Nelson Mandela was a natural leader. The essence of the man propelled him to greatness, amidst the suffering and depersonalization to which he was subjected, forgiving his jailers in a profound teaching of compassion.
There are true tigers and there are paper tigers, true threats and symbolic/conditioned threats. All of us need to learn how not to fear fear itself, in which case, anger management goes beyond fear management and becomes tantamount to mind management.
Let's reach an agreement, more universally embraced and with a deeper commitment than before, with clear consequences if breached, of how we want to live together with the existence of chemical weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.
Arguably, by intervening in Syria's civil war, President Obama is ignoring Washington's advice and repeating the mistakes of the Bush administration in aggressively invading foreign countries that pose little threat to the direct security of American citizens.
The hype in America and abroad over "jihad" has brought me to consider the term through a Christian perspective. In this piece I seek to explore how forms of "jihad" are present in Christianity and pinpoint different ways of looking at "jihad" in Christian and Islamic texts.
The mounting carnage in Egypt is alarming, especially given the role of the army and its purported mandate to protect the country from terror. But the gory details that assail the eyes of even the most casual observer don't seem to produce enough international outrage to stem the killing.
For Rosa Parks, it was a bus. For Gandhi, it was a train. For Malala, a schoolroom... and a bullet. In that sentence we may be hearing Mahatma Gandhi's satyagraha -- "soul force" or "truth force" -- finding a new agent in the world. I hope so.
McCourt's story of immeasurable grief and the ability to overcome hatred makes him another hero of the 9/11 tragedy. He recently passed away at the age of 71 after a battle with cancer. His example is one which should not be forgotten.
The free inquiry at the core of learning certainly depends on vigorous discussion and debate; it depends on our willingness to take risks and to discover that even our deepest convictions may be mistaken. But learning also requires freedom from the senseless wounding of aggression.
When multinational corporations' leaders reach this higher level of personal maturity, they will end their rush to the bottom of low wages and poor community and environmental behavior and lead the planet in our rise from the bottom in these areas.
In Gujarat, India, we spent two days with Bhaskar Save, the Ghandi of Indian farming. He approaches all aspects of life with non-violence. That doesn't just mean anti-war, that means no tilling, no pesticides, no meat.
A network of religious leaders called Interfaith Moral Action on Climate has concluded that, were he still alive today, Dr. King would join them in declaring that climate change is one of the greatest moral issues of our time.
When I stop and consider Gandhi's timeless message, I am refreshed. He said the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. So here I am, offering to you my service. Celebrating his life, his message in a new video I made for my song "Be The Change."
This is an interview with Dee Marie, MA, CYT who has been practicing yoga therapy in clinical settings since 1986 and instructing classes for students comprised of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.
"White Flour" is an important book from an important voice for our times who is teaching us -- and through us, our children -- how to be peacemakers. And there are few things more important in life than that.