DAILY INSPIRATIONPositive news
Bad news makes big headlines and gets plenty of attention. But one major reason bad news is considered newsworthy is because it is so rare. There’s plenty of positive news,...
Wrestling With GodGod and Beauty — If No One Sees It, Is It Really There?
By Barbara Falconer Newhall It was February, early spring in California, when I spotted a wild fruit tree – an apple? a plum? – blossoming in the canyon below our house. Was it really a flowering tree down there in that steep, dry, unlikely place? Was I seeing things? I’d never noticed a tree in that [Read More...]
The Principles of Spiritual LivingWork
Are you just a secretary? Mechanic? Waitress? Just anything? Those are such degrading statements and have, in the past, made my blood boil. For me the two I most often get are, “So you’re just a flight attendant,” often accompanied by its evil cousin, “Oh … so you not a real minister then, are you?” [Read More...]
Quest for Meaning: A UU CollectiveThe Bigness of our Littleness: Humanism and Individualism
Late in his life the philosopher Richard Rorty—well known to be an atheist—was asked by an interviewer if he could define “holy.” I suppose the interlocutor thought Rorty would be stumped by the question, or even perhaps show some sympathy for one religion or another. Rorty was not stumped by the question. He responded, [Read More...]
A Goddess in LAAre you living in fear?
Early in my career, my employer sent me to seminar on the psychology of selling. In essence, it was a course in manipulation. In words that made the act sound positive, we were taught to instill fearful beliefs in our customers so they, in an effort to end their discomfort, would buy our products. Before [Read More...]
The Divine FeminineCycles of Seasons
For most of my life, the winter has signaled the arrival of cold months, of gloom and damp—and snow, ice, and brutal winds. Spring seemed faraway in those months, and on the coldest days, the longing remained ever present for the warm embrace of May and the colorful evidence of flowering new blooms. But a year [Read More...]
Astrological MusingsThe Astrology of 2015
I recently gave a talk to members of the Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship and wanted to share it here with you. My friend Beth Owl’s Daughter was kind enough to provide the generous introduction. I am working on converting the video file to one that I can share but in the meantime here is the [Read More...]
Revealing Your LuminEssenceLiving in the ‘Let Go’
The more consistently that we anchor in a daily spiritual practice that instills within us a greater sense of mindfulness, we then begin to observe our thoughts, actions, and feelings more consistently and readily. Quieting the mind through some form of meditation allows Spirit’s highest vision to be revealed.
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 SyndromeWhen Resolutions Fail
Our resolutions don’t fail because we lack discipline or imagination or motivation. Our resolutions fail because we forget the pain of transformation.
Wake Up CallA Wake Up Call from Bill Murray (and Life).
There’s an article in a recent issue of Rolling Stone called “Being Bill Murray”. It tells the story of how the now 64-year old actor has a habit of engaging in sometimes mischievous, often beguiling public acts. For instance, there’s the time he stopped to read poetry to a group of construction workers in New [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 Medium9 Years
Today, January 30th, marks nine years since my mom crossed over. I still remember receiving that early morning phone call to get to the hospital. I had just pulled into the driveway of my then job. I ran up three flights of stairs to tell my supervisor that I was needed at the hospital, only [Read More...]
Pluralism, Pragmatism, ProgressivismAn Honest Heretic: Religion, Science, & Dr. Joseph Priestley
The future free-thinking minister-scientist Joseph Priestley was born in 1733 to a strict Calvinist family, but by his early twenties he was already experimenting boldly with both theology and science. For the purposes of this post, I will be drawing from the an excellent, accessible, and lively introduction to Priestley, Steven Johnson’s 200-page book The Invention of Air. (If that book leaves [Read More...]
Sarah Over the Moon#TheNewPacifism and “The New Jim Crow”
It’s that time of year again! My friend Rod is hosting the second annual #TheNewPacifism synchroblog over at Political Jesus. This synchroblog is for starting new conversations about pacifism, in light of privilege, injustice, and the intersections of gender, race, class, queerness, and other factors. Last year I contributed with my series on Privileged Pacifism. Be sure to [Read More...]
Spirituality and ConsciousnessThe Ego
The Ego By Pamala Oslie The ego was created to perceive and interact with the “physical” world – just like the eye was created to help us perceive and navigate the physical world. Neither the eye nor the ego is bad. They just have limited perception. If we relied on our eye to [Read More...]