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

The Psychology Of Eclipses

All six suicides on eclipse day investigated by this unique study, were by men and occurred only in the regions crossed by the path of totality

Yoga Beyond an Exercise Class

Yoga affords significant physical and emotional benefits: is it possible that most participants may only see the tip of the iceberg from this powerful practice?

How Can We Change the Rampant Disrespect in Our World?

Is disrespect wearing you down? Some ways to begin making a difference.

Holding the "Both-And" in Times of Stress

Compassion, wisdom, and curiosity may just be able to help us avoid the well trodden path to polarization, them vs us, and the limits of right and wrong. We are more than all that!

Keep Daydreaming: Why Only Dreamers Create Consciously

Understand the concept of unintentional creation of reality: Worrying vs. daydreaming.

Two Parallel Events Together Send a Message to You

Conjunctions of Meaningfully Parallel Events (CMPEs) is a coincidence type that provides highly useful messages to those who learn how to use them.

They Won't Stop Because They Can't Stop

Why can't they just stop? The answer may surprise you. A former addict shares his journey and insight gained during recovery.

Awe as an Antidote to the Polarized Mind

By Kirk J. Schneider Ph.D. on August 08, 2017 in Awakening to Awe
Awe-based tips for healing the social divides.

Stopping by Woods on a Black Fly Infested Summer Day

Just when you think you know where you've going, a black fly gets lodged in your right nostril. What to do?

Does Science Really Say There’s No Purpose to Life?

Many scientists see humanity as just a cosmic accident. But in a recent journal article, I describe a natural process that could have endowed humanity with an ultimate purpose.

Chewing on the Twizzler Coincidence

Out of the mundane discover of a package of Twizzlers comes a meaning loaded sequence that challenges the materialist view of how the world works.

Why Religions Support Elites

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on August 02, 2017 in The Human Beast
Pope Francis acts out the humility preached by Christian ascetics for two millennia. Yet, he owns what is probably the most valuable art collection in the world.

Unimagined Sensitivities—Series Conclusion

By Michael Jawer on August 01, 2017 in Feeling Too Much
Death—and its close relative, trauma—may trigger perceptions that subvert the normal bounds of space and time. The fascinating evidence merits serious investigation.

Science and Religion: Compatible or Not?

Is there a worldview that would satisfy our psychological cravings for religion, without requiring us to sacrifice any dedication to science? There probably is, so stay tuned.

Mourning a Young Life

I went to a funeral this weekend for a woman whose bright life ended far too soon. As I sat there, steeped in grief, I reflected again, anew, on how religion is dance.

What's Precious to You?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on July 31, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Try to identify what is sacred to you. Maybe you already know. You could also find a place or time that is peaceful or meaningful. Different answers come to different people.

Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 12

By Michael Jawer on July 30, 2017 in Feeling Too Much
A life-threatening emergency can, in some cases, produce a veritable distress signal that communicates what is being experienced, physiologically and/or emotionally.

The History and Psychology of the Orgy

By Neel Burton M.D. on July 29, 2017 in Hide and Seek
Orgies gave people a much-needed break.

Reminiscing and Contemplating

There is a natural tendency with age to live too much in the past.

Benefits of Sex After 50

On July 24, 2017, The European Court of Human Rights affirmed the importance of sexuality to people 50 and older. From hormones to spirituality, sex can benefit older adults.
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Leadership Benefits of Synchronicity Awareness

Meaningful coincidences can inform leadership decisions in highly useful ways. Philip Merry discusses how openness to using them helps develop opportunities for synchronicity.
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Purpose and Sleep

Does a sense of purpose lead to better slumber?

Music and Sychronicity

Musicians tend to live uncertain lives. When is our next gig? How will the audience respond? Can we resonate with each other and the audience? Coincidences arise in uncertainty.

Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 11

By Michael Jawer on July 22, 2017 in Feeling Too Much
Some dreams can serve as a virtual x-ray, indicating what’s happening in the body. The process illustrates how life-threatening trauma may generate its own distress signals.

The Awakening Body

By The Book Brigade on July 21, 2017 in The Author Speaks
The more we live in a hyperintense world directed by the left brain, the more cut off we feel from the true source of well being. Somatic awareness is a necessary corrective.
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Science and Spirituality 3: Some Questions Answered

Science and spirituality both offer ways of understanding our 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.