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articles by: Mel, selected from EnlightenNext

Are We Aging Ourselves to Death?

By Peter Ragnar, EnlightenNext While the hands of the clock spin the same for all, not all of us age the same. I've often said, "Time is not toxic." "Outrageous!" you may retort. "Look at your fa…

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Is Sex a Blessing or a Curse?

By Peter Ragnar, EnlightenNext A close friend of mine confided an account that took place within a fundamentalist religious group during his adolescent years. One of his religious supervisors h…

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The World’s Most Popular Spiritual Icon

By Joshua Dugdale Nothing had prepared me for the total worship of a living human being that I witnessed the first time I saw the Dalai Lama surrounded by a crowd of Tibetans. He had invited me t…

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The Dumbest Generation?

By Tom Huston, EnlightenNext Earlier this year a close friend of mine, eager to expand his cultural horizons, decided to leave the backwoods of Massachusetts and move to Paris. Taking little mo…

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Spiritual Self-Confidence

It's important to have self-confidence. It's even more important to have spiritual self-confidence. Spiritual confidence is that unique and palpable sense of absolute conviction that cannot be affecte…

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Karma-Free Sex

Sex. What a compelling topic! As a spiritual teacher, whether I'm giving a lecture or leading a retreat, whenever the subject comes up, a very particular form of focused attention immediately takes ov…

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Factory Farming vs. Islamic Law

The conflict between factory farming practices and Islamic law is leading many Muslims to eat more vegetables. For the vast majority of Muslims, eating meat has always been an unquestionable God-gi…

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Do Animals Have Souls? Part Four

Biologist Rupert Sheldrake has spent upwards of 15 years researching psychic phenomena in animals—things like the impossible synergy of bird flocks wheeling together in unison or the uncanny knack som…

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Do Animals Have Souls? Part Three

In times of tribal animism, the boundaries between animal and man were relatively indistinct. All of nature was suffused with the essence of the supernatural, and everything had souls, including rocks…

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Do Animals Have Souls? Part Two

Whatever else the soul might be, it seems safe to say that it is part of that dimension of consciousness that makes us most fully human--part of that which makes us thinking, feeling, caring beings. C…

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