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Spirituality Without Politics Is Powerless

A politics without spirituality is blind, but a spirituality without politics is lame.  And that is why I worry about an apolitical spirituality.  I worry that individual spiritual practice in isolation from engagement with the world will never lead to real personal development and thus never lead to positive social change. And I worry about an apolitical spirituality which tells us that we need to accept the world as it is because we are powerless to change it. 

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“Top 10 signs of good spirituality” by DT Strain

This essay was first published at The Humanist Contemplative. Over the course of my comparative studies, there are some general traits I’ve noticed which seem to be shared between those wisdom streams and I thought it could be helpful to…

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A Pedagogy of Gaia, by Bart Everson: “May Day x 2″

In anticipation of May Day on May 1st and our new semi-seasonal theme, Practice, Bart Everson discusses the connection between spiritual and political desire. Two May Days? International Workers Day is celebrated on the first of May all around the…

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Stages of (My) Faith, a review by John Halstead

Understanding James Fowler’s stages of human spiritual development helped me make peace with my religious past and also gave me an inkling of what I wanted to move toward spiritually.

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Musings of a Pagan Mythicist by Maggie Jay Lee: “Step to the Right: Religion and the Divided Mind”

We naturalists spend a lot of time judging and evaluating religion from the outside, from the left hemisphere, but I think ultimately religion is a right hemisphere awareness that the left just doesn’t get. It is primarily through my religious practices that I most strongly feel what Jill Bolte Taylor describes as her right hemisphere awareness, a sense of deep inner peace and connectedness with the Universe, a Universe full of dynamic vitality.

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