spirituality

spirituality

BY Marie Sambilay July 05, 2016

A gift of verse as we reach the close of the season of Ramadan — testaments to the comfort of faith across a lifetime, from the safety of home to the surprising kinship of a stranger.

BY Yahia Lababidi June 04, 2016

“Let yourself be silently pulled by what you love.” Weaving poesy with mellifluous prose, an Egyptian poet celebrates the power of the lyrical art to bring us closer to the divine, and to ourselves.

BY Omid Safi March 24, 2016

Faith can be a salve for the soul in the face of the suffering we witness. But, Omid Safi reminds us, our spiritual love must be bolstered by how we stand for the weak and vulnerable in our midst.

BY Mike Kim December 19, 2015

A Dominican friar-turned-soldier reflects on the essential role he's discovered as a "combat shaman" — and how his work of spiritual growth and guidance continues from the pulpit to the ranks.

BY Marie Sambilay November 07, 2015

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.

BY Amy Oestreicher August 16, 2015

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.

BY Melani McAlister March 28, 2015

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.

BY Norman Allen March 21, 2015

Most of us chant tunes from the classic musical, but have you considered the spiritual lessons that the movie offers?

BY Parker J. Palmer February 25, 2015

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.

BY Fabiana Fondevila January 24, 2015

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.

BY April 26, 2013

You don’t have to spend months in meditation, says Eckhart Tolle, to gain insights that could change your life, even your health.

BY May 04, 2012

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."

BY April 01, 2012

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.

BY February 18, 2012

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.

BY May 25, 2011

'Bob Dylan, Rossilli Bay' by Peter RossPainting of ‘Bob Dylan, Rossilli’ by Peter Ross. (photo: Martin Beek/Flickr, cc by-nc-nd 2.0)

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.

BY May 14, 2011

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.

BY March 27, 2011

We received this remarkable video from a brother to his sister. A tribute on art, cancer, and vulnerability that touched us deeply.

BY July 18, 2010

Masjid An-Nasr, Oklahoma City
The crescent-topped dome of Masjid An-Nasr peeks through trees of a residential neighborhood in Oklahoma City. (photo: Andrew Shockley/Flickr)

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BY June 24, 2010

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."

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BY June 12, 2010

“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.”

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BY March 16, 2010

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.

BY October 22, 2009

Anointing with Oil during Baptism Ceremony

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.

BY August 13, 2009

Our SoundSeen slideshow of James Prosek's paintings of birds and fish, coupled with his words about the myth of order.

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