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How I Became an Animal Chaplain (and Why It Matters)

Sarah Bowen shares ways humans can rebalance their relationship with the rest of the animal kingdom.

Humanity in Animals

The Evolution of Empathy, Altruism, and Even the Soul

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Enriched by Animals
A couple of years ago, lonely and lost, I took a walk on a secluded beach in Nantucket, before the throngs arrived for the season. It was rainy and gray, a miasma of weather that p…
Learning Spirituality From Animals

Animals of all kinds, especially the ones sharing our home, can be our spiritual guides and healers if we pay attention.

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How to Work with Your Totem Animal

Excerpt from Totem Animals, Plain & Simple By Celia M. Gunn

LGBTQ+ Animal Pride

"Let’s bring to light the stunning diversity of life on Earth. Welcome to Animal Pride.”

Book Review: A Plea for the Animals
A Plea for the AnimalsThe Moral, Philosophical, and Evolutionary Imperative to Treat All Beings with CompassionBy Matthieu RicardShambhala PublicationsAccording to a statistic cite…
Do Animals Have More Soul Than We Do?

Not only do animals live, they have lives—with “undiluted purity and clarity…”

Science & Spirit: Jogging Fights Genetics, Optimistic Sleep, Emotional Support Animals

This week in research, a good reason to try jogging. Also, optimism has been linked to better sleep. And finally, people are getting serious about figuring out what the heck an emotional support animal really is. Read on for more.

Video: Look at these Animals in the Eye
Do you ever look an animal in the eye and see someone you know? National Geographic fellow Joel Sartore develops this deep connection with his photographs of endangered species (se…
Faux Paws: Common Sayings Animal Lovers Should Avoid

Thingifying animals is a thing (Sure! I'll be your guinea pig!)—and words matter. Here are tips for kinder and more mindful, animal-inclusive speech from the world’s wisdom traditions.

Rocking Rocky: Finding a Peak Experience

“I got my first dog at 76. Childless, this experience had eluded me, and seven-week-old Rocky change my life.”

Roadside Blessings: Conscious Driving Practices for Animal Lovers

“Roadkill breaks my heart because we act as if we have no responsibility. We may feel upset, or sad, or guilty, but often drive off trying to leave the memory behind with the little furry lump. If that body were our baby, friend, or romantic partner, we certainly wouldn’t.”

After the Removal of 30 Types of Plants and Animals from the Junior Dictionary

The author was inspired by the removal of words from the dictionary to make more room for technology.

Animal Divina

Critter lover and Spiritual Rebel author Sarah Bowen shares five cherished texts about animals.

Is It Time for a Robopet?

Robo-dog? Sounds straight out of a sci-fi movie. Technology has come a long way since the 1997 release of the Tamagotchi. Still, today robopets continue to bring comfort and cure loneliness.

4 Lessons on Forgiveness From a Rescue Dog

Maggie the Wunderdog was shot, attacked, and left for dead, but, thanks to a rescuer, survived, is thriving—and is loving. Here are four lessons on forgiveness rescue dogs like Maggie teach us.

6 Sustainable Gardening Tips for Animal Lovers

In creating cultivated backyards, we are removing habitat for wild animals. Here are several sustainable gardening practices that keep the wellbeing of all creatures in mind.

Roosters Rule: Finding Purpose Through Animal Rescue

Read how a rescued rooster is tackling climate change and spreading kindness, plus a practice for exploring purpose in your life.

Turn Everything Into a Self-Esteem Game-Changer
Low self-esteem is hard to lift. Unlike high self-esteem, which is primed to respond rapidly to even slight praise—You love my new haircut? Me too!—low self-esteem is notoriously s…
A Playlist For Nervous Cats

Parent to a nervous cat? Body-Mind-Spirit connection isn't just for the humans—help your cat cultivate its inner peace through music.

Walking the Divine Fido

Praying to dog? Studies have shown prayer has a positive impact on mental and physical health and healing—regardless of who or what you pray to.

A Brain Surgeon's Guide to Horse Sense

Tapping into the wisdom of “prey” species.

Surviving the Pain of Pet Loss

It’s often said that “grief is love with nowhere to go.” Ignore voices telling you to move on, and instead find a place to put all the love you once showered on your pet when they were alive.

The Black Jaguar and Humanity’s Evolution

Excerpted from Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh by Matthew Fox

Wetlands Under Threat

An ancient web of wetlands across the upper Midwest, essential to migratory birds and the health of waterways, are draining at an alarming rate.

The Commons: Quest for the Sacred

​Walk in the Church of the Woods

Praying the Animal Rosary

Find solace in an animal rosary practice that invokes blessings on our furry, finned, and feathered companions.

Catstrology: What the Stars Can Teach You About Your Feline Friends

Astrology for cats? Finally decode their quirky behavior by getting to know their place on the zodiac.

Film Review: Pelican Dreams
Pelican DreamsDirected by Judy IrvingIn 2005, in The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, filmmaker Judy Irving detailed the odd relationship between a group of feral parrots and an une…
The Christmas Bird

Excerpt from Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver

How Horses Can Heal Humans

Therapeutic horseback riding helps veterans with PSTD

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The guidance Tyler Knott Gregson offers in his new book, Miracle in the Mundane, is for tapping into our creativity, purpose, and joy; because, "from time to time in this crazy and chaotic spin we call life, we need to pause, reflect, and truly begin again."

Visits From a Mystical Messenger

The symbolic meanings of animals often vary from culture to culture. Different animals and their symbolism can serve as a great comfort and reminder that you are not alone, even in grief.

Journaling Animalia

Studies suggest animals engage in their own kind of spiritual practices. Discover animal-inspired prayer through a sacred writing practice.

Harry the Llama and Katherine Dunn

Apifera Farm is a healing place for animals and elders. In addition to visits with Harry, seniors can meet geese and goats and even groom the horses, providing the element of touch, the rhythm of repetition, and the curative fresh air of the farm.

Animal Mystics

How can we live in sacred relationship with the more-than-human world?

What's It Really Like to Be ... an Animal Psychic?

Six questions for professional animal communicator Maia Kincaid.

Pets, Their People, and Coping With the Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, an unlikely hero has emerged: pets. “In addition to helping us navigate an increasingly frightening and lonely world, our pets can also help us manage the interpersonal relationships inside our own walls.”

10 Ways Pets Improve Mental Health

In their emotionally connected presence, pets can be a powerful ally for optimal mental health.

May the Fork Be With You
My four-legged roommates Buba-ji and Deacon are not happy with me today. They were intent on munching on a mouse when I swooped in to stop the slaughter. As they meow and run frant…
What’s Your Animal Sign?

It’s like astrology but add some fur and feathers. Discover your animal sign and how this animal counterpart has influenced your most essential qualities in life.

How to Communicate With Pets on an Energetic Level

“Our pet companions negotiate everything about our vital relationship with them through energetics. But how can we receive and interpret our pet companion’s various messages?”

Be Squirrely

Giant squirrels, giant lessons? Animal chaplain Sarah Bowen explores what squirrels can show us about mindfulness.

The WTF Prayer

Creating the change you want to see in the world requires first welcoming all of your emotions, even the difficult ones, and then moving forward with clarity.

Book Review: Rewilding Our Hearts
Rewilding Our HeartsBuilding Pathways of Compassion and CoexistenceBy Marc BekoffNew World LibraryI saw Jane Goodall give a talk in person once. When she took questions at the…
Following the Spiritual Path of the Coyote

“I’m in awe of the way coyotes practice mindfulness in their day-to-day lives. They display a calm awareness of everything that’s going on around them and give complete attention to what they’re experiencing on a moment-to-moment basis.”

Animal Farm as Written by Gandhi
Lisa is a big pig: More than 1,000 pounds, and when she goes into heat she can and will go through just about anyone or anything; so it is sadly not surprising that the farmer who …
What Would You Do for Your Bored Rhinoceros?

Because no species is prepared to deal with an absence of environmental unpredictability

How Do I Survive the Pain?

An excerpt from Whispers from the Wild by Amelia Kinkade

Book Review: Two Dogs and a Parrot
Two Dogs and a ParrotWhat Our Animal Friends Can Teach Us About LifeBy Joan ChittisterBlueBridgeWhy do we love pets? Because, through them, we “cling to nature in a world made of g…
How Pets Alleviate Touch Deprivation

Time to adopt a furry friend? Your four-legged friend’s company helps relieve touch deprivation and feelings of isolation.

Is Godzilla Your Power Animal?

Within that which you fear, there is spiritual potential. Reclaim your monsters and awaken to the presence of God in Godzilla.

Peace Lessons From A War Horse

Could you teach a peace-loving and exquisitely sensitive animal to carry you across a battlefield into enemy fire? What would that teach you? A true story…

The Commons: A Miracle That Should Unite Us All
Here we are, profoundly amazed to find ourselves on a planet speeding 67 thousand miles per hour through vast regions of cold space, impossibly removed from any other known place o…
5 Ways to Bond with Your Pooch

Connect with your dog on a deeper level with these suggestions.

