Spirituality Essential Reads

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.

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, and 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.