FT Press :: Alan Luriehttp://www.ftpress.com/authors/authorblog_rss.aspx?a=d69500ad-634a-486c-a80b-88fd9bb54ee5The latest blogs from Alan Lurie on FT Pressen-usBlog :: The True Nature and Power of Repentance and Forgivenesshttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/The-True-Nature-and-Power-of-Repentance-and-Forgiveness<p>Over the last few weeks I have received several mass e-mails with similar messages: </p> <p>&ldquo;In the spirit of the month of Elul &ndash; when we ask for forgiveness and prepare for repentance during the coming Holy Days - if I have in any way harmed or offended you, please forgive me.&rdquo;</p>Mon, 03 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/The-True-Nature-and-Power-of-Repentance-and-ForgivenessBlog :: Understanding Prayer From A Higher Perspectivehttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Understanding-Prayer-From-A-Higher-Perspective<p>There are many misconceptions about the nature of religion and faith, born partially from the media's presentation of extremism as though it is normative, from individual experiences with abusive or extremist sects, and from the belief that religion is antithetical to science and reason. </p>Fri, 13 May 2011 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Understanding-Prayer-From-A-Higher-PerspectiveBlog :: The Power of Spiritual Couragehttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/The-Power-of-Spiritual-Courage<p>A confession: I tend to react poorly when I believe that someone is criticizing me, often getting defensive or trying to make the other person wrong. </p>Thu, 21 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/The-Power-of-Spiritual-CourageBlog :: The Promise of a New Conversationhttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/The-Promise-of-a-New-Conversation<p>We all can see the polarization that is currently&nbsp;at the core of much of&nbsp;the angry political discussions in the country. And we may be tempted to believe that this is something new.</p>Thu, 31 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/The-Promise-of-a-New-ConversationBlog :: Don't Condemn The Ego: Love and Liberate It!http://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Dont-Condemn-The-Ego-Love-and-Liberate-It<p>The ego is getting a bad reputation. </p> <p> </p> <p>There seems to be a popular conception in some spiritual circles that the ego must be battled; that it is somehow inherently destructive. </p>Thu, 17 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Dont-Condemn-The-Ego-Love-and-Liberate-ItBlog :: The Jerk's Guide to Spiritualityhttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/The-Jerks-Guide-to-Spirituality<p>For several months last year, when anyone Googled my name, the first item that came up was, &quot;Alan Lurie: What a Jerk.&quot; This was a link to the first blog that I wrote for The Huffington Post titled &quot;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alan-lurie/what-a-jerk_b_183931.html">What a Jerk!</a>&quot; which was an exploration of the Jungian concept of the &quot;shadow.&quot; </p>Tue, 25 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/The-Jerks-Guide-to-SpiritualityBlog :: The Allure of Spiritual Narcissismhttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/The-Allure-of-Spiritual-Narcissism<p>Several months ago my wife and I attended a prayer service at a synagogue that is well known for its spiritual, and spirited, approach. As we entered, the Rabbi was leading a meditation. &ldquo;Close your eyes and breathe in the peace of Shabbat [the Sabbath],&rdquo; she said. </p>Fri, 14 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/The-Allure-of-Spiritual-NarcissismBlog :: In Defense of Moderateshttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/In-Defense-of-Moderates<p>Moderation seems to be under attack. </p> <p>This attack is clear in the realm of politics, as each party flees to the ideological extremes, claiming that compromise with the other is a dereliction of duty and principle, and that moderation is a weak and indecisive position. </p>Mon, 03 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/In-Defense-of-ModeratesBlog :: The Mystic's Journeyhttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/The-Mystics-Journey1<p> </p> <p>Several months ago, as I was riding on the <city w:st=""><place w:st="">New York City</place></city> subway, I glanced up at the usual band of advertising that ran over the windows and noticed something unusual: a small square poster that contained the logo of the New York Public Library, along with the following quote: </p> <p />Tue, 07 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/The-Mystics-Journey1Blog :: Developing Empathy as a Business Skillhttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Developing-Empathy-as-a-Business-Skill<p>On September 15, I had the privilege of speaking on a panel in <place w:st=""><city w:st="">New York City</city></place> on the topic of teaching ethics in business schools. </p>Wed, 03 Nov 2010 