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DAILY INSPIRATION

Initiative

Take some initiative. Don’t wait for results to happen. Make them happen. Don’t wait for good things to come to you. Get up and go after them. Go above and beyond what is expected...

 

Wrestling With God

God 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 Living

Work

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 Collective

The 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 LA

Are 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 Feminine

Cycles 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 Musings

Mercury retrograde at the Aquarius New Moon, January 2015

Mercury turns retrograde on January 21st where it will encourage us to look back rather than forwards and see where we need to reflect, retreat, relax, or revise.  Mercury of course rules the mind and the way we communicate with others and generally process information, including the vehicles for that communication such as our technological devices and [Read More...]

Revealing Your LuminEssence

Living 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 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

When 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 Call

A 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 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

New Moon Do

Feeling stuck? It’s time to shake off the shoes you are wearing that has the gum stuck to the bottom! Tuesday, January 20th at 7:59 AM EST we are graced with an New Moon visiting the sign of Aquarius. You might instead feel like sticking your head under a blanket, but this moon is about [Read More...]

Pluralism, Pragmatism, Progressivism

An 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 Consciousness

The 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...]

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

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