Tag: Spirituality


Why We Should Raise Spiritual Children

Nothing frightens a suburban parent more than the prospect of his child getting into the car of a drunk driver. Parents will grant all kinds of dispensation for what we consider inappropriate behavior if our child just calls us for pick-up instead of getting into the wrong car. My children are not quite at that age yet, but I imagine that I would follow that same wisdom. Wouldn’t we trade anything to ensure our child’s safety? What if I were to tell you that you could exponentially diminish the possibility of your......

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Ask Yourself "What Do I Yearn For?"

We sat facing each other, two women who were reasonably friendly but by no means intimate. We were enrolled in a spiritual direction training program together, and this was our first week of class. Our task in this moment was to ask each other one simple question: what do you yearn for? My partner asked me, and I had a ready answer. I had just learned that I was pregnant, and the yearning at the top of my consciousness was to be a good mother. So that’s what I said. Then she......

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Bindi Irwin, Heavenly Hikes and More: Must-Read Links

As we start another new week here at?The Wisdom Daily, we hope you’ll spend time with some wise essays and smart Q&A’s that we’ve spotted online recently – featuring insights about well-meaning condolences, the power of nature to emulate or replace religious traditions, the imagination required to truly understand the past, the empowering people you want to surround yourself with… and more. Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.   1. Since You’ve Been Gone “You never actually move on from it. As a little......

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Pluto, Spa Trends and Nathan Hale: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (July 13-17), we took time to explore the balance between humor and political correctness, the evolutionary role of religious thinking, the spa offerings that meet spiritual needs and NASA’s exciting mission to Pluto. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   The Politically Incorrect Bobblehead – Brad Hirschfield Nathan Hale had only one life to give for his country, but almost 250 years after his death, there’s still plenty of him to go around. And that upsets a Yale-educated......

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Wisdom on Games, Brains and Progress: Must-Read Links

As a new week begins, check out these insightful pieces – about topics like overcoming defeat and spotting patterns – with the excerpts that moved us to highlight them here on The Wisdom Daily. You may be particularly intrigued to read about the Pixar film captivating people of all ages with its profound take on how our brains fight for emotional health. Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.   1. Inner Life of Riley “The neurological basis of emotions turns out to be a......

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Love, Pills and Career Choices: Our Week in Wisdom

On?The Wisdom Daily this week (May 25 – 29), we took a look at the perspective gained by career frustrations, the powerful love connections that transcend romantic ties, the party drug making medical news, the good conversations stymied by modern-day distractions, and the support for marriage equality in a country famous for its Catholicism. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Your Job’s Not Meaningful? Think Again. – Brad Hirschfield We all need something to believe in, don’t we? It doesn’t have to be......

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Your Job's Not Meaningful? Think Again.

We all need something to believe in, don’t we? It doesn’t have to be God, or religion, which is what many assume when they hear the word “believe.” Don’t we all need something (or someone) that helps us to go beyond ourselves – that helps us to find meaning and purpose when it otherwise eludes us? I think most people do. That’s why I was so excited for The Wisdom Daily to feature Elan Babchuck’s recent post about career crossroads, “Selling Something to Believe In.” I hope today’s post, expanding on Elan’s,......

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Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

Sam Harris, one of America’s greatest skeptics and critics of religion, has just written a fascinating book – Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion. Are you one of the growing number of Americans (as I am if I am really honest) who increasingly finds organized religion unsatisfying, yet at the same time, you want to seriously talk about questions of meaning and existential hopes and fears? Are you a person who knows that the transformative experiences of self-transcendence, oneness, surrender, bliss, grace, unconditional love, are not only real but critical......

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The Spirit's Irrepressible Impulse

In the words of Bob Dylan, “It may be the devil, or it may be the Lord, but you’re gonna have to serve somebody.” English philosopher Roger Scruton’s wise and beautifully written The Soul of the World makes the case that, despite the brashness of the New Atheists and the increase of “Nones” (those with no religious affiliation) there is a “fundamentally religious impulse” – what we call “the sacred” – that is irrepressible. Scruton explains faith as an “attitude of openness to meanings” (experienced in love, art, nature and morality) that......

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What Is a Cleansing Ritual?

Do you have something in your life you just wish you could get over?? Is there something you did, even long ago, which continues to hold you back?? If you’re like most people, the answer is yes. Whether it’s through Lady Macbeth, characters in the Bible or moments in our own lives, everyone can identify with the need to cleanse ourselves and feel free of a stain (caused by a past sin or mistake) that continues to haunt us, or keeps us from becoming who we want to be. In fact, I’m......

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