step two
Spirituality

Step Two

The question you would seem to have to answer to be religious or spiritual is, “do you believe in God?” Even if you have no formal religious background or affiliation, belief in a God of some sort can seem like the main issue. Read More

Eating the Book
Living in Recovery Spirituality

Eating the Book

I’m about to step on what sometimes seems like the third rail of spirituality in the contemporary world, and talk about prayer. But before you decide to click on something more appealing, let me say at the outset that I understand and sympathize greatly with those who want nothing to do with that word. Read More

Thinking Mindfully
Health & Wellness Living in Recovery Mental Health Spirituality

Thinking Mindfully

I remember my first communion. I was thirteen, and it came after three endless years of confirmation class. I was primed for it to be a big event: not only joining the mystical body of Christ as a full, adult member of the church—a sort of Lutheran bar mitzvah—but also my first taste of wine. Maybe the top of my head would be blown off by some great revelation. I didn’t know what to expect. Read More

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Meditation
Mental Health Spirituality

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Meditation

Do you have any problems? Then meditation may not be the right thing for you. That might seem to be the message that’s emerging from some sources that are pushing back against the increasing popularity of meditation over the last decade or more, especially under the banner of “mindfulness,” which has become a buzzword in spiritual and therapeutic circles. Read More

Spirituality

ENOUGH! Can We Choose to Break Our Addictions? Part 2

We all have addictions, big or little…. We might, for example, be addicted to our own point of view, causing unnecessary harm through bigotry or hypocrisy. We might be addicted to coming in first, or never trying because it is all too hard. We might be addicted to getting people to say nice things about us, or making them angry with us so we can blame them for our misery…. In the end, we are addicted to our own self-pity. Read More