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Moving Beyond Shame

Kaly McKenna | Posted 12.03.2014 | Women
Kaly McKenna

While the reasons for the shame are as diverse as the millions of women who suffer in this world, here are three reasons highlighting why it is so difficult for women to move beyond the shame.

This Simple Exercise Will Pull You Out Of A Sadness Rut

OWN | Posted 12.02.2014 | OWN

Despite facing a variety of painful obstacles and difficulties in life, people are often hesitant to describe their experiences as "suffering." It's t...

Art & the Tyranny of the New

Steven Crandell | Posted 11.06.2014 | Arts
Steven Crandell

I think it's time to create a market for art that deepens the spirit, not makes it shallower, a market to encourage art that taps into wisdom and truth that has lasted for generations, eons, as long as memory has served humanity.

How Making Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain Changed Me

Fagun Thakrar | Posted 10.30.2014 | Arts
Fagun Thakrar

I had the privilege of making a film that changed the way I see things in life. Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain, which is being released next month, is inspired by the world's worst industrial disaster which took place on December 3rd, 1984.

Why The World Needs Paris

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 10.30.2014 | Women
Sarah Thebarge

"I am sorry for the decadence of Paris," he said, apologizing to me on behalf of the entire city. He said the city's investment in food, architecture, wine and incredible art seemed so wasteful in light of the world's troubles.

Keep Brittany Maynard's Legacy Alive and Legalize Physician-Assisted Suicide

Steve Siebold | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

This whole argument boils down to a simple premise: who is in charge of our lives? Doctors? Politicians? Religious leaders? Or Us? Are we so feeble minded that we cannot be trusted to be responsible for our own existence?

Being There

Ree Varcoe | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Ree Varcoe

Choose to be brave and purposeful with your time and your love. Put yourself in another's situation and think of things that might ease their burden. As my father used to say, "What each one of us needs is what each one of us needs to give."

Suffering as Transformation

Ram Dass | Posted 12.27.2014 | Religion
Ram Dass

When I look back on the suffering in my life, I see it now as a gift. I would have never asked for it for a second, I hated it while it was happening and I protested as loudly as I could, but suffering happened anyway. Now, in retrospect I see the way in which it deepened my being immeasurably.

Marilynne Robinson's "Lila"

Martin Marty | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Being "Spiritual?" "Religious?" They are both easy. Robinson writes explicitly "Christianly," and that is harder. In a time when the "Prosperity Gospel" rules, she excises the word and concept "prosperity."

Two Perspectives: Assisted Dying or Assisted Living?

Dr. Candi K. Cann | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Candi K. Cann

Both Brittany and Kara write beautiful justifications for their positions on life (and death), and I admire both women -- Brittany for taking ownership of her life and the way she wants it to end, and Kara for fighting to be present with her family and to find ultimate meaning in her suffering.

Suffering Optional: Walking Into the Wild Is a Quest of Privilege

Andrea Louie | Posted 12.07.2014 | Arts
Andrea Louie

So today, as we are confronted daily with the images of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees who have fled extremists, I am unmoved to feel pity for the voluntary brushes with death that Marquis encountered.

Can Sam Harris Wake Us Up?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.22.2014 | Books
Deepak Chopra

It caused a stir when Sam Harris, in a new book titled Waking Up, changed his message from militant atheism to peaceful Buddhism.

When Prayer Becomes Control

Cindy Brandt | Posted 11.19.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

When senseless tragedy occurs, people of faith often rush to explain and control. As finite human beings, we are limited in our knowledge and power, which makes us uncomfortable.

Pain: A Gateway to Transcendence

Mario Tenaglia | Posted 11.18.2014 | Religion
Mario Tenaglia

God is a concept by which we measure our pain. - John Lennon According to Hesiod, an ancient Greek poet who wrote The Theogony aroun...

Song of the Heart: Walking the Path of Light

Pam Nochlin | Posted 11.14.2014 | Books
Pam Nochlin

By Francine Vale Francine's memoir and life journey is fascinating. Francine describes her father's horrible Oliver Twist-like life, growing up Jew...

Do Relationships Really Have to Be This Hard?

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 11.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Recognizing the degree of difficulty in this task is nothing new, but that still doesn't answer the questions of why exactly it is so hard, and what the nature of the "work" is that we need to do in order to master this challenge.

Does Happiness Require Suffering?

Mina Samuels | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Mina Samuels

I don't know the answer. Not for you. Barely for me. Except that it's my life, so I'm experimenting on myself. Fine tuning the dial. Sometimes I get it wrong and I've just plain suffered and am unhappy. But other times ... make room for my joy.

Contemplating Death at Sea

Gregory Beals | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Gregory Beals

The wooden boats float on a vast sea and they are burdened with the desperate and the dispossessed. In the summer months, when the wind is calm, it ...

Why Suffering Is The Secret To Success

Business Insider | Dan Waldschmidt | Posted 08.18.2014 | World

You will do just about anything to avoid suffering. That's just how you're wired. Problems and pain and potential risks are scary. And when you ...

An Entrepreneur and God Walk Into a Café ...

Steven Crandell | Posted 10.11.2014 | Business
Steven Crandell

"I don't believe in you," says the entrepreneur. "I just want to make that clear." "Okay," God says. "But in the interests of transparency, I think you should know that I believe in you." They order their coffees in ceramic cups to avoid adding to the landfill.

Suffer Little Children

Stephanie Mott | Posted 10.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

More and more people are choosing not to be identified as Christian. Does anyone really wonder why? The persecution is coming from the very people who are claiming to be the victims. They have attacked Christianity at its very core.

5 Things Truly Resilient People Do Differently

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 07.08.2014 | Books

Humans have a remarkable capacity for resilience. Over and over, we hear stories of people who, after trauma and adversity, pick themselves up, put th...

When Life Is Unfair -- Feed the Right Wolf

Chiyoko Osborne | Posted 08.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Chiyoko Osborne

I always viewed the phrase "life is unfair" as negative. It felt to me the glass is half empty; why try when you'll fail anyway; the good guy comes i...

Biblical Hospital Advertising: Message of Hope or Despair?

Maria Mayo | Posted 08.29.2014 | Religion
Maria Mayo

"At times of great spiritual anguish for patients and families, I find it completely inappropriate that the hospital that is charged with their care would make promises about God they simply cannot keep"

Facing What We Dare Not Speak: Communities of Exorcism

Peter Rollins | Posted 06.11.2014 | Religion
Peter Rollins

There's an old Russian joke from the days when goods were scarce. It tells of a man who finally gets to the front of a line and says, "I guess you d...