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Developing-Empathy-as-a-Business-SkillBlog :: A Different Perspective on "Faith"http://www.ftpress.com/blogs/A-Different-Perspective-on-Faith<p>Spiritual growth begins with the basic acceptance that life is difficult. Buddhism, for example, teaches that suffering results from the ego&rsquo;s attachment to that which is transient, and that we each can end suffering through right knowledge, action, and thought. </p>Mon, 11 Oct 2010 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/A-Different-Perspective-on-FaithBlog :: Enter in Servicehttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Enter-in-Service<p>There are two powerful spiritual teachings about how to make important decisions: One teaching encourages us to &ldquo;create our own reality.&rdquo; The second teaching tells us to &ldquo;let go and let God.&quot; These teachings, though, are exact opposites.&nbsp;</p>Wed, 29 Sep 2010 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Enter-in-ServiceBlog :: What a Jerk!http://www.ftpress.com/blogs/How-to-Experience-Abundance2<p><i>Who is pushing?</i> </p> <p>I turned to see a tall bald man looking down at me as the train pulled in to the platform. I let two people in before me, and that&rsquo;s when I felt the push. </p>Fri, 17 Sep 2010 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/How-to-Experience-Abundance2Blog :: Awakening to Spirithttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Awakening-to-Spirit<p>There are several forms of sleep: </p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Nightly sleep, which gives our bodies and minds relief from the stresses of the day. </p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dream state, which allows our subconscious to communicate our hidden conflicts and desires. </p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sleep of the spirit, which gives us the illusion of safety and separation. </p> <p> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> </p> <p />Tue, 10 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Awakening-to-SpiritBlog :: The Cure for All That Ails Ushttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/The-Cure-for-All-That-Ails-Us<p>We live in extraordinarily complex and confusing times, and many of us are feeling overwhelmed by the challenges of our lives and the difficulty in navigating a world in which so much seems to be out of our control.</p>Thu, 22 Jul 2010 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/The-Cure-for-All-That-Ails-UsBlog :: Growth Through Adversityhttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Growth-Through-Adversity<div><p><em>Life is Difficult </em></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>This short aphorism is the opening sentence of M. Scott Peck&rsquo;s bestselling book, <i>The Road Less Traveled</i>. Published in 1978, this book sold over 7 million copies, and has been translated into more than twenty-three languages.</p> </div>Tue, 29 Jun 2010 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Growth-Through-AdversityBlog :: Developing Healthy, Constructive Angerhttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Developing-Healthy-Constructive-Anger<p>1996: </p> <p>I am driving home to <city w:st="">Atlanta</city> from <city w:st=""><place w:st="">Charlotte</place></city>, after a long and difficult day at work. Traffic is slow, and I am blocked by passing trucks and slow drivers. Finally I break free of the pack, and hit the gas. </p> <p><i>Smooth sailing</i>, I think. </p> <p />Mon, 14 Jun 2010 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Developing-Healthy-Constructive-AngerBlog :: The Three Characteristics of Extremismhttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/The-Three-Characteristics-of-Extremism1<p>If you, like me, grew up in the 1960&rsquo;s, were a bit of a nerd, dreamed of a brighter future, and loved science fiction, you were a Star Trek fan. If so, you may remember an episode titled &ldquo;Let That Be Your Last Battlefield&rdquo;. </p>Fri, 11 Jun 2010 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/The-Three-Characteristics-of-Extremism1Blog :: Hearing the Call to Growthhttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Hearing-the-Call-to-Growth<div><p> </p> <p>In the Talmud -- the encyclopedic compilation of Jewish moral and ethical debate -- can be found this beautiful and mysterious sentence: </p> <p><a href="http://www.quotesdaddy.com/quote/334843/the-talmud/every-blade-of-grass-has-its-angel-that-bends-over"><em>Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, 'Grow, grow.'</em></a><em> </em></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>For some, this sentence presents several obstacles to understanding its message.</p> </div>Mon, 10 May 2010 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Hearing-the-Call-to-GrowthBlog :: How to Build Deep Relationshipshttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/How-to-Build-Deep-Relationships<p>My favorite <i>NewYorker</i> cartoon shows a man sitting at a table across from a young woman. The man is dapperly dressed, with swept-back hair and a confident smile. He leans toward the woman, and in the first frame says, &ldquo;me, me, me.