Photo courtesy of Jared Gruenwald by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger The run-up to the papal mass in Philadelphia felt like a countdown to a combination birthday + Christmas + first day of summer vacation when I was a little girl. I had spent weeks thinking about this day, imagining everything to come, […]
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Pope Francis and I. And You. And Love
What If Your Life Were a Movie?
I just read a little book on life after death called The Afterlife of Billy Fingers, by Annie Kagan. You’ll have to read it yourself to understand the title and the whole story (which I do recommend). But in it, Billy describes a phase of the afterlife in which you are surrounded (I pictured […]
Valentine’s Day Yoga
by Holly Walck Kostura, certified Iyengar yoga teacher It’s almost Valentine’s Day, so I’ve prepared a gift for you that’s even more delicious than a box of chocolates: a yoga sequence of backward extensions. I know—you want to know exactly how yoga could be more delicious than chocolate, right? Well, Hatha Yoga uses modalities (yoga […]
Death, Life, and Rebirth
I have a friend on Facebook who is slowly dying. He announced his terminal cancer diagnosis a few months ago, and since then his friends have been rallying around him. On Facebook, he’s been posting pictures of trips to the beach, his favorite drinks at the bar, heartbreaking photos of him and his mom, and […]
Hitting the Reset Button
by guest blogger Robyn Hessinger, intuitive, medium, Reiki master, and founder of Inspired Guidance Sometimes we just need a fresh start. Whether it’s in our career, our relationship, or even just our day. When this happens, often the best solution is to hit the reset button. For example, the other morning I was scheduled to […]
12 Days of Winter Meditations: An Introduction
This past summer I did a series of blog posts we called My 14 Days of Summer, A Meditation. People seemed to like it, so I thought I’d do a winter version. Even though I don’t love winter nearly as much as I do summer, it does have its own special benefits. And actually, one […]
The Effortless Effort
I first heard that phrase when I was a teenager and was friends with an elderly mystic. I remember thinking at the time that it must be some weird, complicated spiritual thing of unknown origins. Being a teenager, I promptly forgot about it. It turns out it’s a Taoist concept known as wu wei. The basic concept is that if we align ourselves with our true nature, we live the way nature does—effortlessly.
5 Exercises for a Blissful Heart
y guest blogger William Douglas Horden. Every spiritual tradition I am aware of agrees that it is essential to quiet our mind in order to concentrate fully on the moment at hand. I would like to recommend a few exercises that many of my students have found useful in reaching this goal.
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