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Video: How to Transform Grief and Heal Emotional Trauma
If you've ever suffered from depression, anger or any other emotional blockage in your life, watch this episode. We booked a session with renowned counselor and healer Dr. Deb Sand…
From the Editor: November/December 2017
I’ve been wrestling lately with some extra pounds that have me worried—and are changing the way I worry about worrying. Why? Because I’ve just read Cracking the Aging Code: T…
What helped is that I finally found a purpose for this sometimes-excruciating feeling.
Words of wisdom for those who are suffering the rawness of recent loss.
In our local sangha, we continued our reading and discussion of the chapter titled “Doing No Harm” in Joseph Goldstein’s One Dharma. Since I wasn’t able to be there, Karen led disc…
Holistic Practices for Grief
Kathryn Drury Wagner speaks with trauma expert Kathryn Templeton on how to move from immobilization into balance and harmony.
Resources for Dealing With Grief
In a time of unprecedented grief, we wanted to share resources to support anyone dealing with grief and the surrounding emotions.
Rewiring Grief: Creating Healing Thoughts
So far in my life, I’ve been amazingly lucky: I haven’t experienced a major traumatic loss, like the death of a parent, close family member, or friend. Sure, I’ve had my share of l…
Following the Moon, Processing Grief
This season is a good time to process the grief you’ve felt this year. Practice this intuitive moon ritual that is easy to adapt to your own needs.
16 Grief Affirmations for Coping With Loss
The universal experience of loss brings with it a deep sadness. May these affirmations for grief bring you a moment of peace during a tumultuous time.
Grief, the Thief of Sleep
The loss of a spouse can lead to a cascade of ill health effects.
The Complicated Grief of Suicide
The path of grief is never a straight line, especially the complicated grief of suicide. One S&H editor shares her story, and an expert also has four suggestions for ways to make a difference in the suicide epidemic.
Complicated Grief: What Happens When You Can’t Go On
Complicated grief is more than the intense, acute grief almost everyone experiences after someone dear to them dies. It is prolonged and all-consuming.
Stepping Out of Grief
When we have walked in darkness for so long, we are sometimes allowed to step into a parallel world.
A Ramble through Lamentation: Rituals for Expressing Grief
Lamentation: the passionate expression of grief, mourning, sorrow, or regret: a song or poem that expresses sorrow for someone who has died or something that is gone.
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.
Why We Must Witness Grief
“Life gives us pain. Our job is to experience it when it gets handed to us.”
Tending to the Pain of Loss Through Collage
Create a grief collage to help you move forward.
Gardens of Grief, Gardens of Grace
A grief garden provides natural healing, connecting you with those who are no longer living.
Breathing Through Grief to Joy
A yoga teacher trainee experiences Max Strom’s breath work
Find the Good in Grief
I couldn’t imagine why I would want to dedicate two years of my life to studying with a man who could be confused with the grim reaper himself…
Where Does Gratitude Belong in Grief?
It’s pretty easy to feel grateful when good things happen. Win the lottery or fall in love? Easy. But what if you lose your spouse, or child, or even your job, how do we find grati…
Let Grief and Gratitude Coexist: Ingredients for the Holidays
Gratitude and grief are both essential and need to be welcomed and honored, especially during the holidays.
Let Your Body Lead You Through Grief
The suffering of grief can begin to heal by accepting support and practicing self-care.
Losing the “God Talk” in Grief Groups
“To say you need the afterlife to have meaning is the bleakest form of insanity.”
The Alchemy of the Heart: Witnessing Grief
When we allow pain in fully (and then release it fully), the heart can transform pain into gold.
How Decluttering Can Help You Process Grief
Coming to terms with our cluttered spaces could be one way for us to heal.
Where is the Space for Grief and Dreams?
“How much space do our dreams and griefs, our hopes and losses, need to have to have room enough?”
Growing through Grief: A Story for Father’s Day
My father was a Vietnam veteran who suffered from PTSD. A part of me always grieves for him, for how he suffered and how his illness affected our family. And a part of me will alwa…
Notes From Your Therapist: The Humanity in Grief
When heart-wrenching loss entered therapist Allyson Dineen’s life, she began writing meditations and affirmations for herself to process her grief and shared them on social media. Here is an excerpt from that collection, Notes From Your Therapist.
Book Review: Anxiety
The Missing Stage of Grief
Podcast: David Kessler
David Kessler, the world’s foremost expert on grief, talks about finding meaning in loss.
Podcast: Loss and Laughter with Rebecca Soffer
Modern Loss co-founder Rebecca Soffer shares how she transformed personal tragedy to a needed resource for others grieving.
Healing Heartbreak through Meditation During the Holidays
How to use meditation to grow with loss.
Spirituality and 9/11
Meaning isn’t something that one finds; meaning is something one makes.