Film Review: Bugs
BugsDirected by Andreas JohnsenRosforth FilmsOpening with a culinary feast involving bowls of soldier fly larvae, locust tabbouleh, and dung beetle stew, Andreas Johnsen’s fascinat…
An Animal Rosary

A new way to pray that combines an ancient tool and a modern perspective.

Wild Lovingkindness: Creating Mettā Connections

“That's so meta.” ... From self-reflective to the Buddhist mettā (cultivating benevolence), “we can practice wild lovingkindness to extend beyond one being, beyond humanity.” Here, 5 mettā moment starters, plus a practice for reflecting on your wild connections.

Wizard of Paws’ Derrick Campana on Saving Our Pets

Wizard of Paws' Derrick Campana “is proving a healthy and happy life is possible through creatively engineered orthotics and custom prosthetics.” And, beyond bionics, here are three ways we can support injured and suffering animals.

For the Love of Guinea Pigs

Discover 4 ways to celebrate the first-ever Guinea Pig Awareness Week. Start by learning what every human needs to know about interacting with these four-pawed friends.

Delightful and Bear-able Sabbath Practices

Tap into the Sabbath practices of a hibernating bear. Unplug, rest ... and just be.

4 Animal-Inspired Tips for Better Sleep

If you're looking for ways to naturally sleep better at night, where better to look than in nature?

Finding Refuge

My 5-Week, $500 Vacation from Anxiety

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What’s Your Doggie’s Dosha?

Canine wellness expert Amanda Ree dishes ayurvedic wisdom via dog dosha quizzes, balancing your furry friend's dosha and customizing it to meet your BFF's unique needs.

Why You Really Should Protect Your Sleep

And what to do about it if you can’t

Where Did All the Poop on Noah’s Ark Go?

“One reason people are leaving traditional Bible-based religions is that they are told they have to read the Bible literally rather than metaphorically.”

Compassion for All with Matthieu Ricard
Rabbi Rami once again talks to Matthieu Ricard: Buddhist monk, photographer, author, humanitarian and French translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Ricard is the “happiness ma…
Spirituality and Dogs

You have to train a dog to be vicious. For humans, all it takes is religion, politics, or social media. Dogs are the ultimate Zen practitioners.

The Spiritual Side of S’mores

The surprising history of the yummy treat, plus tips on sweet ingredients that do good

Reiki for Stressed-Out Cats

Got a stressed-out cat? Here is everything you need to know about reiki for cats—from what it is and how it can help your cat to remote reiki, plus four tips to soothe your stressed feline friend.

Poem: Shadow

“Subscribe to plants, animals, stars, / music, the baby who can’t walk yet”

3 Nature-Based Practices for Battling Zoom Fatigue

How greening your space, petting your animal bestie, and taking a break to walk can fight Zoom fatigue and improve your work-from-home routine.

Up All Night

As she struggles to accept the sounds of violence between predator and prey, writer Tai Moses learns to hear beauty in the darkness.

Gregory Lamping

Gregory Lamping has been a psychiatric nurse for over thirty years. He’s also a colored pencil artist specializing in drawing animals, both wild and domestic.

Be The Change Award: Katherine Dunn & Apifera Farm
“Apifera Farm is not so much a place as it is my intention to the world,” says Katherine Dunn, an artist who has been featured in S&H and a farmer who is now devoted to incorporati…
Altruism with Matthieu Ricard
Your host Rabbi Rami talks to the "happiest man on Earth" Matthieu Ricard about his new book Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World. A review of the boo…
Science & Spirit: Protect Yourself From Pollution

Many of us are concerned with keeping our land, water, and air safe for both animals and humans. This week, there was a lot in the world of research that focused on the topic of pollution and its threats to our health. For ways to protect yourself and your family, read on.

Why It’s Better to Eat a Cow than a Hen or a Sow

The “dismal science” of economics looks at reducing cruelty.

Veg Out

Ready to take the leap? Suzy Amis Cameron shares her favorite resources for embracing a plant-based diet.

Book Review: Animal Wisdom
Animal WisdomLearning from the Spiritual Lives of AnimalsBy Linda Bender, DVMNorth Atlantic BooksThe next time you see a cat catch a bird, veterinarian Linda Bender doesn’t want yo…
Podcast: Animal Chaplain Sarah Bowen

Sarah Bowen’s spiritual work as an animal chaplain and multifaith educator includes supporting all sentient beings, regardless of species.

3 Ways to Celebrate Your Canine Companions
By Annemarie JuhlianYes, I’m one of those crazy dog lovers. My husband and I have a household of older and special-needs dogs, all rescued from neglect and abuse. Throughout the ye…
Goats and Grapes at Frey Vineyards

Who mows the grass, weeds the garden, and provides the milk, yogurt, and cheese at Frey Vineyards? Our magnanimous goat herd, of course! And they are as adorable as they are industrious.

Pets and Coronavirus: What We Need to Know

The news that a tiger in the Bronx Zoo tested positive for COVID-19 is raising questions about interspecies transmission and how to keep our pets healthy.

Mindful, Responsible Meat for the Table
When Upton Sinclair wrote The Jungle in 1906, readers were exposed to the horrible abuse of those who worked in the meat-packing industry. The book changed how the country thought …
Winter Homes

“There is nothing as warm and wonderful as winter. Good books. A friendly dog. Homemade soup. How could I not love the idea of the coming season?”

Going Vegan After 50

By changing your diet, you can change the world—at any age—according to Carol J. Adams, Patti Breitman, Virginia Messina, authors of Never Too Late to Go Vegan.

The Real Suffering of That Free-Range Chicken

An interview with PETA President Ingrid Newkirk

20 Artists Share Their Vision

These pieces were hand-selected by S&H Art Director Sandra Salamony to appear in a special artist edition of Spirituality & Health magazine (March/April 2014). Here, each artist shares their creative process behind their work.

Carol Novello
Carol Novello is the founder of Mutual Rescue™ and author of “Mutual Rescue: How Adopting a Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too.” Mutual Rescue is a national initiative that highligh…
Soul Talk with Sera Beak

Author Sera Beak talks to Rami about soul loss and her latest book.

HAWA ABDI: Waiting for the Rain
A Somali gynecologist, lawyer, and farmer, Dr. Hawa Abdi began sheltering refugees on the 1,300 acres of farmland surrounding her Mogadishu hospital more than 20 years ago, helping…
Sarah Bowen
Find spiritual practices in Sarah Bowen’s book Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective & Higher Purpose. Explore the intersection of animals and…
News That Uplifts

If the relentless bad news is leaving you feeling down, there are alternatives.

Film Review: Seasons
Seasons Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud Music Box Films Directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud specialize in enchanting, nonnarrative nature documentaries that portray …
The Omega-3 Paradox

How We Became Deficient in the Most Abundant Fat on the Planet

Holistic Pet Care

Phil Klein, owner of Whiskers Holistic Petcare in New York, shares his holistic pet care tips.

Support for the Bereaved Animal Lover

Pet-loss support groups can help the healing process when we lose our most constant companions.

Conscious Eating: A Solution to Personal and Planetary Health
Many of us on the conscious path may look at massive problems in the world and feel helpless. How can I, one person, positively impact the planet: the dying oceans, world hunger, r…
A Root Cause of Pessimism, Revealed

New research could lead to better treatment of anxiety and depression.

Tantric Touch During Times of Terror

During this time of self-quarantine, stay connected with your sensual side with tantric touching.

New Books: Animal Wisdom, The Grace in Aging, Happy Belly, and more.
Tap in to the power of nature, with these selctions from S&H. Click on any book title for our complete review.Happy Belly: A Woman’s Guide to Feeling Vibrant, Light, and Balanc…
Your Assignment: Build Your Own Morning Altars

A longtime altar maker shares his practice

Genes Control Our Dreaming

How much REM and non-REM sleep we get appears to be controlled by a pair of genes.

Become Your Community's Ritual Maker

Humans needs to unite with like-minded and like-hearted people and organizations to actively take part in nurturing our communities and helping them grow.

Book Review: Water in Plain Sight
Water in Plain SightHope for a Thirsty WorldBy Judith D. SchwartzSt. Martin’s PressFollowing environmental news is mostly an exercise in confronting anxiety, helplessness, and desp…
Featured Artist: Carmen García Gordillo

With an assist from Google Translate, S&H editor Ben Nussbaum and Spanish artist Carmen García Gordillo discussed dreams, snakes, yoga, and much more.

From the Editor

The letter from the editor kicks off each issue and helps set the tone for the magazine. Over the next few issues, members of the S&H team will be writing the letter. In this issue, our Creative Director Sandra Salamony explores the world of the birds and the bees.

5 Ways to Get Involved in Craftivism

Craftivism is a way to be a changemaker while also being creative with your hands. Here are five ways to craft real change right now.

