Category: Interfaith

Finding Self-Love with Bhakti

  By Pranada Comtois We are driven for love and by love. We must feel loved to feel whole. But do you feel lovable or loved? Sometimes? All the time? Almost never? You may have a life companion, family and friends, yet not feel loved or worthy of love. Or you may be a loner without significant relationships but feel lovable and loved. Loving relationships can go a long way in confirming our worth, countering negative self talk, and making us feel lovable. But they aren’t what make us feel lovable. If we don’t love ourselves—truly, deeply, fully, and...

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I Don’t Want God Answering My Every Need

  By Daniel Moler Since I can first remember I was a natural-born mystic. This doesn’t mean I was born with some supernatural ability to channel cosmic powers. It means that I never settled on the institution of religion being the final answer to the experience of God, Great Spirit, or whatever label you would like to put on the Cosmic Big-Wig. My parents can testify to the fact that I constantly questioned dogma, yet it was not for the sake of rebellion (as they may have assumed at the time). My one and only goal, since the very...

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Getting Back on the Cushion…and the Wagon

  By Tyler Lewke In times of desperation, I’ve climbed the steps to temples and churches, therapist’s offices and 12 step groups, wisdom circles and countless spaces seeking peace from the struggles and the happiness I thought was promised. I show up hungry for stillness—peace—seeking refuge from life’s torrents. With pain as fuel, I keep coming back, again and again. Like drinking from a well until finally my thirst is quenched. The spiritual lessons I’ve gained within the confines of these holy spaces give me the courage to go back out into the world. I walk slowly at first—peek...

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Is There God in Buddhism?

  By Alison Page The Buddha rejected the idea of God, an omnipotent being or a single energy as the creator of the universe, including the physical and non physical realms. The teachings suggest that the universe is too energetically complex to have originated from once source. As a result, the Buddha dismissed the commonly held Hindu belief that we need to reach outside of ourselves to connect to God, the supreme being, in order to reach enlightenment. Instead, the Buddha taught us to turn all of our energy inward to reach—or uncover—the enlightened state instead of connecting to...

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We are Human {The Eightfold Path}

  By J.G. Lewis Perception indeed. One issue, any issue, may be viewed as right or wrong. Depending on personal morals, ethics, politics, spirituality (religion for those so inclined), or logic, we often grapple with what is correct. We are human. Right or wrong may not seem obvious at times. Even the public (or popular) view of what is right, or wrong, is blurred in the present. So, we ask questions of each other, and more of our selves. The answers are not always there. What is free speech, and what is considered hatred? Who has the right to...

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