Spirituality Essential Reads

Creepy Halloween Destinations

By Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D. on October 01, 2017 in Out of the Ooze
There are a lot of creepy places in the world - and every one of them has a story.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Create the Right Rituals

Meaningful rituals can show love by reflecting commitment, defining relationship boundaries, providing comfort, provoking memories, anchoring expectations, and providing pleasure.

The Weight of the World

By Wendy Lustbader M.S.W. on September 24, 2017 in Life Gets Better
We are not helpless.There is power in the collective will to survive and make life good for those who come after us.

Refining the Definition of Synchronicity

Our cosmos is finely tuned by numerous constants without which life on Earth would not be. Some of these coincidences have probabilities much lower than any personal coincidence.

How You Use Mindfulness Matters

By John P Forsyth Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Peace of Mind
Are you struggling to be more mindful? A tweak in how you use it may be all you need.

Longing for More

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in The Pursuit of Peace
What do you really want in life? Applying theory and research on the German concept of Sehnsucht may help you to better understand your quest and live well.

Alone In Totality

By River Jordan on September 19, 2017 in Praying for Strangers
For a few minutes we became one people.

52 Ways: Cultural Variations in Offering Food to Show Love

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on September 17, 2017 in Life, Refracted
Cultures vary in attitudes and beliefs about the role of food in nourishing body, mind and soul. As we express love through feeding, we must remain mindful of those differences.

New Book: How to Write a Forever Letter

By Jennifer Haupt on September 15, 2017 in One True Thing
In this age of emoji communication, why bother handwriting a letter? Find out.

Florida On My Mind

By River Jordan on September 11, 2017 in Praying for Strangers
"Now we are the refugees."
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Suicide Shrines

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 10, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Some locations or events can inspire numerous life-ending acts. The allure might be obvious or obscure.

Losing Time: Sexual Absorption and the Body

By Marc Wittmann Ph.D. on September 03, 2017 in Sense of Time
Absorption during sex is more closely related to desire and satisfaction in women than in man.

Keep Daydreaming: Why Only Dreamers Create Consciously

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.
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A State of Organizational Grace

By James Bailey Ph.D. on June 11, 2017 in At the Helm
The two most difficult sentences to utter are "I am sorry" and "You are forgiven."

Eight Common Challenges to Accepting a Mental Health Problem

Wondering what gets in the way of accepting a mental health problem? Get some answers from the research and ideas to overcome obstacles.

Finding Sanity in Today's Political Chaos

By Kimberly Key on May 23, 2017 in Counseling Keys
Research shows that recurring negative stories (on TV or engaging in repeated negative discourse with friends) can have a deleterious effect on our mental and physical health.
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Honesty Is the Best Policy

Doctors know far more than they're telling you. So how do you find out what you need to know?

The Wisdom of "It's Not My Fault"

When we are not caught in self-blame, we are free to love this life. Opening to the possibility of "It’s not my fault" creates space for deep inner freedom.

Loaded: Coincidences in the Family

The intense emotions of family relationships and their necessary transitions create elaborate and complicated coincidences. How can we make sense of them?

Categorizing Coincidences

Coincidences come in many forms, have many uses and several different explanations. Let's find the patterns that link these characteristics.

My Favorite Psychology Study

Was the good Samaritan more upstanding than everyone else was? Or did he just have more time? This is the story of my favorite psychology study.

Oblivion Isn't Really So Bad

By David Niose on March 06, 2017 in Our Humanity, Naturally
Atheists are sometimes warned that their beliefs offer nothing but oblivion after death — but is that really anything to fear?
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Chemical Enlightenment?

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on March 01, 2017 in Out of the Darkness
The reason why psychedelic drugs like LSD and ayahuasca can't bring true spiritual awakening.

Martyrdom: Worst Idea Ever

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in Boundless
Martyrdom as an idea causes massive problems, on both the interpersonal and geopolitical levels.