5 Questions for John Robbins
1. What are some of the most inspiring cultural shifts you have seen since Diet for a New America was published?People are growing increasingly aware that what we do to the earth, …
The Heart of Money: “Can I Become a Vegan Investor?”
I’m very concerned about animal cruelty in our society. From the dinner table to the clothing industry to cosmetics and pharmaceutical testing—it’s everywhere. I’d like to pu…
The Commons: How to Spend a Gap Year

A Year, a Mountain, and Five Young Women

Transformative Travel: Following the Sheep
It is odd for someone who is city bred and lactose intolerant to be fascinated by a pastoral tradition that involves mountains, animals, milk, yogurt, and cheese, but there you hav…
Reinventing the Season of Advent

It’s holiday season. Take advent beyond the four walls of your own home.

Cultivating Fluency in the Language of Nature

"Let's find our creative flow as a part of nature, with food. "

The New Science of Periodic Protein Deprivation

Our ancestors feasted and fasted, cycling their protein consumption. So should we.

The Food Fight We Might All Agree On

Because no one in their right mind really wants meat from factory farms

Dark Chocolate Protects the Heart
DARK CHOCOLATE PROTECTS THE HEARTIt takes surprisingly little dark chocolate to protect the heart against the risk of heart disease — 6.7 grams of this sweet indulgence a day to be…
You Are What You Eat: Yoga of Synthesis #3

Sponsored Content from Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas

My Practice: Morning Altars

An artist shares how his practice of creating beautiful morning altars blossomed.

Do Eyeshades Protect Against Obesity and Cancer?
In Newsweek last December, science writer Sharon Begley pulled together research showing that lab animals and pets are getting fatter, just like people: “In Macaques, living in res…
Film Review: Nise: The Heart of Madness
Nise da Silveira was a Brazilian psychiatrist who revolutionized the way mental patients were treated in the 1940s and ’50s. This elegantly made biopic shows her struggles against …
Science & Spirit: 'Shrooms, Stonehenge, and Time

Our first Science & Spirit column explores 'shrooms, magnetoreception, and why time flies.

Film Review: Desert Dreams

Celebrating Five Seasons in the Sonoran Desert

10 Questions You Should Be Asking at the Farmers Market

Here are some good starter questions to help you identify a responsible grower and make sure you’re only buying the freshest local produce.

3 Compelling Reasons to Rethink How You Use Eggs

Springtime practices for decreasing health risks and increasing spiritual connections.

Film Review: Desert Dreams, Celebrating Five Seasons in the Sonoran Desert
DIRECTED BY THOMAS WIEWANDT It took four years for filmmaker Thomas Wiewandt to bring his mesmerizing Desert Dreams to the screen. It took decades longer to develop the transcende…
Plant Totems

Excerpt from Nature Spirituality From the Ground Up: Connect with Totems in Your Ecosystem

Deep Ties to the Earth: How One Northern Cree Tribe Finds Peace of Mind

A new study reveals that the community’s strength and resilience are tied to the people’s spiritual openness, community engagement, and connection to the land.

Chasing Ice
Directed by Jeff OrlowskiChasingIce.comNever has so much beauty held this much danger: visually, Chasing Ice is a staggeringly gorgeous film that depicts the tangible physical effe…
Ancient Goddess Archetype: Are You a Modern-Day Artemis?
The Greeks built temples and altars to gods and goddesses that today we might sense deep within our world or even within ourselves. One that particularly appeals to me is Artemis, …
Turn to Nature With Your Grief

Nature has the capacity to hold all of our grief and sorrow. Being in nature reminds us that cycles of renewal are part of our reality.

"Life of Pi": A Journey of Spirit and Survival
Like Pi Patel, the brave young protagonist of Yann Martel’s Booker prize-winning novel Life of Pi, Ang Lee attempted what was thought to be impossible when he decided to bring this…
The Real Reason for Sex

Most humans have burdened sexuality with lots of baggage. Here’s what we did before we could tell stories about our most intimate acts.

Film Review: Genesis 2.0
Alternating between strikingly shot footage of ivory hunters in the New Siberian Islands north of Russia, looking for woolly mammoth tusks, and a gathering of young scientists in B…
How to Become a Stalker of Your Own Mind

If we are relentless and impeccable about stalking ourselves, a result is that we leave the world and other people alone.

Hanging on to a World of Grace

Why today’s most radical practice may be gratitude

The Skeptic Visits a Shaman

After heartbreak, writer Rebecca Green finds healing—and her spirit animal—in a place she never expected.

Film Review: Symphony of the Soil
Symphony of the SoilDirected by Deborah Koons GarciaIn theory, director Deborah Koons Garcia’s exploration of the wide, varied, and wonderful world of soil offers a great concept: …
Another Reason to Snuggle

Is cuddling going to regulate your gut bacteria? New research suggests yes.

One Square Inch of Silence
One Man’s Search for Natural Silence in a Noisy WorldBy Gordon Hempton and John GrossmanFree Press, $26.00“One Square Inch of Silence is more than a book; it is a place in the Hoh …
#MooToo: Why We Should Rethink Drinking Cow’s Milk

Joaquin Phoenix very publicly pointed the spotlight on inter-species entitlement. Here's why, and how to do something about shifting our perceptions.

International Women's Earth & Climate Initiative
Last month, my sixteen-year-old daughter and I attended the first meeting of the International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative in Suffern, New York. One hundred women from 35 …
Why Greeks Built Their Temples

Crafting A Binding Contract With The Sacred

Why We Fear the Future

People who struggle to deal with uncertainty may in fact may have an unusually large striatum.

Are You Afraid to Accept Praise?
"How old are you?" she asked.I told her."What? No way," she chirped. "You look ten years younger than that."Okay, I thought. What's she trying to pull?Having low self-esteem makes …
The Goddess Matangi and the Joy of Being an Outcast

Matangi tells a secret—that there’s a hidden joy, even power, in being an outcast.

Easter for Earth Lovers

Celebrate an animal-friendly Easter by resurrecting the Earth.

Preparing for a Vision Quest
As I sit cross-legged ― or as it is known in yoga, Sukhasana ― I make prayer ties for the vision quest in which I will participate this summer. I will venture into the woods and fi…
Dos and Don'ts of Holistic Digestion for Your Animal Companion

Keep your four-legged family members from developing digestive issues by following these holistic and spiritual pet tips from animal chaplain Sarah Bowen.

Create an Animal Healing Circle in Your Community
Shiri Joshua, M.A., is a psychotherapist, “animal whisperer,” and director of the Shiri Joshua Centre for Human & Animal Healing in Vancouver, British Columbia. Each month she hold…
Book Review: Faith After Doubt
Faith After Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do About ItBy Brian D. McLarenST. MARTIN’S ESSENTIALS Brian McLaren was a pastor for 24 years. He recalls onc…
Film Review: Jane
Brett Morgen’s thoroughly absorbing documentary about the life and career of world-renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall is founded on a treasure trove of footage—countless…
Honoring our Interdependence

In the Soto Zen tradition, emphasis is placed on ethical or mindful acts in everyday practice. This Earth Day practice held at Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center in Northern California is offered to benefit all beings.

A Boy, His Dog, and Their Heart-to-Heart Connection

Energy from one heart can make a real connection with another…and spread love in surprising ways.

Book Review: The Gut-Immune Connection

How do we protect our immune systems? During the COVID pandemic, we’ve been washing our hands, wearing masks, and getting vaccinated. But our bodies have been under siege for much longer.

Winter Is Coming: Prepare Your Pandemic Pup

A puppyhood coach and pack therapist explains how to ease the transition from fall to winter for your canine companions, including the pandemic puppy in your household.

8 Essential Oils for Yoga

The use of essential oils for yoga can assist in setting intentions for your practice and further connecting mind and body. Learn which oils are best for your needs.

5 Questions for Jane Goodall
1. In your book, you write about the “wisdom” of trees. What lessons have you learned from the wise trees in your life?The two lessons I have learned from the trees in my life are …
I Am
The Shift is About to Hit the FanBy Tom ShadyacFilm director Tom Shadyac had it all — a successful film career (Ace Ventura; Liar, Liar; Bruce Almighty), a series of California man…
Poem: A Participation of Waters

“It’s raining and I let myself sit and look / a long time. At water returning, or rather,”

Becoming Kuan Yin
The Evolution of CompassionBy Stephen LevineWeiser Books, an imprint of Red Wheel/WeiserStephen Levine’s Becoming Kuan Yin tells of Miao Shan, the daughter of a spiteful Chine…
Astrology: Having Mother Nature on Your Side

Excerpted from The Art of Balanced Living by Dr. Shaun Matthews

A Ritual to Honor Water
By Wendy Macdonald Water is life: elemental, essential, mysterious, sacred. One has only to experience a blooming desert, a sprouting seed, a clean body, or the sense of well-bein…
Book Review: I Know How You Feel
It’s not easy to make friends as adults, and becomes more difficult as we get older. At the same time, according to the psychologist F. Diane Barth, women rely on other women for s…
Richard Oppenlander: The Myth of Moderation

The author of Comfortably Unaware and Food Choice and Sustainability on why eating humane and local isn’t enough, and why there’s no such thing as a “sustainable” meat.

