Spirituality Essential Reads

Compassion for Trump?

Many of us are in the grips of difficult emotions triggered by the presidency of Donald Trump. But can we have compassion for him? And can this be transformative?

Seeing Is Believing: Religion, Madness, & Mechanism

Mentalism conflicts with mechanism in both religion and art.

Your New Year’s Resolution, Eight Days Later

As the new year comes rolling in, making our resolutions from the truth of our inner knowing, the heart centered New year's Resolutions, will turn us towards a deeper Truth.

The Freedom of Yes

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on January 07, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
In the trance of unworthiness we're locked into a sense of falling short and the fear of failing. How can we wake from this trance and come home to the truth of who we are?
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What Does Mindfulness Have to Do With Intimacy?

Mindfulness can help our relationships by connecting us with what lives most deeply within ourselves.

The Beauty of Imperfection

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on January 02, 2017 in Between Cultures
How the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi fits into our modern lives.
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Are You Afraid to Be With "Just" Yourself (No Smartphone)?

Is there an app to help us tolerate our own company?

Why Gratitude Is So Hard

By Neel Burton M.D. on December 24, 2016 in Hide and Seek
Gratitude has many benefits, but is hard to cultivate.

When Ambition Creeps Into Spirituality

By Maggie Rowe on December 14, 2016 in Sin Bravely
Spirituality and personal ambition are often tied together. Is this a mistake?

Does Trump’s Election Disprove the Existence of God?

Trump's handy win among Christians, who value traits such as kindness, humility, and non-violence, raises interesting questions about the psychological functions of religion.

Does Anyone Know the Future?

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on December 07, 2016 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
You or I, after sending a bowling ball half way down the alley, might have a pretty good idea what will result. Ramakrishna Sarathy had an ability to do that with people.

Psychiatrists, Sorcerers, and Transmissible Brain Disease

By David Rettew M.D. on December 06, 2016 in ABCs of Child Psychiatry
Fear and stigma about mental illness keeps our society from facing up to its transmissibility; this paradox resonates with the history of Kuru, a transmissible brain disease.

Improving the Experience of Online Education

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
Can online courses provide the kind of experience crucial for students to develop critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity? New research suggests the answer is "yes."

Understanding Your Child’s Spiritual Life

By Kate Adams Ph.D. on November 27, 2016 in Child's Play
How well do you understand your child's inner life?

Estimating the Quality of a Coincidence

What are the odds? Coincidences can be rated on a scale of 1-10 for their quality. The lower the probability, the higher the quality.

Are Americans Really Becoming Less Religious?

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on October 23, 2016 in More Than Mortal
Are Americans becoming more secular or just finding new ways to explore spiritual questions and beliefs?

Can Putting a Price on a Kidney Save Lives?

The idea of putting a value on a human organ seems bizarre—and even unconscionable. But I suggest those intuitions do us more harm than good.

Simulation Break-Out

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on October 10, 2016 in One Among Many
The great simulation, like the matrix, is a religious idea. And as wrong.

Why Are Scientists So Close-Minded?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on October 07, 2016 in Talking Apes
The more you learn about the brain, the more you question the religious teachings of your childhood.
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Are You Avoiding Your Fate?

Are you avoiding doing what you're supposed to do with your life? The Old Testament story of Jonah has a message for you.

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.

Watching A Bird Die

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on September 03, 2016 in Listen Up!
Many of us avoid the topic of dying. Spending some time with death can deepen our engagement with life.

Do Coincidences Signal That It’s ‘Meant to Be’?

All coincidences are best not painted with the "It's all good." paint brush
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Two Ways of Seeing the World

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on August 30, 2016 in Out of the Darkness
What makes 'civilized' western peoples different from indigenous peoples such as Native Americans? Our relationship to nature is psychopathic, whereas theirs was reverential.

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.

The True Meaning of Serendipity and Coincidence

A movie has replaced the original definition of serendipity.