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“Spiritual but not religious”: inside America's rapidly growing faith group

A new poll finds almost one in five Americans is spiritual but not religious.<p>Ava Lee Scott, an actress and theater-maker in New York, doesn’t practice an organized religion. Raised in both Catholic and Jewish traditions, Scott’s own spiritual life is far more eclectic. She studies ancient …

Religion

Empty Your Cup: A Zen Proverb on Accepting Feedback

There is a famous proverb about a teacup. Although there are multiple versions, here is my favorite one:<p>Once upon a time, there was a wise Zen …

How to Sell a Billion-Dollar Myth Like a French Girl

The origins and consequences of everyone’s favorite Parisian fantasy.<p>“The French Girl’s Guide to Summer Date Style.”<p>You know it’s a racket, but you click anyway. You already know what it’s going to say: Showing less skin is ultimately sexier than wearing something too short or too low-cut, and a …

France

Buddhism: Philosophy or Religion?

Buddhism—some Buddhism, anyway—is a practice of contemplation and inquiry that doesn't depend on belief in God or a soul or anything supernatural. …

What the Teacher of the World’s Most Popular Online Course Has Learned About the Science of Learning | Heleo

“Whether you’re learning a language, a musical instrument, how to dance, how to drive a car, it’s all the same: developing a compact, connected, …

A Zen Master Explains the True Meaning of Non-Attachment and Why Most People Get it Wrong

A lot of people tend to misunderstand the non-attachment concept inspired by Buddhism.<p>While some people think it’s negative, non-attachment actually …

Mindfulness

Escape to another world

As video games get better and job prospects worse, more young men are dropping out of the job market to spend their time in an alternate reality. …

Mario Kart

Can we know what animals are thinking? – The Economist

<i>For the first of our new series of Medium stories about the animal kingdom, we’ve chosen a 2015 essay about the minds of animals. Animals think,</i> …

Animals

Follow These Rules And You Will Never Look Back In Life With Regrets

You are responsible for your life, for your feelings, for you actions, and for every results you get. You are in control of your thoughts. You have …

Motivation

Can A Car Commercial Remind Us To Live In the Moment?

An inspiring new Volvo ad.<p>It’s not usually the case that a car commercial can remind us to live life more fully, but this new Volvo ad, which uses …

12 Quotes from Zen Masters That Will Stop You Over Thinking to Achieve Clarity of Mind

Do you experience a racing mind, where thoughts are overpowering you and you’re having trouble finding peace in the present moment?<p>This happens to me …

15 Profound Zen Sayings That Will Make You Question Everything About Life

<b>“This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it</b> …

Spirituality

Alan Watts Reveals a Simple Strategy for Learning to Trust in Your Intuition

Everyone questions themselves and experiences self-doubt at some point in their lives. For some of us, it happens regularly.<p>That’s why this video …

This is the official poem of 2016

This has been a tough year.<p>All sorts of news publications have even asked if it was the “Worst Year Ever.”<p>It’s been the year of a contentious US election season. The year of Brexit. The year of terrorist attacks all over the world.<p>In the aftermath of many of these tragic or difficult events, there …

Literature