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Michael Thomsett

Options Trading: A Christmas Visit

By Michael C. ThomsettDec 22, 2011

Is there a Santa Claus in the optinos market?

Alan Lurie

The True Nature and Power of Repentance and Forgiveness

By Alan LurieOct 3, 2011

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.”

Alan Lurie

Understanding Prayer From A Higher Perspective

By Alan LurieMay 13, 2011

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.

Alan Lurie

The Power of Spiritual Courage

By Alan LurieApr 21, 2011

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.

Alan Lurie

The Promise of a New Conversation

By Alan LurieMar 31, 2011

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.

Alan Lurie

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

By Alan LurieMar 17, 2011

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.

Alan Lurie

The Jerk's Guide to Spirituality

By Alan LurieJan 25, 2011

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."

Alan Lurie

The Allure of Spiritual Narcissism

By Alan LurieJan 14, 2011

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.

Alan Lurie

In Defense of Moderates

By Alan LurieJan 3, 2011

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.

Alan Lurie

The Mystic's Journey

By Alan LurieDec 7, 2010

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:

Alan Lurie

Developing Empathy as a Business Skill

By Alan LurieNov 3, 2010

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.

Alan Lurie

A Different Perspective on "Faith"

By Alan LurieOct 11, 2010

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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