Essential Reads

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.

More Posts on Spirituality

The Didge and You

The gurgling sound of the Didgeridoo touches a sensibility that is neither verbal nor emotional. Yet, it invites us to consider what we share.

Real Love: A Conversation With Sharon Salzberg

By Mark Matousek on May 17, 2017 in Ethical Wisdom
Meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg talks about the real meaning of love, and how to bring sanity—and compassion—to the turbulent landscape of our times.

Why Can't Change be Easier?

Chaos is built into the process of change.

Can You Know Your True Self?

How do you access your True Self? How is the True Self defined and does it have significance in your life?

Do You Realize How Far Trump's Religion Speech Went?

By David Niose on May 14, 2017 in Our Humanity, Naturally
The president's commencement speech to evangelical graduates should shock anyone paying attention. It defined American values in terms of Christian nationalism.

Synchronicity Statistics

Every coincidence has a probability of happening. That does not mean that probability explains most coincidences.

Superfluidity and the Transcendent Ecstasy of Extreme Sports

A trailblazing new study identifies some common themes that motivate people to push against their limits while transcending everyday states of consciousness through extreme sports.

The Struggle for Awe in a Robotic Age

The cry for awe—the humility and wonder, and the sense of adventure toward living—in an age of devices and programming.

What’s Your Anti-Gravity Strategy?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 04, 2017 in Ambigamy
People seek transcendence by many means. Some come bundled with belief in supernatural magic at odds with science. Scientists can do more to help resolve the tension.

Short vs. Long Dreams: Are There Any Differences in Content?

A word search analysis of a five-year selection from my own dream journal reveals the same consistent patterns of content in both the shorter and longer reports.

What Price Wisdom?

This is a fair enough question to ask nowadays, given the apparent lack of wisdom in both the statements made and the policies followed by so many of the world’s leaders.

The Near-Death Experience (NDE)

Have you or a loved one had a near-death experience during a medical emergency? New research findings are helping us understand what takes place in the brain.

Complements and Substitutes

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 03, 2017 in Ambigamy
If they have this trait, do they have that trait? We deal with such questions a lot. Understanding substitutes and complements can help us answer them well.

Finding Meaning After Losing Faith

Young people who question everything may be born into communities that insist it is wrong to doubt their religion. Here's the story of one who got away and found his own meaning.

A Reflection on Near Death Experiences

How better to resolve the ambiguity surrounding death than by looking to those individuals who have apparently crossed over and then returned to us?

Making Mozzarella: The Process of Not Being Perfect

I embark upon this process of making mozzarella again and again without knowing for sure whether or not the cheese will be perfect. And that is OK with me.
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Meditation Can Improve Your Relationships

Cultivating inner quiet through meditation allows us to contact our truer, deeper feelings. Expressing these more subtle, nuanced feelings creates a climate for intimacy to grow.

Gathering the Bones

By Karin Arndt, Ph.D. on April 30, 2017 in A Hut of Her Own
When solitude calls, sometimes you just need to GO.

A Short History of Monasticism

By Neel Burton M.D. on April 30, 2017 in Hide and Seek
For centuries, monasteries have offered an alternative way of life. How did it evolve, and where is it going?

Are Accusations of Cultural Appropriation Misguided?

By Liane Gabora Ph.D. on April 29, 2017 in Mindbloggling
When Newton said he saw further by standing on the shoulders of giants what mattered was that he assimilated these 'giants' ideas perhaps more deeply than their own biological kin.

Mona Haydar Speaks Your Language

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on April 26, 2017 in Brick by Brick
Haydar is no ordinary artist, and the concept behind Haydar’s first single, “Hijabi,” is anything but common.

Religious and Rational?

Can you be religious and rational? A United Methodist minister provides his answers to that question!

New Head Space in Hard Times: 5 Ways to Start Meditating

By Karlyn Crowley Ph.D. on April 26, 2017 in Woman Power
Need a mental adjustment but not sure where to start? Try on these meditation teasers.

Our Lost Atlantis

"We are not thriving. Our people live, but our culture is dying. We are like a stone the ocean beats against. With each year a little more of us is worn away." ---The Lost Empire

A Coincidence Involving the Recent U.S. Power Grid Failure

Like each of us, nations are composed of parts. When a coincidence happens to us, we have ways to understand its use. What about when coincidences happen to a nations?

Why Religion Evolved

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on April 25, 2017 in The Human Beast
Religion consumes up to a tenth of economic productivity in some societies. So it must produce corresponding benefits. What are they?

If God is the Cause, There Are No Coincidences

What can Biblical stories tell us about coincidences?

Why Do People Cherry-Pick Which Science They Accept?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on April 21, 2017 in Ambigamy
By not explaining why anything matters, science becomes dubious enough that we can easily escape its inconvenient truths.

The Dreams of a Religious Cult Member

What can a thirty-year long dream journal reveal about the life of an ex-member of a religious cult?
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Lessons from Zen Master Grandpa Jerry

By Steve Albrecht DBA on April 19, 2017 in The Act of Violence
Learn to love life's little moments.