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"SPIRITUAL AWAKENINGS"

Losing Our Way in the World
by John Edward H
uth
The New York Times

What do you see when you look at the stars? A long history of the universe? A series of burning balls of fire? In chronicling his exploration of environmental navigation tactics, Huth shares how learning to navigate without relying on new technologies changed the way he sees the world.  With a new knowledge grounded in personal experience with the great outdoors, he reflects with wonder how “[t]he sun looked different, as did the stars… a different sense emerged from the wave patterns...” And he poses an important question to his reader and to himself,  “Is this akin to what people describe as spiritual awakenings…?”

"THIS IS RENEWAL"

Practicing With Loss
by Lama Surya Das
Tricycle Magazine

How do you respond to loss? Do your responses allow you to deepen your connection to love and spirit? In acknowledging that loss is an intimate part of life that takes many different shapes and forms, this article offers a Buddhist orientation to processing and learning from the emotional pain and sorrow that comes with change. Lama Surya Das shares, “With every breath, the old moment is lost, a new moment arrives…We exhale, and we let go of the old moment…We inhale and breathe in the moment that is becoming. We repeat the process. This is meditation. This is renewal. It is also life.”

"SPIRIT OF GENEROSITY"

Mandela, Martin, and Ubuntu
by Margaret Benefiel
Sojourners

Note: Author, Margaret Benefiel, is a co-facilitator of The Praxis Program at Still Harbor. For more information and to apply, please click here.

Ubuntu – “I am because we are” – what does this mean? How do you live such a philosophy? In honor of Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, this article recounts how the lived out practice of Ubuntu changed the course of history for South Africa, a country once starkly divided by the trauma of apartheid. Examining some of the recent social debates in the United States through an Ubuntu lens, Benefiel wonders if Americans may be ready to embrace Ubuntu and lead their lives out of “[a] sense of the interconnectedness of all of life and a spirit of generosity.” What would it take? Join The Praxis Program to explore this question and more.

 

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