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Mindfulness - Fully experiencing the present: a practice for everyone, religious or not - Page 2 - Los Angeles Times
"It's about people waking up, not being confined by any belief system. Awareness is bigger than a belief system."
attention  spirituality  religion  buddhism  research  health  behavior 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Boredom Enthusiasts Discover the Pleasures of Understimulation - WSJ.com
Journalist and author Naomi Alderman spoke about the difficulty of having to observe the Jewish Sabbath as a child. Her talk, "What It's Like to Do Almost Nothing Interesting for 25 Hours a Week," ended on an unexpected, touching note. "When we learn to tolerate boredom," she said, "we find out who we really are."
religion  spirituality  attention  psychology  judaism  conferences  uk 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Columnist - Paranormal Flexibility - NYTimes.com
For the first time in 47 years of polling, the number of Americans who said that they have had a religious or mystical experience, which the question defined as a “moment of sudden religious insight or awakening,” was greater than those who said that they had not.

(Question: Does the first time I saw Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video count?)
religion  spirituality  usa  polls  data  music  politics 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Post-Gazette.com: Is this young man the 'savior' of the organ?
"I definitely push things, but I argue that they are pushed artistically. I want to re-evaluate what can be played on the organ, everything from Bach to Liszt to Leonard Cohen. If my playing of Liszt's 'Mephisto Waltz' on the organ damages it in your mind, you must not think so much of Liszt to think he wrote something so fragile."
music  religion  spirituality  aesthetics  classical  classicalmusic 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Pray First, Then Sex, Catholic Church Says | Carnal San Francisco
"Father, send your Holy Spirit into our hearts. Place within us love that truly gives, tenderness that truly unites, self-offering that tells the truth and does not deceive, forgiveness that truly receives, loving physical union that welcomes. Open our hearts to you, to each other and to the goodness of your will.

Cover our poverty in the richness of your mercy and forgiveness. Clothe us in our true dignity and take to yourself our shared aspirations, for your glory, for ever and ever. Mary, our Mother, intercede for us. Amen."
religion  sex  christianity  spirituality  love  marriage  polyamory 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
For the Time Being - Happy Days Blog - NYTimes.com
We want enjoyment, we want to avoid pain and discomfort. But it is impossible that things will always work out, impossible to avoid pain and discomfort. So to be happy, with a happiness that doesn’t blow away with every wind, we need to be able to make use of what happens to us — all of it — whether we find ourselves at the top of a mountain or at the bottom of the sea.
life  spirituality  work  ethics  meditation  attention  identity  religion  happiness  washingtonstate 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Under God: Jon Stewart, Daily Prophet? - David Waters
"Because we're in the public eye, maybe people project onto us their desires for that type of activism coming from us, but just knowing the process here as I do, our show is maybe the antithesis of activism, and that is a relatively selfish pursuit. The targets we choose, the way we go about it -- it's got more of a personal venting aspect than a socially conscious aspect."
religion  spirituality  comedy  humor  activism  television  public  judaism  christianity 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Incidental submission. at The Perverted Negress
I hear so many people talking, myself included, about “managing their lives.”

Increasingly this sounds like so much bullshit.

You can’t manage it. You can only ride it. Submit to it.

And in doing so, with the fight between me and destiny and pain slowly grinding to a standstill, the quiet is filled with some really strange and beautiful music.
time  work  career  sex  identity  attention  power  relationships  jobs  psychology  spirituality 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
America's poor are its most generous givers | McClatchy
When Jody Richards saw a homeless man begging outside a downtown McDonald's recently, he bought the man a cheeseburger. There's nothing unusual about that, except that Richards is homeless, too, and the 99-cent cheeseburger was an outsized chunk of the $9.50 he'd earned that day from panhandling.

