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. 

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Science and Spirituality 3 - Some Questions Answered

Science and spirituality both have ways of understanding human experience of life, nature and the universe. It is wiser to seek a spiritual comfort zone, rather than a worldly one.

The Boundless Mind Podcast

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on July 20, 2017 in Boundless
The Boundless Mind podcast provides you with mindfulness exercises on the go.

In Kindness Will I Speak

In due season will I speak, not out of season. In truth will I speak, not in falsehood...

Just to Be Safe, Should You Believe in God?

By David Niose on July 16, 2017 in Our Humanity, Naturally
Religious doctrines disagree about who gets eternal bliss. Could it be the atheists?

The Sense of Wonder

By Karin Arndt, Ph.D. on July 14, 2017 in A Hut of Her Own
Feeling lonely, alienated, or disconnected? Reviving a childlike sense of wonder may be the key to recovery.
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The Hero's Journey

A path to a peaceful heart can be yours.

Am I an Illusion?

Is mindfulness the religion of atheists?

Matter- but Not Mind-blind—and Vice Versa

A pioneering study shows mentalism to vary inversely with mechanistic cognition as predicted by the diametric model.

Are We Really Made of Stardust?

We are connected, one to another, in every imaginable way.

Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 10

By Michael Jawer on July 09, 2017 in Feeling Too Much
It’s possible that searing trauma – experienced by humans or other creatures similarly endowed – produces effects that are simultaneously physical, emotional, and spiritual.

Gender Fluidity in the Gods

By Neel Burton M.D. on July 09, 2017 in Hide and Seek
And what it might mean.

Trump and Putin Do a Scene from a TV Series at G20 Summit

Artists unknowingly predict and sometimes create the future through their work. These coincidences point to a greater mind of which we are all a part.

The Psi of Coincidences

Telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition are common human experiences, perhaps with us from before human language developed. Modern science has no explanation.

Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 9

By Michael Jawer on July 05, 2017 in Feeling Too Much
The deeply felt nature of people-pet relations often manifests in anomalous reports. This may reflect the way other animals apprehend feelings and their emotional bond with people.

Trusting Our Hearts

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on July 05, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
When we bring mindfulness and compassion to our own doubt and fear and notice the goodness in ourselves and others, we begin to trust the intrinsic love that is our deepest nature.

The Humanity of Regret

What people tend to regret the most near the end of life is that they have not been more compassionate, loving, or supportive to those they love.
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The Healing Effects of After-Death Communications

How we stay connected to our loved ones after death.

Today's Spiritual Crisis

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on July 04, 2017 in Am I Right?
The inner and the outer selves are separated at our own peril.

Magical Thinking

The critical link between spirituality and science in the recovery process and the hope it offers to the addicted and the people who love them.
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The Toxic Emotion That Rules Our World

Shame is a hidden emotion that infects our politics. A sign of shame is to shame others. Spotting how shame operates can lead to wiser choices in our lives and in how we vote.

Why Do I Make Circles?

By Robert J Landy Ph.D. on July 01, 2017 in Couch and Stage
While visiting Konya, Turkey, an artist who photographs circles, meets "the grandson" of the mystical poet, Rumi, and reflects upon the experience of being a refugee.
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From the Worst in Human Nature to the Best

One of the most amazing things about disasters is the acts of incredible altruism and self-sacrifice they give rise to.

In the Belly of the Beast

There is no part of any one of us that is inherently negative or bad. Even our most destructive impulses can be transformed into compassion and wisdom through our willingness.

Reincarnation Research: Just a Coincidence?

Children ages 2-3 sometimes report details of the past lives of other people, claiming to have been that person.

Living By Simple Moral Codes Makes Us Worse, Not Better

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in Ambigamy
Always be honest, never dishonest, kind, never unkind, open, never closed. We can't live by such always-principles and we pay a big price for pretending we can.

How Do We Handle Religion in Mental Health Settings?

By Jean Kim M.D. on June 27, 2017 in Culture Shrink
What is the best way to handle a client's religious views if they differ from your own?

Everything in the Animal Kingdom Is in a State of Being

In contemporary world culture the philosophical concern of the mystery of both animal being and human being seems to have little credence.

The Grace of Dogs: A Boy, a Black Lab, and the Canine Soul

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Animal Emotions
A new book by Andrew Root called The Grace of Dogs: A Boy, a Black Lab, and a Father's Search for the Canine Soul ponders the deep meaning and mystery of dog-human relationships.

Andrew Weil: Coincidences in an Amazing Life

Coincidences in the professional life of a major contributor to the advancement of medicine.

A Note of Gratitude for My Friend

Dr. Leigh Shaffer has been an inspiration to me and I want to share my feelings of gratitude.