Spirituality means something different to everyone. For some, it's about participating in organized religion: going to a church, synagogue, mosque, and so on. For others, it's more personal—some people get in touch with their spiritual side through private prayer, yoga, meditation, quiet reflection, or even long walks. 

Research shows that even skeptics can't stifle the sense that there is something greater than the concrete world we see. As the brain processes sensory experiences, we naturally look for patterns and then seek out meaning in those patterns. And the phenomenon known as "cognitive dissonance" shows that once we believe in something, we will try to explain away anything that conflicts with it.

Humans can't help but ask big questions—the instinct seems wired in our minds. 

Recent posts on Spirituality

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A Thought-Free Life

If bad thoughts are bad for us, and even good thoughts are bad for us, what options do we have?

Life and Death in Every Moment

When I embrace life and death in every moment it makes life richer.

All About Deepak

Are there ways to include mindfulness practices in our everyday lives?

Soul Recovery

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on March 28, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
When the path is illuminated by loving awareness, even the most broken heart will find its way home.

Love It Forward: The Radical Wisdom of Jeff Brown

By Mark Matousek on March 28, 2017 in Ethical Wisdom
Jeff Brown delivers uncommon wisdom—uncommonly well—to his large online community.

In Defense of Language

It is critical that we respect our only means of making sense of our world.

Seriality vs Synchronicity: Kammerer vs Jung

While synchronicity theory has primarily stayed with Jungian thought, his contemporary Paul Kammerer had some very different ideas.

Is a Bird in the Hand Worth Two in the Bush?

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 24, 2017 in Hide and Seek
A bird in the hand is worth more than two in the bush, if you don't kill it.
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Enlightened Activity

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in Out of the Darkness
Florence Nightingale's life of amazing activity and social reform shows that to be "spiritual" doesn't necessarily mean being passive and inert.

We Are All Mojo Addicts

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 21, 2017 in Ambigamy
We all gravitate toward self-revitalizing signs of hope, and in the process, we generate social and interpersonal congestion.

Top "Turning Straw Into Gold" Pieces from the Past 6 Years

I always celebrate my anniversary of writing for Psychology Today with a post that offers some of my past pieces for reading.
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Why Do We Die?

By Thomas Hills Ph.D. on March 18, 2017 in Statistical Life
Our survivability is the bargaining chip that life pays to keep us immortal.

Looking Through the Eyes of Another

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on March 17, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
What would it be like, in this moment, to look through another’s eyes? To widen the circles of compassion and be part of the healing of our world?

Energizing Jung's Ideas About Synchronicity

Why spend a lifetime studying Jung's ideas about synchronicity? Professor Roderick Main is doing just that and, in this guest post, explains why.

My Favorite Psychology Study

Was the good Samaritan more upstanding than everyone else was? Or did he just have more time? This is the story of my favorite psychology study.

Coincidence Frequency Factors

Want to know how to make coincidences happen more frequently? Try a few mind adjustments.

What's the Difference Between Me and You?

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 14, 2017 in Hide and Seek
What makes me me and you you?
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Cosmic Consciousness

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Out of the Darkness
The American poet Walt Whitman was a great spiritual teacher.

Are Plants Aware?

By Robert Lanza M.D. on March 11, 2017 in Biocentrism
We usually only call something sentient if it responds to us. But despite our human preconceptions, plants may experience consciousness albeit in a different fashion from us.

Leadership Wisdom for Today

Vital leadership lessons from nature to meet the challenges of today.

The Study of a 32-Year Long Dream Journal

This long series of dreams offers an amazing opportunity to observe the emotional contours of a woman's life as she makes her way through a challenging and often dangerous world.

Therapy Adventures

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on March 07, 2017 in Minority Report
Have you ever experienced the transformational power of nature? If so, imagine how nature can act as the backdrop to healing, inspiration, and transformation when combined with...

Oblivion Isn't Really So Bad

By David Niose on March 06, 2017 in Our Humanity, Naturally
Atheists are sometimes warned that their beliefs offer nothing but oblivion after death — but is that really anything to fear?

An Autistic Saint?

Modern understanding of autistic spectrum disorders may shed light on the eccentric behavior of the Hindu saint, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.
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Meeting a Man With No Feet

'I had no shoes and I cried, until I met a man who had no feet.' Few of us realize just how blessed we really are!

Impact of the I Ching on Carl G. Jung & its implications

Cross-cultural information and knowledge exchange, contacts, and influences have transformed the field of psychology. Taoist psychology is an inspiration for Jungian psychology.
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Chemical Enlightenment?

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on March 01, 2017 in Out of the Darkness
The reason why psychedelic drugs like LSD and ayahuasca can't bring true spiritual awakening.

A Really Big Question Part I

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 27, 2017 in Ambigamy
Buddies kick the tires on a popular explanation for life: that life energy, vital force, spirit or soul enters matter and makes it come alive. They come away curious.

Martyrdom: Worst Idea Ever

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in Boundless
Martyrdom as an idea causes massive problems, on both the interpersonal and geopolitical levels.

Discovering the Gold

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on February 25, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
When we lock into a sense of falling short and the fear of failure, mindfulness and compassion practices help us to wake from this trance and remember who we really are.