Hanblechia: Relearning My Relationship To Food Through Fasting

The remarkable shift of awareness and presence that comes when food is not central to your daily routine.

Vaccinate Against Stress

Beneficial bacteria may become the basis for an immunization.

Can Too Much Meat Lead to Diabetes?
Too much protein eaten along with fat may lead to insulin resistance, reports an animal study from Duke University Medical Center, providing a clue as to why the blood chemistry of…
Black Cats: Reclaiming the Sacred Feline

Halloween and the season of black cats is a good time to examine our misplaced beliefs and return our relationship with cats to a sacred sphere.

12 Rituals to Reopen Your Life
“We the people” are conditioned to focus on the positive and not dwell too long on the negative. We share our triumphs but keep our tragedies to ourselves. When we experience emoti…
Mushrooms: A Great Way to Get More from a Nature Walk

Gathering mushrooms adds a new dimension to walks in nature. Learn more about how to start your own mushroom habit.

​Transform the Way You Travel

How to help generate positive economic and environmental benefits for local communities

3 Earth-Friendly Swaps for Summer

Easy ways to be eco-friendly while having fun this season.

The Key to a Blissful Life

First, we learn how to control the stress in our daily lives.

3 Herbal Cures for Thanksgiving Troubles

Natural ways to deal with anything this big holiday dishes up.

Divinity at the Dinner Table
I recently did a 21-day sugar detox and although I expected it to be interesting, amazing and at times even harrowing, I never expected it to be the topic of a blog about spiritual…
Podcasts for On-the-Go Inspiration
The right podcast can turn a lengthy commute, a slow line, or a long, solitary walk into something you hope will never end. Our favorites illuminate, inform, and inspire us.  …
To Avoid Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, Sleep on Your Side
Humans sleep in all sorts of crazy contortions: flat on their backs, left side, right side, facedown, curled up, sprawled out. And don’t get me started on hammocks. But no matter h…
Tough Times for Organic Plants Help Us Live Longer
In periods of drought, mildew-causing humidity, and other adverse growing conditions, the pinot noir vines at Robert Sinskey Vineyards in California’s Napa Valley undergo a subtle …
Our Walk in the World: Bending or Loving the World
I was at the airport, traveling to New York, waiting to go through security with my passport out, when I noticed for the first time that most pages have quotes on them. And two of …
Magic Words: ‘I’m Sorry’
Have you ever been hurt by an unapologetic person? Most of us have. When this happens, it hurts, but we intuitively know the importance of forgiving the person anyway—for our…
Pet Dogs Lessen Risk of Schizophrenia

Early exposure to dogs is linked to a decreased risk in schizophrenia.

Understanding the Fungus in Your Gut

Everyone knows the importance that bacteria plays in gut health, but what about fungus? Understanding how to balance your mycobiome, or the ecosystem of fungus that lives in the gut, is crucial for maintaining good health.

Uh-oh! Our Good Gut Bugs May Be Going Extinct!

Flipping through The Whole-Body Microbiome, we learned this.

Reimagining Sharks

Sharks are facing extinction. S&H’s resident surfer, Kalia Kelmenson, explains why that matters.

5 Reasons You Need to Start Hiking in 2019

The forest engages all of your senses—your mind stills, and you reconnect to your soul.

Let There Be dark

Light pollution harms the environment, wildlife, and even human health.

Healing the Whole Body by Using the Whole Body: The Return of Tallow
Matthew Stillman, author of Genesis Deflowered and former producer at the Food Network, didn’t set out to process hundreds of pounds of tallow (aka beef fat) in his kitchen in Harl…
Ahimsa: How to Practice Nonviolence in Nature

Do no harm: Three surprising insights and reflections on the practice of ahimsa from the fungi on the forest floor, plus five practices for tapping in.

Plant a Butterfly Garden, Save the World

New research shows that urban gardeners can help boost dwindling populations of Monarch butterflies by planting milkweed.

Celebrating Winter: Retreat and Renew

Use these practices to inspire more ease and play this season

A Purr for Help: How A Rescued Cat Opened My Heart

Nearly broke and pessimistic about the world, journalist Jane Ganahl heart and mind were opened by one abandoned cat.

My Practice: Child Painting Prodigy Explains how She Channels Paintings
Akiane grew up in a non-religious household, but by the age of four started having visions and vivid impressions from invisible realms. She began using any medium available, from c…
8 Little Ways to Practice Nonviolence

Here are a few small ways to practice personal nonviolence.

Iwígara: Embracing the Spirituality of Plants

Thinking of botanical entities as relatives, what might we learn from connecting to our earth-tethered kin?

Use Your Lawn to Fight Climate Change

Healthier soils “draw down” more carbon and help save the Earth

If It’s Not Organic, It’s Not Really Bordeaux
Wine lovers will certainly recognize terroir as the enigmatic French term for soil, topography, climate, and other natural (and supernatural) traits of a particular vineyard. In fa…
Playing with Food

What to eat amid the sounds of caterpillars munching?

14 Gratitude Affirmations That Will Bring You Joy Everyday

What are affirmations? Personal affirmations are positive statements made aloud with the intent of manifesting good energy. Try these 14 gratitude affirmations to bring more joy into your life.

Carrying the Water

"Keeping the acequia clear and flowing is a useful metaphor for interdependence and cooperation. Keeping the acequia clear—both the actual acequia and the acequia of humanity—bears learning how to do well."

Spiritual Leadership
Consider two recent images: One image is of our president, tautly engaged and oddly displaced, as he watches half a world away while his orders to kill Osama Bin Laden are carried …
Featured Artist Deedee Cheriel

S&H editor Ben Nussbaum chatted with Deedee about her spiritual journey and how it intersects with her art, simplicity, and why images of mothers are so important to her.

How to Feed the Brain in Your Belly

Fixing your digestion can make you feel a lot less anxious.

A Ritual to Reconnect With Your Ancestors

Try this ritual to invite connection with and guidance from your ancestors.

7 Affirmations for Daily Walking Meditations
Many new studies suggest that mindful walking is good, not only for mental health, but also to relieve stress. Moreover mindfulness, in general, is shown to improve chronic inflamm…
Open Wide and Say Probiotic!

We drill down on probiotics for the mouth

Do your pets get more attention than your partner?: Love lessons from pets
If you’re like me, there are days when your “to do” list seems endless. This morning as I read through the list of things that absolutely had to get done today, one of my four cats…
Love Earth Now

S&H Staff Writer Julie Peters and author Cheryl Leutjen explore ways to connect with and honor the natural environment while managing the stress of living in what sometimes feels like environmental apocalypse.

Is Watermelon a Natural Viagra?
A cold slice of juicy watermelon has long been a healthy summer staple, boasting ample amounts of nutrients, such as potassium, beta carotene, and lycopene. Now another nutrient in…
How to Get More Energy, Improve Memory, and Increase Concentration

New research shows how fat tissue reduces your brain function.

The Earth Made New
Plains Indian Stories of CreationBy Paul Goble, with Foreword by Joe Medicine CrowWorld Wisdom, 2009, $17.95Joe Medicine Crow tells how he would follow his grandfather everywhere, …
Learn to Speak the Language of the Body

Discover foundational principles that will help you understand your body and establish healthy patterns.

10 Instant Ways to Calm Yourself Down

If you’re easily overwhelmed, try these techniques to get centered.

Rabbi Rami: "Does what I eat really matter?"

Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler

How to Deeply Connect Your Body With Nature

“Wellness is essentially being in tune with nature and aligning ourselves with the inherent wisdom that is within us all.” Here are seven ways to connect your body with nature.

Working Toward Loving Conditions for All Beings

Reverend Aline Silva is a Baptist pastor and preacher, and a member of the queer community. She has a profound passion for an intersectional approach to community outreach, which is a central focus in her work with CreatureKind, and a firm belief in the power of radical love.

Visioning a Re-NEW-able Year

This year, turn to the first known resolution makers—the ancient Babylonians—for inspiration.

​Luciferian Meats: We Answer to a Lower Authority*

Is fake meat the work of Lucifer? Hmm, probably not a spiritual emergency.

Contributors - September / October

Contributors to our September/October 2018 issue: Amber Bodily, Mirabai Bush, Ram Dass, Katherine Dunn, Stephanie Ludwig PhD, Zainab Salbi

Pets as Gateway Love
Something really wild has been happening to me lately. I find myself falling in love with every animal I see. Seriously, I am talking about all creatures great and small. But reall…
Going Out Green
One Man’s Adventure Planning His Own Natural BurialOld Arctic Inuit hunters could supposedly sit for days, harpoon poised and ready to strike, just staring at a hole on an otherwis…
It Is What It Is: How to Return to Neutrality

A reminder from a great blue heron: Cultivating neutrality begins with acceptance of what is.

Joan Borysenko on the Great Soul Wound

Joan Borysenko, a Harvard-trained scientist who explored the wonders of the mind-body-spirit connection, discusses the link between our physical health and that of the planet.

