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Spiritual, Not Religious.

  By Ann Graham Nichols   As a teenager, I attended services for the High Holy Days with a Jewish friend, bought a Star of David, and decided to own my Jewish heritage. Then I dated a Catholic boy and spent Sundays mesmerized by incense and robes. Later, I joined a protestant church, became an elder, served communion and I was baptized. I loved the hymn singing, and the sense of belonging. Somewhere in there, I became viciously judgmental about the term “spiritual, not religious.” I viewed it as a copout—a way to stake a claim to being “good” without...

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To Scratch or Not to Scratch?

  By Sherrin Fitzer “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ~ Viktor E. Frankl Many of us likely know that there is a difference of opinion among people who meditate concerning whether a person should scratch an itch during meditation. Some feel it is not a big deal if we want to scratch: do so, and come back to our point of focus. Another faction suggests to scratch it if we wish and to do this with utmost...

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Good Men with Guns.

    By Dejah Beauchamp     “Did you hear about the terrorist attack in Paris?” my mom asked as I stepped in the door. I’d just spent two hours in a waiting room with the TV channel turned to CNN, so yes, I’d heard of it. I’d seen the video of three men in a shootout at the offices of Charlie Hebdo (the French equivalent of Mad Magazine) playing over and over until I had to clench my fists to keep myself from running up to the TV and shutting it off. I was sick to death (and...

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Face of Love. {Poetry}

    By Tracie Nichols I feel, in my bones, that everything on this glorious planet has a soul—stones, trees, rivers, animals, people. So I struggle with what feels like my complicity in using parts of the green world as “resources.” I wonder about the sacred life we remove from it’s original home and consume in our everyday lives. This poem is a collision of two trains of thought: 1) I have long, heartfelt conversations with stones and trees and other beings in the green world, and often wonder how they feel when we remove them from where they...

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On Being Radical.

  By Jes Wright     “Compassion is the radicalness of our time,” ~ Dalai Lama It is a radical act to be compassionate. I don’t mean the explosive protesting acts of being radical, but the very act of going to our roots. After all, the word radical means roots. For so many of us, our roots are a twisted knot like a pea start left in a pot for too long, so we have to gently break loose the roots from the dark soil before transplanting. It’s any wonder if any of us with roots like that could...

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