21 November 2013, The Tablet

List for life

by Madeleine Bunting

Transcendence in the everyday

What are the things that make a person ‘spiritual’ and how can the search for spirituality become something profound and universally understood? These are questions that need answers in a society where material considerations dominate Use the word “spirituality” and there is often a nervous intake of breath. For most people, the nervousness is no longer at the prospect of an intense, evangelical religiosity, but arguably something even worse – a fluffy, candle-and-incense, New Age self-absorption. Periodically, someone brave steps into this nervy territory and initiates a conversation to explore the word and its meanings, and why so many would like it remaindered. Twelve years ago, I remember a series of talks at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London
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