DAILY INSPIRATIONReason 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 GodHuston Smith: What a Nonagenarian Can Tell You About God
By Barbara Falconer Newhall When Huston Smith turned 90 he did what he’d been doing for a good part of his adult life – he published a book. But this one was different. Instead of exploration and analysis of the world’s great wisdom traditions, this book was an autobiography, Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine, [Read More...]
The Principles of Spiritual LivingThe Illusion of Companionship
Are you reading this on your mobile device? Over half of my readers access my blogs and messages via a smart phone or tablet. But does yours feel like it’s surgically attached to you? I sometimes feel like mine is, which is why I’ve been taking consistent and proactive steps to disconnect from the technology [Read More...]
Quest for Meaning: A UU CollectiveMy Tribe by Alberto Blanco: A Way to Belong
In celebration of National Poetry Month, a translation from the great Mexican poet Alberto Blanco. In a few short sentences, Blanco excludes exclusion. My Tribe From lake to lake, from forest to forest: “Which is my tribe?” —I wonder— “What is my place?” Perhaps I belong to the tribe of those who have no tribe; [Read More...]
A Goddess in LAThe 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 FeminineInvitation to blog: How are you Reclaiming the Heart of Your Humanity?
The WSF blog is a sacred space for the voices of women from all faith traditions and spiritual perspective to explore and express the many dimensions of the Divine Feminine. For the next six months, we will be exploring the questions that are in women’s hearts and watching for emerging energy as we prepare to [Read More...]
Astrological MusingsMeditation: the Discomfort Zone
Many people believe that meditation will bring peace and tranquility, and at a certain point, when we are freed from the distress of our discomfort, we do achieve the equanimity which many of us long for. When I began meditating many years ago I was taught that the mind and its thoughts and reactions was the source [Read More...]
Revealing Your LuminEssenceUnconditional Love Is Not Enabling
There is so much talk these days about the need to practice unconditional love, and for good reason. Our world is full of polarities that foster war, hunger, disease, loneliness, depression, and the list goes on. We live our lives with an unspoken agreement that we are separate from others, and from the natural environment. [Read More...]
Conversations with GodHow 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 PracticeThe 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 SyndromeThe 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 CallLife is too short to be “busy” all the time.
I recently listened to a podcast with a great riff by the author Tim Kreider on how we seem to pride ourselves on our “busy” lives. Tim points out that while this busyness makes us feel important, there’s also a huge downside to our nonstop activity—it takes away from our ability to be lazy. Now, [Read More...]
Project AwakenAstrology 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 MediumJust Be
“You always say you want to go away, but once you are away you want to come home,” my son lectured me as I ran around the home frantically packing. “Three days is all you need. Six days and we’ll probably kill one another.” “Well, it’s for six days so let’s pray we come home [Read More...]
Pluralism, Pragmatism, ProgressivismBetting on Earth’s Future
Before the 16th-century Scientific Revolution, it used to be more reasonable to hold the worldview that we humans were at the center of “life, the universe, and everything.” According to the ancient Ptolemaic model of the universe, our planet was stationary, and the sun, moon, and stars revolved around us. But after Copernicus’s 1543 book [Read More...]
Sarah Over the MoonTony Jones’ Cross is a Symbol of Abuse (Or, How To Abuse Women Like A Pacifist)
[content note: domestic violence and spiritual abuse] If you spend a lot of time in the same “progressive Christian internet” circles that I frequent, you may have heard of Tony Jones (theologian, blogger, and one of the founders of the Emergent Church movement). Hopefully you have also heard of his ex-wife, Julie McMahon, who recently went [Read More...]
Spirituality and ConsciousnessInfluencing 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...]