Essential Reads

Measurement Validity Explained in Simple Language

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Cui Bono
How do we know that a test that allegedly measures shyness actually measures shyness?
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Seven Pathways to Thriving

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on November 08, 2017 in What Matters Most?
New research reveals key personal enablers of thriving in life. Learn these seven pathways and the ingredients that can help you create them.

Awe in Religious and Spiritual Experience

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on November 07, 2017 in The Pursuit of Peace
Recent research is uncovering new connections between awe and spiritual experience.

More Posts on Spirituality

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Look at the Big Picture

Daily events can derail a relationship all too easily. Remember the reasons why you came together, appreciate the glue that maintains your bonds, and understand what threatens.

When You Love or Hate An Addict You Can Recover, Too

"Talking to a loved one before it's too late could make such a difference and prevent decades of unnecessary malevolence toward a person who cannot help himself."

Darkness of the Womb

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on October 09, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
In challenging times, there are four key ways of paying attention that can allow for suffering to be transformative.
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Death and Bereavement Among the Lakota

For the Lakota, death is not the end of the journey.
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Things We Say That Block Contact

Our common responses to someone's kind words or action can invite deeper contact or push people away. Being more mindful of our language may open a door to deeper connections.
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The Strengths of St. Francis

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on October 04, 2017 in What Matters Most?
How you might benefit from learning about a cherished and influential figure.

Why Have We Made Such Little Philosophical Progress?

Morality and love are states of mind which, nowadays, neither all human beings nor all religions recognize as the prime spiritual aspects of human conscious.

Aging, Health, and Conscious Evolution

Can a framework based on an ancient parable help us to realize how much control we have over the nature and quality of our old age?

Grieving for Las Vegas

By River Jordan on October 01, 2017 in Praying for Strangers
Just for one day let's all walk away from the wars and rhetoric, the killing and the evil.

What Parents Need to Address About Sex

Talking with your kids about sex to open an ongoing and effective exchange requires engaging them on five levels. Can you address the five areas where your children need you most?

Death and Transhumanism

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in More Than Mortal
As people become less traditionally religious do they become more interested techno-religions that use science to solve the problem of death?

Are You Obsessed with Buzzfeed Quizzes?

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in Living the Questions
We seem to be obsessed with taking quizzes such as those found on BuzzFeed about our personality. Here are some questions to help you understand your deepest self.

Are Others a Threat or a Benefit?

It is so important at times like these to step back and think about how people come to the point of acting out in hate against one another.

Yom Kippur: When the Baby Was Not Inscribed in Book of Life

By Carrie Goldman on September 29, 2017 in Modern Day Parenting
How does a Jewish parent observe Yom Kippur after her baby is not inscribed in the Book of Life?

Why Practice Repeating Ordinary Bodily Movements?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on September 28, 2017 in What a Body Knows
Are the bodily movements in religious ritual simply symbolic? Why is the action of repeating ordinary bodily movements effective in promoting health and well being?

Heart on Fire: Confessions of a Love Warrior

By Mark Matousek on September 27, 2017 in Ethical Wisdom
After his parents were murdered, author Scott Stabile had a choice: to stop living or become a "love warrior," as he writes in his fabulous new book, Big Love.
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True Happiness is Effortless and Spontaneous

By Robert Puff Ph.D. on September 27, 2017 in Meditation for Modern Life
When we learn something new, we go through four stages.

Yoga Practice

By Itai Ivtzan Ph.D. on September 26, 2017 in Mindfulness for Wellbeing
How to increase psychological and physiological well-being as part of yoga practice.

Relationship as Spiritual Practice: Part 4

To consider death and loss helps to keep us awake, for we don’t have forever to show those we love how we feel about them. We don’t have a moment to lose.
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Two Essential Ingredients for Effective Communication

We may think we have a communication problem, and perhaps we do. But more fundamentally, we often have difficulty practicing these two things, which can help us break through.

Synchronicities Imply That Meaning Exists Outside of Us

How does coincidence counseling work? Here is a specific example involving a rare disease, a patient, and the two doctors.

Relationship as Spiritual Practice: Part 3

The taking of vows: In a transformative relationship, there is a lot of change. Each individual changes over time, and the needs of the relationship change.
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Critiquing "Spiritual Intelligence"

Is it possible to consider "spiritual intelligence" in a rational and scientific manner?

They Won't Stop Because They Can't Stop: Part 2

“It was like watching a movie, one where you know something bad is about to happen to the main character, and you hope that somehow he escapes danger." James B.

Relationship as Spiritual Practice Part 2

Practices of sacred partnership are numerous, but here are some that we have found to be tremendously helpful. Please don’t be confined to these offerings of practices.
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What is "Spiritual Intelligence" Anyway?

If "spiritual intelligence" is a real thing, what might it consist of? Probably, elements of personality, intelligence, and altered states of consciousness.

Be the Mountain: A Guided Meditation [Video + Script]

By Aqualus M Gordon Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in My Brother's Keeper
A guided meditation for those seeking peace and stability

The Yoga of Relationship

Conscious relationship is not something we engage in by default. More often than not, we fall into—and accept—relationships of convenience.

De-Conditioning the Hungry Ghosts

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
To the degree that our basic needs are unmet, desire contracts and we become fixated on substitutes. But, no matter how we are caught, mindfulness and compassion can free us...

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Honor the Irreplaceable Moments

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on September 03, 2017 in Life, Refracted
Moments in our life that are unique and memorable bring opportunities to show love of our self and of another. They require us to slow down, allow the mystical, and be authentic.