Perhaps this year we can look at religion and identify some stories that never die, that are not simply events that happened over the course of 12 months but are, in a sense, eternally returning and deeply rooted in human cultures and consciousness.
We are part of a magical, beautiful, and suffering Earth, whose darkening we have created with our endless exploitation. The Earth, which is so infinitely generous, needs our prayers, needs our loving, our open hearts and remembrance.
The wholeness of who we are is what matters and we need to live in a way that honors this, not in a way that dismembers it. We need to live more with reverence, which can't be reduced to a billboard slogan, than with certainty, which can.
Andy Siegel was only fourteen when I met him. But he carried himself with an air of experience. His questions were striking, and his ability to work with people of all ages was like nothing I had ever seen, especially in someone so young.
When we set aside the quality time and claim the psychic space for ceremony, when we assume the authority to do so, we are able to transform our perceptions, our perspectives, our experiences, and in the process, our reality.
I am not angry at my doctor. I feel compassion for her, because she was trained in the mechanical model, but I write this today for myself, as a reminder that it is okay to take my time and listen to my body, even if there are time pressures and the schedules of others to accommodate.
There is a form of atheism that is closer to the divine than the standard theism witnessed in the church. For wherever a concern of beauty, an embrace of life and a love of liberation are exhibited the sacred is proclaimed.
Marianne Williamson's strength is the way she boils down complex dogmas into simple truths. At one point, she says, "You think you have many problems, but really you have only one: separation from God." Here are three of my favorite Williamson strategies for aligning with the sacred.
Mark Nepo is a philosopher, poet, and teacher whose work has inspired millions of readers to take the spiritual plunge. I recently caught up with this modern-day magus at his home to talk about his new book, Seven Thousand Ways To Listen.
Language, tradition, geography, ethnicity and religion offer the illusion of separation, but experiencing the sacred brings us to the source and commonality of our creation stories. We all live under a dome of stars and hope to find our way home to our individual Creators.
An amazing idea took hold in the last few weeks. People from around the world decided that they could do something to right a terrible wrong that has existed for hundreds of years here in the United States.
It is exquisite to reserve a place exclusively for peace, and peace has a flavor that intensifies when concentrated. However, it's not necessary to depend on that space to meditate: You can take your practice wherever you go once it is established.
As it so happens I'm acquainted with the child. She's my eldest niece, Rebecca. This happened back when she was eight, as she painfully, reluctantly came to the conclusion that her Uncle Peter was crazy.