You Are My Valentine. And You, and You …

Can we try directing our love toward’s everyone, just for one day?

Rabbi Rami:​ Am I Morally Bound to Chastise Meat Eaters?

Rabbi Rami answers your spiritual questions.

God Hates Dogs?

“This is what is wrong with religion: it walks into the future with its eyes firmly set on the past.”

Being "The Vegan" Aboard an Aircraft Carrier

I didn’t expect the Navy would change its meal system for me.

5 Ways to Say Grace

Here are a few of the many ways to say grace.

Joining the World’s Most-Shared Meditation

From the archive: Selected stories from the past 20 years.

Tea as a universal meditation

Rabbi Rami: Should I Thank Siri or Alexa?

Rabbi Rami answers your spiritual questions.

Blossoming After Dark

Create a twilight garden for a tranquil, outdoor meditative space.

How to Experience Canine Flow

“A fantastic way to harness and empower your own heart frequencies and create happiness . . .”

Cultivate Your Spiritual Sweet Tooth

Munching through the Halloween and Christmas holidays alone, Americans consume over a billion dollars of chocolate each year. Turn your sweet tooth into a delectable sacred practice with a side of mindful advocacy.

The Value of Wildlife

Globalization and economic growth are causing an unprecedented surge in poaching activities worldwide. Can policy changes and grassroots efforts help save threatened species?

When Pines Are Divine

A six-year Japanese program preserves thousands of Shinto shrines and woodlands.

When Pines Are Divine

A six-year Japanese program preserves thousands of Shinto shrines and woodlands.

Indigenous Wisdom Illuminates the Path to a Sustainable Future
Scientists agree that climate change is real, that it is caused by human activities, and that it is accelerated by the burning of fossil fuels. In the 2009 Copenhagen Accord, it wa…
When Farming Meets Technology: Sharing Survival Gardening Tips by Cell Phone
“A leader’s job is not to do the work for others; it’s to help others figure out how to do it themselves, to get things done, and to succeed beyond what they thought possible.” ~Si…
The Brainbow Blueprint for Mental Health

There’s a saying that asking people to change their diet is like asking them to change their religion. What we eat and how we eat might be our most personal choices.

Seeking Unity

What does justice look like? Racial justice, planetary ethics, and the welfare of other species are inextricably entangled.

Charitable Giving: Do You Know How Your Donation is Being Used?

“The problem isn’t that the Vatican needs money to maintain its operations, but that it is getting millions of dollars from a fund officially designated for helping people. This isn’t new, but it seems all the more egregious when religion preys on those who pray.”

14 Ways to Effectively Shield Yourself from Toxins in the Environment
The sooner we come to terms with the fact that we are living in a toxic environment, the better. Once one becomes conscious of something, then they can make the necessary steps to …
Receiving Compassion and Generating Your Compassionate Self

An excerpt from Overcoming Destructive Anger by Bernard Golden, PhD.

The Horrifying Truth Behind Natural Flavors

Although seeing the world “natural” might put your mind at ease, natural flavors are more like natural disasters.

When it’s Okay to Drink Wine in a Zoom Meeting: Online Tastings With Frey Vineyards

Frey Vineyards has joined the Zoom revolution—leading monthly online tastings to share fun and informative conversations with wine drinkers from around the country.

5 Spiritual Lessons We Learn From Cats

Spiritual inspiration from felines can be found throughout history. Here are five lessons your cat wants to teach you.

Spiritual Heroes 2013: Q&A with Paige Elenson

Executive Director, Africa Yoga Project

Feeding the New Year
‘Tis the season for drinking too much eggnog, eating too much, and pulling out old family hangover cures.We’ve just moved past the Winter Solstice, the darkest time of the sun cycl…
6 Gifts that People With Low Self-Esteem Should Give Themselves

Anneli Rufus is a frequent contributor to Spirituality & Health. Her books Party of One: The Loners' Manifesto and the Nautilus Award-winning Stuck: Why We Can't (or Won't) Move On examined our lives as individuals in a crowded world. Rufus’ upcoming work, Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself, will be released by Tarcher Penguin in the spring and continues this path, addressing self-esteem. It serves as the catalyst for this blog and asks: Why do we feel the way we do about ourselves? - See more posts here.

Boost Your Confidence with a Power Pose
One day, I showed up to my yoga mat with a broken heart. I’d just gone through a wrenching breakup, and it hurt. My body felt heavy and stiff. I tried to flip over from Downward Do…
Meaningful Rituals for Winter Solstice

How you can create some new traditions to celebrate the winter solstice.

Breaking Your Addiction to Thinking
Thinking is obviously an important tool. Humans have the powerful ability to think about the past and the future, make narratives about our lives that help us navigate new situatio…
Summer System Overload
It’s been a hot summer. I showed up to my yoga studio the other day, and noticed that the air purifying machine was blinking and beeping, which made me think of my kitchen lights, …
What Do We Really Mean When We Say We're Doing Nothing?
When anyone asks what I've been doing lately, I almost always say: "Nothing."Of course, that's not literally true. Yesterday, I wrote two articles, drew a picture of a girl wearing…
How to Become Your Own Hero
Telling yourself, once or twenty thousand times, "I'm smart; I'm beautiful; everyone loves me" won't make it true (or untrue) but, more crucially, won't make you start believing it…
How Can I Love You When You Don't Love Yourself?
Person A tells Person B: "You're beautiful.""I am not," Person B retorts."I love you," Person A sighs."Why?" wails Person B.Loving people who have low self-esteem means constantly …
May the Force Be With You!

Bless you, and you, and you. Be inspired by the Jedi and dive into blessings.

The Untapped Potential of Dreams, Signs, and Synchronicities in the Western World

“If we can suspend our Western beliefs for a moment ... then we can learn what Tibetan Buddhists, Pagans, and shamans knew centuries ago: Treasure is buried everywhere.”

The Benefits of Being a Big Frog in a Small Pond
Those of us who struggle with low self-esteem might not like ourselves very much. But, because we're alive, we like other people and other stuff. As scathingly as we might view our…
Giving Thanks for Giving Thanks
One day recently, as we sat outside a bakery where the season's first pumpkin pies had just gone on display, my friend T told me that she hates Thanksgiving.She said she hates it b…
Getting the Truth from Fish Oil Producers
If you’re unnerved by the idea that a typical package of hamburger might contain flesh from hundreds, if not thousands, of cows, you may be surprised to know the oil in your fish o…
The Spiritual Traveler: Why Does God Hate Me?
Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award-winning author, poet, and teacher. In this column, he answers reader-submitted questions pertaining to faith, morality, religious traditions, and oth…
Explore CBD

In our special section we explore CBD from a variety of angles. Dive in to get up to speed on this huge trend.

The Food and Drink Industry Plays With Our Heads, Because It Can
Last week at the Fancy Food Show, an annual marketplace where over 1,000 food and drink purveyors showcase their wares, I tasted buttered coffee, beet ketchup, bay-leaf bitters, ci…
Cool It Practice: Balancing Yin and Yang in Good Measure
As human animals, we are affected by the weather. We like to think we’re not—our capitalist society expects us to be exactly the same amount of productive no matter what’s going o…
108 Day Mindfulness Practice

Here are 108 suggestions for your own personalized 108-day mindfulness practice.

How to Care For Your Body Better in a Cold, Dark Season

“When we do not listen to the signals of our bodies as they shift from season to season, we are causing a subtle, constant form of stress. Here are a few ways you can help your body rebalance during the winter season.”

Managing Fear in Times of Uncertainty

Sponsored Content from The Celebrant Foundation & Institute

Making Friends with Robots

Twenty years ago, Anne Foerst, the theologian at MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Lab, introduced us to Kismet, the first emotionally responsive robot. Now, Marilyn Schlitz, Dean of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University, introduces us to Sophia, an android programmed for unconditional love, empathy, and compassion.

Is Detoxing Actually Healthy?

Helping your body detoxify through effective measures is a practice that can be traced back hundreds of years.

Learning from Our Worst Selves: Feeding the Shadow Wolf

Sometimes fear, anger, or sadness are appropriate responses to the complexities of life.

Three Surprising Ways to Feel Less Busy

Tips for achieving relaxed productivity—and why you can't afford to ignore them.

Caring for the Earth as a Spiritual Practice
When it comes to my relationship with the Earth, I sometimes ask, “Should I save it or savor it?” There’s no doubt that Earth is in need of saving, and I know I have a role to play…
Petal Power: Healing with Flower Essences

Try flower essences to gently catalyze mental, emotional, and even spiritual transformation.

Can Travel Help Us Stop Hating Ourselves?

Seeing the world can help you see yourself in a new light.

