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USC Off the Beaten Path: The Search for Spirituality

Fellowship of the Rings

Finding spiritual release through mental exertion
By Jessica Roberts, November 20, 2007

The traveling rings in Santa Monica offer great exercise and a chance to feel like Spiderman or Tarzan. But some regulars say the rings offer a unique spiritual practice that brings together their minds and bodies.

Image: Fellowship of the Rings
A slideshow from a typical day at the rings, photos by Shirley Shin

"My turn on the rings," blog by Jessica Roberts

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The News21 fellows at USC report on the search for spirituality on paths that intersect with business, science, culture and even sports. Check out "Fellowship of the Rings" and "Fire Poi" for a look at how sport can lead to spirituality. Our tour of spiritual sites in California, a "Magical Mystery Tour" of the state will show you the places to visit off the beaten path. Interested in the cutting edge in treating war vets returning from Iraq? See the story on the military using mindfulness techniques.

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