The Philippine-Catholic ritual of pabasa reveals the power of song to reacquaint us with tradition, bridge superficial divides, and connect us through the kinship of our imperfections.
At the age of 18, a young woman goes into a coma and faces a near-death experience. For nearly four years, she's hospitalized and tries to find peace and God — in a well-lit intensive care unit — in her dreams. A story of faith, hope, and gratitude for the landscape of dreams.
To do yoga in America today is to make a statement. Melani McAlister unpacks what "yoga spirituality" might mean for an atheist and how her "embrace of reality" might flow from the practice of yoga.
Most of us chant tunes from the classic musical, but have you considered the spiritual lessons that the movie offers?
Aided by Hafiz, Parker Palmer reminds us that the inner life does not have to be a somber one, but a life rich with experience.
When one grows up without a faith tradition, where does one turn? An Argentinian children's book writer maps her journeys in faith, the lack of conviction, and the surprising path to devotion — all in her own backyard.
You don’t have to spend months in meditation, says Eckhart Tolle, to gain insights that could change your life, even your health.
For Seane Corn, yoga is much more than a practice in flexibility. It's a way of applying spiritual lessons to real-world problems and personal issues. One way she channels her energy and love is through a practice she calls "body prayer" as she shares in this video from "Yoga from the Heart."
I picked up Sylvia Boorstein's lovely book, That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist, years ago and loved it. Then, several years later, I found myself on a panel discussion with her and loved her in person.
The singer and composer Meredith Monk is a kind of archeologist of the human voice. She's also an archeologist of the human soul, with a long-time Buddhist practice.
The BBC has released Blowing in the Wind: Dylan's Spiritual Journey in celebration of the singer/songwriter's 70th birthday. The radio documentary traces Dylan's path from a Jewish boy bar mitzvahed in Minnesota through and beyond his conversion to evangelical Christianity in the late 1970s. Even if you're not a die-hard Dylan fan, it's well worth 30 minutes of your listening time.
Travel to the woods of Maine and encounter Kate Braestrup's landscape from a falconer's perspective. Audio producer Samantha Broun and photographer Amanda Kowalski follow the story of a red-tailed hawk on the hunt. It's a hidden world.
We received this remarkable video from a brother to his sister. A tribute on art, cancer, and vulnerability that touched us deeply.
The crescent-topped dome of Masjid An-Nasr peeks through trees of a residential neighborhood in Oklahoma City. (photo: Andrew Shockley/Flickr)
Krista reflects on her conversation with Rabbi Sandy Sasso and the insight that "children can make the essence of religion come alive" and "may ultimately teach us far more than we teach them."
“Everything I write is for spiritual reasons—to help people keep their spirits up, to help transform misery into laughter or healing, to help people remember the truth of their spiritual identities.”
We've been thinking about Anne Lamott a lot lately as we continue to build a dialogue about what it means to be spiritual but not necessarily religious.
This is a personal entry, in the spirit of the “Your Voices, Your Stories” door we open to you each week. I hope my experience will prompt you to share your own stories and reflections.
I’m a melting pot of religious identity: a lapsed Catholic, sometimes agnostic theist, envious of Buddhists, awed naturalist, live-by-the-golden-rule spiritual seeker. I worry that this may be off-putting, but maybe that’s my guilt as a “lapsed” Catholic.
Our SoundSeen slideshow of James Prosek's paintings of birds and fish, coupled with his words about the myth of order.
A former guest's animated Harvard speech on how children handle situations of conflict.
A preview of Krista's interview with the famed child psychiatrist.
Our online editor reflects on finding new meaning — and new life — in Krista's 2000 interview with Robert Coles.
“The main creed that I like to refer to when I think of Vedanta is as Swami Vivekananda said: ‘If you’re a Christian, be a good Christian. If you’re a Muslim, be a good Muslim. If you’re a Hindu, be a good Hindu.’”
This is the comment of 17 year-old Akhil, a young man interviewed as part of a new study released by the Search Institute’s Center for Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence. The study is the first report from an ambitious project reaching across cultures, languages, and traditions to understand how today’s global youth experience and think about their spiritual growth. Focused on advancing the scientific study of this area of human development, the guiding philosophy of the endeavor is that good science is the key to good practice in fostering the formation and growth of spiritual identity.