Is it possible to be religious but not spiritual?

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 13, 2012 at 2:15 AM

You’ve probably heard people lately claiming to be “spiritual but not religious.” About one third of Americans now label themselves this way, having rejected membership in a traditional religious institution in favor of pursuing their own personal spiritual relationship with God or the Divine or the Creator (or whatever term they prefer.)

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5 Ways positive thinking can hurt more than it helps

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 10, 2012 at 1:20 PM

The power of positive thinking and the law of attraction have had a dramatic influence on our society in recent years as many have recognized that it is better to have a positive outlook on life and its occurrences than to dwell on the negative. And there is also evidence that the energy you put out into the world may come back to you in a similar form, making a strong case for focusing on the positive as much as possible.

But are there times when emphasizing the positive is not he...

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Easter Sunday: the resurrection of Hope in the present moment

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 8, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Easter Sunday is the quintessential day of Hope in the Christian tradition, when what has died rises again with new life and what has fallen apart can be reassembled in glorious, resplendent wholeness.

Hope represents fullness in the present moment, when possibility overflows and pure potential exists. Because this resurrection follows destruction and death, there is even more opportunity in th...

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Ubuntu: Divine inspiration after a Good Friday full moon

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 7, 2012 at 3:10 PM

I awoke this morning feeling unusually energized after sleeping all night under streaming lightbeams from a full moon suspended in a cloudless backdrop of sparkling infinity. Before I got out of bed I casually checked my iphone for messages then opened my Facebook app just to see what was happening in the world. That’s where the inspiration started.

First, I was treated to an

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What we must learn from the Trayvon Martin tragedy

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on March 30, 2012 at 2:10 AM

The death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, an African-American youth, at the hands of self-appointed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman has recently captivated this nation in controversy. Critics are upset about the way the case was handled by local law enforcement officials, especially the fact that Zimmerman was never arrested or charged with wrongdoing after shooting t...

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What to do when things fall apart

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on March 26, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Life is tough, there’s no question about that. Sooner or later nearly everyone finds a time when nothing seems to make sense any more, life is going nowhere and there’s no clear path to follow. Maybe you hate your job or the relationship you’re in or you are just tired of it all, but you don’t know what to do.

These dark times in life are actually opportunities – f...

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Why you can't give up no matter how tough things are

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on March 8, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Life has been a little shaky for a lot of people these past few years. With high levels of unemployment, an unprecedented number of home foreclosures, rising gas prices, increasing costs of healthcare, more frequent natural disasters, and higher-than-ever rates of obesity, diabetes, depression and anxiety, we’ve got a lot on our plates right now.

Suffering is at an all-time high in this country, not only for adults who must cope with all these difficulties, but also for the 20...

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Want to live longer? Start a spiritual practice

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on March 3, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Several studies conducted in the past decade have shown that people who have a regular spiritual practice are healthier during their older years and may even live longer than those who avoid spirituality. In fact, those who do embrace either a religion or their own personal form of spiritual practice have been shown to have lower blood pressure,...

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Why the wealthy need to learn what really matters

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on March 1, 2012 at 9:25 AM

A new study conducted by Paul Piff and his colleagues at UC Berkeley reports that wealthy people are more likely to lie and cheat in order to win a prize or gain an advantage over others. The experiments conducted by the research team suggest that at least some wealthier people “perceive greed as positive and beneficial, … privilege themselves over othe...

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Balancing life and death: the mortal's dilemma

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on February 25, 2012 at 8:00 AM
A patient with terminal cancer once asked me “How will I know when it is time to stop living and start dying?”
Her question represents the quintessential dilemma we each must face on our journey through this l...
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