“There is a sacredness in tears,” writes American author Washington Irving. “They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.” But how so? I want to approach this question from three different angles, and the angles will then converge and take us straight to where we […]

What does it mean to be a spiritual being having a human experience? In every place, and in every time, where people engage the depths and heights of their best and most enlightened values and aspirations—when people try to transcend—what do we find? This is the key religious question we’re diving deep into, over the […]

The silent snow comes down white and weightless; snowfall makes no noise, falls as forgetting falls, flake after flake. These words of Miguel de Unamuno help me to understand my experience this past Friday when the snow fell. I felt divided in two. One part understood instinctively that it was a time to get out […]

Listen to two stories that illustrate how ancient cultures prized reverence as one of the highest virtues. The first comes from the Pygmy people of the Central African nation of the Congo Republic. Once upon a time, a young boy heard the most beautiful song coming from the forest. The song was so beautiful, he […]

I want to begin this morning by reflecting on a powerful concept that comes to us from emotional intelligence researcher and author Brené Brown. The concept is “true belonging.” “True belonging,” she says, “is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with […]