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21st Century Spirituality Posts

Redefining Spirituality and Debunking Magical Thinking In the Modern Age

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The Art of Gratitude

Bt-gratitude
12 months ago

Shortly after being hired by Equinox Fitness in 2004, the manager at one New York City club called a meeting for movement instructors of every discipline. Gathered one afternoon in the 19th St gym, he discussed the our psychological patterns while leading classes. Say you have 50 people in ...

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Idiot Compassion and Mindfulness

Bt-chogyam-idiot
12 months ago

Compassion is an important concept, and even more important practice to integrate into one’s life. Like all ideas, layers underlie the meaning. One of the most fascinating is what Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche termed ‘idiot compassion.’ His well known student, Buddhist nun ...

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Escaping the Cult of Abundance

Bt-abundance
about 1 year ago

Last week I received an email asking me to appear on a radio show called ‘The Yoga of Money.’ After listing their street cred with high-end instructors who’ve guested on the program, the producers described the show as being a road map to achieving financial independence and living in ...

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The Messiah Arrives. In Tennessee.

Bt-messiah
about 1 year ago

When Jaleesa Martin brought her seven-month-old child, Messiah, to the Cocke County Chancery Court in August, she was waging a battle with her son’s father for rights to his last name. Little did she know that Lu Ann Ballew, a child support magistrate at that office, would declare that she must ...

21st Century Spirituality

Texting, Driving and Mindfulness

Bt-texting-driving
about 1 year ago

Two weeks ago, after turning onto Route 10 from Santa Monica, a truck sped by in the center lane. A hand truck flew from the back as it hit a bump, nearly crashing into the car ahead of me. The car slammed on its brakes, narrowly avoiding the whizzing dolly. I followed suit and slid into the back ...

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Rape, Racism and Bikram Choudhury

Bt-bikram
about 1 year ago

I first practiced Bikram Yoga over a decade ago in SoHo. The heat punched through me like a lead fist. Although a few years experienced in Vinyasa, the thick atmosphere combined with long postural holds was overwhelming. I left drained and deflated; mostly, I was disgusted by the soggy carpet ...