Spirituality Without Religion
Spirituality must be distinguished from religion—because people of every faith, and of none, have had the same sorts of spiritual experiences.
Our minds are all we have. They are all we have ever had. And they are all we can offer others.
How we pay attention to the present moment largely determines the character of our experience and, therefore, the quality of our lives. Mystics and contemplatives have made this claim for ages—but a growing body of scientific research now bears it out.
There is now little question that how one uses one’s attention, moment to moment, largely determines what kind of person one becomes. Our minds—and lives—are largely shaped by how we use them.
Some pleasures are intrinsically ethical—feelings like love, gratitude, devotion, and compassion. To inhabit these states of mind is, by definition, to be brought into alignment with others.
I know of no society in human history that ever suffered because its people became too desirous of evidence in support of their core beliefs.
Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make when in the presence of religious dogma.
The problem with religion, because it's been sheltered from criticism, is that it allows people to believe en masse what only idiots or lunatics could believe in isolation.
Religious ideas about good and evil tend to focus on how to achieve well-being in the next life, and this makes them terrible guides to securing it in this one.
Pretending to know things that you do not know is the lifeblood of religion.