BY NEIL ELLIS ORTS This farm boy wandered the acres of woods and explored the gully. I sat under the cedar that grew on a high bank, roots exposed, waiting for the right number of rains to let go.
The aptly-named A Simple Morning Prayer pleads for understanding and love, for connection and illumination in a handful of terse lines. This piece is evidence that a poem need not be complex or long-winded to be a thing of authentic beauty and power.
One of the central themes of the work of the Jewish mystical philosopher Martin Buber was the question of understanding our relation to God.
Jenna Wysong Filbrun's Church is an ode to nature, life, and belonging in a time of spiritual upheaval, an ode to the wilderness, which was humanity's first place of worship.
With his poem My Hunger for You, Brian Yapko presents a desperate and generally unsuccessful search for God.
Angelic Armendariz, with her poem "Nonbeliever", gives readers a brief but poignant piece with three distinct stages in questioning faith, spirituality, and God.
Theologian Paul Tillich on the interplay of anxiety and fear and how they feed in to one another at the very foundation of the human mind.
Huston Smith on how his intellect and love of ideas brought him into a closer relationship with God, in an activity known as jnana, the Indian form of yoga centered around knowledge.
Huxley on the beatific vision of divine beauty that resides in Pure Interval and harmonious relationship, and experiencing the divine through architecture, music, sacred geometries and human relationships.
In this extract from an essay about bhakti and devotional love written in the late 19th century, Swami Vivekananda - the 19th century spiritual reformist and teacher of Vedanta who was instrumental in popularizing Hinduism and yoga in the west - makes the difference between empty religious ritual and the burning desire for union with God, which is as real as any hunger or thirst.