Being a Spiritual Person
Recently I was listening to my friend Satish Kumar being interviewed on the BBC. Satish is a former Jain monk who defined his life by walking for world peace. With no financial res…
Waxing and Waning: Yoga for the Moon
Everyone, at some time or another, has felt a personal connection to the moon. Most of us forget about it most of the time, but everyone I know has, at some point, looked out a win…
Why Raw-Foodies Get Such Poor Miles per Meal
Richard Wrangham knows something about how human diets evolved. He’s a Harvard professor of anthropology, the curator of primate behavior biology at the Peabody Museum, director of…
6 Ways to Cultivate Kindness

“We are born to be at worst brutal, at least single-mindedly hardwired to survive at all costs. Concern for fellow creatures, sympathy, good deeds: These are all extras, luxuries we learn—with luck.”

New Mythology for a New World
Sponsored Content from Four Winds Society An excerpt from Grow a New Body, by Alberto Villoldo, PhD The right side of the neocortex, the higher brain, operates on stories and myt…
The 12 Toxic Hormone Disruptors You Probably Have In Your Home

To lower your exposure to endocrine disruptors, avoid these 12 chemical compounds

Why Go Paleo?

One Doctor's Story

Write Your Self-Hatred a Thank-You Letter

Could your self-hatred be a coping strategy you never let go?

From the Editor: November/December
It’s the best possible time to be alive, when almost everything you thought you knew is wrong!” That line, from Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, helped us find fellow seekers for the launch…
The Heart of Money: Wrestling with a Question of Inheritance

Let your values influence how your spend your money

A Look at What Really Matters

Clarify your values and align them with how you live your life.

11 Tasty Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes
As a vegan, there's nothing worse than showing up to holiday dinner hungry and discovering that every side dish, entrée, and dessert is made with meat, dairy, or chicken broth. For…
When Worship's a Trigger: 4 Ways to Make Spirituality a Safe Space

How might you create holidays around the ones that mean the most?

Befriending Nightmares

Don’t run away. Engaging with dreams—even nightmares—can teach us a lot about our emotional selves.

The Gift of Breath
A dear friend of mine recently succumbed to emphysema. Before he became ill, he’d been a scholar and a poet and a social activist. He’d had a passion for beauty in all its myriad f…
Are You Sufficiently Bored?

It turns out that boredom is the soil where creativity thrives.

Nourishing Self and Others

Clean eating to be more than a health practice; it can be a spiritual practice.

Seven Keys to Conscious Parenting

Mindful tips from the author of Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi

Featured Artist: Jennifer Davis

S&H editor Ben Nussbaum talked with Minneapolis-based artist Jennifer Davis about pink, whimsy, flow, and more.

Pilgrimage to India with MC Yogi

Bhakti-hop innovator MC Yogi travels to India for an unwitting spiritual chiropractic adjustment—and artistic inspiration for his newest musical offering.

Close to the Ground: A Drop in the Bucket
It is 7:30 a.m. on a sunny spring day. Bodhi the dog is walking with me along Bandon Beach, one of Oregon’s most beautiful coastlines. It is pristine. The air is filled with that w…
Joyful Eating
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3 Must-Try Practices for Book Lovers

If you are a bibliobibuli, try these practices to joyously continue your exploration of books.

The Heart of Money: The Practice of Making Good Decisions
You have spent your career successfully managing stock portfolios worth hundreds of millions of dollars during periods of extreme market highs and terrible crashes. During this mul…
A Holistic Approach to Vaccination for Dogs
When I was a veterinary student, I was taught that vaccinations are a cornerstone of healthy pets. As I went on to practice, however, I saw severe acute vaccine reactions, as well …
Our Walk in the World: Making Our Way

When we find each other stranded, the exercise of compassion demands that we interrupt our lives to return each other to our own true nature

Coping Tips for Empaths

Being an empath is all about ‘feeling’ the emotions of others. Sometimes we need extra tools to help us stay grounded and connected.

Our Walk in the World: Distributing the Weight
I was moved by our conversation last night. I understand how you feel the presence of suffering always in the background, juxtaposed against the peaceful times and moments of abund…
Care of the Soul: Mega-Soul
I had an unusually enjoyable afternoon recently, lying on the floor in front of my massive classical Greek dictionary and a copy of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, where he makes a…
The Happiness Track: A Crash Course in Enlightenment
My junior year of college I was driving back from a ski trip during a Vermont snowstorm when I shifted gears and lost control. We swerved across several highway lanes into a ditch,…
Seeing Ourselves Through Nature

We can reconnect to ourselves, gaining a deeper, fuller understanding of who we are, by reconnecting to nature.

What’s Your Desire Pattern?

"If you are someone who doesn’t feel randomly and spontaneously turned on all the time, there’s nothing wrong with you. It’s totally normal to go through periods where you don’t feel like having sex."

Deepening an Emotional Attachment to Nature
I was fortunate to grow up in a family where sensitivity to nature was nurtured. We lived on a farm with daily interactions with the natural world. I got to know nature as somethin…
Stop Self Criticizing, Start Meditating

According to the experts, meditation lessens the extremities of negative thoughts, changes patterns of belief and facilitates learning how to forgive yourself.

A River Ran Through It

Amazon environmentalists warn that hydroelectric dams could devastate the world's biggest watershed.

Why We Should Listen to Mary

Even if she’s all in your head, she has something important to say

A Dependable Strength Sticks With You Over the Years

Relying on your dependable strength allows you to live a happier and fuller life—take it from a 78-year-old expert on living better.

My Vow of Nonviolence

How an unlikely, spontaneous decision improved my life

The Greening of Buddhism

Through the World Wildlife Fund’s Sacred Earth program, Dekila Chungyalpa works with her own Buddhist faith and Christians, Muslims, and others to protect the Earth.

Your Circadian Rhythm in Quarantine

Quarantine is causing abrupt changes in our body time clocks that may hinder digestion, immune system function, energy, and mood. Here’s how to create a healthy schedule.

Mountaintop Mining: Crisis in Appalachia
Traveling through West Virginia, Michael Hendryx passes through two worlds. One has forested hills, trees cresting up and over the mountains, the hum of endless streams lending the…
Soy Vey! Is It Time to Toss Your Tofu?

Superfood or diet villain? Researchers weigh in on the pros and cons of soy.

Bathing With Quartz Crystals

Bathwater is an excellent conductor for the energy magnified by a variety of quartz crystals.

Why Change Is Difficult for Us (and Ways to Overcome It)

“In the new year, many of us will be contemplating changing a behavior or an aspect of our lives. Some will dream of it, while the brave ones will get ready to take action. There is a reason you feel that spark. Life is finite. Don’t squander it. Here are four tips to help you be brave, conquer your fears, and pursue the spark.”

Moving Towards Joy

Kelly McGonigal says to use the latest research on movement to bring more delight into your life.

Five Compelling Reasons to Support and Commit to Organic Farmers
My grandson Blake and I were lounging in thick grass, eating the yellow petals of dandelions, and I said, “When you eat this, the nutrients and minerals in its cells become part of…
Building Relationships One Step at a Time

Walking can be a path to a better understanding and appreciation of each other.

Why Immortality Is the Great White Hope

If we crack the “Aging Code,” we’re all in the shark tank.

Volunteer Vacations

Step Out of Your Self On These Worldwide Voluntours.

Rio+20: Meeting Global Challenges with Hope and Heart
For the last few weeks my thoughts, prayers, and gratitude have been with those attending the United Nations events in Brazil. Imagine: the warm, balmy streets of Rio, filled with …
Transformative Travel: Greenland
For us today, as for ancient man, the four classic elements ― earth, wind, water, and fire ― are at the root of many religious beliefs and ways of life. For the Thule Inuit people …
Eat With Grace to Deepen Your Connection With Others and the Earth

Eating with mindfulness and awareness may be one of the clearest pathways to understanding the soul/mind/body connection and can help strengthen our bond to the rest of the natural world.

Neurons of Compassion: Have we found the basis for empathy and altruism?
Like most great scientific breakthroughs, the discovery of the human mirror neuron system (MNS) was a complete accident. What may end up being the most important neuroscientific di…
The Practical Balance of Crane Conservation
You might expect an organized birdwatching trip to begin serenely in the predawn dark and quiet. But birdwatchers at the Crane Trust start their journey in a brightly lit room, bei…
The Happiness Track: Religious Experiences Really Do Unite Us

Emma Seppälä PhD is author of The Happiness Track, founder of FulfillmentDaily.com, and Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.

Taking out the Trash: Goodbye 2011
As we pass the Solstice, the darkest night of the year, we are also entering into a New Moon cycle, which comes to a head on Christmas Day this Sunday.It’s dark out there. We’ve go…
Time to Update Your Projections

Psychological projections serve an important role for self-growth and awareness. So why not strive to be a source of projection for generations to come?

Four Awakenings to Compassion
In 1965, a marine biologist named Roger Payne found himself relaxing on the stern deck of a sailboat on the expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Headphones snugly in place, he recorded th…
Collagen: A Deeper Look

Collagen is either a must for smooth skin and supple joints—or an unproven supplement that will waste your money. Wellbeing editor KATHRYN DRURY WAGNER went in search of answers.

