Prayer

A Christian Ramadan Retreat

Julian Bond | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Julian Bond

On the day I got up as usual, it was still dark, and made breakfast. I prayed the Lord's Prayer - 'give us this day our daily bread!' and asked for strength in fasting as a spiritual exercise. I finished breakfast around 06.30 (discovering later that the fast should began at 05.30, no imam for guidance though I could have researched it better - this was several years ago).

Is Our Key to Happiness Unlocking Who We Spiritually Are?

Tony Lobl | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

That refusal arms us with the all-important key to unlock the gates of self-preoccupation and open our hearts to the health-giving joy of loving - and living - who it is we spiritually are.

Library as Church, Bookshelf as Altar: Why I Gave Up Praying, and Carried on Reading

Kester Brewin | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Kester Brewin

Around 18 months ago my best friend died of cancer. He was early 40s, and left a wife and twins. Like me 'the son of a preacher man,' we'd collaborated together on projects exploring the outer edges of what our faith was becoming.

Sunni and Shia Islam- What's The Origin of The Split?

Amelia Amin | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Amelia Amin

The differences between Sunni and Shia Islam are political in origin, and remain so to this day. The way that Muslims are positioned throughout the world (70% Sunni, and 20% Shia) has heavily informed the politics of various countries and created much geopolitical tension and associated extremism between the two sects.

Is There a Healthier, Healing Way to See Ourselves?

Tony Lobl | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

To many - like myself - mentally challenging this stigma is at the heart of prayer, because if we successfully silence the voice of this self-stigmatisation we're left with nothing but the awareness of being a son or daughter of the divine, as Jesus showed us all to be.

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.

Seeking a New Route to Feeling Loved and Complete?

Tony Lobl | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Indeed, love probably means as many different things as there are people - from the unselfish care of a Mother Teresa to the heart-pounding passion of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. Yet with Valentine's Day upon us it's the romantic variety tugging at our heartstrings, especially if we lack that special someone to share it with.

The Benefits of Bedtime Prayers (Even for Non-Believers)

Sandi Mann | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sandi Mann

Historically bedtime prayers were part of every child's night time routine. Hot bath, and brushed teeth would be followed by a cosy story and a traditional bedtime prayer. The classic (and Christian) bedtime prayer for children was actually rather sobering.

Is There a Deeper Connection Beyond Christmas Loneliness?

Tony Lobl | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

But do we have to let aloneness define who we are? Or can alone time, however it arises, offer the opportunity to dig deeper and find hidden resources? That's what happened to me. I found that a sense of alienation didn't necessarily need company in order to be subdued.

Discovering Your Luck

Amy Anka | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

My garden is full of clover. Because I sit in the garden to write, I often get distracted and start day dreaming. I often look down at the ground an...

Seeking a Light Beyond Depression

Tony Lobl | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

For a couple of weeks I'd taken snapshots of glorious dawn skies from my bedroom window and posted them on Facebook, to modest acclaim from a few fait...

Prayer, Healing and 'Miracles' - Relic of the Past or Medicine of the Future?

Tony Lobl | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

The vast majority of people seem comfortable with the idea that 'there is more to life than meets the eye' and are convinced this 'something more' is spiritual - even if there's a broad array of views as to what that means.

Getting With the New Programme

Sonja Lewis | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

I had to reprogramme my thought processes: another step to getting rid of limited thinking. In the end, I adopted the theme 'finding happiness in your own space, with or without children' ... and obsessed over it.

Beyond Mental Health Labels Through a New View of You

Tony Lobl | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Dr Allen Frances warned that in the world of mental health care a label "can begin in a moment and live on for the rest of your life". It was vital, he said, that the labelling of mental health challenges was always undertaken very responsibly.

Bruce Springsteen's Light Shines Through the Darkness of Self-Loathing

Tony Lobl | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tony Lobl

The Boss is top of the live pops - he has just been voted No.1 among the 50 best acts currently performing. This accolade from a Rolling Stone panel ...

Why Atheists Should Pray

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK
Professor Damien Ridge

Prayer can be viewed as a kind of vertical communication (e.g. with a God), verbal or contemplative, structured (e.g. reading a prepared prayer) or freely composed (e.g. talking to an imaginary other).

Can "the Glory of Being Alone" Ease our Struggles With Loneliness?

Tony Lobl | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

"Only the lonely, know the way I feel," Roy Orbison sang in his 1960 hit single. More than 50 years have now passed and during that time many who hav...

Parents Who Prayed Instead Of Seeking Help For Dying Child Lose Appeal

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 04.07.2013 | UK

Praying to save a child, instead of seeking hospital treatment, is no defence against criminal culpability, a court has ruled, upholding the convictio...

Church Of England Accused Of 'Dishonesty' In Prayer Survey Findings

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK

Atheists have accused the Church of England of "spinning" the results of research that claimed ‘four out of five believe in the power of prayer’ a...

In God We Trust?

PA | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK

Four out of five British adults believe in the power of prayer, according to a new survey in the run-up to Easter. While some said they would pray ...

A Prayer for Teachers: St Francis and Leadership in Education

Bansi Kara | Posted 22.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Bansi Kara

Despite the inauspicious circumstances of my first hearing and the associations with rampant Toryism, I am moved today to show how the prayer itself should be the mantra of those of us who work in leadership positions in education.

What Might Fabrice Muamba's Extraordinary Year Say About the Health Benefits of Prayer?

Tony Lobl | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Scientific research recognises there is something in play when faith changes consciousness from apprehension to expectancy. Studies have been increasingly noting the impact positive anticipation has on medical outcomes

Outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams Hailed At General Synod

PA | Posted 21.11.2012 | UK

There were flowers, hugs and two prolonged standing ovations at the General Synod today for the outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. T...

Press Play To Pray

PA | Posted 25.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A multi-faith praying booth has been installed at a university. The specially converted photo booth of the Pray-o-mat offers more than 300 pre-reco...

Blair Did Pray With No 10 Staff

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.07.2012 | UK Politics

He once denied that he had prayed with former US president George Bush - but on Tuesday Tony Blair admitted he once ordered members of staff to do jus...