crucial but forgotten ancient wisdom. Meditation is the vehicle through which we discover and embrace these four truths -- the only metaphysical truths available to us -- which are not simply insights, but prescriptions for being.

The One Choice You Need to Make Today -- and Every Day -- to Live the Life You Were Born to Live

Julie Cantrell | Posted 10.27.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Julie Cantrell

Tragedy, betrayal, abandonment, abuse, financial ruin, and illness? I've survived it all. And I refuse to let any of this harden me. I am here to love and be loved with an open and humble heart. And so are you.

Diving Into Vulnerability

Homaira Kabir | Posted 10.16.2015 | Parents
Homaira Kabir

Maternal instincts in the 21st century need a makeover. Our children no longer need the protective urges that evolved in the vast savannas of our hunter-gatherer ancestors.

Learning Through Loss To Beat The Odds

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.09.2015 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Elijah is an inspiring example to other young people--and all of us--of resilience, grace, and the ability to beat the odds.

On Evolutionary Love, Part 1

Marc Gafni | Posted 10.05.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Marc Gafni

An unedited first draft text from forthcoming book The Path and Practice of Outrageous Love by Marc Gafni and Kristina Kincaid Ordinary love is a hum...

Loss Without Suffering

Elliott Dacher | Posted 09.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Elliott Dacher

When we accept life as it is and allow loss to flow through us without struggle or resistance, we become re-connected to the natural rhythms of life. Loss well lived becomes the basis for a sustaining serenity and freedom.

Are You Suffering Unnecessarily?

Judith Johnson | Posted 09.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Judith Johnson

Do you often find yourself saying "It isn't fair" or thinking you have more than your share of suffering? Do you play the story of "what happened...

Not in My Name in Guatemala

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 09.04.2015 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

The people of Guatemala are seeking justice. In the face of corruption, power, and violence they are demanding to be heard. We in the United States have a role in their struggle. We must say to our own government, "Not in my name."

5 Steps to Turn Suffering Into Blessing

Jennie Lee | Posted 08.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennie Lee

The process of personal growth is a type of alchemy. If engaged with consciously, it is possible to transform the pain of life into great strength. ...

What's the Difference Between Judgement and Evaluation?

Robert C. Jameson | Posted 07.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Robert C. Jameson

A friend of mine once told me that next to every truth stands a lie, that one person's ceiling is another's floor, and that to follow a truth is like walking a razor's edge -- it's easy to fall off in error. I find defining the difference between evaluation and judgment to be in this fine-line category.

The Good Thing About Bad Times

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 07.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rea Nolan Martin

Yesterday was a good day in the middle of a good month in what's turning into a pretty good summer. You know how it is -- moments melt into hours, in...

Beautiful Church, Dead Jesus

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 07.28.2015 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

I'm a big fan of architecture and all things beautiful. I'm also a big fan of the religions of the world. So naturally, during a recent trip to Europe, I wanted to get up close and personal with as many Old World cathedrals and churches as my three-week itinerary would allow.

What Happens When We Put Empathy Into Practice?

Catherine Nagle | Posted 07.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

'It's Because You Left Me ... ' When Trocme was 10 years old, he was in a car accident. His father drove too fast, the car spun ...

A Meditation on Tribulation, Suffering and Affliction

Eric Simpson | Posted 07.17.2015 | Religion
Eric Simpson

If tribulation is an essential aspect of existence, or even if tribulation is a subjective interpretation of an objectively dispassionate natural environment, why are there not faculties programmed into the human animal to automatically offset its harmful effects? Or are there?

Opening Wider and Diving Deeper Into the Immeasurable Beauty and Pain of Life

Jesua | Posted 06.29.2015 | GPS for the Soul

It's not a spiritual requirement to be fascinated by what inhibits our greatest aliveness; and somehow compelled to uncover and reveal surprising path...

Self-Hate Attacks: What Are They?

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

No matter what the etiology, the goal is to recognize the problem, learn from it, and extricate oneself as soon as possible to avoid loss of time and energy. If allowed to persist, the condition can result in inertia and hopelessness.

What? God Doesn't Give Us More Than We Can Handle?

Patrick Vaughn | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion
Patrick Vaughn

When I hear someone say, "Well, God doesn't give you more than you can handle," the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. My skin crawls as if someone has run her nails over a 1962 chalkboard.