Spiritual Wellness

Contemplating Sacred Stories

As I write this, we are in that phase of the lunar calendar when the Judeo-Christian world retells two of its most sacred stories: Moses leading the Hebrews out of bondage, and the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. This is a great opportunity...

The Two-Way Streetcar Named Desire

On the subject of worldly desires, spiritual traditions are somewhat schizoid. On the one hand, we have the Janis Joplin school: “Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz.” This consists of teachings that urge us to go after the...

Meditating on Meditation

Hundreds of scientific studies have documented its benefits; physicians and therapists recommend it to patients; corporations and hospitals have meditation rooms. You would think that this stamp of approval would make meditating as common as...

Fork in the Road of Spiritual Life

At the Heart of Paradox

Anyone who takes his or her spiritual life seriously will, from time to time, dance at the heart of paradox. Along the path - any path - we inevitably run into forks in the road, marked by what appear to be contradictions and ambiguities. Our points...

Getting Whole on the Holy Days

One day, a small, quiet town finds its peace disturbed by a horde of bikers. Each afternoon the bikers roar into town and wreak havoc in the bars and restaurants. At an emergency meeting, various solutions are offered. The macho guys get out their...

Man praying - spirit of wellness

The Spirit of Wellness

The research on spirituality and health is still in its infancy, but dozens of experiments have linked religious participation with various measures of well-being. Researchers at the Duke University Medical Center, for instance, studied 4,000 men...

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