MotherJana

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spirituality and faith

The Divine Mother

I do not read the Bible literally. As a practicing Quaker (who has dabbled in many other spiritual paths), I believe that there is that of God within every person. That we can connect to the Divine directly and purely, and we do not need a priest or pastor or shaman, or even the Bible. Those things can all help very much, but we don’t have to rely on them. […]

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The Happy Idiot and the Tortured Soul

A man I once knew intimately had a particular question he liked to ask: Would you rather be a happy idiot or a tortured genius? This became the question I asked on dates, my little test to see if someone was worth my time. Because, to me, this is a question not about what you are but how you want to live. The trick is in the adjective. Do you want to be happy, […]

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The Sense and Essence Podcast, Episode 2

Free Will and The Power of Choice For a while, I was a little addicted to psychics. When things weren’t going well, I thought I just needed to know the future and I’d be set at ease. That really didn’t work. What I realized is that we can’t know the ultimate reality, no matter how hard we try. And yet, we still often feel as though certain things were fated […]

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Buddhism or Christianity?

I have resisted Christianity for a long time. Instead, I did yoga and bought a few Buddha statues to keep around my apartment. I love all my books on Buddhism, and all that great stuff Pema Chodron and Chungpa Rinpoche and Thich Nhat Hanh say. The Buddha is really cool. But as much as I’d love to, I can’t go sit under a tree and meditate all day to find […]

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Your Participation is Required

A lot of times we get mad at God, or turn away, because we think things are not working out for us the way they’re supposed to. We’ve said our prayers, we’re nice to people. We go to church or read the Bible, or donate to someone’s charity. We’ve never killed a person, or robbed a bank. And yet we’re still left heartbroken or frustrated or suffocated by life. But […]

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How Should We Pray?

In one or other of the gospels, the disciples ask Jesus, “How should we pray?” And Jesus responds, “Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name….” This is all well and good, and it’s a powerful prayer and all, but it is now 2019, and we don’t live in Jerusalem. (But if you do, thanks for reading!) I have another idea. When you pray, pour your whole fucking […]

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Bring It On

One of my major flaws is my desire to figure everything out. I keep trying to crack the code of life, thinking all the answers lie on the other side of some bridge I’m about to cross, if I could only get closer to that bridge. But life is life. There is no figuring everything out. There is only letting go. The practice of surrender is a difficult one for […]

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