Owning Your Spirituality

DEMOCRACY IS SPIRITUAL

Photo Credit: Matthew Rolston

Photo Credit: Matthew Rolston

Marianne Williamson Brings Spirituality to Politics
by Clea Simon
Harvard Gazette

TONIGHT 7:00PM: Watch Marianne Williamson present “On Consciousness, Spirituality, and Politics in America” at Harvard Divinity School (in person or livestream). Williamson is quoted in this article saying, “The birth of American democracy was important not only in the political history of the world but in the moral evolution of the world. The idea that we would develop a society in which conceivably anybody could spread their wings: that’s radical.” What would it take to reignite the spirit-filled, participatory, and communal revolutionary spirit upon which democracy thrives?


HIDDEN JOURNEYS

Let’s Stop Being Embarrassed by Spirituality
by Jay Michaelson
The Daily Beast

Have you ever found yourself embarrassed by your spiritual beliefs or practices? What does it mean that in some environments we feel we have to hide the pieces of our lives that transform us and give us strength and hope? In this humble confession about his complex relationship to his new book, The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path, Jay Michaelson writes, “The most searing, challenging, life-changing experiences I’ve had have come in contexts that my sophisticated colleagues regard as fluffy, superficial, and dumb.” He does not deny that there are elements of spirituality and religion that can be fluffy and superficial, and yet, he encourages us as a society not to "throw the baby out with the bathwater" when it comes to spirituality. What about your own spiritual journey has been transformative? How can you share your experiences with others in ways that make your spirituality come to life for them?


MANY PRACTICES, MANY PATHS

Can We End the Meditation Madness?
by Adam Grant
The New York Times

Photo Credit: Kris Mukai

Photo Credit: Kris Mukai

“I am being stalked by meditation evangelists,” writes Adam Grant in this opinion piece on the growing trend of meditation in the United States. He makes some good points about the many other activities (exercise, sleep, reflection, etc.) that are proven to reduce stress and to make us more mindful. At Still Harbor, we have always thought that it is important to find the contemplative practices that are right for the individual seeking peace, calm, and connection. So, instead of finding a practice that resonates with you and telling anyone who will listen that they should join you on your path, why not be curious and ask others what they do to take care of themselves and to tap into something greater on their own paths?


Photo Credit: Alex Williams, The Daily Beast

Photo Credit: Alex Williams, The Daily Beast