Essential Reads

When You’re of Two Minds, Admit It

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in Ambigamy
Is integrity being consistent or is it being honest about your inconsistency? It's both and the latter matters more.

God Is Watching You

By Mark van Vugt Ph.D. on September 15, 2016 in Naturally Selected
Is God our Big Brother who watches over us to make sure we do not do anything bad or foolish?

Becoming Awed, Part 1

By Kirk J. Schneider Ph.D. on September 11, 2016 in Awakening to Awe
An interview with Experience Life Magazine

Did Religion Evolve to Benefit the Weak or the Powerful?

Who benefits most from religion? You may think you know, but these three observations will make you reconsider.

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Oxytocin, Spirituality, and the Biology of Feeling Connected

By Christopher Bergland on September 28, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A groundbreaking new study from Duke University has identified a link between oxytocin and feelings of spiritual connectedness.

The Glory of Doubt

By Hank Davis on September 27, 2016 in Caveman Logic
It takes courage and integrity to express Doubt. Faith is not always a virtue. In fact, it may be a central human failing and we should stop glorifying it.

Happy Birthday Albert Ellis PhD !

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on September 27, 2016 in Tried and True
Albert Ellis PhD - Pioneer, maverick - creator of unique wit and know-er of wisdom, changed the lives of millions through his innovative works, huge body of writings, and example.
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The role of nonjudgment in mindfulness

By Joey Fung Ph.D. on September 24, 2016 in Mindful Being
Can we judge our thoughts without judging our selves?

Marrow: A Love Story: Sitting Down With Elizabeth Lesser

By Mark Matousek on September 23, 2016 in Ethical Wisdom
Author Elizabeth Lesser, talks about her new book, Marrow: A Love Story. It's a sister's tale of becoming a donor and what it taught her about the meaning of love.
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Do It Now

By Susan Sparks on September 21, 2016 in Laugh Your Way to Well-Being
Putting off the things you love until later? Life can change in the blink of an eye. Do It Now!

World Psychosynthesis Day

The synthesis of the psyche is an invitation, and in these difficult days, a mandate, towards creating inner and outer peace. Psychosynthesis offers a path towards that.
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Re-Envisioning Commitment

Many of us seek commitment in order to create safe, lasting relationships. But a deeper inquiry might suggest that we need to fine-tune what we're actually committing ourselves to.

Need to Jump-Start Your Spiritual Life?

By Russ Gerber on September 15, 2016 in Our Health
Along life's journey you sometimes need an about-face.

Aging

By Graham Collier on September 15, 2016 in The Consciousness Question
Such is the journey of human consciousness.

Resting in Peace

How should we think about our own inevitable mortality?
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Happiness Comes From Within

By Robert Puff Ph.D. on September 11, 2016 in Meditation for Modern Life
With enough practice, you’ll be able to experience true peace of mind regardless of your thoughts.

Searching for Fairies and Stalking the Light

While looking for one, you may find the other.

Finding Peace and Contentment No Matter Where You Are

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on September 06, 2016 in Turning Straw Into Gold
The only way I can describe this experience is to say it was a moment of wishlessness.

Remembering Mother Teresa: Now Saint Teresa of Calcutta

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on September 05, 2016 in Tried and True
People who inspire us by their efforts in helping others remind us of the privilege and fulfillment of providing care, compassion, kindness, and helpful deeds for people in need.

Mother Teresa: In The Shadow of a Saint

Mother Teresa is officially a saint. But her story is not only one of light, but also of shadow—the agony of the absence of her beloved, Jesus. How shall we understand her story?

Ironic Faith: A Healthy Coping Strategy

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Ambigamy
An eye-opening trip to Indonesia teaches radical co-existence through ironic, stress-reducing faith.

How is the Creative Process an Act of Faith?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on August 31, 2016 in What a Body Knows
Sometimes, in the process of making art, an obstacle is the path, and creativity is an act of faith.
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A Need For Spiritual Connection

Some 'depressions' respond only to a rekindling of spiritual awareness and provide 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.