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The True Nature and Power of Repentance and Forgiveness

Over the last few weeks I have received several mass e-mails with similar messages:

“In the spirit of the month of Elul – 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.”

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Understanding Prayer From A Higher Perspective

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.

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The Power of Spiritual Courage

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.

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The Promise of a New Conversation

We all can see the polarization that is currently at the core of much of the angry political discussions in the country. And we may be tempted to believe that this is something new.

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Don't Condemn The Ego: Love and Liberate It!

The ego is getting a bad reputation.

There seems to be a popular conception in some spiritual circles that the ego must be battled; that it is somehow inherently destructive.

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The Jerk's Guide to Spirituality

For several months last year, when anyone Googled my name, the first item that came up was, "Alan Lurie: What a Jerk." This was a link to the first blog that I wrote for The Huffington Post titled "What a Jerk!" which was an exploration of the Jungian concept of the "shadow."

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The Allure of Spiritual Narcissism

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. “Close your eyes and breathe in the peace of Shabbat [the Sabbath],” she said.

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In Defense of Moderates

Moderation seems to be under attack.

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.

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The Mystic's Journey

Several months ago, as I was riding on the New York 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:

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Developing Empathy as a Business Skill

On September 15, I had the privilege of speaking on a panel in New York City on the topic of teaching ethics in business schools.

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A Different Perspective on "Faith"

Spiritual growth begins with the basic acceptance that life is difficult. Buddhism, for example, teaches that suffering results from the ego’s attachment to that which is transient, and that we each can end suffering through right knowledge, action, and thought.

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Enter in Service

There are two powerful spiritual teachings about how to make important decisions: One teaching encourages us to “create our own reality.” The second teaching tells us to “let go and let God." These teachings, though, are exact opposites. 

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By Alan LurieSeptember 29, 2010
Topics: Business Communication, Self Improvement

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