Tag Archives: spirituality

BRAIN PICKINGS: The Elusive Art of Inner Wholeness and How to Stop Hiding Our Souls

“Wholeness does not mean perfection: it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life.” “Do not despise your inner world,” philosopher Martha Nussbaum admonished in her reflection on what it takes to live a full life. “Real self-esteem is an integration of an inner value with things in the world around you,” Anna Deavere Smith wrote in her spectacular ... Read More »

God and Science Go to Hollywood

Magic Ball

As a consummate Marvel fangirl, I immediately sat down to watch Marvel’s newest TV show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., when it came out in September 2013. While it wasn’t an amazing show, as a loyal (and unemployed) fan, I kept watching. So I was rather surprised when, in one of the final episodes of the season, a short discussion over impending ... Read More »

Sacred Activism

The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible

Recently, Martin Frischknecht, editor of the Swiss magazine Spuren, interviewed Charles Eisenstein about his newest book, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible: Martin Frischknecht: Charles, thank you so much for the opportunity to talk about your latest book. In fact I am haunted by its many insights, and there is many a passage that strikes me as if it ... Read More »

Modern Hermits – the Paradox of Social Solitude

old man hermit crouched writing underneath a tree

Today hermits are challenging their image, just as they did when they first appeared in the 4th century. Rather than embodying the stereotype of a monk or nun praying in silence and living alone, hermits are becoming a surprisingly connected community. Recently, The Wall Street Journal reported on a village seeking a hermit who also likes people, an apparent paradox. Can ... Read More »

CONNIE SHAW: Spiritual Integrity

Gurus in the mountains cartoon

Shouldn’t spiritual teachers be honest? Some spiritual teachers use sophisticated marketing techniques to sell their message—a socially acceptable form of deception. A recent email from the Ken Wilber-affiliated organization Integral Life announces an online seminar called The Key to Evolving Beyond Ego: How to Make the Change that Changes Everything, taught by Craig Hamilton. Hamilton is described as having spent ... Read More »

Zen and Faith

Face in the midst of full moon and clouds zen and faith

In Zen practice, there are three kinds of faith. First, there is ordinary, practical faith. I have faith that my bank will keep an accurate record of how much money I have in my account. I have faith that when I go through a green light, I won’t get broadsided by someone who didn’t stop at the red light on ... Read More »

Hot Cognition, Wu Wei, and Sincerely Not Trying

old man with long beard dreams of butterfly

A lot can be said for the Jedi approach. Forgo the mind tricks, but if you plug into the energy of life and let it carry you, creativity and other goodies tend to come along for the ride. So says Edward Slingerland in his new book, Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity, and so do a string of other writers and ... Read More »

THE ORDER OF THE GOOD DEATH: Consider the Putridarium

Crypt at Sant’Andrea delle Frate in Rome Yep, we’re going there (again) with toilets and death. Because like Caitlin said, the unpleasant functions of the body are really good at reminding us of our own mortality. So isn’t the perfect memento mori really just a crypt full of toilets? Now of course there aren’t actually modern flush toilets down there. ... Read More »

WILLIAM WALKER: Express Yourself Fully and Then Be Silent

There is an expression in the Tao Te Ching: express yourself fully and then be silent. There is a lot of wisdom in this expression. It speaks to the human journey, the cosmic intelligence, the distinction of being and becoming, and the nondual realization of the two. Humans are guided by two primary movements, which from a nondual perspective are ... Read More »

The Rise of the Divine Wild Feminine

The Goddess Kali divine feminine

Does the sensuality of a powerful woman terrify you? In my experience it should. I speak of the kind of terror that evokes a deep and reverent visceral response. The kind of terror that humans feel in utter blackness. A fear that simultaneously paralyzes and inspires respect. Do you experience trepidation of the unknown, anything beyond your ability to control ... Read More »