By Stephen Russell-Lacy. Do you have mixed feelings about the Christmas season? Typically, people say that they had a stressful time, despite also being satisfied. The very phrase ‘the spirit of Christmas’ evokes a sense of goodwill and cheer. Yet the idea can sound a bit hollow if we live alone and have no … Continue reading Christmas – Not looking forward to it?
By Stephen Russell-Lacy. We all know there is mutual resentment and antagonism in the Middle East. Rhetoric on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is incredibly heated. All involved in the region have been subject to the horror of dreadful actions. Feelings of protest, anger and fear have often got out of hand. When shouting … Continue reading Israeli-Palestinian conflict – Ethics?
By Stephen Russell-Lacy. Spiritual writer Emanuel Swedenborg is often seen as sexist. He wrote that a woman’s heart can stay longer elevated into superior heat than can the heart of a man. According to this view women, more than men, are capable of a deeper and more sustained feeling of care and affection. In contrast, … Continue reading Swedenborg – Was he sexist?
by Stephen Russell-Lacy. When on life’s path we are all likely to be blown off course by the myriad unsettling and distracting things in the world in which we live. By worries and stress to do with, for example, gaining social esteem, earning a living, keeping friends, or finding a mate. And so you may … Continue reading Spiritual practice – Which one is best?
By Stephen Russell-Lacy. Someone may feel you have betrayed them. Did you do or fail to do something? It is not so difficult to renege on a personal undertaking. We also betray a fellow worker if we take credit for their work. Or if we fail to stick up for them when someone unfairly criticises them … Continue reading Betray someone – What happens?
By Stephen Russell-Lacy. In politics people don’t always keep their promises. In the 2010 election to the House of Commons, all the Liberal Democrat Party candidates took a pledge to oppose any increase in university tuition fees and to campaign for their abolition. However, after forming a coalition government with the Conservatives, 21 of 57 … Continue reading Promises – Is it okay to break them?
By Lee Differ Many of us – well, the older amongst us – might recall a television comedy from the 1970s: ‘The Good Life’. It told of an idealistic couple living out their dream of what such a life should be. Simplicity was their goal in response to a world of complexity, mass production, and ugliness. … Continue reading The Good life, or an ancient triad.
By Stephen Russell-Lacy Superman along with other hero figures such as Spiderman and Batman have grabbed my young grandsons’ attention. They are crime fighting superheroes with a moral compass acting with super-powers for the benefit of humanity. What makes Superman a hero is not that he has power, but that he has the wisdom … Continue reading Hero worship – Good for spiritual health?
By Stephen Russell-Lacy People vary as to what they understand by the term ‘miracle’. For many, miracles smack of things caused by the supernatural, like a magical or mythical power. The term has religious connotations and the secular mind may be sceptical about miraculous phenomena seeing them as possibly due to superstitious perception. Others may … Continue reading Miracles – Do they happen?
By Stephen Russell-Lacy If you are like me you may have a sneaky suspicion that you could be more giving . When you meet with others perhaps you could be a bit more ready to give something of yourself than is strictly necessary or expected. You don’t have to be stingy or mean to lack generosity – just a … Continue reading Giving – 4 tips for improvement