I’ve always believed that personal and political transformation go together – that there will be no revolution ‘out there’ without radical changes in our own behavior, and vice-versa. How do religion and spirituality fit into this equation? Here are some recent pieces that may help to answer that question:
What can we learn from 22 articles on mindfulness and social change?
If we connect our contemplative practices with social realities we can fashion a healthier present and a better future.
A rounded human being has got to be better than a square one for the tasks that lie ahead.
How does spirituality connect to social change?
Can there ever be a truly successful, secular revolution?
Why do Westerners go to extremes in following Eastern spiritual paths?
Where does moral courage come from – the energy and strength to challenge and transform much larger powers?
Can the world be reconstructed through the fusion of personal and social change?
Is there any scientific basis for believing that love can be a force for change in politics and economics?
The movement for “mindfulness meditation” is growing, but can it break the modern political gridlock?
Can international development be re-imagined?
And here are some good pieces written by other authors for Transformation that I think are useful:
Two lives show that a truly integrated existence lies within everyone’s reach.
Mysticism can undermine the social and political order in fundamental ways.
Each act of love moves all of reality closer to unity and connection.
A unique blend of mysticism, activism and feminism.
What might a medieval recluse say to postmodern activists?
The ‘poetic genius’ inside of everyone creates a springboard for self-inquiry and social struggle.
In these days of solitude and waiting, we have to remain connected to the sources of our strength.
Any attempt to transform a social system without addressing both its spirituality and its outer forms is doomed to failure.
The memory of martyrs is exalted, but to what purpose?