Rituals and Ceremonies in Death and Dying
“A ceremony is a powerful event that marks a change, usually a held space that allows growth and a deepening of understanding. As you flow through the ceremony you may have one or several rituals and then at the end of the ceremony, something within has changed.”
10 Ways to Practice Mindful Grieving
In dealing with a loss, your actions and words, thoughts, breath, diet, and more can all be tailored to a more mindful form of grieving.
Podcast: Dr. Lydia Dugdale on the Lost Art of Dying
Anticipating our mortality via the lost Medieval practice of ars moriendi.
Book Review: Finding Refuge
Synthesizing her work as a social justice activist, anti-racism trainer, and yoga teacher, Michelle Cassandra Johnson’s latest book explicitly sets out to empower readers to prio…
Finding Refuge With Michelle Cassandra Johnson
The idea for Finding Refuge came to Michelle Cassandra Johnson from her ancestors. Her mission—“create a space for people to come together and grieve.”
Use Rituals to Ease the Anguish of Loss
Experts and survivors agree—use rituals to ease the anguish of loss. Then practice acts of love to move forward toward a sense of peace.Near midnight on Good Friday, 1990, just hou…
Being There for the Passing of a Loved One
Visualize a peaceful letting go for your loved one.
5 Healthy Ways to Begin or Continue to Heal After Suicide Loss
For survivors of suicide, grief is compounded by the stigma and shame that often accompanies these tragic situations. Here are some healthy strategies you can use for healing—and forgiving yourself.
A Ritual for Honoring the Loss of a Human or Animal Companion
Rosemary has long signified deep friendship and lasting memories. This ritual for grief, built around rosemary, creates time and space for grieving and allows others to join and share the healing process.
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.
Film Review: The Armor of Light
The Armor of LightAbigail DisneyFork FilmsAbigail Disney’s emotionally overwhelming documentary portrays one of the more surprising political and religious alliances of recent year…
Living With the Heartbreak of Suicide
Psychologist Sarah Neustadter offers three phases as guideposts for those left behind. “Our feelings of despair and broken-heartedness need to be fully felt in order for them to shift into something new that emerges from grief.”
Chart Your Own Course for Healing
When grief left her adrift, Jennifer Ewing found solace in spirit boats.
Poem: The Holler
"I must write her a note of glad tidings / with tidbits of nostalgia instead of our grief"
A Pilgrimage: Making Sense of a Labyrinth Walk
When a labyrinth is walked with even a small amount of direction, it becomes a powerful field for self-discovery, transformation, spiritual deepening, processing grief, relieving stress, and finding clarity.
Dr. Neal Barnard on beating food cravings, the myth of moderation, and the health-changing power of a plant-based diet.
Land of the Remembered: Rituals from the Heart
Creating grief rituals is as individual as the one who mourns and can help us continue to feel connected.
Practices for Death and Rebirth for Scorpio Season
Honor your grief as we enter into the season of generative death and prepare for the coming season of rebirth.
And This Is How Our World Will Change
Those who have deeply suffered know the only way to attain authentic and lasting contentment is to turn our hearts outward in service to those who are suffering. Here are two stories…
Altruism on Your Death Bed
A living will relinquishing your ventilator to a younger, healthier sick person can help spare our healthcare heroes from extra grief and pain.
A Healing Crisis After an Energy Treatment
Although it is not common to experience a healing crisis after an energy healing treatment, here are nine tips for moving through the process.
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.
Megan Devine holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology, and through her many articles and speaking engagements has emerged as a bold new voice in the world of grief therapy.…
Marketplace Sep/Oct 2018
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Sherry Cormier, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and a certified bereavement trauma specialist. She is the author of Sweet Sorrow: Finding Enduring Wholeness After Loss and Grief, …
Marketplace Jan/Feb 2019
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David Kessler is the world’s most well-known expert on grieving. He worked closely with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross for the last decade of her life. They co-authored t…
Our Grieving Body
An excerpt from You Are Not Alone: A Heartfelt Guide for Grief, Healing, and Hope. My body shuts down the moment Jim dies. Someone hands me a glass of water and I don’t think I …
Marketplace Nov/Dec 2018
Books, services, education and products that are sustainable and environmentally friendly.
The Meals You Don’t Want to Skip
Already a big believer in the value of friends cooking for friends, I became essentially devout.
re/VIEW: Sharon Salzberg
Renowned Buddhist meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg’s first book on meditation was Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, which she penned in 1995. Since then, she ha…
I would like to be laid to rest in a big tomb topped by a stone figure of an angel, who appears to have landed there in order to sob forevermore, her face buried in her bent arm, …
Meditation for Heartache or Emotional Pain
An audio meditation for times of emotional pain.
