Posts tagged "spirituality"

I’m Not Religious, I Just Love Meditation

Amy Levin:  While the image of Oprah endorsing transcendental meditation is about as banal as a priest offering the sacrament, the Queen of the New-Age spiritual marketplace has sold spirituality to those in her pews again. Oprah’s bricolage-like church offered this week’s sermon via her show Next Chapter on the OWN network: transcendental meditation...

Steve Jobs’ Religious Ego



Amy Levin: How long is it appropriate to mourn the death of Steve Jobs? Perhaps we should turn to Zen Buddhism, since, according to Walter Isaacson’s biography, it was the so-called religion of Jobs himself. According to Daniel Burke at Religion News Service,...

Practice, Theology and Identity at #OWS

Courtney Bender writes at The Scoop:
We could even say that occupiers' refusal to give uncomplicated answers to the question of whether their motivations are rooted mainly in religious, secular, economic or political identities holds up a useful mirror to the very messy, complicated social and economic morass that they critique. This is another way of...

A 12-Step History? Not so fast.

Amy Levin: When religion in the news bestows a chance to show how complicated history can be, I’ll take it. Rabbi Shais Taub recently published an article in HuffPost Religion on Judaism and addiction recovery, explaining just how spiritually high some steps are in the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program. Taub has some compelling insights...

Tripping on Science: The Psychedelic Community Contests Terms

by Peter Bebergal Despite their common, and mostly fringe area of concern, the psychedelic subculture -- whose kaleidoscopic reflection includes Johns Hopkins scientists, transpersonal psychologists, dozens of independent (non-affiliated) researchers, writers, visionary artists, and the users themselves -- is often at odds with itself. Above board researchers take pride in their work, adhering to the strict...

Believing in Prison

On May 1, our sister site, Killing the Buddha, hosted an event in midtown NYC titled, "The Prison-Spirituality Complex." You can listen to the entire event here. Nathan Schneider, editor at Killing the Buddha, writes at his own site, The Row Boat, "My instinct is that, with religion so centrally a...

A Spirituality of One’s Own

American Jesus author Stephen Prothero considers the growing SBNR (“spiritual but not religious“) movement, as the crowd of independent minds gains a chronicler in Leigh Eric Schmidt, author of the recent history of spirituality, Restless Souls. While Schmidt counters the criticisms often lobbed at such an unorganized, freestyle spirituality — that it’s little more than...

Spiritual, But Not Newsworthy

Newsweek‘s spiritual hard-sell. Newsweek‘s “Spirituality” theme issue would barely merit mention as anything other than a crass attempt to peddle holy holy (a la the not one but two times Jesus has appeared on the magazine’s cover the last year, each time to herald breaking news of, uh, a 2,000-year-old religion) were it not for...

Beyond the Zero-Sum Game

In the arena of spirituality, not every malady can be easily understood or solved. By Shahed Amanullah The typical campaign rally has an uncanny resemblance to an old-fashioned tent revival: the ceremonies and processions, the adulation of the figure behind the altar, sermons designed to inspire the flock to faithfulness, and the dogma doled out...

01 July 2004 Daily Links

Reuters’s Parisa Hafezi reports on concern among some Iranian clergy that a secular, democratic Iraq may shift the balance of power within Shi’ite Islam from the Iranian holy city of Qom to Iraq’s Najaf. The holy city of Qom has been not just the center of Shi’ite authority, but also the center of Iran’s conservative political and...

Spiritual Anorexia and the Son of Sam

Lunchtime in the Cafeteria of “Spiritual Anorexia”: Linda Stewart Ball, of The Dallas Morning News, reports on the four-day Dallas conference of the International Boys’ Schools Coalition, themed “Broad Shoulders, Open Minds.” One of the conference’s speakers, longtime schoolmaster Rev. F. Washington Jarvis III, lamented that, “kids today may be huge physically but they’re spiritually puny.” Jarvis,...