Essential Reads

Can Possession Be a Good Thing?

Possession is common in many spiritual traditions – is that a good or a bad thing?

The Disunited States of America and the Bystander Effect

By Sean Cort on July 18, 2016 in The Power of Perspective
Our nation is actually a 'nation-family' and we are suffering from an illness that could prove fatal.

Honesty Isn't Enough

The intersection of authenticity and empathy: Sometimes too much of a good thing can become a bad thing.

The Six Steps to Sacred Citizenship

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on July 05, 2016 in Finding Love
According to Stephen Dinan, author of the Sacred America, there are six steps each of us can take that create world-change and personal joy. Here are those six steps:

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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

By Susan Sparks on July 25, 2016 in Laugh Your Way to Well-Being
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?

Does Play Give Life Meaning?

By Bernard L. De Koven on July 05, 2016 in On Having Fun
"Sacred play promotes the best of our human nature, improves our wellbeing, and is fun. Religion lacking play is suicidal." - Peter Gray

How to Live a Purpose-Driven Life

How can you find purpose and meaning from a secular perspective?

Superfluidity: The Science and Psychology of Optimizing Flow

Have you ever had a 'flow' experience that felt as if you were "standing outside yourself"? The science and psychology of 'superfluidity' help to explain the highest tier of flow.

Five Dysfunctional Directives We Can Live Without

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on June 30, 2016 in BrainSnacks
Letting go of any or all of the Big-Five directives requires finding, inside ourselves, a greater sense of self-love and self-confidence; the courage to embrace being human . . .

Dying to Tell a Good Story

Sometimes meaningful stories are what we really want.

5 Ways to Find Meaning in Life Following Adversity

Does the news—or troubling events in your own life—have you questioning the way the world works? Research in psychology can help.

Making Love with Your Bliss

By Dana Klisanin Ph.D. on June 24, 2016 in Digital Altruism
Spring has sprung with a leap and a bound. Sooner it seems, than in previous years.
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Spiritual Activism

Spiritual seekers are sometimes criticised for being self-centered and indifferent, but true spirituality means altruism and engagement.

How Big Is Your Love?

Recent research on relationships in America suggests that Americans are becoming more traditional in some ways and less so in others—and identifies what we really want.
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Can Love Live Out Loud and Proud?

By Marty Babits on June 22, 2016 in The Middle Ground
Even in 2016, many still live in the closet. Despite the legalization of gay marriage, the forces of homophobic violence still exact a horrifying price from all.

Do You Need Religion for Life Meaning and Purpose?

Do you ever struggle to get up in the morning and go about your day? You might lack a sense of deep meaning and purpose in life. This article can help!

The Most Common Coincidences

What do you think are the most common coincidences? Two different statistical approaches find answers vary.

The Book of Rubenstein

By Eliezer Sobel on June 13, 2016 in The 99th Monkey
The “Church of Rubenstein,” often ridiculed in the media as a superstitious and dangerous cult, has at long last revealed the true story behind its creation myth.