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Spiritual Practice

Meditation Posture for Beginners

Most standard instruction in meditation begins with the posture. Nevertheless, we should not make the mistake of thinking that there is something rigid or fixed about what the posture is. For example, Buddha statues demonstrate sitting cross-legged, but these days many people practice meditation on...

The Movement of Mindfulness: Faith of Secular Spirituality

Mindfulness is sweeping the nation, inviting people form all backgrounds into spirituality. Read about the trends here.  The Mindfulness Revolution As I write this, a copy of Time magazine is on my table. On the cover is a young woman, eyes closed, with the hint of a...

The Spiritual Guidance of Storytelling

Wisdom Storytelling The wisest creature on planet earth, according to Irish mythology, was a salmon. Not just any salmon, but a very specific salmon that we call Fintan. Fintan lived in a lake over which grew a very special hazel tree that dropped nuts; we call...

Contemplative Life and Professional Life Can Coexist

Can a working professional in a high-stress job and stressful environment maintain a consistent spiritual focus—or are the stresses of work and the city incompatible with the contemplative life? I’m what they call an extreme commuter. On a typical workday, I drive several miles to a...

Essay Series – Part 5: Perennial Wisdom – How Shall I Live?

This is the fifth of six essays exploring the Perennial Wisdom. In doing so we will be drawing on the texts and teachings of many different religions. The challenge this presents is that you will get lost in the sea of texts and find no...