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We invite you to delve into these PerSpectives, a concluding note on the theme of each magazine issue written by a spiritual elder.

Valarie Kaur’s PerSpective

Valarie Kaur is an American interfaith leader. As a lawyer, filmmaker, and Sikh activist, she helps communities channel their stories into movements for social change. She has made award-winning films and led multimedia campaigns on a wide range of issues: hate crimes against Sikh and Muslim Americans, racial profiling, gun violence, marriage equality, immigration detention,

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Honoring the Stranger

by The Interfaith Amigos

From left to right: Imam Jamal Rahman, Pastor Don Mackenzie, and Rabbi Ted Falcon   The Stranger in Jewish Experience and Teachings by Rabbi Ted Falcon, Ph.D. Because my family moved to an outlying suburb of Cleveland, I began 9th grade at a new school. Our new neighborhood had very few Jewish people, and the

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Our Human Inheritance

by Bill McKibben

We all happen to be alive at an extremely interesting moment—the exact moment when human beings have grown so large that they’ve begun to affect everything around them. Human civilization—the period we have records for, when people lived lives somewhat like our own—stretches back about 10,000 years. Scientists call that period the “Holocene.” The earth’s

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Mother Tongues

by Gary Eberle

Human beings come into the world hard-wired to speak any human language. Each of us, at birth, is cap-able of making any sound humans can make, and any baby can potentially under-stand any human tongue. As we grow we learn a particular language — our “mother tongue” — and our ability to learn other languages

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The Mystery Is Out There

by Dr. Marcelo Gleiser

Here is a question you don’t think about everyday: where did the stuff you’re made of come from? We know we are made of cells, and cells are made of molecules, and molecules are made of different atoms. But where do the atoms come from? The ground? Food? Well, food is also made of living

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The Navel: Symbol or State of Mind?

by Paulo Coelho

Many languages of the world have the same expression to define a person centered only on the self: “navel-gazing.” Why? First, I looked up a definition, where navels are described in a very limited manner: a scar resulting from the natural dropping of the umbilical cord. Generally, in humans it has a round and deep

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Brainstorm: Understand Your Brain and Empower Yourself

by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

If you are like me when I was an adolescent, you may realize that some pretty big things have changed in your life. For example, when I was eight years old, I remember thinking about how simple everything was — enjoying a bike ride around the block, having time with a friend, or just watching

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There Is No Password

by Rabbi Rami Shapiro

“There is no password.” That was the announcement Reverend Margaret made at a retreat I led last November. She was talking about the Internet, explaining that access to the Internet was free and no password was required. As soon as she spoke these words, however, I knew she could have been talking about Truth as

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Beauty and the Unseen: Experiencing Our Spiritual Nature Through Music

by Frank Fitzpatrick

“I still believe in the things I can’t see…I believe in the things I can feel: Music, Love, and God.” – Lina Loy The most prominent sense upon which we rely to experience the world around us is sight. For the most part, it is also through vision that we frame our modern concept of

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Who Are You Really? Boy or Girl or … Spirit?

by Dr. Elizabeth Debold

I want you to use your imagination for a minute. Think about the perfect teen girl. Now, of course, no one is perfect. But just hang in there with me — what image or ideal comes to your mind? A photo from a magazine? A celebrity? Someone you know from school? A friend? Or just

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