Sam Harris on Spirituality without Religion, Happiness, and How to Cultivate the Art of Presence. By Maria Popova “Our world is dangerously riven by religious doctrines that all educated people should condemn, and yet there is more to understanding the human condition than science and secular culture generally admit.”
Nietzsche’s famous proclamation that “God is dead” is among modern history’s most oft-cited aphorisms, and yet as is often the case with its ilk, such quotations often miss the broader context in a way that bespeaks the lazy reductionism with which we tend to approach questions of spirituality today. Nietzsche himself clarified the full dimension of his statement six years later, in a passage from The Twilight of Idols, where he explained that “God” simply signified the supersensory realm, or “true world,” and wrote: “We have abolished the true world. What has remained? The apparent one perhaps? Sam Harris by Bara Vetenskap Harris writes: Our minds are all we have. It would not be too strong to say that I felt sane for the first time in my life. Donating = Loving.
Mussar: Spiritual Practice of Good Actions. If we all had what it takes to be a Mensch, a person of extraordinary character, wouldn’t we all be one?
In fact we do have what it takes, we just haven’t been trained to take the steps to make it happen. The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions, Finding Balance Through the Soul Traits of Mussar is that training manual. Imagine what your life would be like if you felt empowered to overcome those things inside that lead you to get stuck in the same situation again and again. What if you could slow things down and redirect yourself before you started to raise your voice? What if instead of “just taking it,” feeling anger and/or shame, you felt compassion for the other person and yourself? Mussar is a 1000-year-old Jewish spiritual practice of mindful living that was almost lost forever in the devastation of the Holocaust.
The Golden Rule (Age 4+) Buddha at Bedtime. Let It Shine (Age 4+) The Alchemist (Ages 15+) AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda. Synopsis AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda is an unconventional biography about the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s.
Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. (Apparently, it was the only book that Steve Jobs had on his iPad.) By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience, attracting many followers and inspiring the millions who practice yoga today. Archival material from the life of Yogananda (who died in 1952) creates a spine for the narrative, but the film stretches the dimensions of a standard biography. Quotes “Compelling… enough to make a modern soul look inwards.“ - THE NEW YORK TIMES “Awake is an absolute treasure and should not only be watched, but experienced.“ THE MOVIE NETWORK.
Pray the Devil Back to Hell. This powerful documentary film has been screened at: · World Economic Forum· United Nations· U.S.
Department of State· Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Hague Quotes "UPLIFTING, DISHEARTENING, INSPIRING, ENRAGING"—The New York Times "MARVELOUS"—The Los Angeles Times "The heroism on view is BREATHTAKING"—Christian Science Monitor "LUCIDLY IMPASSIONED"—Variety "ELOQUENTLY CAPTURES THE POWER each of us innately has within our souls to make this world a far better, safer, more peaceful place. " "One of the TRULY HEARTENING INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL STORIES of recent years"—Los Angeles Times "Reminds us of the incredible power available to the most ordinary of people if they are willing to act with COURAGE AND UNWAVERING COMMITMENT.
" "The contrast between THE COMPASSION OF WOMEN and the facade of officialdom as a cover for a cruel dictator makes the point much better than a long judgmental tirade"—Jean-Marie Guehenno, UN Undersecretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, 2000-2008 Synopsis. Brother Bear 2 (Age 5+) Whale Rider (Age 11+) The Kid (Age 8+) Gandhi (Age 12+) Life of Pi (Age 12+) The Tree of Life (Age 14+) DoSomething.org (Age 16+) Google Art Project (Age 12+) iPause (Age 10+) Smiling Mind (Age 13+) Vision Board Deluxe (Age 13+) Mind (Age 13+)