Seeking Volunteers to Share Their Stories About Exploring Spirituality Post-Mormonism
Hi folks, I’d like to do a series of episodes for the Mormon Transitions podcast on the topic of exploring spirituality post-Mormonism. I’d like to interview post-Mormons who have discovered new spiritual paths, whether religious or secular, since leaving the LDS church. For many, one of the most difficult aspects of a “faith crisis” is suddenly having your entire paradigm/world-view jerked out from under your feet. This can leave you feeling disoriented and confused, feeling as if you suddenly don’t have an “anchor” or “compass” in life, which can create anxiety. I’d like to interview people who, since losing their faith in Mormonism, have gone on to find spirituality elsewhere, whether it be inside or outside a religious tradition.
If you fit that description and would be willing to be interviewed or participate in a panel discussion, please let me know in the comments below. Also, if you know of someone you think would be a good guest for an interview or panel discussion, please recommend him/her to me in the comments below. It would be helpful if you would mention which spiritual tradition/path you or your recommendation represents. Thanks!!!
Note: I use the word “spirituality” in its broadest sense, which includes secular spirituality. As the great Carl Sagan wrote:
“Spirit” comes from the Latin word “to breathe.” What we breathe is air, which is certainly matter, however thin. Despite usage to the contrary, there is no necessary implication in the word “spiritual” that we are talking of anything other than matter (including the matter of which the brain is made), or anything outside the realm of science. On occasion, I will feel free to use the word. Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. So are our emotions in the presence of great art or music or literature, or of acts of exemplary selfless courage such as those of Mohandas Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr. The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both.