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How To Make Yourself Sick

Posted by George Breed on August 15, 2013, 8:57 am
One way to understand how to help ourselves become well is to comprehend how we make ourselves unwell. If you wish to be sick, follow this prescription:

Breathing: Take short shallow breaths, little sips of air... Read More.
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Author David Cole Interview on Mystic Path of Meditation

Posted by Anamchara Books on November 28, 2012, 8:56 am
David Cole, author of the upcoming book The Mystic Path of Meditation: Beginning a Christ-Centered Journey, recently spoke with podcast Everyday Connection. Check out David’s interview here or check out the audio below.

The Journey to Paradise(due to come out in 2013), which looks at death as the ultimate adventure, the voyage on which we have all set sail from the moment we were born. The Celts saw journeys as sacraments, as the embodiment life's of spiritual reality. Celtic followers of Christ left behind the stability of their native homes to seek their "place of resurrection." As Thomas Merton describes in Mystics and Zen Masters, this "was a journey to a mysterious, unknown, but divinely appointed place, which was to be the place of the monk's ultimate meeting with God... Read More.
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Thoughts from Our Editors’ Reading for October 1st

Posted by Ellyn Sanna on October 1, 2012, 2:41 pm
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Thoughts from Our Editors’ Reading. . .Wayne Teasdale's The Mystic Heart

Posted by Ellyn Sanna on September 24, 2012, 10:32 am
In The Mystic Heart, author Wayne Teasdale describes what he calls a major shift in our understanding as human beings:

-The emergence of ecological awareness and sensitivity to the natural organic world, with an acknowledgement of the basic fragility of the earth.
-A growing sense of the rights of other species.
-A recognition of the interdependence of all domains of life and reality.
-The ideal of abandoning a militant nationalism as a result of this tangible sense of our essential interdependence... Read More.
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Anamchara Books at Wild Goose

Posted by Anamchara Books on September 19, 2012, 9:03 am
A few weeks ago, Anamchara Books staff attended Wild Goose West in Corvallis, Oregon. The Festival was a lot of fun and a great place for us to meet interesting people and hear from fascinating speakers.

Earlier in the year, members of our staff also attended Wild Goose East and had fun meeting new people and hearing some amazing speakers (Brian McLaren, Peter Rollins, Justin Lee, Carl McColman). Best of all we got to meet so many amazing people!

Thank you to all the people we met, spoke with, and listened to! Anamchara Books looks forward to attending Wild Goose events in the future... Read More.
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Happy Valentine's Day!

Posted by Billy Pilgrim on February 14, 2012, 10:13 am
Happy Valentine’s Day, Soul Friends!

We really liked this blog we’re sharing with you today and its story of the REAL Saint Valentine. Valentine was imprisoned, and subsequently martyred, in the third century. His crime? Performing illegal marriages! It seems that under the laws of the Roman Empire, Christians were deemed unworthy of the rights and privileges of legal wedlock because of their immoral lifestyle... Read More.
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Billy Pilgrim: Keep “Santa” in Santa Claus!

Posted by Billy Pilgrim on January 4, 2012, 1:50 pm
For most Americans, Christmas is long over. The holiday season that began when the mob stormed the gates of the mall very, very early on the morning after Thanksgiving (“Black Friday”) ended on the day after Christmas, when disappointed crowds filled the stores to return gifts they didn’t like and buy what they really wanted. And that makes me sad.

Today is the eleventh day of the traditional twelve days of Christmas, which ends with the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6. For Christians, these twelve days are supposed to be the heart of the holiday season—but those of us who try to keep Christmas going into early January are really at odds with the 21st century. I happen to be one of those people. And I’m still thinking about Santa Claus on this cold January morning!

This cultural conflict between the “secular” and the “religious” celebration of Christmas is a very old one. The Church has been railing against the materialism of the holiday for over a thousand years... Read More.
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Billy Pilgrim: The Modern Santa Claus and the Spirit of Saint Nicholas

Posted by Billy Pilgrim on December 30, 2011, 7:30 am
Over the last few weeks I’ve been writing about how the “real” Saint Nicholas evolved over time, and across three continents, into the ho-ho-ho-ing, milk-and-cookies-eating, reindeer-and-sleigh-driving Santa Claus we have come to know. What has struck me, over and over again, is how closely the evolving “myth” of Santa Claus has expressed the zeitgeist (“the spirit of a culture”) of his time and place. More than 1500 years, and several dozen human generations, separate the Greek-speaking Turkish bishop, Nicholas, and the Santa Claus who helped usher in the New Year in 1900. The original Nicholas would find it hard to recognize his own image—and yet, through all the distortions of the passing centuries, certain aspects of the myth remain faithful and true, still carrying into the world a message of generosity and bounty.

We start with a wonder-working Holy Man, a high-ranking member of the established Church, whose life was held up by that Church as an example of service to Jesus Christ and the Christian community... Read More.
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Advent Thoughts: December 23rd

Posted by Ellyn Sanna on December 23, 2011, 10:21 am
As you come to the end of this Advent season, consider Rahner's final words of advice:

This is precisely the message of Christmas: that in reality God is close to you, just where you are. . . . He is there with tender affection. He says: Do not be afraid. Trust to this close presence; it is not emptiness. Cast off, and you will find. Relinquish and you are rich. Because Christ accepted human life, you too can dare to do what he did. . . . For he is both God and human: giver, gift, and reception; call and answer in one. . . . We would experience ourselves differently if God had not been born human. And if we have the courage to understand ourselves in a way which can only be done in grace and faith ... Read More.
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Here Comes Santa Claus!

Posted by Billy Pilgrim on December 21, 2011, 8:36 am
The Saint Nicholas that Clement Clarke Moore introduced to the world in his 1822 poem “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” (aka “Twas the Night Before Christmas”) is a far cry from the Catholic bishop who was still (mysteriously) visiting Calvinist Holland and a very long way, indeed, from the fourth century wonder-working saint from Turkey. Moore’s “right jolly old elf,” who flew over the rooftops of old New York in a “miniature sleigh,” pulled by “eight tiny reindeer” is a supernatural being with very little resemblance to a traditional Christian saint, although he is clearly identified as “Saint Nicholas,” or, simply, “Saint Nick,” several times in the poem. And the father of the house, awakened by the clatter on the snowy lawn, recognized “in a moment” that the jolly, fur-clad little man with his snow-white beard, a “nose like a cherry,” and a belly that “shook when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly” was Saint Nicholas, bringing gifts for the children... Read More.
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Advent Thoughts: Santa Claus Comes to America!

Posted by Billy Pilgrim on December 20, 2011, 8:44 am
In 1609 the Dutch East India Company ship, Den Halve Maen (Half Moon) entered one of the greatest natural harbors on Earth, now known as New York Bay. Its English captain, Henry Hudson, sailed up the mighty river that bears his name as far as present-day Albany, claiming all the territory he explored for the Netherlands. In the decades that followed, the Dutch established the colony of New Netherlands--with its capital, New Amsterdam, at the foot of Manhattan Island.

The Protestant Dutch farmers and traders who settled New Netherlands--what is now northern New Jersey, the Hudson Valley, the City of New York, and western Long Island--brought their love of the old Catholic Saint Nicholas with them. Sinterklaas rode his white horse over the rooftops of New Netherlands and came down the chimney to leave goodies and toys in well-behaved children’s shoes on the eve of December 6, just as he had in Holland.

The Dutch colony peacefully changed hands in 1666 and was renamed New York by the British... Read More.
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