Claire B. Willis
Claire B. Willis is a clinical social worker who has worked in the fields of oncology and bereavement for more than 20 years. As a lay Buddhist chaplain ordained by Joan Halifax, s…
Audio Meditation for Connecting to the Heart
The heart holds our love, connection, joy, and forgiveness. It can also hold grief and anxiety. Sometimes what the heart feels is very different from what the mind thinks it wants.…
A Spiritual AutobiographyBy Richard RodriguezVikingIn the months after the events of September 11, 2001, the award-winning journalist Richard Rodriguez found himself drawn to learn…
Book Review: Resilient Grieving
Resilient GrievingBy Lucy Hone, PhDThe ExperimentLucy Hone is well acquainted with grief and resilience. Her 12-year-old daughter, Abi, was killed in a tragic car accident in 2012,…
A Letter-Writing Burn Ritual for Healing
With this ritual, become an observer to your emotions surrounding loss, and release them into the universe.
Claire B. Willis and Marnie Crawford Samuelson
Claire B. Willis and Marnie Crawford Samuelson are co-authors of Opening to Grief: Finding Your Way from Loss to Peace. Claire B. Willis is a clinical social worker who has worked…
Transforming Trauma with Dr. Joanne Cacciatore
Rabbi Rami talks to trauma expert and Zen priest Dr. Joanne Cacciatore.
Support for the Bereaved Animal Lover
Pet-loss support groups can help the healing process when we lose our most constant companions.
A Meditation on Life and DeathBy Erica BrownSIMON & SCHUSTERWith sensitivity, humor, and unflinching honesty, writer and educator Erica Brown explores how fear and denial …
Motherless Mothers’ Day: Celebrating Mothers No Longer With Us
Sponsored Content from Celebrant Institute
Acceptance as a Tool for Dealing with Unpleasant Emotions
From the book Rock and Water: The Power of Thought; The Peace of Letting Go
Stories of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal
An excerpt of The Wild Edge of Sorrow by Francis Weller
Hello Sensation: An Audio Meditation for Befriending Your Body
This meditation is a practice of honoring and acknowledging the range of complex sensations and emotions that may be present at any given moment.
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
Poem: A Ream of Paper
“It may be that poetry’s work is preparatory, like the work of the earthworms in garden soil.”
Music Review: Jala
How to Find Your Footing When the Bottom Drops Out
When we are ready to find our way to solid ground, these two steps can help us in our journey
Susan Cross is a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® from the Celebrant Foundation & Institute. She lives in northern New Mexico, well-wisher to ravens and coyotes. Susan works from he…
The Goddess of Intoxication
Vajresvari wants us to find power in being present with our joy, imbibing in delightful experiences even to the point of intoxication.
Podcasts for the Pandemic: A Playlist of Inspiration
Stuck at home? Feeling out of sorts? We picked 10 episodes of our podcast, Essential Conversations, to help you get through the pandemic.
"the apron aspires to stand before / sinners and saints and carve / verses on stone: Mon coeur mis à nu,"
In this book, the reader gets an insightful look at the soul through the stories of two women.
Your Assignment: Build Your Own Morning Altars
A longtime altar maker shares his practice
13 Affirmations to Ease Back Pain
Dealing with back pain can be life-altering. Shift your perspective with these affirmations.
Lawrence Wood was born and educated in Canada and worked for seven years in Winnipeg before moving to Chicago as Professor of Medicine and founding chief of the Section of Pulmonar…
poem: I Will Be My Mother's Apprentice
“That you didn’t know her is your / misfortune: a hot planet’s core, / late summer’s best light.”
Podcast: Michelle Cassandra Johnson, Finding Refuge
Author and activist Michelle Cassandra Johnson discusses generational trauma, yoga, beekeeping, and more.
The Happiness Track: The Path to a Lifelong Romance
We can limit the amount of pain we create for ourselves by selecting better coping tools.
Audio Meditation: A Pleasure Practice
A guided meditation for tasting a little sweetness.
A Great Longing
An excerpt from Kale & Caramel by Lily Diamond
Endings and Beginnings
During the time of the Fall Equinox, which fell this year on the same week as a new moon, the energy shift feels palpable. Many people can feel the change in light and weather, and…
Our Walk in the World: Regret
Making amends can help loosen the weight of the past.
"I Feel Like I'm Losing It"
Question: My 80-year-old mother died six months ago—nine weeks after she was diagnosed with cancer. Our relationship was complicated. I loved her dearly but she was also the …
Meaningful Rituals for Winter Solstice
How you can create some new traditions to celebrate the winter solstice.
The Complications of Living in the Now
We all know living in the moment is a key aspect of happiness. We know we need to learn to pay attention to what’s actually happening around us, the people we are with, and all the…
Podcast: Susan Cross, Fieldnotes From a Crone
Burial shroud maker Susan Cross discusses the crone in all of us.
