Essential Reads

Add a Dose of Skepticism to Whatever You Believe

A finely honed doubt is as beautiful as a deeply held belief.

Being Dead

Professor Andrew Stark searches for ways for those who do not believe in an afterlife to accept mortality. But in the end, he is unable to escape stark psychological realities.

Serendipity: A Store, a Movie and a Coincidence

A movie has replaced the original definition of serendipity.

How I Became Friends With the Dalai Lama

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on July 29, 2016 in Face It!
A friendship with the Dalai Lama is no small matter, even when you're a world renowned psychologist.

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Depression Is Not Always An Illness

Some 'depressions' respond only to a rekindling of spiritual awareness, reviving soul energy, providing inspiration, guidance, courage and hope for the Olympics of everyday life.

Losing Our Faith

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on August 29, 2016 in The Secular Life
The latest Pew survey shows why many Americans are leaving religion: they lost their faith in God

The Therapeutic Value of Nature

By Dan Mager MSW on August 26, 2016 in Some Assembly Required
Research suggests that spending time in nature can be extremely beneficial, leading to improvements in mood, cognition, and health.

A Pastor Walks Into a Room Full of Atheists

What do you think would happen when a United Methodist pastor walks into a room full of atheists? The answer might surprise you!

Smoking in the Shower

What we do in private drives who we are in public.
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What Death Teaches Us About Living

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on August 21, 2016 in The Empowerment Diary
I've had the honor of being with two different loved ones this year at the time of their passing. In many ways this was an honor which reminded me what is important in life.

Survival of the Funnest

By Bernard L. De Koven on August 08, 2016 in On Having Fun
Those individuals and species who seem on the whole to be having the most fun are those who are the most alive, most in life.

The Surprising Health Benefits of Spirituality

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on August 08, 2016 in Feeling It
Whether you identify as Christian, Buddhist or conscious mindful yogi, spirituality appears to improve health, happiness, and even longevity.

Sacred America, Sacred World: A New Book by Stephen Dinan

By Mark Matousek on August 05, 2016 in Ethical Wisdom
The visionary founder and CEO of The Shift Network talks about bringing evolution -- not revolution -- to Washington D.C.

A Sort of Revelation

Are the haphazard workings of ‘Chance’, or the purposeful and controlling ‘forces’ of some cosmic ‘Design Intelligence at work in Nature?

Moments of Grace

Moments of grace have nothing to do with us… but also do have a lot to do with us.

How to Hire a Gardening Mentor

By Jennifer Haupt on July 29, 2016 in One True Thing
I had a love/hate relationship with my garden. So I hired someone who could teach me the basics of how to spend less time digging in the dirt and get better results.

Why I Don’t Call the Dalai Lama “Your Holiness”

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on July 28, 2016 in Face It!
To the world, he's referred to as "His Holiness the Dalai Lama".

In Tragedy, There Is Hope

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Jacob's Staff
When faced with tragic loss, what lessons can we learn? Death is inevitable. Life presents challenges and opportunities for us to grow in wisdom. Hope <=> Gratitude + Empathy.

The Long Way Around

Sometimes a detour is the fastest way to arrive.

How Will Our Story Be Told?

Our lives are a matter of show and (others) tell.

Lack of Moral Fiber (LMF)

Are we, as a species, evolving in terms of moral sensibility…or devolving?

The Writing Life: An Interview With Natalie Goldberg

By Mark Matousek on July 19, 2016 in Ethical Wisdom
The groundbreaking author of Writing Down the Bones talks about creativity as a spiritual practice, her cancer journey, and choosing passion over discipline

Is Atheism Just Another Religion?

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on July 19, 2016 in The Secular Life
Lacking a belief in the supernatural, atheism is not a religion.

People, You're Praying Wrong

By Stanton Peele on July 17, 2016 in Addiction in Society
We are failing miserably in the prayers we are offering up to prevent Americans from killing one another. Why is our skill level so miserable in this area and how can we raise it?

Coincidences and the Non-Moving Violation

Want to create more coincidences? Avoid the non-moving violation.

The Psychology of Temptation

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on July 15, 2016 in A Sideways View
How often are you tempted to commit one of the deadly sins? What do we now think about this very old-fashioned sounding list?

5 Ways Outdoor Learning Optimizes Children's Well-Being

New research has pinpointed five ways that outdoor learning benefits children's overall well-being.

Go Somewhere New

By Russ Gerber on July 09, 2016 in Our Health
Progress, or push-back?

Can Animals Be Holy?

A new book makes us question the sacred, the human and the future of our world.

What Is Prayer?

More skillful than asking for miracles is the regular practice of attuning to the infinite.

Former Monk on Mindfulness in the City

Can practicing mindfulness really help you see more opportunity in the world? Some simple techniques to get you started!

Self-Compassion Part II

By Christa Smith Psy.D. on July 06, 2016 in Shift
Self-compassion is bittersweet but worth the effort.

"There Are No Coincidences"

How can people claim that there are no coincidences when research clearly shows we experience many of them?