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The Quaking of America

Share On January 6, 2021, bestselling author and renowned therapist Resmaa Menakem was working on a follow-up to his bestselling book My Grandmother’s Hands. Then his wife called him to the television, where he and the rest of the country witnessed a mob of mostly white bodies breaking into the capitol building, assaulting police officers, chanting murderous slogans, and breaching the chambers of the Senate. They asked, “Where’s Nancy?” and the threat was clear. They wanted to “Hang Mike Pence,” and they brought a noose. In the aftermath of thi...

Meditation Therapy: Our Guide To Healing From Within


Meditation Therapy is a rapidly rising form of psychotherapy with promising potential, and as an expert in this emerging field, I’d love to introduce you to it.  But first let me be honest with you. I never really considered the lessons that I give to be “Meditation Therapy”. That was until one of my clients, John, said that they find our sessions “Very therapeutic” and that it was “as much therapy as meditation”. That’s what made it click for me that the work I do is really beyond the regular old meditation sessions and more about meditation-t...

Transcendental Meditation in Tyne & Wear

“Though developed in the Vedic tradition, for me TM is not a mystical, religous or even a New Age practice. It is a practical and down to earth way of dispelling stress, and opening up the ideas section of my mind. No forced focus on the body or on a mantra; no fighting the mind’s purpose, which is to think thoughts. It works the way your mind works. Literally no effort, in fact, effort is a no no! I’ve worked two meditations into my daily routine and the benefits have been dramatic and quite specific; easy stress handling, significantly enhanc...

What Do We Know about the Kraken?

Share In their description of spiritual literacy, Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat write that the first step in the practice of mystery "is to cherish the baffling, curious, hidden, and inscrutable dimensions of your existence and the world around you." Children live closer to this practice than most adults do. They recognize that in the dark, something might be hiding under their bed or in the closet. They have imaginary friends we can't perceive. They ask an endless stream of why and how questions, many of which we can't adequately answer. Books...

Black Liturgies

Share Riley has done it again, creating an essential text to support embodiment and a spirituality of rage, lament, and justice. In a very personal introduction, she tells a story of being distanced from religious talk and yet drawn to it at the same time. Suffering from depression as a young woman, she entered an Episcopal church for the first time “with an overwhelming desire to die.” The hymns, the liturgy, and prayer became her buoy. “How strange this landed on the senses,” she writes. “Liturgy can feel eerie, especially to those of us who ...

Breathing Practice for Dignity

Share In a position of rest, place the palm of your hand to your chest. If it feels safe to do so, close your eyes. Feel where you may be carrying tension in your body. Release what you can. Silently name and hold the first phrase as you inhale. Silently name and hold the second phrase as you exhale. Breathe deeply and slowly to start and adjust to what feels possible and right in your body. Choose and remain with a breath prayer for as long as you need. Inhale: We honor this breath.Exhale: We behold the beauty. Inhale: I deserve more.Exhale: I...

Lent with the Mystics

Share My soul thirsts for the living One.— Psalm 42:2 Did you know that the word Lent comes from the Old English word for spring? (It’s related to the word lengthen, as in lengthening of days). It’s helpful to keep this in mind so we remember that Lent is a time of ever-increasing light and warmth (in the Northern hemisphere). And while there is a long history within Christianity of seeing the 40 days before Easter as a period of fasting and self-denial, it’s just as helpful to see this season as a period for deep inner transformation: think of...

Choosing A Meditation Technique? Think Again


As a meditation coach, I’ve come to learn many things about meditation that I never would have known had I not started teaching. For instance, that different people do better with different methods, that for some people its a really bad idea to meditate with the eyes closed, and finally, that when it comes to choosing a meditation technique you should probably do the last one you’re thinking of. Yes, that’s right. Whatever method of meditation you are currently thinking about doing, it is probably not the best option for you.  This is a weird l...

The Amen Effect

Share The author of this book is one of the most prominent rabbis in the United States, who founded a congregation in Los Angeles that’s become a model for others around the country. She is also no stranger to Washington DC, having been the rabbi chosen to bless both Presidents Obama and Biden at their inaugural prayer services. Most importantly, Sharon Brous is one who carries the message and voice of the Hebrew prophets, captured in writings that remain sacred to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, into our time. She is concerned with injustice, w...

The Amen Effect

Share “This is not only a political crisis, but also a spiritual crisis, and so it necessitates not only a political solution, but also a spiritual one. “Lack of curiosity, fear, isolation, repulsion, tribal biases — these are neural patterns. The call of our time is to establish new neural patterns. We need a spiritual rewiring that enables us to see one another, in our pain and in our fear, in our joy and in our yearning. In our humanity. It’s what I’ve been calling throughout this book the 'amen effect': repeated, ritualized encounters with ...