Roadmap for Resilience After a Broken Heart
Opening ourselves to life means becoming vulnerable, which means that at some point we will suffer loss and pain. Being achingly present to the experience helps us recover.
Keening: The Power of a Really Good Celtic Cry
For the last ten days of April, I had the great fortune of attending the International Gathering of Shamans in Dunderry, County Meath, Ireland. The purpose of our gathering was to …
Inside the July/August 2017 Issue
Spirituality & Health's July/August 2017 issue is now available.Subscribe / Order this IssueFEATURESThe Swim of AwakeningIn the absence of data, we will always make up stories.…
My Practice: Morning Altars
An artist shares how his practice of creating beautiful morning altars blossomed.
Poem: The Suitcase
"But where he was welcome most / Was often where he was his worst."
How to Cope With the Loneliness of This Season
Loneliness is hitting especially hard during these holidays. Here are some ways to cope.
3 Ways to Find Light When the Holidays Feel Dark
When the holidays remind us of those that have been lost.
Join a Different Kind of Holiday Service
How to offer assistance to those in need.
Music Review: Into the Silence
Into the SilenceAvishai CohenECMMusic can be motivated by new beginnings and inspirational experiences. Music is also an ideal language for expressing loss. The tender jazz tunes o…
4 Dimensions of Peacemaking
Whether it’s Israel/Palestine or Red vs. Blue, understanding why “I would be fighting me, too!” is only the second step toward lasting peace.
Condolences in the Days of COVID-19
Someone you know has died due to COVID-19. Here’s the script on writing your gentle condolences.
Let It Go, Set Yourself Free
I remember the first time I went to a talk on “letting go” nearly thirty years ago. I could not comprehend what the speaker was talking about. I remember thinking I didn’t have any…
Write It in the Hearts of Women
In this book, a self-healing journey results in a voice crying out of the abyss, “I am a survivor!”
Particles from Heaven: Losing the Fear of Death
“What is Heaven like? Turn your heart and mind toward your heavenly soul and you will experience Heaven firsthand.” --Matthew Fifeforaite
A Personal and Spiritual Guide to Whole Earth ThinkingBy Stephanie KazaShambhala, $14.00“Living green” can be a powerful spiritual practice, an approach that offers a way to integr…
Rabbi Steve Leder on The Beauty of What Remains
After death, what remains? Rabbi Steve Leder discusses his book The Beauty of What Remains: How Our Greatest Fear Becomes Our Greatest Gift.
Book Review: To Stop a Warlord
The author recounts the pursuit of Joseph Kony, a brutal warlord whose guerilla group killed more than 100,000 people. She also writes about balancing her activism against Kony with her own family life.
To Escape a Hole of Despair, Grab the Lifeline of Gratitude
Stuck in a hole of despair over lost dreams and lack of support, escape lies in affirmation plus action.
How to Shine Light on Your Shadow
When we keep our shadow hidden, it runs the risk of controlling us.
Our Walk in the World: Going Off the Deep End
Life simply and harshly demands that we dive into the depth of what we’re given, meeting life, not avoiding it.
Q&A with Molly Melching
What has been your biggest challenge in organizing social change in Africa? When women started standing up to defend their rights in their communities, it often caused them more g…
An excerpt from Ending the Search: From Spiritual Ambition to the Heart of Awareness
5 Spiritual Lessons We Learn From Cats
Cats are spiritual—or at least they can help us be spiritual. Here are five lessons your spiritual cat wants to teach you.
One Simple Trick to Make Life Easier
I don’t always make New Year’s resolutions—I find the darkest coldest months a pretty difficult time to start new things. This year, however, I did make one that not only helped me…
Moon Practice: Ritual for a Spring New Moon
Julie Peters shares her personal ritual for the new moon.
Showing Up Matters: Stories of the Goddess
We are in a moment of change. Some of us are hopeful, others rageful, and others fearful. I’ve been thinking lately about a set of stories told by Sally Kempton in her book Awakeni…
Moments of Sweetness: Nonattachment in Difficult Times
Something joyful, beautiful, pleasurable, or delicious is happening: Notice moments of sweetness.
3 Wise Men, 3 Wise Gift-Giving Tips
Deliver delight this year. Look to the Magi to inspire new gift-giving practices this holiday season.
Book Review: The Beauty of What Remains
The Beauty of What Remains: How Our Greatest Fear Becomes Our Greatest GiftBy Steve LederAVERY ON THE EVE OF Yom Kippur 2017, Los Angeles-based rabbi Steve Leder delivered what …
Book Review: Outsmart Pain
Mindfulness and Vipasana meditation teacher Christiane Wolf kicks off her second book by introducing us to a simple equation: “Suffering = pain x resistance.”
This Goddess Is Never Not Broken
In search of the meaning of Khodiyar Ma
Book Review: Grace Without God
Grace Without GodThe Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular AgeBy Katherine OzmentHarperWaveI’m a spot-on “none” as described by Katherine Ozment. Growing up in th…
In the past three years both my sons committed suicide.
