Santa, the Cosmos, and a Leap of Faith

Valerie Elverton Dixon writes about her leap of faith that tells her that “the Is-ness that existed before the beginning, that exists now, and that will exist after the end is Divine Love “that loves us with “a love that is as infinite and as eternal as the Cosmos itself.”

The Children

“The truth is, even now he doesn’t know how or why he’d so abruptly turned his back on his wife and children, forsaken his wedding vows, and broken with Jewish law. It was almost as if he’d been under the influence of a drug.” A story by Jennifer Anne Moses.

Giving Tuesday 2019

Do you love what we do at Tikkun and the Network of Spiritual Progressives? Do you have friends you think might love our work too? Here’s a great way to support us! #GivingTuesday is right around the corner (Tuesday, December 3rd) and we’d really appreciate it if you set up a fundraiser on your own Facebook page and invited your friends to donate—see below for more instructions. We are so grateful for your ongoing support.

Snarky Comments

Erica Etelson argues that if a Democratic candidate is to win in 2020, they must forsake snarky retorts in the service of reclaiming Obama-to-Trump voters and non-voters.

Mindfulness and its limitations in a neoliberal society

Transformation through Inquiry: Mindfulness for the Neoliberal Self

by Ronald E. Purser (co-editor of the Handbook of Mindfulness: Culture, Context and Social Engagement)  and Jack Petranker (former Dean of the Tibetan Nyingma Institute)


“It is not a sign of health to be well adjusted to a sick society”

 – Krishnamurti

Mindfulness, a practice with Buddhist roots but a contemporary secular face, is today found almost everywhere. From programs in schools, hospitals and prisons; to endorsements by celebrities; to monks, neuroscientists, and meditation coaches rubbing shoulders with CEOs at the World Economic Forum in Davos, it is clear that mindfulness has gone mainstream. Some have called it a mindfulness revolution. There is much that is good in this. Thousands of people in all walks of life attest to the value of mindfulness in dealing with stress, anxiety, and burn-out, not to mention chronic pain, negative and buried emotions, and much more.

Unfashionable Fascism

[Editor’s note:  What happens when lesser-evil politics leads us to embrace politicians to fight the horrific Trump regime who themselves have their hands filled with blood? It’s a difficult choice, because we don’t want to be like the German communists in the 1920s who refused to unite with German socialists to combat the rising Nazi tide. Certainly preventing nuclear war is a goal important enough that we might want to consider making an alliance with forces that we detest? But we also can’t really understand and change the reaction against the Democrats if we are unable to critique the ways that Clinton and Obama may have contributed to the possibility of a Trump regime (without denying the extreme racism that Obama faced throughout his presidency). So deciding exactly how best to counter the contemporary emergence of fascistic forces is not simple.