Question, experiment, live

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QUESTION THE QUESTIONS
Spiritual or religious: what’s the difference?
by Michael Kimmel
Gay San Diego

Are spirituality and religion two different ways of describing the same thing? Or is spirituality defined by a personal, internal journey and religion by structured, communal worship?  Do both provide an avenue through which to address the big-picture questions: “Why am I here?” and “What is my purpose in this life?”  Michael Kimmel invites us to explore these differences and embrace the similarities in this article. In citing some of the scientific discoveries around the physical, social and psychological benefits of faith and religious practices, he encourages open-mindedness, curiosity and experimentation not only with spirituality and religion, but also with the overlap and space between them.

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EXPERIMENT WITH FORGIVENESS
Practicing the ‘F’ Word – 5 Steps to Forgiveness
by Dawn Gluskin
The Huffington Post

We’ve all heard (and likely recited) the saying “forgive and forget.”  Familiar as it may be, why is it so difficult to put into practice? Why do we choose to hold on to anger and resentment when they only bring negativity into our lives? Though clinging to those emotions may feel like the best way to protect ourselves, Dawn Gluskin explains that “forgiveness (of both self and others) is the most powerful spiritual tool we have, and it is accessible to all of us.”  In recognizing that practicing forgiveness requires practice, she offers five tips for incorporating forgiveness into our daily lives.

LIVE INTO LIMITS
Embrace the shake
by Phil Hansen
TED Talks

How many times each day are you confronted by limitations?  How would the course of your day change if you chose to embrace those limitations? In this video, Phil Hansen shares his story of embracing a physical limitation and how it transformed his approach to life. He recalls how the experience of surrendering to the limitations his hand tremor placed on his art taught him to let go of outcomes, failures and imperfections and led him to discover limitlessness in his creativity.  Beyond art, “Learning to be creative within the confines of our limitations is the best hope we have to transform ourselves and collectively transform our world.”