In the past three years both my sons committed suicide, and now I constantly hover over my young adult daughter for fear she’s plotting to do the same. I’m angry with God, worrying…
Book Review: The Wisdom of Anxiety
"Though commonly labeled a disorder, anxiety, for Paul, is simply evidence of the imagination and an invitation to wholeness. She shares tools and mindsets that allow us to approach anxiety with curiosity instead of shame, so that we may decode its messages, wherever they surface."
Getting Real in the Realm of Love
Once when I broke up with a man, I was struggling with getting over him. When he quickly got engaged to someone else, I was devastated. At the time, I was going to school and confi…
Your Struggles Don't Define You
For better or worse, challenge is an ingrained part of growth and awakening. All of us have struggles at some point or another. But some who face challenges are happy; some are no…
The Spiritual Meaning of Pain in the Left Shoulder
When it comes to the spiritual meaning of left shoulder pain, your heart is at the heart of the matter.
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…
Book Review: Capture
Capture: Unraveling the Mystery of Mental SufferingBy David A. Kessler, MDHarperWaveWho hasn’t wished they could control the anger, grief, and anxiety that lead to actions tha…
Inside the Nov/Dec 2017 Issue
A preview of the Nov/Dec 2017 issue.
Separating Physical Pain from Emotional Pain
When we suppress emotional energy, it lands in the energy system for the physical body, generating or exacerbating pain, illness and disease.
Helping Graduates Transition into the Real World
As the end of the school year approaches, expectations and anxiety begin to loom in equal measure. Prior to graduation, the notion that “now life really begins” fills people with g…
Ceremony for First Year Anniversary: Reconnect
People new to mourning are often surprised at how brutal the run-up to the first anniversary of the death can be.
How to Recognize Warning Signs of Suicide: Red Flags for Friends and Family
As suicide rates rise, it’s important to recognize the warning signs. You may be able to help a loved one get the support they need if you know the warning signs of suicide.
Imagine Yourself Happy
Imagery training can boost everyday wellbeing, a new study shows.
Hope, Peace, and Love: A 2020 Holiday Gift Guide
A small way we can get out from feelings of overwhelm and helplessness is by using our dollars to support people, organizations, and values that are important to us.
Balancing the Throat Chakra for Neck and Shoulder Pain
When there is pain in the neck or restriction in the throat chakra, it’s worth asking: What emotions are caught in our throat, unable to be spoken?
Bring Families Together through Dreams
An excerpt from Dreams at the Threshold by Jeanne Van Bronkorst
5 Questions for Tim Ringgold
A dialogue on end-of-life care
Keeping Hope Alive (When Things Seem at Their Worst)
3 ways to keep hope alive in the face of a grim reality.
Practical Solutions to Forgive from the Heart
“What we need to forgive in others, often is something in ourselves that is hidden from our awareness.”
Three Strategies for Touchy Topics During the Holidays
The holidays can be rife with conflict, division and struggle. Here are some ideas that can help.
“Don’t I want hummingbirds to have flown safely away from nooses / of silk string collectors once hung from the necks of lilies?”
Ignite Your Spirit: Begin with Ceremony
To sit in Ceremony is to make a conscious decision to shift into a sacred space
My ReincarnationDirected by Jennifer FoxDocumentary DVDIn English (and Italian and Tibetan with English subtitles)myreincarnationfilm.comAcclaimed documentary filmmaker Jennifer Fo…
3 Practices for Loving Fully in the Face of Loss
When you face inevitable loss, remember these three things.
Ceremony for First Year Milestones: Do Not Hurry
In the Presence of Death: Using ceremony to explore mindfulness in the journey of dying, death, and the years following, in this 9-part series
Transform Your Life, Transform the World: A Sedona Method Movie Hale Dwoskin Hale Dwoskin and the sedona Training Associates want you to share this movie, so give it to your frie…
No Need to Explain
The real art of being with what is is to know when to stop talking.
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…
Shamanic healers help clients overcome trauma and find healing through the practice of journeying and soul retrieval.
Spiritual Meaning of Pain in the Upper-Middle Back
To uncover the spiritual meaning of pain in the upper-middle back, ask if you’re getting enough support in the back of your heart.
Motherless Mother’s Day: Communal Grieving and the Healing Process
A way to honor your mother with others who have lost their own. Sponsored Content from Celebrant Foundation & Institute.
Resolving and Releasing Emotional Pain
How can empathic people let loose the burden of other people's emotions?
100+ Books We Love
Dive in to our special section on 100+ books we love.
Finding the Light in the Shadows: On Shri and Kali
It’s 2012: the end of the Mayan Calendar, the year of New Age spiritual transformation, year of the Water Dragon. I started off 2012 learning about the Divine Feminine with Shiva R…
Releasing the Root of Back Pain
Finding a way to free yourself from the underlying cause of your pain.
