PerSpectives

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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.

Brainstorm: Understand Your Brain and Empower Yourself

by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. He is also Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, which offers online learning and in-person lectures that focus on how the development of mindsight in individuals, families and communities

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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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Why We Need Heroes

by Caroline Myss

In an ideal world, children are loved and nurtured by their parents. Parents are responsible for teaching their children moral codes, right behavior, respect, discipline, and all the other basic life skills essential to the early years of life. Yet, while we are learning these fundamental lessons from our parents and teachers, another skill is

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More Than Spirituality

by Samir Selmanovic

I grew up in a not-so-religious Muslim family, in an atheist country in the former Yugoslavia. In terms of history, stories, and religion, the Balkans were flammable. So, when at 17 I became a Christian, all hell broke loose. My devastated parents recruited one of Europe’s best psychiatrists and 50 relatives to take their best

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Sufficiency: The Surprising Truth

by Lynne Twist

Myths and superstitions have power over us only to the extent that we believe them, but when we believe, we live completely under their spell and in that fiction.  Scarcity is a lie, but it has been passed down as truth and with a powerful mythology that demands compliance, and discourages doubt or questioning. In my

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Why You Cannot Schedule a Daydream

by Jay Griffiths

Huckleberry Finn complains about the clockworked Widow Douglas: “The widder eats by a bell; she goes to bed by a bell; she gits up by a bell – everything’s so awful reg’lar a body can’t stand it… I can’t stand it. It’s awful to be tied up so.” The Algonquin saw something similar. When missionaries

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Making Peace, Becoming Awake: Contemplative Practice in Education

by Arthur Zajonc, Ph.D.

Wherever you are in the world, a quiet—one might call it a “mindful”—revolution is taking place in education. Visit a classroom in a high school, college, university, or professional school, and you might well see students sitting quietly with their eyes closed attending to their breath. They are using an age-old contemplative practice to settle

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The Golden and Diamond Rules: Essential Jewels of Heart and Mind, Body and Soul

by Lama Surya Das

As the song goes, “Be kind to our four-legged friends,” but what about our siblings, other relatives, neighbors, friends, or mere acquaintances? Loving actions and empathic compassion are both wise and desperately needed in this violent, competitive world. Just how is it that each of us can live in such a way to contribute toward

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