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DAILY INSPIRATION

Reason to persist

Why would you want to persist at anything? That’s a very good question. Indeed, why WOULD you want to persist? Answer that question in a way that is personally meaningful to you,...

 

Wrestling With God

On the Religion Beat: Talking — and Not Talking — About God

When I was a newspaper reporter on the religion beat at the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek, California, I talked to a lot of people. We talked about the church budget, the vacation Bible school, the new stained glass window. But we didn’t talk about God. Not really. My religion beat interviews, by necessity were short [Read More...]

The Principles of Spiritual Living

Here It Comes – Will You Survive?

I appreciate that you read my blog and take an interest in my work. I don’t want to waste your time. That’s why I wasn’t going to write a blog this week. Nothing was moving me to express myself. You see, I don’t write unless I have something meaningful to say. That may sound totally obvious, [Read More...]

Quest for Meaning: A UU Collective

Religious Arguments: Where Are the Grownups?

RABBITS In November of 1726 news reached London that a physician had assisted a woman named Mary Tofts as she gave birth to . . . a rabbit. The rabbit, unfortunately, died. Mary Tofts got quite a lot of attention. And even more attention when she gave birth to yet another rabbit—or, well, at least [Read More...]

A Goddess in LA

The Successful Mastery of One’s Mind

  “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”  - Marcus Aurelius   “If your mind can be calm, clear and bright, the environment will be affected and transformed. [Read More...]

The Divine Feminine

Forged by the Divine Feminine

When we met across a table at the local poetry circle 35 years ago, the Divine Feminine was not on our minds. Admittedly, he was fresh back from the Spiritual Hippie Trail in India. His first thought on seeing me: That woman is going to be my wife. Second thought: That is a really strange thought.  My own thoughts [Read More...]

Astrological Musings

Astrology in my world: Saying goodbye to Amber

This week I had to send my beloved dog Amber into the light so it’s been difficult for me to write.  She was diagnosed with cancer about two weeks ago and we had been giving doggie hospice care until Tuesday when we said goodbye. I usually look for Pluto or Jupiter where death is involved, and [Read More...]

Revealing Your LuminEssence

Freedom From Habits and Addictions

Let’s explore the distinction between a habit and an addiction. As we all know, our lives seem to be woven together through a series of thoughts and actions that eventually become habits. Some of these patterns that become ingrained into our daily lifestyle clearly serve us in healthy and productive ways, like brushing our teeth [Read More...]

Conversations with God

How can spiritually conscious people respond to our world?

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of a five-part series by Conversations with God author Neale Donald Walsch on the role of today’s Cultural Creatives in the evolutionary process now unfolding on the Earth with increasing intensity.) I cannot remember a time during my half century of adulthood when the average human being on this [Read More...]

Daily Life as Spiritual Practice

The Most Spiritually Literate Films of 2014

One way we practice our spirituality in everyday life is to go to the movies. As film reviewers for SpiritualityandPractice.com, we review 300 films a year, always looking for how the stories and the characters illustrate spiritual qualities and practices. At the end of the year, we choose the 45 “Most Spiritually Literate Films” of [Read More...]

Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome

The 10 Types of Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry: A Response

I can't laugh at this list, because it reminded me of every time my former brand of religion shamed me for being an independent woman, a driven woman, a self-embodied woman.

Wake Up Call

Making the world a better place: one kind act at a time.

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. ~John Bunyan Want to feel better about yourself? I can think of no better way than by engaging in a “random act of kindness”. It’s a gesture that not only makes the recipient feel better, it has a [Read More...]

Project Awaken

Astrology 101 on #StephenSoulTalks

Post By: Stephen Lovegrove, Contributor  “Millionaires don’t use astrology. Billionaires do.” – JP Morgan My friend Jordan Bach shared this quote last year, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. At that point, I barely knew anything about astrology, but I decided I should investigate it for myself. Now, one year later, astrology is a [Read More...]

A Happy Medium

A Total Eclipse of the Heart and Soul – Pisces New Moon

Friday, March 20, 5:36 am EST we welcome in the New Moon, plus a Solar Eclipse, plus Spring Equinox. All of this equates to a Super Moon. 2015 has 4 eclipses and this one is the first of the year. Two weeks after, on April 4, 2015, a lunar eclipse will take place. With the moon [Read More...]

Pluralism, Pragmatism, Progressivism

The Transient and the Permanent in Christianity: Theodore Parker and the Transcendentalist Revolt

“[I invite you to] imagine you are in Boston some summer Sunday morning in the mid 1850s. You decide to go hear Theodore Parker, the famous Transcendentalist minister, preach to the 28th Congregational Society. Having never been, you arrange to accompany a friend who attends regularly. As the two of you turn the corner from [Read More...]

Sarah Over the Moon

How To Be Pro-Life Without Being Violent: Holistic Reproductive Justice

I recently wrote a piece about “Pro-Life Pacifism” as a form of violence. My main argument was that Pro-Life Pacifists cannot claim to be anti-violent while also forcing or coercing people into pregnancy and childbirth. Contributing to someone having to give birth against their will is a form of horrific violence. Though I stand by that piece, [Read More...]

Spirituality and Consciousness

Influencing the Weather

Influencing the Weather  By Pamala Oslie   You can extend the power of your thoughts far beyond merely affecting your body. You can influence the weather and your environment.   When I arrived in Maui, Hawaii, late one night, the weather report said that it would be raining on the entire island for days. That [Read More...]

Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart: A Guided Meditation with Images
By Christine Valters Paintner

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