The generosity of poor people isn't so much rare as rarely noticed, however. In fact, America's poor donate more, in percentage terms, than higher-income groups do, surveys of charitable giving show. What's more, their generosity declines less in hard times than the generosity of richer givers does.
poverty  money  work  social  religion  behavior  ethics  happiness  spirituality 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Athena Grey - happiness is...(7)
I stood up and stretched. Then I noticed something in my pocket. I pulled out a pinecone, and felt a familiar glow spreading through my fingers. As I went up the stairs, my feet started moving in a familiar dance, and I went up to greet the Sun.
story  spirituality  mythology  religion  happiness 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan (November 20, 2008) - Modernity, Faith, And Marriage
"[...] The dreams of total pre-modern coherence - whether in the malign fantasies of the Taliban or the benign aspirations of theocons longing for the 1950s in the 21st century - are dreams undone by freedom. We live in a new world, and we can and should create meaning where we can, in civil society, in private, through free expression and self-empowerment. But we cannot enforce that old meaning on others by law. [...]"
marriage  gay  civilrights  love  religion  spirituality 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com From the Author - Kathleen Norris
"[...] I suspect that one of the reasons we keep ourselves so busy is to avoid caring about the true condition of our lives and our world. As our 24-hour news media bombard us with more 'information' than we can absorb, we grow less able to distinguish between what is important for us to care about and what is not. We're mired in acedia's world without knowing its name. And as any reader of fairy tales can tell you, that's a bad predicament to be in. [...]"
psychology  religion  spirituality  attention  media  news  information  story  work  books  essay 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Knight Digital Media Center: Total Community Coverage
"This is about connecting with interesting communities doing interesting and newsworthy things. This is about understanding these communities better so that you can serve them better with news and information."
religion  journalism  spirituality  community  media  news  information 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com Ink Q&A - Nikolai Grozni
"Life is absurd — and so is enlightenment. Life is funny — and so is enlightenment. Life is larger than categories, absolutes, and dogmas. And so is enlightenment."
buddhism  religion  spirituality  travel  india  aesthetics  humor  ritual  memory 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Pastor is the only black member of white, affluent church -- chicagotribune.com
"He wears being an African-American man as sort of a mantle, in the sense that it frames the conversation and the understanding of what our country is, but it doesn't dictate the only perspective."
religion  spirituality  california  christianity  black 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Foreign Policy: Mass Conversions
“Restrictions on religious freedom tend to correlate with repression generally, and also with violence and instability."
religion  spirituality  research 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Enquirer - Wright's teachings are part of African-American opposition to empire
"Black religious language is inherently evocative, hyperbolic and impassioned - aimed more toward devotion than debate. It is intended to convey divine ecstasy and anger to parishioners, not dialogue among pundits."
religion  spirituality  christianity  black  race  usa  identity  politics  power 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Radical Love Gets a Holiday
"[H]e asked if that meant I grew up 'fondling snakes in trailers.' I replied: 'You know that book club you're in? Well, my church was a lot like that, except that we actually read the book.'"
religion  race  politics  spirituality  love  ethics 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Buddhist Channel | Buddhism News, Headlines | Japan | Buddhism forced to turn trendy to attract a new generation in Japan
"There was a time when people would go to their local temple for advice on all sorts of problems, not just spiritual matters. This bar is just the same, a place where people can come and talk freely about their problems."
via:jbrotherlove  buddhism  religion  spirituality  japan  asia  alcohol  beverages  psychology 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Inside The Times | Keep the faith through hard times, and live to fight another day | Seattle Times Newspaper
"Knowing me as he did, his consistent nudge was simple: 'Live to fight another day.' Oh, how I used to bristle at that."
newspapers  media  spirituality 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Idea #2: Mindful Sex :: News :: thetyee.ca
"We spend far too much time worrying about whether we're 'normal' or good enough. Mindfulness is about cutting out that kind of noise and tapping into what your body is doing."
sex  meditation  brain  psychology  identity  spirituality  attention  presence  relationships 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Challenging Tradition, Young Jews Worship on Their Terms - New York Times
"There was this disbelief that I was actually doing this, and the other piece was very spiritual, that I was leading the community in prayer and in communication with God."
religion  judaism  feminism  spirituality  ritual  identity 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Madeleine L’Engle, Children’s Writer, Is Dead - New York Times
"Why does anybody tell a story? It does indeed have something to do with faith, faith that the universe has meaning, that our little human lives are not irrelevant, that what we choose or say or do matters, matters cosmically."
story  obituaries  writing  children  fiction  creativity  spirituality 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
In India, a Jewish Outpost Slowly Withers - washingtonpost.com
"We couldn't bring ourselves to leave. We are Indians, too. Why should we leave the only place we have known as home? Besides, I like this place. And I like the people."
judaism  religion  india  spirituality 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Senegal's Lent fasts evoke Islam's Ramadan | In Depth | Reuters
"Even if one's family becomes Catholic, they're linked through many community connections to many, many Muslims.'
religion  ritual  relationships  christianity  islam  africa  senegal  spirituality  food 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Essay: The irony of Romping Monday and Fat Tuesday - International Herald Tribune
"At carnival, the revelers are holding up the powers-that-be for ridicule. But the street-dancers are also making fun of themselves, which makes the festival noble. This week's glad interruption in time is a gift from the deep past."
neworleans  lousiana  public  social  religion  christianity  spirituality  dancing  dance 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Poll Finds Surge of Religion Among Chinese
"The standards of morality are declining. People don't trust each other anymore. They are looking for something to anchor their lives in."
religion  china  asian  spirituality 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Beliefnet: Dating Is Good for the Soul
"Dating encourages us to take leaps of faith into the unknown, to invest ourselves, even for a short time, in the idea of a relationship, in opening ourselves up to someone new, and in presenting ourselves in our best form."
relationships  marriage  men  women  society  dating  love  religion  spirituality 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Ramadan, When Less Is More
"The mouth is fasting from improper speech. The ears are fasting from hearing speech that is not appropriate. Our eyes are fasting from looking at things that might arouse us even if those things are permissible under normal circumstances."
islam  religion  identity  society  spirituality 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Rock Star Rattles Radical Islam
"Warriors of Love, teach the mystical science of love, for only love is the eternal truth and the shining path for all God's children everywhere in the world."
islam  indonesia  music  songwriting  rock  terrorism  religion  asian  love  spirituality 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Drinking It In
"[B]oth are dedicated to altering human consciousness -- churches by exalting it, bars by pickling it -- they tend to engender a sense of mystery and wonder."
alcohol  spirituality  drinking  christianity  leisure  books 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
VV: My Flood of Tears by Anya Kamenetz
“You want to know what I think? Now it APPEARS, we are all SEParate from each OTHer. But that’s an ilLUsion. That’s just time, messing with you. It’s just a sign of how FEARfully we are made.”
race  identity  time  katrina  hurricane  neworleans  spirituality 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate: Chronic fatigue syndrome led Jessica Mapes to her spiritual path
"There is something divine working in, through and around me -- everyone, really. And when something happens to confirm that, I say, 'Hello. Hi, I see you.' And, it says, 'That's me. Yeah, I see you, too.'"
spirituality  health  god  philosophy  religion  buddhism 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge
beliefnet: Robert Thurman on karma and the tsunami disaster
"So the consolation of karma is not just identifying the lost beings with the embodiment of a particular life, but feeling a sense of spiritual connection to their larger continuity of life and sending good vibes toward that."
buddhism  karma  spirituality  tsunami 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: U2: The Catharsis in the Cathedral
"The trick in the next few years will be not to decry the religious instinct, but to accept that this is a hugely important part of people's lives. And at the same time to be very wary of people who believe that theirs is the only way."
identity  music  religion  rock  songwriting  spirituality 
november 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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