Spiritual Belief Practice


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Building Spiritual Capital
by David Brooks
The New York Times

To add to our post from a few weeks ago. Now, columnist David Brooks reflects onThe Spiritual Child,” a new book by Lisa Miller, a psychology and education professor at Columbia University. In the op-ed, he shares with us Miller’s research that examines the common youth and teenage experience of “suffer[ing] a loss of meaning, confidence, and identity.” Brooks writes, “According to Miller’s research, adolescents with a strong sense of connection to a transcendent realm are 70 percent to 80 percent less likely to engage in heavy substance abuse.” Brooks, inspired by Miller, warns us: “Ignoring spiritual development in the public square is like ignoring intellectual, physical or social development. It is to amputate people in a fundamental way, leading to more depression, drug abuse, alienation and misery.” As we see growing evidence of the importance of cultivating the spiritual life, how do you envision collectively addressing the challenge in our changing world? How does this article relate to your own experience during adolescence?


Perspectives on Belief
Speakers: Jacqueline Novogratz, Zak Ebrahim, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond M. Tutu, Reverend Mpho A. Tutu, Ophelia Dahl.
Skoll World Forum

The opening plenary of this year’s Skoll World Forum featured a panel called “Perspectives On Belief.” The CEO of Acumen, Jacqueline Novogratz, begins with a challenge: “As we look at this world that is full of both peril and opportunity, what are those beliefs that make us beautiful—that allow us to bring our best selves into the future? And, which ones hold us back and make us less relevant?” At Still Harbor, we work to create safe space to explore these questions in workshops, retreats, andspiritual direction. Watch this video to explore the idea of belief and how these leaders answer the question: “What [beliefs] are we willing to live for?”


Photo by Sarah Lee via Tricycle

Photo by Sarah Lee via Tricycle

No Excuses: there are no obstacles, just opportunities. Take them now.
By Lucy Powell

Tricycle re-posted an interview with Tibetan Buddhist nun Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo by Lucy Powell that was conducted just before the sixty-six-year old nun entered retirement in India. Jetsunma—a woman who, beginning at age thirty-three, lived in a cave in the Himalayan valley of Lahaul for twelve years—shares her practical wisdom and insights on life. As the title implies, Jetsunma emphasizes that the “key is to practice” connecting to a source of life or a higher power—meditation in her tradition: “It is really very impressive how many excuses we can invent for why we aren’t sitting. This idea we have that when things are perfect, then we’ll start practicing—things will never be perfect.” Read the interview for her teachings on meditation, openness, and realizing our potential. How do you create opportunities to practice?