3 Ways to Find Your Way Back to Self-Compassion

“Self-criticism is, in many ways, a consequence of human longing to belong, an attempt to preempt criticism from others. ... Self-compassion can help you be more motivated by desired for growth instead of by desire to avoid criticism."

Happy (Belated) Earth Day! I Got You Some Trash.
Earth Day 2012 was just a few weeks ago, and I’ve been thinking about what that means to us now, as yogis and as human beings.Humans are a funny species: We love to shout “Save the…
Care of the Soul: Care of the Soul, 25 Years Later
In the late 1980s, after about seven years of developing my own approach to psychotherapy, I was looking for a different way to re-imagine psychology, one that would have depth and…
The Do No Harm Diet

Embrace the core of a bodhisattva experience: spreading joy both inside and out.

Why Is It So Difficult to Be Happy?

The mystic Osho talks about “happiness” and “misery,” and turns the conventional wisdom about these seemingly polar opposites on its head.

6 Traits for a Sustainable You

The health of the planet may be linked to humanity’s psychological health. Embracing an encouraging worldview of beauty and creativity can enrich our spirits, revitalize our lives, and maybe even save civilization.

Neurons of Compassion
Have we found the basis for empathy and altruism? Like most great scientific breakthroughs, the discovery of the human mirror neuron system (MNS) was a complete accident. What may…
The Heart of Money: Becoming Prepared
Question: I have friends who keep gold coins and have food stored up—just in case. I used to laugh. But not anymore. Brexit didn’t make sense. Then India ran out of cash. Now…
Timeless Respect: Honoring the Rights of Future Generations
"Treat the Earth well: It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Childre…
Cell Phone Safety: Electromagnetic fields are a cause for concern
Chances are, you’ve heard reports linking cell phones to brain cancer—then a second later, you might have pulled your iPhone out of your pocket to answer a call. Nonetheless, a sli…
Solutions for Tight Psoas Muscles

A simple yoga flow can alleviate your tight psoas, which could be causing you lower back pain, digestive and fertility issues, chronic stress, and more.

Putting Birds to Work

The value of birds in pest control can be distilled to a dollar figure. All they need is a bed and some bugs to reduce the need for pesticides and to increase yields of fruit, vegetables, coffee, and tea.

If You Want To... Immerse Yourself In Another Culture

Journeys That Are Truly Transformational

5 Reasons You Should Be Eating Fermented Foods
Before you turn up your nose at fermented food, just remember this: If you’ve ever had pickles with your sandwich, or sauerkraut on your hot dog, or kefir, or yogurt, or kimchi, or…
How to Develop a Home Yoga Practice
I used to think having a home practice meant I had to get up at 4 a.m. to chant mantras, meditate, and practice asana for two hours. I am not a morning person. Also I love going …
Essential Conversations with Rabbi Rami: 21st Century Spirituality

Former priest Matthew Fox speaks with Rabbi Rami Shapiro about his work, and his new book, modern spirituality, and intergenerational wisdom.

The Heart of Money: ​ The “Fine Print” Commandments We Give Ourselves

Columnist Paul Sutherland offers a new path that embraces inclusivity and truth.

How Not To Feed Your Cancer

Your cancer is uniquely yours. Get to know it—so you can help deprive it of exactly what it needs to survive.

The New Physics of Immortality

What if we put two geniuses in Schrödinger’s cat box?

Former Priest Matthew Fox on 21st Century Spirituality
Two decades being expelled as a priest of the Dominican Order, Matthew Fox has continued to challenge the doctrines of the Catholic Church with books including last year’s The Pope…
Spiritual Heroes 2013: Q&A with Stacey Kennealy

Director of Certification and Sustainability, GreenFaith

Why and How to Let Go of Fear

The simple step is to understand the basic patterns driving our evolution

Rabbi Rami: Should I Feel Guilty about Being Happy?

Rabbi Rami answers your spiritual questions.

My Forested Eden

Despite the challenges aging brings, Ronnie Chittam continues to be invigorated and renewed by the land she cares for and the friends who come to cherish the sacred retreat she has created.

Creating Your Dharma Vision Through Contemplation

Adapted excerpt from Awake at the Bedside

How to Meet Your Spirit Guide

Are you feeling alone, facing difficult times, and in need of guidance? Discover how to contact your spirit guide through meditation.

Peering Into the Future of Retreats

“Retreat centers are ready to invite guests back onto their properties, but what that means may be vastly different in 2021 and beyond, even after the pandemic is under control.”

Entrepreneurs of Civilization

We have no wisdom traditions nearly as old as we are, and maybe that’s because we’ve buried something important.

"I AM": Discovering the True Nature of Humanity
“What’s wrong with the world, and what can we do about it?” These are the two seemingly vague and yet deeply complex questions that director Tom Shadyac sought to answer when he se…
How to Campaign for Yourself: The Importance of Saving YOUR Environment
Perhaps the most challenging campaign for a spiritual activist is the one for the health and well-being of our own inner environment. It’s a gritty grassroots endeavor that goes …
10 Best Foods For Eye Health

Though lifestyle and genetics play a role in our overall health, when it comes to our precious eyes, seeing clearly is important and it turns out that certain foods can support and improve your eyes’ overall health.

An Insomniac Learns to Let Go
“Because it’s the universal symbol for sleep,” I tell the tattooist, explaining the moon design he’s about to put into my skin. The needles shine like the moment after an eclipse. …
Is Now the Best Time to Fast? The Doctor Says Yes

Dr. Andreas Michalsen, author of The Fasting Fix, uses fasting to treat a number of diseases from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and hypertension to cardiovascular disease, early stages of dementia, Crohn’s disease, and irritable bowel disease.

Grace Happens

And in those wondrous moments we realize there's more to life than we can possibly imagine.

How to Become a Stalker of Your Own Mind

If we are relentless and impeccable about stalking ourselves, a result is that we leave the world and other people alone.

DNA: The Things We Carry
Ninety percent of the cells in what we think of as our body are nonhuman. Our nonhuman components fuel our cells, digest our food, synthesize vitamins, maintain our immune defenses…
You’re in Charge of Celebrations

“A true celebration is never passive. Celebrations aren’t about being amused or entertained. A true celebration is an active response to the wonders and blessings of life.”

Dr. Emeran Mayer on The Gut-Immune Connection

Our bodies have been under siege, and not just due to COVID. Dr. Emeran Mayer explains that it’s because we have disrupted our gut microbiomes.

True Believer

Writer Jane Ganahl wonders: How do you know when you’ve crossed the line from activist—to fanatic?

How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community

On the heels of her new book, How We Show Up, community activist, advocate, and author Mia Birdsong gives advice for creating and maintaining deep communal relationships and a sense of belonging.

Your Soul Needs Playtime
A few years ago, when I was teaching an undergraduate seminar at Stanford on the psychology of happiness, I had the students put away their books and push their chairs to the side …
Take Sweet Care of Yourself

An Excerpt from Soul Vows

10 Concerns about Supplements

Dr. Deborah Gordon dives into the controversies and misperceptions surrounding supplements.

Life in and After the Pandemic: Grieving What Was and Welcoming What Will Be

“Do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?” —Rumi

Laced With Grace

“I realized that avoiding death, so common in American culture, would not stop it. Instead, taking the time to thoughtfully and actively participate in her transition helped me join her in that state of grace she taught me so much about.”

What’s Holy in the Holy Land?
Going to Israel isn’t like visiting any other country. The idea that you are literally walking in the footsteps of the patriarchs, matriarchs, kings, judges, disciples, prophets, s…
The True Key to Happiness: Peeing in the Pool
If you’ve ever wondered and searched with the greater population of the world for the true meaning of happiness, you’ve probably heard, at some point, that it’s some form of seva, …
Unconventional Medicine

Dr. Neal Barnard on beating food cravings, the myth of moderation, and the health-changing power of a plant-based diet.

Is Your Feline Sending Divine Signs?

“Are cats on their own spiritual paths to enlightenment?” Here are four divine signs your feline is sending you.

Kanida Chey: Returning to Simpler Cooking

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“I Just Can’t Talk”

Got questions? Rabbi Rami has answers.

A Paleo Guide to Hormone Replacement

Men produce reproductive hormones as they age. Why not women?

27 Ways to Keep Your Immune System Humming

Keep your immune system strong—now more than ever!

Mastering the “Master Switch”
In 1949, a stocky Italian air force lieutenant named Raimondo Bucher decided to try a potentially deadly stunt in a lake on the island of Capri. Bucher would sail out to the center…
Seven Buddhist Lessons in Gratitude

Gratitude is powerful. Building your sense of thankfulness the Buddhist way.

The XX Brain: Inside a Woman's Brain

Lisa Mosconi, PhD, explores women's health in her new book, The XX Brain. She sheds light on how women can keep their brains healthy and prevent Alzheimer's, and what exactly those hormonal changes really mean.

Let Your Body Lead You Through Grief

The suffering of grief can begin to heal by accepting support and practicing self-care.

How to Cleanse Energy by Burning Sage

If you’re interested in cleansing your body, mind, aura, or just your physical space, try these 10 tips for smudging sage.

