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The 'Sacred' in America

Ali Z. Hussain | Posted 01.25.2016 | Religion
Ali Z. Hussain

To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine. - Ralph Waldo...

MLK/David Bowie Tribute: Thoughts on Suffering and Truth

Annaliese Neale | Posted 01.20.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Annaliese Neale

Ongoing depression. Bad breakups. People pleaser. Stressed about money. Estranged relationships. Anxiety. Burdened by the suffering of others. Having ...

The Force Awakens is Breaking Box Office Records, but It's The Empire Strikes Back That Will Forever Resonate Most With Audiences

Samuel C. Spitale | Posted 01.04.2016 | Entertainment
Samuel C. Spitale

The Empire Strikes Back often eclipses the original Star Wars in popularity and sanctity. It remains the favorite of its leading stars, its legions of fans, and even most film critics.

I Just Want Things to Be Good This Holiday

Amy Aves Challenger | Posted 12.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Amy Aves Challenger

I'm tired of shopping. Tired of wrapping. Tired of baking. (Think mother hunched over in front of computer slamming on keys.) I just want things to ...

Give Yourself His Gift

Catherine Nagle | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

Thank Him for the people you've helped. And ask that those acts of service you've done to make other's lives a little brighter reflect back on you and bring you peace and grace. Then, feel the wonders and the difference inside yourself this Christmas.

Are You a Delusion?

Tim Burkett | Posted 12.14.2015 | Religion
Tim Burkett

We know that the stories we tell about the stars are just fabrications. But what if you discovered that you are also a fabrication?

Why Are Americans So Afraid?

John W. Traphagan | Posted 12.11.2015 | Religion
John W. Traphagan

When we look around at the news these days, it seems that a single emotion is driving a great deal of American life. That emotion is fear. Donald Tr...

Suffering: Necessary and Unnecessary (Inherent and Extraneous)

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 12.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Suffering is inherent in our existence. But we're best served when we distinguish whether we have a modicum of control over it. Whenever possible, we should shield ourselves from distress stemming from a situation that we can't change or that serves no useful purpose.

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. ...