Essential Reads

Striving To Maximize Both Charm and Chutzpah

How to become a thoroughly postmodern gentleperson

Why Lisa Lampanelli is a ‘Spiritual Gangster’

Comedian's Service To Others Is A Path To Self-Esteem

Should We Talk About Religion in Therapy?

Discussing religion may be essential to treating the whole person.

Why Some People See Ghosts and Other Apparitions

There are potential explanations (even if some people won't believe them).

Recent Posts on Spirituality

Searching for More More Time

More more time is here, now.

The Paradox at the Heart of Psychology

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on July 30, 2015 in Excellent Beauty
Human minds are pattern-hungry. This fact destroys any blithe confidence we have that our sciences are unearthing deeper knowledge. Yet, we cannot live our lives without this so-called knowledge. Certainly we cannot do science without it, and we cannot live our lives without science. Yet, are we doing science, or are we merely mapping the insides of our minds?

The Fun Assumption

By Bernard L. De Koven on July 29, 2015 in On Having Fun
Suppose you supposed that the only reason you laugh is because it’s fun to laugh. Not because of the endorphins or the health benefits. But only because of the fun. Only because it’s more fun than you can contain.

Striving To Maximize Both Charm and Chutzpah

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 28, 2015 in Ambigamy
Etiquette is no longer enough to make a gentleman or gentlewoman, and actually never was. Aspiring gents must strive to maximize etiquette and character, humility and boldness, always seeking for better ways to speak their minds and be heard.

The Problem With Wanting

Wanting make us unhappy. The more desires we have, the less satisfied we are with what already have. How can we stop wanting things we don't really need?

The Excellent Beauty of Scientific Mysteries

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on July 26, 2015 in Excellent Beauty
Science finally reveals that though we are a part of the universe, it definitely does not revolve around us. It does this by unearthing mysteries that are completely resistant to resolution. These "excellent beauties," far from showing us where science has failed, show us instead what the universe -- with intelligent African apes in it -- is really like.

Spiritual Power to Redirect the Impact of Divorce

Children often experience divorce as the death of the family. Parents may draw upon spiritual insight to redefine the family, demonstrating how authentic faith models healthy relating, among other critical qualities to support the child's development of healthy relationships.

Why Lisa Lampanelli is a ‘Spiritual Gangster’

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 23, 2015 in Brick by Brick
Lisa Lampanelli shares how helping others can help develop a strong self-concept.

Should We Talk About Religion in Therapy?

Although therapists recognize the importance of talking about religion, they're still uncomfortable inviting spirituality into the room.

Blessings

By Bernard L. De Koven on July 21, 2015 in On Having Fun
A game for elders of any age

Stories of Seclusion: "I'm Not of This Planet"

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 18, 2015 in How To Do Life
Feeling out of step can drive one to physical and mental seclusion.

The Spirituality of Comedian Jim Breuer

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 16, 2015 in Brick by Brick
Many people know Jim Breuer as one of the greatest standup comedian of all time. What many people do not know is that he uses comedy as well as spirituality to help cope with difficult situations. He shares how both comedy and faith have helped him get through hard times.

Is it Psychosis or a Spiritual Emergency?

A spiritual emergency is a more contemporary and less clinical term than psychosis. It refers to an awe-inspiring event that transcends the ego and can cause psychological and spiritual transformation. Normalizing and acknowledging the event can result in learning and transformation for both the client and therapist.

Are Your Spiritual "Shoulds" Sabotaging Your Spiritual Life?

What "should" a "spiritual" person feel like and behave like? When our ideas about being "spiritual" block us from our true spirit.

Everyday Access to Nature Promotes Well-Being As We Age

A new study reports that spending time in natural environments promotes healthy aging and overall well-being.

Workover: A Nanny Wants to Make a Living from Dance

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 12, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

Listening With Your 'All-of-Me'

Really good listening has little to do with your ears.

Does Religion Have an Image Problem?

By Russ Gerber on July 09, 2015 in Our Health
What's going on in hearts and minds? Will it go public?

Why Some People See Ghosts and Other Apparitions

Have you ever had the eerie feeling that you were being watched? Ever seen a ghost? It appears that “spirits” visit humans at predictable times and places.

The World Needs a Secular Community Revolution

The decline of religious community has made people less happy and less healthy. The solution is to create more naturalistic, secular, quasi-religious communities.

On Being a Religious Psychologist

How a religious psychologist can work with secular people.

The Circle of Life Is Not What You Think

Buddhists, Catholics, agnostics, David Bowie, and others from one hemisphere to the other have exploited this useful tool for self-exploration, present moment awareness, and stress management.

Musings on a Pin Head

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 08, 2015 in How To Do Life
The case for a pin head being amazing. If that's so, Planet Earth is...

If Not Now, Zen?

Both the past and future weigh on us like heavy stones. But we are, after all, human, so we will inevitably do this past and future game.Take a breath and smile. Be here now.

Religious Individuality

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on July 07, 2015 in Cui Bono
Eric Dietrich posted "It is not that there are no gods or goddesses, but rather that there are no [true] religions." I agree, but not just because no religion is true. I go a step further. Because each individual's religious experience is unique, there are as many versions of a religion as there are members. Ultimately, there are no Christians, Buddhists, etc.

Spiritual Beings on a Human Journey—Remembering Our Stardust

Something in us already knows that we are spiritual beings on a human journey, not just finite and little me-s. So what gets in the way of our remembering our infinite nature, our stardust. How to not forget who we really are...

The Unveiling

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 06, 2015 in How To Do Life
A Jewish tradition with lessons for us all.

The Most Beautiful Flowers on Earth: A Spiritual Experience

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 03, 2015 in How To Do Life
Staring at a flower can be a spiritual experience for atheists...or anyone else.

Reflections on the Soul of Washington, D.C.

By Pythia Peay on July 02, 2015 in America On The Couch
"In my view, Washington is the spiritual center of the country. I don't mean that in terms of a church or beliefs. I mean that in the very real sense of a religious way of being." Thomas Moore

The Wisdom Mind of Love

It is worth stopping regularly for a period of reflection, to reconcile our 'everyday' mind with our 'wisdom' mind, to avoid the build-up of painful and destructive emotions like anxiety, anger, sadness, hate and greed.