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'Spiritual but Not Religious': A Rising, Misunderstood Voting Bloc

No, they're not just atheists.<p>Spirituality is a big story in politics. Maybe as big a story as religion. It’s been more than a decade since evangelicals helped George W. Bush win the White House, and we’ve gotten used to the idea of the “values voter,” of religion as a political force. But while …

Carl Sagan on Science and Spirituality

The friction between science and religion stretches from Galileo’s famous letter to today’s leading thinkers. And yet we’re seeing that, for all its capacity for ignorance, religion might have some valuable lessons for secular thought and the two need not be regarded as opposites.<p>In 1996, mere …

Spiritual or religious activity may protect against depression by thickening brain cortex

Meditation and other such spiritual or religious practices may help prevent depression by prompting a thickening of the brain cortex, researchers …

Health & Wellness: Nutrition, Fitness, Diet, Relationships & More

Wellness

Music and Spirituality

<b>Dear Sadhguru, How are music and spirituality connected? I would like to know how I can make playing a musical instrument into a meditative and a spiritual process.</b><p>Music and spirituality are not connected. It is just that if you bring about an enormous sense of involvement in something, spiritual …

Rest In Peace: Pete Seeger's Spirituality In 11 Powerful Quotes

Legendary folk singer and social activist Pete Seeger has passed away at the age of 94, but his songs and words will live on.<p>Best known for eco-folk ballads such as "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)", Seeger became somewhat of a spiritual …

Top 5 Spiritual Happiness Essentials

A spiritual life need not require mantras at dawn and daily yoga on the beach. When I started out on a spiritual path, I found that I had to slot my …

Spirituality

I don't know what I think

When I was about half way through Daniel Kahneman’s <i>Thinking Fast and Slow</i>, a meticulous and perturbing dissection of the ease with which our capacity for making judgements can be… well, perturbed, it suddenly occurred to me to wonder whether the expert psychologist had been canny enough to write …

Loneliness twice as unhealthy as obesity for older people, study finds

Loneliness can be twice as unhealthy as obesity, according to researchers who found that feelings of isolation can have a devastating impact on older people.<p>The scientists tracked more than 2,000 people aged 50 and over and found that the loneliest were nearly twice as likely to die during the …

Chunky butternut mulligatawny

This spicy soup with basmati rice and apples is chunky, warming and wholesome - plus its low in fat and calories to boot.<p>Ingredients<p>2 tbsp olive or …

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

Everest fees cut in Nepal

Hundreds of climbers attempt to the reach the 8,850m (29,035ft) summit each year, with the peak climbing season lasting from March until May.<p>Under current regulations, those tackling the mountain from Nepal, taking the same Southeast Ridge route as Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa did …

Exploring India's remote Nubra Valley

Ladakh - the ‘Land of the High Passes’ - is among the most stunning parts of the Indian Himalayas. Wedged between Pakistan, Tibet and Xinjiang Province ( China) and India’s Himachal Pradesh, it forms the eastern part of the contested state of Jammu & Kashmir. North of Leh, Ladakh’s ‘capital’, lies …

Galileo Matters More Than Ever on His 450th Birthday

The scientist's insights continue to enrich our world.<p>Not every astronomer can claim to have enjoyed both the attention of the Inquisition and the Indigo Girls, but then again, Galileo was no ordinary genius.<p><b>Discoverer of moons, toppler of Aristotle's physics, and celebrated loser of history's most</b> …

California wine: why the independents rule

Up until very recently, if you'd asked me to nominate my least favourite wine region, the one that I could rely on to provide the most disappointing bottles at the most unattractive prices, the answer would have been California.<p>With a handful of exceptions, the Golden State, which dominates the …

Designing a good night’s sleep

BBC Travel peeks into the typically closed labs used by Westin and Marriott – among others – to discover a few of the innovations possibly coming to a hotel room near you.<p>At many global hotel chains, every part of your stay – from checking in at the front desk to closing your room curtains – has …