#BELIEF

The Longing for Meaningful Connection

Anna Betz | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK
Anna Betz

I warmly recommend this approach for working positively with tensions at work and in life. It can really help to bring the needs of self and others into balance and create coherence between our inner beliefs and outward behaviour.

To Accept Defeat Doesn't Mean Failure

Cerys Aedy | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cerys Aedy

We all have our own way of doing things, our own internal rule book, if you like, and we don't take too kindly to other people or situations messing that up. Holding on to a set vision in the face of challenging circumstances is, in most cases, a sure path to disappointment, anger, resentment and a variety other negative emotions.

You've Changed...

Lisa Regan | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Regan

I have many female friends who have changed their physical identities from when we were teenagers to now, and some just in the last three years. This is completely normal for so many, as women we are blessed with those typical fluctuating weight issues and ever changing body types!

Life Lessons

Gracie Francesca | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Gracie Francesca

I've learned a lot about who I am, especially in the last year or so and I wanted to just be upfront about certain situations and lessons life has taught me. I am my own worst enemy and although I'm pretty confident, I struggle with acceptance and shame (I hate feeling exposed). Hindsight is a wonderful thing and upon reflection over the last few months, here are my 10 Important Life Lessons.

A Mum's Letter to Father Christmas

Amy Ransom | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Parents
Amy Ransom

The other day we were talking about the kids and whether they'd been good this year. You finished off by asking me what I'd like for Christmas. And I said dismissively, 'Oh, nothing.' But I realised later, that wasn't exactly true.

Is There a God?

Tim van der Vliet | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK
Tim van der Vliet

About 7 years ago I started I started opening up to what was really important to me and I became interested in life questions like: what does really matter to me? Is there more than what we can perceive with our five senses? What is my goal in life? And of course: is there a God?

What Kind of Woman Do You Want to Be?

Katie Portman | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Portman

We can become the kind of woman we look up to and admire. We can become the kind of woman that we dream about. We can become the kind of woman that we find ourselves being envious of. But we have to create her. We need a desire to change and a boldness to become her.Want to be a better woman? Then start today.

Whatever We Believe Becomes Our Reality

Maggie Currie | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

We usually act in a manner consistent with our beliefs. The most important belief system we can build is one where we absolutely believe that we are going succeed. This is called positive thinking, confirming our reality that we absolutely know that no matter what, we will be successful.

Is Religion the World's Largest Social Enterprise Accelerator?

Rajeeb Dey | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK
Rajeeb Dey

Religion and its role within business is something which fascinates me and is not a topic I feel is widely discussed.

This House Regrets Organised Religion

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

enying people the right of association based on an ideological factor, among other things, sets a dangerous precedent. To conclude, I do regret various factors connected with organised religion, but that does not mean that the very principle of it is regrettable.

Three Ways to Change Your Belief System

Sunita Pattani | Posted 07.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sunita Pattani

If we wish to experience a state of inner joy, then we must observe the stories that we tell ourselves and question their validity. We must take a thorough look at our beliefs and ask ourselves whether these beliefs are serving us in the correct manner.

Dangers of Solo Female Travel - A Response

Chloe Gunning | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Gunning

If I've learned one thing while travelling solo, it's that the majority of people are good, honest and helpful. I've actually felt less safe in areas of my home city of London than places people would often be nervous about visiting like Honduras or Brazil.

So Kids, I Lied About Santa, But Jesus Is Real

Sally Fraser | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sally Fraser

It breaks my heart to think that if she finds out Santa is made up then God and Jesus will go with him. I couldn't handle that because my jaded, patchy grown-up's faith is so strengthened by her perfect child-like one. At this time of year I need that more than ever; I honestly don't know how people survive Christmas without Christ.

If It Heals You Does It Need to Be Measured?

Tony Lobl | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK
Tony Lobl

In similar vein, stories of a health dividend from a "divine connection" - often called prayer - are slowly but surely being woven into the growing debate about the importance of life's immeasurables.

The Promise of Placebos - and the Promise Beyond?

Tony Lobl | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK
Tony Lobl

"The placebo effect is real, quantifiable and in fact you're doing quite well with an active therapy if you can get as good a response as the placebo response," said Professor Jon Stoessl, director of the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre at the University of British Columbia.

No-one Is Broken, Only Lost

Beth Burgess | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Burgess

From around the age of nineteen, I considered myself a broken person; I was an alcoholic, a prostitute and was plagued by a crippling anxiety disorder. Little did I know that one day it would all be resolved, proving that nothing about me was broken, only lost.

Why I Am No Longer a Christian: There Is No Free Will

Steven Colborne | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK
Steven Colborne

The first thing to make clear is that I have every respect for Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, and people of all faiths and no faith. Our beliefs, ...

Why I Love Jesus - An Agnostic's Easter Sermon

William T. Dobson | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK
William T. Dobson

I don't think there's any denying that Jesus was a pretty stand up guy. When he wasn't bringing people back to life - always a generous thing to do - he seemed to spend most of his time feeding the masses or turning water into wine. He was just the kind of bloke who would make a great addition to any party.

How Influential, Really, Is the Pope?

Robin Lustig | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK
Robin Lustig

How many of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics actually follow their church's teaching on matters such as contraception and abortion? How many actually believe its teaching on transubstantiation, that during Holy Communion the bread and wine offered to the congregation are miraculously changed into the body and blood of Christ?

Peace and Violence

Julian Bond | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Julian Bond

I am constantly being challenged - 'Islam isn't really a religion of peace', 'Why aren't you as a Christian denouncing Islam'. This is the language of hate and enmity, erecting barriers between people who need to meet, understand and build relationships with each other. But Jesus said, 'love your neighbour'. We need to hold on to that, whether we are Christian, Muslim, Hindu or atheist...

This House Believes Religion Has No Place in the 21st Century

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

I don't think that any of the good things which religions do are unique, and nor are they able to counterbalance all of the terrible things which they have done, which they continue to do, and which have been done in their name.

Christians Win Right to Wear Cross, but Not to Believe in Marriage

Mike Judge | Posted 17.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Judge

Yes, there are a variety of beliefs about marriage in society. Yes, there are people on all sides of the gay marriage debate. But should your beliefs about that issue result in you being pushed out of your job? Should your career be abruptly ended because you think marriage is only for men and women?

God-Fearing: A Faker's Guide

Philip Larkin | Posted 10.03.2013 | UK Comedy
Philip Larkin

Oddly, having spoken to my Da at length - it seemed the only things keeping her going were her family and her faith. My Gran is the most Catholic Catholic I've ever met. Me on the other hand - I'm not. I don't believe in God and I abhor the Catholic Church.

No Such Thing as a Non-Believer

Felicity A Morse | Posted 28.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Felicity A Morse

No one's religious anymore. Not anyone with any sense. Religion incites hatred, starts wars, and vilifies anyone who challenges its narrow-minded views. Believing in a big bearded man in the sky is stupid. I can say and do what I want because when I die I'm either going to be burnt or rot in the ground. That's it.

Believers Should Be Glad That Proofs for God Don't Work

Mark Vernon | Posted 23.06.2012 | UK
Mark Vernon

The so-called proofs for the existence of God are widely thought to fail.