Spirituality in the News

December 4, 2015
By Rev. Victor Kazanjian for United Religions Initiative

Victor KazanjianThe world continues to weep daily for the senseless violence that so devastates families and communities. Today it is San Bernardino, California. Yesterday it was Cameroon, and Jerusalem, before that Baghdad, Beirut, Bethlehem, Nigeria, Tunisia, and Paris. And tomorrow…? The daily violence reflected in these and so many more incidents is deeply shocking and stirs up powerful feelings of fear, anger, outrage and sadness. The questions swirl, and consume our thoughts. Why? Who? How? It is natural to feel this way. Violence is horrible and the purpose of violence is to horrify and paralyze.

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November 12, 2015
Nick Jankel for www.upliftconnect.com

Meditator

Is saying publicly that you are a Spiritual person one of the last great social taboos?

Why, with so many striving to deliver greater social justice, is being actively and purposefully spiritual still such a heresy?

Over half of Canadian teenagers openly say they have spiritual needs, whilst only 15% of Americans say that they are neither spiritual nor religious. Over 75% of Brits claim that they are aware of a spiritual dimension to experience (a rise of 27% in 13 years); about 70% sit within a grey area between being religious and anti-religious. So why do so many of us hide away our spiritual contemplations, intuitions and convictions?

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October 30, 2015
Antonia Blumberg for The Huffington Post
 
Sacred Seed
Our lives depend on them.

With water, sun and soil, a tiny seed can grow into a majestic tree. The seed's power to transform so dramatically seems almost mythic in proportion, which is perhaps why seeds appear in many religious parables.

Today we've lost our connection to the life-giving properties of seeds as a by-product of our highly industrialized and "materialistic" culture, according to author and Sufi mystic Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee.

"We have not only lost the sacred dimension of the seeds but a lived connection to the sacred Earth," Vaughan-Lee told The Huffington Post.

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October 2, 2015
Jay Michaelson for The Daily Beast
Illustration by Alex Williams/The Daily Beast

Jay MichaelsonLet me say something I’m not supposed to say: I’m embarrassed by my new book.

This is true even though it’s a true labor of love, written and rewritten and rewritten again over a 10-year period; even though it’s also, in part, a chronicle of the loss of my mother; and even though various fantastic people have said various wonderful things about it.

Because my new book, like two of my previous ones, will be shelved with “spirituality.” And we all know serious people don’t do spirituality.

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October 2, 2015
Lynne McTaggart
Lynne McTaggart
If we have an energy field, how long does it live on after we die?



Just this question has been asked – and answered – by Konstantin Korotkov, the noted Russian quantum physicist and professor of what is now called the Russian National University of Informational Technology, Mechanics and Optics, who has created a modern-day version of Kirlian photography.

Kirlian photography



Semyon Davidovich Kirlian, a Russian engineer, discovered that when anything that conducts energy, including human tissue, is placed on a plate made of an insulating material, such as glass, and exposed to high-voltage, high-frequency electricity, the resulting low current creates a halo of coloured light around the object that can be captured on film.

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October 8, 2015
Jennifer Preyss for Religion News Service

Diana Butler BassFour mornings a week, in the tranquil, blushing hours of morning, Diana Butler Bass drives to a familiar walking trail along the Potomac River and embarks on a two-mile stroll.

Creeping sunlight peppers the wooded scene. And the babble of active water silences the jangle of daily life.

Some days she finds a comfortable bench along the river where she can journal. Other days, she observes creation.

For Bass, a learned nature connoisseur, ardent gardener and noted religion academic, God does not merely exist inside reverent, adorned church spaces.

God also lives in the soil and exists in the elements.

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September 24, 2015
By Beth Green for the Huffington Post

Beth GreenWhen people think of spirituality, we often have images of angels singing, wise men in rapture, saintly women with modest demeanor, monks in meditation, masters benignly guiding us and God or some kind of greater spirit above us, leading us unerringly with total wisdom, certainty and compassion. This could not be further from the truth, which should be obvious from a cursory glance around our universe. The "heavens" are full of turmoil, as we can only conclude from the expression: As above, so below. All of creation is in constant flux and evolution, and we and the heavens are One in that tumultuous process.

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August 13, 2015
Andre Mitchell for ChristianToday.com

A woman holds the hand of her mother who is dying from cancer during her final hours at a palliative care hospital in Winnipeg, Canada (Reuters)With the advances in science and medicine, more effective ways to fight the scourge of cancer are now available, although the cost of treatment remains sky-high.

A recent study, however, showed that there is another way to combat cancer that doesn't come with a price tag: faith in God.

Researchers analysed previous studies involving 44,000 cancer patients and their spirituality, and found out that patients who are more religious and spiritual tend to experience fewer physical symptoms of cancer.

Religion and spirituality were also associated with better health, according to the study.

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August 17, 2015
Carol Kuruvilla, Associate Religion Editor for the Huffington Post


We Asked Our Readers To Define God In One Word. Here's What They Told Us.

What is God in one word?The answer is pretty beautiful.

Earlier this year, HuffPost Religion decided to conduct a little experiment.

We asked our readers to do something humans have been trying to do for centuries -- to define God. The catch? They had to encapsulate all of God in just one word.

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August 3, 2015
Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul Sunday
Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor Video

How you wake up can set the tone for your entire day. That's why Episcopal priest and best-selling spiritual author Barbara Brown Taylor begins each morning with a three-step ritual in which each part plays an essential role.

"It seems really important to get up one hour early," she says. "It used to be to read for about 20 minutes—something nourishing—and then to sit quietly for about 20 minutes and do some quiet...I call it meditation. But the reading fills and the meditation empties."

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