Pope Francis and the little boy who wouldn’t leave the stage [VIDEO]

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Seriously, Pope Francis’ natural impulses just always seem to be humble, playful, loving. Watch this video of how he reacts to a little boy who won’t leave the stage, and check out his playful solution. [Read more...]

Hurricane Sandy, the relative nature of suffering, and the fragility of urban community

Looking uptown from within the downtown New York blackout caused by Hurricane Sandy.

A reflection, at the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy’s landfall in New York, on experiencing the downtown Manhattan blackout, on how I did not feel the deprivation that many experienced, and about the isolation and anonymity of city life which makes urban community fragile. [Read more...]

Russell Brand and reality-based dialogue [VIDEO]

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Russell Brand is basically my favorite public person on the planet. If Russell Brand were running for office, or starting a political organization in the States, despite the fact that I’d probably disagree with half his preferred policies, I’d vote for him or join it in a second. Watch this BBC clip and tell me what you think about his diagnosis, not his prescription. The fundamental thing about Brand that excites me — which I believe is rooted in or at least highly complementary with his mystical faith practice — is his insistence on basing his thinking and his dialogue in reality. Not “reason” but reality. Totally different thing. [Read more...]

The Welcoming Prayer

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I want to share with you a little contemplative tool with a big impact: the Welcoming Prayer. What’s your first impulse when you have a “bad” feeling? If you’re like me, it’s usually to suppress it. But we all know that doesn’t work. What you focus on sticks around. It becomes your entire focus. Worse than before. The Welcoming Prayer bring the centering practice practice of neither reacting to thoughts nor resisting them into stressful moments during the day. [Read more...]

Amanda Palmer nails what’s wrong with Sinead O’Conner’s comments on Miley Cyrus

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Sinead O’Conner “open letter” to Miley Cyrus bothered me with its assertion that the world is a dark dangerous place where women should hide their sexuality. The great Amanda Palmer puts words to my unease and as a currently-relevant female musician and a brilliant articulate pro-sex feminist, has a right and a standing that I could never have on the subject. [Read more...]

“Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake” — Pope Francis Calls for Day of Fasting

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There is no simple solution for the situation in Syria. Whether it is, as Fareed Zakaria says, an inevitable sectarian realignment period as the artificial structures of colonialism fall apart, or simply the drawn out violent death throws of a failing regime, the current civil war is ugly and brutal, and many many civilians are [Read More...]

Join Me at Wild Goose This Week! — spirituality, great music, social justice and amazing fellowship

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I’ll be presenting a session at Wild Goose near Asheville, North Carolina this Saturday on meditation for Christians. Join me and take part in this amazing festival “at the intersection of justice, spirituality, music, and art.” In other words, great music, inspiring presentations and amazing fellowship. Discount tickets here. [Read more...]

Obedient Gratitude — Grateful Obedience: A reflection on Psalm 81

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Today’s daily meditation in Living Faith on Psalm 81 is one of mine: “Take up a melody, and sound the timbrel… For it is a statute in Israel.” Read my reflection on obedient gratitude / grateful obedience. [Read more...]

Amazing Grace Played on Theramins Encased in Russian Dolls [VIDEO]

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Is this version of Amazing Grace played on theramins encased in russian dolls a loving rendition or a postmodern farce? I’m not sure, but it is beautiful in its way. What do you think? [Read more...]

Holy Means Whole: A reflection on Psalm 99

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Today’s daily meditation in Living Faith on Psalm 99 is one of mine: “Holy is the Lord, our God.” Read my reflection on reconnecting with God’s undivided power and love whenever you feel overwhelmed. [Read more...]


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