Winter Solstice and a New Moon: A Time for Stillness
This is a potent time for honoring the darkness that surrounds us, seeking the wisdom it holds, and creating space for light that is making its way into being.
Releasing the Emotional Roots of Back Pain
Your back pain is trying to tell you something. Chronic back pain might be caused by stuck emotions.
Reflections on Judgment
I’m too judgmental. It is a bad habit (there I go again!), one I learned from my family, where criticism far outweighed compliments. I went to a liberal arts college to learn criti…
Adventure or Comfort?
“Which do you prefer, adventure or comfort?” I was asked recently, matter-of-factly, as if the two were mutually separate entities, and I, given the option to choose only one.I clo…
The Disappointed and the Disappointment
How to break free from this perpetual drama
Better to Bury than to Burn?
Contributing editor Rabbi Rami requests that his memorial service be held at a Waffle House.
Spending from the Heart
Money can do so much good if we use it in a spirit of interrelatedness, acceptance, and love.
Saved by the Dark
My miracle cure was found in a moment of Grace more than 20 years ago. It involves no ingested substances or any special equipment, just a bit of time every evening.When I was an e…
Our 20th Anniversary “Heroes in Action”
Read about inspiring people transforming the world — with a little help for S&H.
Loss and a Snowflake: A Ritual for Healing
by Amanda German In December 2002 I became pregnant with our first child. A few months later, the world around me seemed to blur. Cramping, bleeding, and the words from the ER doc…
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.”
Learning to Bloom Where I Am Planted
How I turned from the question of what I wanted from life to what life wants from me
5 Questions for Sharon Salzberg
1. What important lesson came out of your childhood?Maybe most strikingly, the impermanence and uncertainty of life. As a child I had no ability to extract the sweet from the bitte…
Rooted: Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature, and Spirit
Lyanda Lynn Haupt explores where science, poetry, mysticism, and the traditions of earth-based cultures intersect in her book “Rooted: Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature, and Spirit.”
The Art of Caring: An Interview with Frank Ostaseski
"In Buddhism, we often talk about enlightenment or awakening, but words like that feel far away to me. I speak about intimacy."
(We're reposting our interview with Frank Ostaseski from 2017 after we received news that he's recovering from a stroke. Our thoughts are with him and his loved ones.)
What It Really Means to Practice Radical Acceptance
There are many misconceptions about what radical acceptance — a skill taught in dialectical behavior therapy — actually looks like. One of the biggest myths is that rad…
“My Wife Doesn’t Know About Her, But It’s Harmless”
Emotional intimacy outside of marriage isn't necessarily harmless. Here are some ideas on how to maintain boundaries that work for both partners.
Celebrated writer Ruth Ozeki’s latest novel, The Book of Form and Emptiness, continues her tradition of “enacting the Zen teachings in the world.”
Testing your Hippie Boundary: Reincarnation
I was once at a workshop about managing grief through yoga practice. I remember a girl in the back piping up and saying, “Sometimes you just need to discover that it’s pain from a …
Mindfulness in Difficult Times
We interviewed Sharon Salzberg for this issue to honor her remarkable career. With COVID-19 on everyone’s mind as we went to print, she graciously allowed us to share an adapted excerpt from Real Happiness.
To Touch or Not to Touch
Navigating the many forms of ecstatic dance
Finding Spiritual Strength in Severe Illness
“Some people awaken spiritually without ever coming into contact with any meditation technique or any spiritual teaching. They may awaken simply because they can’t stand the suffer…
The Therapeutic Value of the Five Elements
The Five Elements offer information that connects us to nature and our bodies and helps us to understand our energy and emotions.
A New Perspective on Death
I was 22 years old when I sat with my grandmother as she was dying. There were four generations of our family in the room, from my two year old nephew to my mom and her brothers, t…
5 Ways to Be Happy When Life Makes You Sad
Fight for your happiness. Here are some tips.
Self-Care With Acupressure for Emotional Balance
“According to Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), emotions that aren’t properly processed become stored in the body—clogging up the flow of vital energy, known as qi, through the body’s invisible network of meridians (channels).”
“How Can a Spiritual Person Have Suicidal Thoughts?”
We all contain multitudes, and accepting the light and darkness in another can be a sign of deep trust and friendship. But acceptance doesn't mean being passive when a friend is suicidal.
Best Books of 2017
Look to these exceptional titles as guidance to navigate your way through the joys and heartbreak of this one precious life.
