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21st Century Spirituality Posts

Redefining Spirituality and Debunking Magical Thinking In the Modern Age

21st Century Spirituality

Escaping the Cult of Abundance

11 months 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 ...

21st Century Spirituality

The Conspiracy of Conspiracy Theorizing

about 1 year ago

I learned about last week’s fire in Seaside Park through a conspiracy theory. It read simply: ‘And I’m sure this was an accident.’ Given Jersey’s long history of questionable accidents—just that week I had witnessed Nucky Thompson unemotionally torch his childhood home—the sentiment wasn’t shocking ...

21st Century Spirituality

The Messiah Arrives. In Tennessee.

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

Peak Experiencers and Jesus the Zealot

about 1 year ago

In The Power of Myth, a book-length interview conducted by Bill Moyers with Joseph Campbell, the mythologist said ‘It’s the Christ on the cross that’s lovable.’ He was responding to Moyers’ question, ‘Perfection would be a bore, wouldn’t it?’ Campbell went on to state that what is human draws us ...

21st Century Spirituality

Texting, Driving and Mindfulness

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 ...

21st Century Spirituality

Rape, Racism and Bikram Choudhury

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 ...

21st Century Spirituality

Must We Believe in 'Something?'

about 1 year ago

In their book Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking, Douglas Hofstadter and Emmanuel Sander remind us that the way we view the world is necessarily limited by the constraints of our language.  The way we carve the world up with words and phrases seems to use the ...