Essential Reads

MLK: Expanding Compassion to All Brothers and Sisters

 “I am moved to break the betrayal of my own silences and to speak from the burnings of my own heart.”

Fulfilled: How the Science of Spirituality Can Help You Live

A new book takes us into the consulting room through stories in warm and clear prose.

"Could It Happen to Me?" Our Personal Risk Factors

"There are personal risk factors that dramatically increase the chances of developing an addiction." Excerpted from The Craving Brain

Soul Sadness

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in Finding True Refuge
Our soul sadness is fully revealed when we directly and mindfully contact our pain. In such moments, we discover a natural upwelling of compassion and tenderness for our own heart.

More Posts on Spirituality

False Humility

In a society that espouses the virtues of humility while also promoting self-importance, inferiority emerges as one way that we try to reconcile these two disparate ideals.

Personal Growth and the Mystery of the Self

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on January 16, 2018 in Boundless
Thoughts on depth psychology and the mystery of the self.

Stories That Heal Primal Wounds

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 15, 2018 in Moral Landscapes
Primally wounded people often feel betrayed by their selves, their bodies, their weaknesses. Stories can jar us loose when we get mired in these traps.
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New York’s Most Haunted Mansion

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on January 13, 2018 in Shadow Boxing
An anthology of fiction opens up New York's oldest mansion for "ghost tours" and other adventures.

A Triple Coincidence Enhances His Life

Mind-blowing coincidences can open your mind to new realities.
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How Can a Modern Woman Integrate Religion Into Her Life?

How one Israeli, Orthodox woman lives a modern life.

Border Crossings

By Madelon Sprengnether on January 11, 2018 in Minding Memory
What’s so “family friendly” about death? Why ”Coco” captured my heart in a way that I can only describe as magical.

Zen and Zoned Out Are Not The Same Thing

For those drawn to Eastern traditions like Zen, yoga, and meditation, practice is key.

Why Connecting With Nature Elevates Your Mental Health

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in The New Resilience
What happens when you immerse yourself in nature? Most people feel greater connection and calm, and now a new research study shows how it impacts your overall mental health.
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The Structure of Fear: Follow-up

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on January 05, 2018 in Shadow Boxing
A class trip to a haunted asylum to study the psychology of fear had interesting results.

Yes, Humans and Animals Are 'Not So Different'

By Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D. on January 03, 2018 in Beastly Behavior
My book has drawn some predictable creationist criticism. Here I respond and invite dialogue.
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Is Unconditional Love Really Possible?

Many people pursue the ideal of unconditional love. But is this possible or a setup for disappointment? How can we be responsive to others while also being responsive to ourselves?

The Archetypal Themes of Synchronicity Stories

Coincidence stories tend to fall into fairly discrete thematic categories. Here is the first attempt at describing them.

Five New Year Resolutions to Improve your Mental Health

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on January 01, 2018 in Talking About Men
Evidence suggests that certain self-initiated activities can be very beneficial for mental health. A new year resolution based on one of these activities may be a life-changer.

Dance More!

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on December 31, 2017 in What a Body Knows
When you dance for joy other concerns fall into place. The dancing facilitates clarity of heart and mind. Priorities reorder themselves. More is revealed. More becomes possible.

4 Ways to Achieve Meaning and Purpose in Your Life

What really makes happiness last? Having meaning and purpose in your life. Find out the four factors that make up meaning and purpose.
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Finding Hope In The New Year

By Allison Carmen on December 31, 2017 in The Gift of Maybe
Feeling hopeful helps you develop a more open mind, which can help you access more possibilities, making it more likely you will find a resolution to your problems in the New Year.

Positive Psychology in Martial Arts

Martial arts does not just teach us how to kick and punch. It provides a strong basis for living with positive psychology foundational principles.

Are You on Your Own Side?

Is there more to self-care than getting a massage?

Energetic Therapies in Mental Health Care

Curious about uses of energetic therapies in mental health care?

WWJD? Why I Say “Happy Holidays”

There is no war on Christmas. Happy Holidays is just more inclusive and respectful. Hannity and President Trump are using religion in service of their political goals.
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An Intimate Way to Help Cope With Loss During the Holidays

By Diana Raab PhD on December 25, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
It's not your imagination: Studies have proven that more people get sick and die during the holiday season. Here are some ideas on how to cope.

A Nation in Spiritual Pain

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on December 24, 2017 in Time Out
Social fragmentation, alienation, and loneliness are symptoms of a spiritual disorder pandemic.
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5 Spiritual Strengths to Create Holiday Happiness

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on December 20, 2017 in What Matters Most?
Celebrate "The Five Days of Christmas" with these spiritual strengths. Learn five research-based tools you can begin using today (or tomorrow).

Religion and Mental Health: What is the Link?

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on December 18, 2017 in Talking About Men
A growing body of research indicates that religious belief and practice can promote good mental health, as well as foster recovery from mental illness.
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Letting Go

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on December 15, 2017 in Out of the Darkness
Why do some people become more 'spiritual,' and happier, as they get older? Aging can be a process of letting go that leads to acceptance and inner well-being.

Do You Believe in Miracles?

Faith in miracles shouldn’t be mistaken as a sign of mental illness. It diminishes giving meaning to life, particularly when life is threatened.

Mindfulness and Mind-body Practices in Mental Health Care

Curious about the benefits of meditation and mind-body practices for depressed mood or bipolar disorder? Research findings show improved mood and functioning with regular practice.

Tis the Season to Be

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on December 12, 2017 in Brain Waves
Tis the season to be jolly. Is the act of forgiveness the key?