Power or glory?
Religion itself needs redemption. In the Occupy movement, its potent ideals and traditions of resistance are resurrected
Bend, don't break
When you’re living in Beirut and violence keeps spilling into your life, where do you go to find strength? Try yoga
A broken offering
A cracked voice, an empty bank account, a tour of duty. Who would have thought so much light could still get in?
Stand, breathe, swing, cut – there is a simplicity to chopping firewood that feels like a kind of active meditation
A new generation of researchers is heading into the weird world of psychedelic drugs. It could change their minds
Ashes to ashes
Death rites have become private and tepid affairs. The Burning Man Temple brings a fiery edge to modern mourning
Solitude is enlightening but if it does not lead us back to society, it can become a spiritual dead end
Forests of the mind
What is the greatest human gift? It is metaphor, carrying a cargo of meaning across the oceans that divide us
Three new poems
‘An observer in armed conflict – there’s danger, yes, that’s true – but it’s managed'
Like someone is there
Ineffable encounters and moments of ego-transcendence can be quite matter-of-fact. What's really going on?
How I found my way out of depression, thanks to the writings of the English priest who brought Buddhism to the West
Tales on Dark Mountain
Is there anything left for the green movement to do but assuage its grief in ritual and myth?