Are you spiritual, but not religious? Or grounded in a traditional religious but are seeking something more? Are you interested in exploring new approaches for integrating spirituality in business and other aspects of life ? If you answered "yes," to any of these questions, check out the podcast of the Diversity and Spirituality Network. We interview experts, share our take on diversity and spirituality, and let you know what's going on with the Network. You can learn more about us by going to www.divspirit.com
A New Look at American Spirituality
According to the Fetzer Institute's recent study about spirituality in the United States, 86% of survey respondents considered themselves spiritual; about 66% aspire to be more spiritual; and people who identify as spiritual are more liable to be civilly engaged and get involved in politics and vote.
In this podcast, Fetzer President and CEO Bob Boisture discusses the study's findings and muses about spirituality in American life.
Hack the Brain! Neuroscience and Spiritual Practice
Contemporary neuroscience is an essential ingredient in our understanding of human development, including our capacity for greater happiness and wisdom. In this podcast, author and educator Jim Hickman explains how our evolving understanding of the brain's functioning gives credence to the value of certain forms of spiritual practice, how spiritual practice "sculpts the brain," and how we can use what we're learning about the brain to develop enhanced cognitive, emotional and spiritual skills.
The Mystic, the Psychic, the Paranormal
JeffreyJ J. Kripal mission is to extend religious scholarship into the realm of the preternatural. A professor and Associate Dean of Humanities at Rice University, he's pioneer in broadening religious studies to include things like mysticism, the paranormal and near-death experiences.
In this podcast, Kripal describes his foundational mystical experience, how he came to write a history of the counterculture, and his current research into emergent mythologies.
Into the Mystic
Former pharmacist Paul Corson explains how his transcendental experiences fundamentally changed his way of being in the world. He shares his born-again experience, the nature of miracles and, the relationship between spiritual substance and the material world.
"Differently Abled" - The Sara Minkara Story
Don't think of Sara Minkara as a blind person. Think of her as as person who is blind. Social activist, speaker, and a winner of multiple awards, the founder of the advocacy organization Empowerment for Integration (ETI) has never let used her absence of vision of an excuse or crutch. A Blind, Muslim, first-generation American, Sara Minkara has spent her life on a journey toward not only acceptance but also real empowerment—for herself and everyone she meets.
"Touching the Jaguar"
Author, activist and renegade economist John Perkins traces his journey from Peace Corps volunteer to co-founding the Pachamama Alliance, a non-profit devoted to establishing a world future generations will want to inherit. Perkins is best know for his best-selling book, Confessions of an Economic Hitman.
Perkins talks about the encounter with a shaman that saved his life, indigenous wisdom, and keys to transforming what he calls "the death economy" to a life economy.