On Asking

Jewish Wisdom This spirituality business is not about answers, but about ways of asking about the meaning of life and creation. A "bad" question slams the door but a "good" question just gets you to wondering and the wondering is wonderful.— Lawrence Kushner in The Book of Miracles Buddhist Wisdom Do not examine the limitations of others. Examine how you can change your own.— Franz Metcalf in What Would Buddha Do? Catholic Wisdom If we were humble. Nothing would change us — neither praise nor discouragement.— St. Teresa of Calcutta, founder of ...

On Asking and Change

Jewish Wisdom This spirituality business is not about answers, but about ways of asking about the meaning of life and creation. A "bad" question slams the door but a "good" question just gets you to wondering and the wondering is wonderful.— Lawrence Kushner in The Book of Miracles Buddhist Wisdom Do not examine the limitations of others. Examine how you can change your own.— Franz Metcalf in What Would Buddha Do? Catholic Wisdom If we were humble. Nothing would change us — neither praise nor discouragement.— St. Teresa of Calcutta, founder of ...

The Best Spiritual Books of 2023


Share Every year from all the books we review on this website, we choose the Best Spiritual Books. In addition to 50 adult books, we include 20 Best Spiritual Children's Books. These are the titles that have most impressed and inspired us during the year. Since we only review books that we want to recommend to you for your spiritual journey, this selection actually represents the best of the best. Through diverse approaches, drawing upon the wisdom and practices of the world's religions and spiritual paths, these books explore the quest for mea...

Can’t Stop Procrastinating? Here’s How to Break the Cycle

Time runs out on a task you’ve been putting on the back burner and you begin to feel the pressure that could easily have been avoided. Situations like these typically bring on a slew of difficult emotions. Blame. Anger. Frustration. Anxiety. As you scramble to complete the task, you might find yourself asking, “Why do I do this?” Well, you’re not alone. The term procrastinate was adapted in the 16th century from the Latin word, procrastinatus which means, to put off until tomorrow. So as a word that pre-dates the invention of smartphones and Ne...

Angela's Glacier

Share Nothing is stronger than reverent love when it comes to protecting the natural world. When we revere forests, we become good stewards of their unique ecosystems. When we cherish elephants, we look for ways to protect them. Glaciers, too, we know, are critical to care about. On January 21, 2024, The New York Times reported that "In the past two years alone, Swiss glaciers have lost 10 percent of their water volume — as much as melted in the three decades from 1960 to 1990." But how do children who don't live close to glaciers come to fall ...

Taking a Career Break for Dummies

Share This is one of those “For Dummies” books. We wouldn’t normally review a book in this series. They have volumes on writing computer code, physics, and learning Spanish. But they also publish volumes in the area of personal growth. We found this one special. The author is promoted as someone who “turned a 20-month break to travel the world into a life-changing career.” That is not what we found most useful, because most readers don’t have the luxury of a two-month break from work to travel, let alone a 20-month break. But stick with us. McG...

Taking a Career Break for Dummies

Share “Earn a diploma in Equine Healing and Communication in the United Kingdom.” “Connect with your biological family via an Ancestry DNA test.” “Travel to the West Coast for a private session with a death doula.” “Recover from the deep grief of losing a parent.” “Complete a one-month digital detox.” “Get a membership with your local pottery studio and discover a new talent and passion.” “Make friends with your neighbor and learn how to raise chickens and keep bees.” “Foster a child with hopes of adoption.” “Learn a new sport (tennis) and beco...

Is It Meditation?! 22 Activities You MIGHT Do Meditatively


Have you heard people saying that “absolutely anything can be meditation”? It’s a common misconception. While there are many activities that can be done mindfully, there are few exercises that genuinely constitute “meditation”. That’s why, in this article, I wanted to take a look at different activities, whether or not we can use them as meditation, and if so, how? But first, we need to define exactly what meditation is. It is, after all, a very versatile word. For the purpose of this guide, we will define meditation as, “Focusing the mind on t...

A 12-Minute Meditation To Act On What’s Important

Research shows that we are most energized when we find purpose and meaning in what we’re doing. In contrast, we feel depleted when we don’t take time to do activities that are inspiring or important to us. But here’s a common challenge for many: we don’t always know how to get in touch with that part of ourselves that knows what’s most important to us and that has the wisdom and the courage to take meaningful action. So how do we consciously connect with what matters most to us? And how do we connect with our capacity to act with intention on t...

Planting Bulbs Indoors

Share I invite you to plant a seed of some kind or get one of those lovely bulbs that bloom indoors like an amaryllis. If you choose a seed, you might select something that grows fairly quickly like marigolds. Get a small pot with potting soil and offer a prayer over this act of planting. Then let the journey of witnessing the unfolding and ripening of the seed into shoot into plant be a way of honoring the slow ripening of your own soul. When the plant is too big for the seed pot you will want to transfer it to a larger one. I love amaryllis b...

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