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I need help conceptualizing what happens to my mind when I'm PMSing from a holistic/ feminist /empowering perspective and am looking for traditional rituals, self care options, and/or mythological explanations that "value the divine feminine energy" instead of the misogynist assumption that "women are hormonal". I'm looking for spiritual/ psychological healing options rather than help with the physical cramps and headaches and etc. [more inside]
Sort of by accident, I've volunteered to organise a small "humanist/secularist/pluralist" group. This looks likely to take the form of a book club. Can anyone recommend some suitable books? Specific requirements inside. [more inside]
I'm trying to find an amazing TEDx talk I watched recently about vanity, mortality and anal bleaching. An Australian comedienne. Help! [more inside]
I am looking for an astrologer to work with personally over the phone or even email who could check out both my tropical and sidereal (aka western and Vedic) zodiacs and make a composite chart and then explain it to me basically. [more inside]
I'm looking for a reading for an infant baptism from a source other than the Bible. There will be at least one biblical reading, but I'd like to have at least one non-Bible reading. I'm open to both secular readings and spiritual or religious readings from sources other than the Bible. Possible themes: welcoming into the community, parents' responsibility to children, gratitude for the gift of a child, what a child brings to a family or community, things along those lines. [more inside]
I am sure this will be an easy one for those who know what I am talking about. It was a pop-philosophy utilitarian analysis of thief vs producer / smart vs stupid, shown on a four quadrant grid. What is that essay? [more inside]
Following the recent Islamic extremist attacks in the UK, a narrative has come from the far right that somehow all Muslims think the same way and believe the same things. It seems that western societies are open to the idea of variation and disagreement within Christian culture, but tend to see Islamic cultures as homogenous. What examples are there of major disagreements within Christianity? [more inside]
I recently met a Buddhist monk who asked for my email address so we could stay in touch. He introduced himself in person with a name like "James" and begins his email with, "I'm James, the monk who met you today." But his email also includes the sentence, "Below is my title and ordained name." He signed the email with his ordained name. How do I most respectfully address a reply to him? With James? Or the ordained name? Or "venerable" + ordained name?
Is there a philosophy book or site that would be helpful in guiding me through rigorously defining my own value system? [more inside]
How do you stop yourself from being ground down by the frustration of everyday things that are not going to change anytime soon? [more inside]
how do buddhists stop their compassion for all things from negatively impacting them? [more inside]
I know about the Christian story of Jesus telling a man to worry about the log in his own eye before the speck in his brother's eye. [more inside]
I'm doing research on fish taken out of the Sea of Galilee during biblical times. I was wondering: if Jesus' Feeding of the Multitude miracle happened as described in the Bible, what species were the "two fish" Jesus used? [more inside]
I am looking for scholarly commentaries on Bible stories, particularly the Old Testament. These can be Christian, Jewish, or Muslim (since there's a lot of overlap between the Bible and the Koran). [more inside]
Zen Masters, help me? What's a great introductory program for meditation? I need something that will give me daily assignments (ideal would be every day for a month, but I can adapt). It can be a book, an app, a website, whatever. And yes, I know there are many different types of meditation and I will be learning for the rest of my life. I just need something with a bit of structure to get myself and a friend into the habit and hold each other accountable. Thoughts? Thanks guys.
What should I pray every day. [more inside]
I missed services at my synagogue this morning and I need a place to say mourner's Kaddish for my Dad tonight. Does anyone have recommendations for a synagogue (preferably in downtown Manhattan) where there are evening or Havdallah services tonight? Open to any denomination. I am a woman and I don't mind divided seating but don't want to go somewhere where I wouldn't be allowed in with pants or prohibited from saying the Kaddish in my section. Any suggestions very much appreciated.
I remember seeing something on TV in the 90's like CPG Gray's "The Trouble with Transporters". Does anyone know where to find it? [more inside]
I would like to purchase a bible that is easy to read, is clear on intent and can educate me. I am not religious. I would like to read this historically. I want to understand why people think that their personal beliefs are more important that other peoples personal beliefs. The concept confuses me. I would like to read a bible that is just direct and specific. What should I read?
This seems like a rather frivolous question to ask, but, does anyone know if there are any US celebrities who practice Jodo Shinshu (aka "Shin") Buddhism? [more inside]