&rdquo; </p>Mon, 03 May 2010 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/How-to-Build-Deep-RelationshipsBlog :: The Three Characteristics of Extremismhttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/The-Three-Characteristics-of-Extremism<p>If you, like me, grew up in the 1960s, were a bit of a nerd, dreamed of a brighter future, and loved science fiction, you were a Star Trek fan. If so, you may remember an episode titled &ldquo;Let That Be Your Last Battlefield.&rdquo; </p>Fri, 23 Apr 2010 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/The-Three-Characteristics-of-ExtremismBlog :: Stages of Moral Developmenthttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Stages-of-Moral-Development<p>You may have seen recent advertisements for HSBC Bank. Titled &ldquo;Different Values,&rdquo; these ads feature three pictures of the same object with three different captions. The most compelling of these ads features the picture of a lost wallet lying open on the sidewalk, with the captions &ldquo;Misfortune,&rdquo; &ldquo;Obligation,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Temptation.&rdquo;&nbsp; </p>Mon, 15 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Stages-of-Moral-DevelopmentBlog :: Try Something Completely Differenthttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Try-Something-Completely-Different<p>I&rsquo;m a big fan of <i>Seinfeld</i>. Although the show is famously &ldquo;about nothing,&rdquo; many of the episodes explore basic existential issues that most of us struggle with. My favorite episode is titled &ldquo;The Opposite,&rdquo; which begins with George&rsquo;s painful - and obvious - realization that his life is not working. </p>Mon, 22 Feb 2010 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Try-Something-Completely-DifferentBlog :: Ways to Bring More "Luck" in to Your Lifehttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Ways-to-Bring-More-Luck-in-to-Your-Life<p>Recently, I came across a very interesting article in <i>Newsweek </i>magazine. The article explored this question: Why do some people survive accidents and natural disasters while others do not? In an economic environment that presents challenges for which many of us have no reference, this question is very pertinent.</p>Mon, 08 Feb 2010 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Ways-to-Bring-More-Luck-in-to-Your-LifeBlog :: Stop Complaining!http://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Stop-Complaining<p>I recently attended a concert, and sitting next to me was a man I recognized, but had never spoken to at length. I turned toward him, and said, </p> <p>&ldquo;Hi. How&rsquo;s life?&rdquo; </p> <p>&ldquo;How&rsquo;s life?&rdquo; he answered. &ldquo;What kind of question is that? How do you think my life is?&rdquo; </p> <p />Mon, 25 Jan 2010 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Stop-ComplainingBlog :: How to Respond to Fearful Timeshttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/How-to-Respond-to-Fearful-Times<p>During this financial crisis, many people have asked for insight on how to think about what we are going through, wondering what religious and spiritual teachings have to offer at times like this. I have struggled to find something meaningful to say, because I also feel great stress and uncertainty. </p>Mon, 21 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/How-to-Respond-to-Fearful-TimesBlog :: How Companies Evolvehttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/How-Companies-Evolve<p>We may think that the world of business - hard-nosed, bottom line - does not welcome moral and spiritual growth, and, in fact, that such growth may be detrimental because spiritually committed leaders and employees might be less likely to make the tough decisions needed in a competitive environment.</p>Mon, 23 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/How-Companies-EvolveBlog :: How to Find Fulfillment at Workhttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/How-to-Find-Fulfillment-at-Work<p>I recently met with a young man who, on the recommendation of a mutual friend, asked if we could get together to talk.</p> <p> </p> <p>&ldquo;I dread getting up every morning to go to work, and every evening I come home drained and exhausted,&quot; he said.&nbsp;What should I do?&rdquo; </p>Fri, 06 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/How-to-Find-Fulfillment-at-WorkBlog :: How to Experience Abundancehttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/How-to-Experience-Abundance1<p>We are learning the devastating results of an unrestricted focus on short-term monetary gain, and we are seeing the public&rsquo;s anger at the people who&rsquo;ve pursued vast quantities of wealth, seemingly without concern for consequences to others. This may lead us to believe that we have only two options:</p>Mon, 26 Oct 2009 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/How-to-Experience-Abundance1