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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When 'Perfect' Beings Turn Bad

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on February 19, 2017 in Out of the Darkness
Why do so many spiritual teachers become exploitative and corrupt?
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Crime, Gore and So Much More

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 19, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
The Museum of Death in New Orleans offers exhibits that educate.

Big Screen, Big Life

By Laurie Helgoe Ph.D. on February 18, 2017 in Introvert Power
Would your life win an Oscar? Watch movies, watch your life, enjoy both.

Self-Deification!

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in Ambigamy
Self-deification is all the rage these days! Climb on the bandwagon! There's room for you and you don't need to know anything to do it!

What Is Synchronicity?

David Strabala had a question and set about trying to find the answer. He arranged interviews with experts who he hoped might help him figure out synchronicity.

Donald Trump as the Fisher King: #DonaldAreYouOkay?

Is Donald Trump the Fisher King? Are we all like the Grail Knight, forgetting to ask the crucial question?

It’s on: Science & Religion Throw Down; Part 2

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
A prominent argument that evolution cannot explain why humans are religious is examined and found wanting.

Finding the Meaning of Life Today

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in The Pursuit of Peace
We may want to make our "mark" on the world, but the greatest sources of meaning and significance may be found in little moments throughout daily life.
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I Enjoy Myself Best When I'm Enjoying Somebody Else

By Bernard L. De Koven on February 14, 2017 in On Having Fun
Another truth my love reveals...

Real but Not True

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on February 13, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
Uninvestigated, our limiting beliefs are a veil between us and reality. But when we deepen our attention and start seeing past them, the light of the stars starts shining through.

The Head, Heart, and Soul in Psychotherapy

Material loss clears the way for spiritual gain, but why wait?

Radio Stories: Synchronicities in a Therapist’s Office

An interview on a radio show dedicated to coincidence studies features a wide-ranging discussion of clinical experiences with synchronicity.

Hope for Restavek Children in Haiti

By Jamie D. Aten Ph.D. on February 09, 2017 in To Heal and Carry On
New HDI research finds that culturally adapted intervention lowers PTSD symptoms and spiritual struggles in traumatized Haitian children sold into slavery.

Cultivating Generosity

By Kate Levinson Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in Emotional Currency
Ordinary generosity is extraordinary.
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When a Psychological Disorder Becomes Normal

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on February 07, 2017 in Out of the Darkness
When we abuse nature, we are really only abusing ourselves. We are connected to nature. And our survival depends on us being able to sense the connection.

Compassion for Trump?

Many of us are in the grips of difficult emotions triggered by the presidency of Donald Trump. But can we have compassion for him? And can this be transformative?

5 Essential Facts About Children and War

If we want to help children exposed to armed conflict, we would do well to heed the findings of recent studies.

Paul ‘H.R.’ Hudson and the Enduring Power of P.M.A.

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on February 03, 2017 in Brick by Brick
It’s no exaggeration to say that people worship Bad Brains.

Where Does It Hurt?

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on February 02, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
The wounds in our life are so often related to severed belonging. Healing is possible, and begins with the question: Where does it hurt?

Gwynneth Haynes Wrestles With Her Shadow

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on February 02, 2017 in Brick by Brick
Punk rock, at its core, is a confrontation — challenging people’s perspectives on personal and cultural norms.

Make Peace With Your Mind: A Conversation With Mark Coleman

By Mark Matousek on January 31, 2017 in Ethical Wisdom
The longtime meditation teacher and mindfulness consultant on how to confront the bullies within, and end the way in our own minds.

Is Getting What We Want Whenever We Want It Good For Us?

Technology makes us believe that we can get whatever we want... instantly. But is this belief destroying our true happiness?

The Solution to Your Mind Wandering Problem

By Rob Henderson on January 30, 2017 in After Service
Are you often distracted? Some tips to stay focused.

Religious & Traditional Healers for OCD: Helpful or Hurtful?

When there is a conflict between approaches, your client will not choose you, even with science on your side.

Wringing Meaning Out of Depression

There is light beyond the darkness.

Neil Gaiman and Process Philosophy

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on January 27, 2017 in Boundless
Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods provides a diversion, but possibly also some insight, into this fractious and upsetting time.

A Time to Keep Silence

Solitude. Discovering the essential nature of one's individuality.

Seeing Is Believing: Religion, Madness, & Mechanism

Mentalism conflicts with mechanism in both religion and art.

It’s on: Science & Religion Throw Down; Part 1

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on January 20, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
Why do some religious people insist that science and religion are not at war?

Is Spirituality Irrational?

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on January 19, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Is spirituality irrational? The answer might surprise you!