The Air We Share

As our air becomes more polluted, healthy breathing habits are becoming even harder to establish.

10 Best Sun-Care Products

Natural options from aloe vera to zinc

5 Tips for Teaching Mindfulness to Kids

Teaching mindfulness to kids has been said to improve their wellbeing, boost performance in the classroom, increase emotional intelligence, and reduce stress and “negative” behavior.

The Spiritual Flame of Rage

A journey toward accepting—and even embracing—anger.

Wounds and the Womb

Explore how to heal a relationship with your sacred womb—a place of death, life, and possibilities.

Ancient Monuments and Messages from the Neolithic

“The following are messages I received during my investigations of the Neolithic to Bronze Age at ancient monuments. They explore how to enhance our humanity, recover lost skills, and deepen our connection to the archaic whisper.

The Heart's Original Position
Eight years ago, Smithsonian magazine sent me to Wyoming to write about a Northern Arapaho man named Stanford Addison, who had a growing reputation as a horse trainer. He was noted…
7 Ways Solo Travel Helps You Uncover Joy

Shannon Kaiser thought she was traveling the world to check off items on her bucket list, but what she found was a sense of belonging.

Gathering Around the Fire: Reclaiming Ancestral Gestures

“These age-old gestures that have shaped us as humans—ritual, ceremony, sharing dreams and stories, gathering around the fire, talking with beings other than humans—these are not written in stone and belonging to the stone ages. They are born from a knowing that the world is alive and are brought to life through the natural reciprocity that comes with this knowing.”

Lend a Hand: How Helping Others Makes You Healthier

Study after study confirms that altruism not only makes us happier but actually improves our health. Yet we see a stranger’s struggle and still pass by.

The Creation of I

From a radical new understanding of depression, a neuroscientist explains how to make our lives happier and holier.

The Dharma of Trauma

Buddhist minister, activist, and yoga instructor Lama Rod Owens shares his thoughts on the importance of remembering Black history and honoring lineage and how a benefactor practice can begin the process of liberation within the body.

Dancing, Healing

Julie Peters talks with Indigenous dance artist Olivia C. Davies about dance as a healing practice.

Working Farms for Foodies

“There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.” —Aldo Leopold

Caffeine: The Addiction We Share … and Don’t Talk About
Young lovers sit at a sidewalk café and sip espresso between kisses; a group of giggling cheerleaders head for a cooler filled with iced energy drinks; a group of happy kids swing …
The Way of the Rose

Both co-authors and a couple, Clark Strand and Perdita Finn sit down with S&H to explore how the rosary can help recover a relationship to the Sacred Feminine—even if you’re not religious.

Spiritual Radicals: A New Spirituality

These seven spiritual leaders represent a variety of perspectives, backgrounds, and traditions. They are creating change on the ground, touching lives, and helping to define the future of spirituality.

Heightened Sensitivity

Help for the overstimulated

Author Interview: Wally Lamb
More than two decades after his tales of trauma and redemption catapulted him to literary success, the best-selling author is still inspired by the human struggle—and the power of …
Becoming Ourselves: A great read can help us discover our highest self
Becoming Kuan Yin: The Evolution of CompassionBy Stephen Levine (Weiser Books) Stephen Levine’s Becoming Kuan Yin tells of Miao Shan, the daughter of a spiteful Chinese king. When…
The Splendid Spiritual Practice of Silence

A former monk shares insights from a year of solitary prayer and contemplation

Sensing the Yin & Yang of Food
No place is more central to our acts of celebration than the dining room table. As you look forward to the sanctity and promised revelry of the upcoming holidays, allow yourself to…
91-Year-Old Meditation Master Ruth Denison

In the California desert, a vipassana pioneer prepares for the next stage of her remarkable life.

The Empowered Empath

3 steps to get you healthy, grounded, and empowered to create a compassion revolution and save the world.

Can Religion Save the Planet?

Unleashing the power of their faith on tough environmental problems, today's "ecovangelists" ask: Can religion save the planet, or will the planet save religion?

10 Spiritual Leaders

We asked our readers to scout the spiritual landscape for emerging leaders who will help set our course for the decades to come. Your response was wildly enthusiastic, passionate, heartfelt, and all over the map (and the globe). Wow! What constitutes a spiritual path is becoming ever more diverse—and ever more likely to be led by women. In future issues, you’ll hear from more of your choices. We chose 10 (nine plus a wonderful collaboration of old and new) who represent your votes as well as our hopes for the spiritual future.

Get Unstuck

We live in stories—all of us, all of the time. This is a story about breaking through writer’s block and the start of a focused, passionate, and productive period

How to Inspire

Most leaders can’t clearly answer the question, Why am I here? How can we be inspiring if we don’t even know why we are here, or what we are supposed to be doing, or what we stand for?

The Ceremony at the Heart of "Salmon Nation"
About 18 months ago, an extraordinary woman came to my home on the Rogue River in southern Oregon. At age 83, Agnes Baker Pilgrim is the oldest living Takelma Indian and chair of t…
The Sounds of Silence
Unable to take the sheer noisiness of big-city life anymore, I left for a town of 500 people in a corner of Alaska...Sleepless at 1:30, I get up, wrap myself up in a gray blanket, …
Why, When & How to Eat Wheat

Eating wheat is healthy—but not in the ways we typically eat it today. The solution will likely improve your health dramatically.

The Awakening of a Healer

“Don’t you want your son to live?” The nurse asked. Yes, of course. And that was why I felt I had to leave . . .

Wheat Belly
At his wit’s end because of his severe reactions to eating wheat, William Davis, MD decided to become the guinea pig in a simple experiment. The question was whether his body would…
Goddess Rising: Awakening the Divine Feminine

Award-winning author and 1,000 Goddesses founder Mare Cromwell on working for change against bigotry, intolerance, and inequality—and how we can awaken healing Goddess energy into our everyday lives.

Apple Cider Vinegar: The Benefits and How to Use It

What if there was a healthy, organic, and cheap miracle tonic that could facilitate digestion and detoxification, aid in weight loss, cure acne, and bring on shiny hair?

Psychology Of A Sage: Activating Higher Functional States

To learn to be wise again we have to find a way to bring a safe feeling back into our lives.

Should Non-Natives Practice Indigenous Religions?
Seekers in the West hunger to learn from indigenous spiritual teachers, but what are the politics and ethics of taking on and changing the traditions of others?I am a student and p…
The Clinic of Your Dreams
A Burned-out M.D. turns to her community she asked what they wanted in a health-care clinic, then built it — and was transformed. Here’s what the future of medicine could loo…
7 Reasons Why You Need Prebiotics

Because the health of our gut is closely tied to many other bodily functions, prebiotics and probiotics together are important for battling inflammation and lowering overall disease risk.

Cold Turkey
At first, being vegetarian was great, and when I say great at first, I’m really referring to the time between making the conscious decision to forever swear off meat and the 22 hou…
When It's Time for a Soul Vacation

Here’s how to get to a magical place called the “Maginal Zone.”

Rituals for Wastelands

"Pastures ranged over the rolling hills. Tall oak and beech woods lined both sides of the valley, and when sunlight suffused through them, they seemed as enchanted to Lisa as when she and her sister had played there as children."

3 Best Practices for Future Happiness

“We all want our future self to be happy, so we ask: ‘What can I do to relieve this person’s suffering?’

Barefoot Healing
The old people came literally to love the soil, and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power. It was good for the skin to touch the ear…
Is Buddhism True?

An Interview with Robert Wright

Overcoming Polarization

We all have a tendency to divide things into categories: “us” and “them,” “right” and “wrong,” “worthy” and “unworthy.”

The Soundtrack of Healing
Outside the main entrance to the 80-acre campus of Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, Colorado, the air is filled with the sweet serenade of chirping bobwhites and…
Cooperative Evolution: Why the Human Species Will Finally Grow Up
At the age of 43, Elisabet Sahtouris, an evolution biologist with a doctorate in brain science, quit her job at PBS, sold her car, house, and stuff, and moved to a tiny island in t…
Letter to a New Rabbi
[I can't remember who asked me to write this, or if it was ever published, but I wanted to get it out there. It is long, it is Jewish, and some of it might not make sense to those …
Living Ultra-Light
Growing up in the rather conservative city of Ottawa, Canada, I never felt that I fit in, but I found a niche at fifteen when I discovered alcohol, boys, and dance clubs. My favori…
Empowered by the Sacred
An Invocation"Rise and place your hands on your heart. Bow your head to your heart and in doing so, bow your mind, bow your intelligence, bow your ego, to the presence of the Livin…
Rabbi Rami's Guide to Life's 5 Biggest Questions
Let’s face it. The biggest unknown in a parent’s life is her child. These beings come into the world without papers. We have no idea who they are, where they came from, what they a…
Podcast: Yoga Expert Seane Corn

Rabbi Rami speaks with internationally acclaimed yoga teacher and public speaker Seane Corn, about her very first book, Revolution of the Soul. Full transcript of discussion included.

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