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Spiritual Teacher

The Words That Helped Iyanla Vanzant Cope With Tragic Loss

OWN | Posted 02.06.2014 | OWN

On Christmas Day 2003, Iyanla Vanzant lost her 30-year-old daughter Gemmia to a rare form of colon cancer. A few months later, she sat down and read t...

WATCH: How To Find Gratitude In Hard Times

OWN | Posted 09.05.2013 | OWN

Contemporary thought leader and spiritual teacher Panache Desai sat down with Oprah for an episode of "Super Soul Sunday" to answer questions from vie...

Finding Your Passion in 5 Easy Steps

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 06.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

If you really want to figure out what it is you were born to do or be, don't go about it alone. I tell you this because this is/was key, key, key in my life experience.

Are You A Guru Junkie?

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

True teachers show us that it is possible to wake up and be free, but ultimately the truth is already within each of us and can never be given by another. Through meditation we connect to that inner guru, to the brilliance and radiance of who we truly are.

Buddha's Simple Truth

Jeff Cannon | Posted 04.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeff Cannon

Buddha's own simple truth was that nirvana is right here and now. It is within each of you. And it is up to you to uncover it and live it in the present moment, not through the layers and rituals that different men and women have added, but through what should be very simple teachings.

What Makes An Extraordinary Teacher?

Alanna Kaivalya | Posted 12.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Alanna Kaivalya

As teachers, we hope to empower and enliven our students so much that they are able to stand fully on their own two feet, imbued with the wisdom that they've taken on as their own.

Shakti Gawain Is Still 'Living in the Light'

BJ Gallagher | Posted 11.05.2012 | Books
BJ Gallagher

This year is the 25th anniversary of the publication of Living in the Light by New World Library, so I thought it would be interesting to check in with the author and see what she's up to lately.

The Case For Certainty

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 09.22.2012 | Religion
Andrew Z. Cohen

My hope is for a new spirituality that is based equally on the attainment of existential certainty and the ability to embrace complexity, subtlety and nuance.

Do We Need Faith To Believe In Progress?

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 06.25.2012 | Religion
Andrew Z. Cohen

When it comes to telling us how to relate to some of our biggest global challenges, I wonder if the most spiritually enlightened among us might be missing the boat right now.

Daring to Bear Witness: The Challenge of Being a Spiritual Teacher

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Andrew Z. Cohen

It's a big challenge being a spiritual teacher in a secular culture. Authentic holders of timeless spiritual truths are often thought to be hucksters and con artists because they boldly dare to bear witness to the unseen.

How To Find A Spiritual Teacher

Mariana Caplan, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mariana Caplan, Ph.D.

Criteria for spiritual studenthood helps us to evaluate if deep engagement with a spiritual teacher is what we really want. It makes us more discerning when engaging with spiritual teachers.

Stay on Your Cushion: The Importance of 'Hot' and 'Cool' Boredom During Meditation

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

For those who are beginning to explore meditation practice, allow yourself to actually experience this "hot boredom" and not just jump off the cushion when that kind of restlessness is experienced.