Highlights: Chronic Pain Chat
Thanks to all those who joined our Chronic Pain Twitter chat on May 21, 2014. We heard from patients, health care professionals, and readers about their personal stories of living …
8 Creative Techniques to Cope with Painful Emotions
Many of us have a hard time coping with negative emotions. This makes sense. “Painful feelings like anxiety, sadness, anger and shame tap into the parts of our brain that are conne…
When God Goes to Therapy
A new generation of psychologists finds that a spiritual approach to treatment can help patients heal.
Is It Okay to Grieve for a Pet?
A comforting prayer to use when releasing a pet from this life.
From Everything Happens for a Reason
(And Other Lies I’ve Loved)
Feeling Stuck? Try Diving Into Your Fears
This feeling of being stuck seems to reside deep in our gut, and it is surrounded by fear.
How to Control Your Emotions
I’ve been told that I have a fairly broad and deep emotional range. That can be a good thing, because it means I feel things with sensitivity, complexity, and intensity. I notice n…
Soul Companion: Journeying With Another At the End of Life
“Many therapists work to help clients create a better life—a Soul Companion works with clients to create a better death.”
What Your Headache Is Trying to Tell You
We all have headaches—and, thus, often just accept them. But what is actually causing that pounding head? And what is it trying to tell you?
Putting the ‘Om’ in Classroom
San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley Middle School is an unlikely beacon of hope. Shootings and murders are common enough in the California city’s southern neighborhoods that the loca…
Poetry by Julia Cameron
“I believe that spirituality and creativity are intertwined. I live alone, atop a mountain in Santa Fe. My companion is a tiny white dog that I walk daily along the trails near my …
4 Ways to Change the Story of Your Health
If you’re having health challenges, there are four key ways to let go of your confusion, bring in some clarity.
Talk To Us: May/June 2018
Letters from our readers.
The Chakras for Emotional Clarity
In emotionally confusing situations, our first urge is to try to understand. We use our logical brains to try to figure out things like grief, pain, and (strangest of all) other pe…
Finding Your Calling in the Wilderness of Your Life
“I wasn’t sure what my purpose was, and couldn’t wrap my mind around actually walking said purpose out when life felt too pressing to actually feel myself breathe.”
A combination of hatha yoga, mindfulness meditation and playful fun.
Cultivating Intimacy Through Meditation
There are three major issues facing our world today, according to Buddhist teacher Michael Stone: Climate change, economic inequality, and a crisis of intimacy. Further, it may be …
Reclaim Your Body
The yoga that we practice here in North America has a fascinating and complex history and lineage. There are influences from different branches of Hindu religion, Buddhist philosop…
So what’s it really like to be a Death Midwife?
Ask A Practitioner
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…
The Goddess of Vulnerability: Bherunda Nitya
If you look up at the moon on the fourth night from now, you’ll see a beautiful crescent shape. If it’s close enough to the horizon, it’s often a sweet hazy golden color. The godde…
Why You Should Feel Your Feelings
The world is a wild, wild place right now. The problem is, when we don’t pause to process our emotions, we cannot evolve. But in order to evolve, we’re going to have to deal with our emotions.
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, …
Managing Anger in Isolation
Your quarantine partner just aggravated you again. You’re angry—or are you? Reflection may reveal something else.
Finding Paradise Within
Can any of us read the news anymore without a sense of overwhelm and even, can I say it, nausea? Politics that are more theatrics; race relations that are more heart-breaking than …
Pandemic Silver Linings: Accounting for Good News
2020 was a year. But maybe there's a silver lining (or two) to this pandemic after all.
On Meditating Badly
Every morning, I meditate. Badly. I know meditation is good for me. Meditation can help with anxiety, stress, insomnia, self-esteem and a whole host of other things. There are a m…
I've Seen the Short, Straight Line from Low Self-Esteem to Suicide
Last week, a member of my extended family decided that life was no longer worth living and tried to end it, using an ordinary object sold at every hardware store and present in vir…
Rage and Relationships: How Anger Can Help Intimacy
When we can channel our anger into compassionate communication, it can help us cultivate a stronger sense of self along with even more intimate and satisfying relationships.
Yoga for Releasing Anger
Anger: we all know it, many of us well. But at a yoga party, it would be gauche to bring up the raging intensity sitting in your gut. We’re all focusing on the positive here, right…
Over the last several years, I’ve come to believe that the greatest, most powerful, most courageous thing we can do in our lives is learn to befriend our pain. This idea is a majo…
It is such a funny word, missing. We use it all the time, “I miss you,” “I wouldn’t want to miss that,” “My keys are missing.” But there is nothing that prepares you, no matter how…
The Yoga of Being Sick
The day after I finished a major project (my new book, Secrets of the Eternal Moon Phase Goddesses), I came down with a fever. For a few days, it hurt my brain to do anything other…
The Truth about Going Retrograde with Mercury
September is a bit of a wild month, astrologically speaking. There is a solar eclipse with the new moon on September 1st and a lunar eclipse with the full moon on September 16th. I…
Do Dings and Divots Reveal Soul?
