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Holiday spirit getting you down? Try Holiday spirituality instead…

This means to make the simple but often incredibly difficult decision to meet life’s difficulties with self-awareness, acceptance, gratitude, compassion, and love. (This is the position developed in my new book: Spirituality: What it Is and Why it Matters—a book … Continue reading

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On Japan’s nuclear troubles: Nuclear Power and Methadone

On Japan’s nuclear troubles: Nuclear Power and methadone  There is no doubt that nuclear power has some real advantages over coal and oil. In the short run it probably has fewer toxic emissions (mercury from coal fired plants is a … Continue reading

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Spring…and Death: More Questions than Answers

Spring…and Death More Questions than Answers  After a long, cold, and icy winter, it’s spring here in Boston. The light has changed, making the sky somehow lighter and further away; if you find a spot out of the wind you … Continue reading

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Why do I mourn the Eastern Cougar?

Why do I mourn the Eastern Cougar?  I never saw an Eastern cougar, a type of panther which was just declared “officially” extinct in the 21 states of the Eastern U.S. where it used to hang out. But I still … Continue reading

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Two Lessons from Wisconsin

Two Lessons from Wisconsin As a long time leftist it’s all too easy to take the usual lessons from the current struggle in Wisconsin over the governor’s attempt to break the collective bargaining rights of the public unions. This is, … Continue reading

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Guess what? Democracy is a spiritual practice….

Guess what? Democracy is a spiritual practice…. Sounds strange, doesn’t it? After all, isn’t democracy about voting, political parties, equal rights, and the Supreme Court? Isn’t modern democracy a purely secular thing, from which religion has been (properly) banished? And … Continue reading

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Enlightenment from a Sea Gull

Enlightenment from a sea gull What is spiritual fulfillment? What is reaching the heights of spiritual development? Or, to use the classic term—what is enlightenment? Classical Buddhist sources describe it as a state of mind in which we no longer … Continue reading

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