Simplicity, Beauty, Growth

Simplicity

Ramadan, Day 26: The Simple Lifestyle
by Sohaib N. Sultan
TIME

As the holy month of Ramadan comes to a close this week, we offer you this series of daily reflections based on teachings of the Qur’an. Today, Sultan challenges us to contemplate a simple lifestyle by reminding us that “Joy and satisfaction…come from an internal happiness that no amount of materialism can satisfy.” How might you invite more simplicity into your life?

Beauty

Beauty & Grace: Mbeki, Hoffman and the power of stories
by Sisonke Msimang
Daily Maverick

Wherein lies the power of storytelling? How does it shed light on our shared humanity? This article offers a beautiful reflection on a recent exchange between two political adversaries in which compassion breaks through a history wrought with derision and conflict. Citing Rilke, Msimang invites us to believe that “Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”

Growth

Examining the Growth of the ‘Spiritual but Not Religious’
by Mark Oppenheimer
The New York Times

“So is spirituality solitary or communal? Is it theologically engaged or just focused on ‘nature’ and ‘gratitude,’…?” Oppenheimer explores these questions by delving into some of the recent publications on the growing group referred to as “spiritual but not religious” or the S.B.N.R.s. Read this article to learn more about the varying “perspectives on these Americans who seem to want some connection to the divine, but who don’t feel affiliated with traditional religion.”

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