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Spirituality and Politics

Can Yoga Change the World?

Sister Jenna | Posted 11.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Sister Jenna

When an Eastern or Indian Prime Minister addresses the United Nations and dedicates some of that time to add that there should be an International Y...

The Rest of the Story

Eldon Taylor | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Eldon Taylor

A few years ago I wrote a piece that has been rather widely circulated and, based on some of the comments I have seen, not too well understood. The p...

When Empire Turns on Itself

Dave Pruett | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Dave Pruett

Wall Street's methods and values are antithetical to the nation's long-term economic viability. The health of the economy should be measured by what it contributes to the well-being of individuals, families, and communities -- not the other way around.

Lifting the Veil: Obama Has Compromised My Notion of Hope -- Which Has Led to Greater Faith... And Not in O

Loren-Paul Caplin | Posted 09.09.2013 | Religion
Loren-Paul Caplin

My loss of hope in the vision of change that Obama inspired -- and it's subsequent morph or collapse into my individual Faith -- is not a binary phenomena. It's not an either/or, all or nothing, in or out thing.

Margaret Thatcher, The Cosmos And Me

T. Thorn Coyle | Posted 06.09.2013 | Religion
T. Thorn Coyle

Margaret Thatcher was a big part of my formative landscape. She fueled much of my political consciousness, my sense of justice and injustice, my outrage at lies and oppression, my sense of right and wrong.

Is Your Belief System The Result Of Choice -- Or Epiphany?

Margaret Placentra Johnston | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Margaret Placentra Johnston

If everyone were coming from the same place, then being born-again thanks to an epiphany would be a valid prescription to cure all spiritual ills. But it is just not that simple.

Hurricane Sandy: Time To Stop Digging?

Roger S. Gottlieb | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Roger S. Gottlieb

"You don't hit bottom," says an old 12-step adage, "until you stop digging." In other words: no bad experience, painful consequence or downright awful time of it in and of itself will lead people to change their behavior. Hurricane Sandy is a case in point.

Bodhisattvas and Political Engagement

Tenzin Norbu | Posted 11.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Tenzin Norbu

Should Bodhisattvas become involved in the political arena as a method of helping everyone attain the requisites of a spiritual life? My answer to this question is, "Yes."

Dwindling Compassion

Jeffrey P. Colin | Posted 09.13.2012 | Home
Jeffrey P. Colin

As someone dedicated to living a life of service to others, I have been struck recently by how little attention is paid to the amount of suffering in ...

Wild Goose Heaven Our Answer to Hate

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 08.25.2012 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

The second Wild Goose Festival has just ended. I left a piece of my heart in the hills of North Carolina.

Occupying Consciousness: Spiritual Activism 2.0

Jonathan Talat Phillips | Posted 08.07.2012 | Religion
Jonathan Talat Phillips

The Evolver Social Movement has just released a free e-book anthology examining the unprecedented spiritual activism of the Occupy Movement.

Are Conservatives More Religious And Liberals More Spiritual?

Matthew Hutson | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Matthew Hutson

In the United States, religion and politics have always been (fitful) bed buddies. But whether faith drives people left or right (or neither) is not obvious.

Real-World Change Can Come From Within

Parker J. Palmer | Posted 03.04.2012 | Religion
Parker J. Palmer

The notion that social change can be sparked by an inner revolution is not only realistic. It also gives us a gift that conventional "realism" withholds -- a chance to do something that might make a difference.

What Would The Buddha Say?

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 10.02.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

This is actually a wonderful opportunity to take all politicians, as difficult as it may be, into our hearts -- yes, our hearts -- as it will free us from negativity.

Gandhi: The Truth

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 06.05.2011 | Books
Vamsee Juluri

Great Soul has not uncovered any hidden truths about Gandhi beyond showing us that a man's greatness does not diminish even when we see his failures, though they were many.

Amid Disaster, The Light That Binds

Karen Berg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Karen Berg

It seems every minute there is some new disaster making the headlines. Out of the rubble of destruction we find proof that the human spirit is illuminating our way home in the darkness.

The Power of Words

Yehuda Berg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Yehuda Berg

Once we have the awareness that our words are what sets us apart from the animal kingdom, we might consider using them with greater consciousness and awareness.

Love on the Other Side of The Street - Can Hope Conquer Wall Street's Woes?

Sheila Tendy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sheila Tendy

The world is in the midst of an intense struggle for survival - Good versus Evil, Dark versus Light. We feel the grit of our times. So much of our foc...

In This Other America

Richard Geldard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Geldard

There's another America beyond the froth-mouthed shouters, made up of a growing number of people who are looking for stillness, seeking a quieter path to discover the genuine power of tranquility and the virtues of silence.

10 Questions to Test Your Consciousness

Ervin Laszlo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ervin Laszlo

Assuming you agree that we must evolve beyond tribalism if we are to survive, would you consider yourself to have planetary consciousness? These 10 questions will tell you.

Judging and Being Judged: Week 15 of Mental Muscle Boot Camp

Paul Katz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Katz

I've been living life trying to prove to the world that everyone was wrong about me when I was a child. I wanted them to feel bad, and judged, for being so wrong. It's time for that to stop.

It Could Have Been Worse

Saul Segan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Saul Segan

As printed, the President's speech to USA students at the advent of this new school year seemed benign enough.

Chautauqua Institution Spotlights Compassion

Amy Novogratz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Amy Novogratz

We hope that thousands of leaders from all religions, will agree to the Charter for Compassion, add their signatures and address their congregations on compassion.

47 National Religious Leaders (Christian, Jewish and Muslim) Call for Urgent Priority to Health Care Reform -- and Why I Signed

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rabbi Michael Lerner

The lure of "inclusion" and "access to the powerful" and "being part of the consensus" seemed attractive, while there seemed to be little to be gained by simply not being on the list.

Reframing the Crisis: A Wildfire of Opportunity

Jan Phillips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jan Phillips

The spiritual questions that are on the table now, though one would never know it listening to the daily news. Will we actually embody the tenets of our faith?