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Is spirituality a matter of becoming less or more human?

November 28, 2011 By: Michael Nagel Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit



Remain true to the earth, my brethren, with the power of your virtue! Let your bestowing love and your knowledge be devoted to be the meaning of the earth! Thus do I pray and conjure you.

Let it not fly away from the earthly and beat against eternal walls with its wings! Ah, there hath always been so much flown-away virtue!

Lead, like me, the flown-away virtue back to the earth- yea, back to body and life: that it may give to the earth its meaning, a human meaning!

~ The character of Zarathustra in Thus Spake Zarathustra

by Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher

For far too many spiritual seekers, their spiritual aspiration is like an iron maiden of virtue whose inner critic spikes ceaselessly stab our all-too-human souls. We envision becoming “spiritual” as transcending our humanity rather than becoming more fully human.

Modeling their behavior according to ideas of spirituality that they have read in books, many seekers I meet are genuinely upset with their humanity. Read more »

Poetics of Aging Conference

November 11, 2011 By: celedra Category: Uncategorized


For the first time in history we are embarking on a new dimension of aging where answers are as mysterious as the questions. What does aging mean to us now? Is it aging or is it opening? What are the possibilities? These are a few of the questions we are beginning to ask ourselves and each other as we co-create a new paradigm in this great adventure.

Join us in our video presentation of Aging With Grace and Glory this November 16th – 19th at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in San Francisco as we present the first in a series of Aging With Grace and Glory.

Nader Shabahangi, CEO of Agesong Elder Communities and President of AgeSong Institute, interviews 97-year young Marion Rosen, originator of Rosen Method for stress reduction, and 90-year young Magana Baptiste, co-founder of Breath-based Yoga.  Both nonogenarians are still working and will be presenting at the Poetics of Aging Conference, November 16-19, 2011, in San Francisco. For more information, visit:



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