My mother died suddenly from a heart attack, and I can’t rid myself of the anger I feel toward her for that. I love her deeply, and I feel guilty about the anger. And I’m fearful t…
Feeling Bad About Feeling Bad: Shame and the Primal Brain
Rather than piling shame on top of shame, we need to slow down and honestly feel whatever it is we feel.
End of Year Ritual: 7 Questions to Ask Yourself
A simple and effective end of year ritual is to carve out a little time for yourself to meditate and journal.
How Unprecedented Times Can Impact Spiritual Health and Spirit Attachment
Keep yourself in the right mindset to avoid being vulnerable to Spirit Attachment during these uncertain times.
Lovingly Managing Weight Fluctuations
Writer Julie Peters talks about a past eating disorder, how she overcomes feelings of food obsession, and how she frees herself from internal oppression.
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.
Using the Pelvic Floor as an Energetic Gateway
“For years, consciously contracting my pelvic floor when I felt unsafe or when I needed a little more power and confidence was really helpful for me … It creates a kind of energetic shield of protection between me and the world.”
Routines of Pleasure
Consider one way you could bring a little bit more pleasure into your day.
Dhumavati: Goddess of Empowering Ugliness
So how can we, with Dhumavati, embrace the ways in which we are, powerfully, ugly?
A Good Night’s Sleep
Is anything better than waking up refreshed? Are you unable to answer that question because you don’t remember what waking up refreshed feels like? We can relate. Read on if you or anyone you love needs tips on how to get a good night's sleep.
Learning from Our Worst Selves: Feeding the Shadow Wolf
Sometimes fear, anger, or sadness are appropriate responses to the complexities of life.
Dying as a Spiritual Practice: An Interview with BJ Miller
Sam Mowe: You’re the executive director at Zen Hospice Project. Are you a Zen practitioner? BJ Miller: No, ironically. I'm very drawn to Buddhism—and I can’t refute any of t…
Go in Peace
A documentary filmmaker discovers a healing process that helps veterans facing the end of life and struggling to resolve their past.
Toxic Anger vs. Healing Anger
When we avoid feeling what we feel, it tends to dampen all emotions.
Write a Poem to Heal From Pain
Uncover the power of writing poetry as a way to discover the heart of your pain, and to heal from it in this excerpt from Jacqueline Suskin's Every Day is a Poem: Find Clarity, Feel Relief, and See Beauty in Every Moment.
How to Tell if You Are Following Your Bliss or Chasing a Craving
The work of pleasure and desire is to be honest with ourselves.
Free to Change
I was working with a woman recently who had been through two divorces. I was teaching her a new understanding of relationship dynamics and some new relationship tools when she bold…
Three Sensual Practices To Do With Your Partner Tonight (That Aren’t About Sex)
“These three practices all have the key quality of inviting pleasure while reducing stress.”
COVID-19: The Physical and Metaphysical Pandemic
In the face of pandemic, there remain milestones—and growth—worth celebrating.
A Love Spell and Ritual for Valentine’s Day
“On Valentine’s Day, I want to focus on true love: the energy of power, desire, courage, intuition, and deep emotion. This spell invites that energy into our hearts while mindfully clearing whatever may stand in the way of that love.”
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…
Nonviolence: Self-Care vs. Soft Care
We often think of self care as something we do only when we’re stressed, in grief, or otherwise hurting, but it’s really something we have to be doing every single day in order to …
Pain, Our Greatest Teacher for Growth
“Pain can turn our world and our internal compass upside down and shove us into darkness. Simultaneously, however, pain can shock us or catapult us out of everyday autopilot.”
Embracing True Masculine Power
An excerpt from To Be a Man by Robert Augustus Masters
Reset and Recharge: New Year Yoga Sequence
During the holiday season, we’re out of our routines, we tend to eat and drink more, and we might be dealing with some cyclical grief that comes up during the darker season. Not to…
Practice of Self-Love
The practice of self-love isn't one-size fits all. Your body knows what it needs. Create your own practice by tapping into your emotions and listening to your body's signals.
5 Tips for Holiday Stress Management
Here are a few tips for keeping calm and taking care during the holiday season.
8 Tricks for Controlling Holiday Binge Eating and Drinking
Avoid overeating and drinking too much this holiday season by mindfully focusing on giving yourself pleasure rather than trying to numb the pain.
Art Heals the Mind, Body, and Heart
There’s so much to love about art. “Art is life, and life is art,” some say. It encompasses everything from drawing to painting, dancing to writing, music to theater – and more. It…
Awakening to the Infinite in an Oddly Perfect Flatbread
A memoir beyond words. . .
5 Stages of a Relationship’s Demise
Stages we unconsciously engage in to try to repair a relationship.
Being in the Presence of Change
Twice last week I bumped into friends while in the midst of busy days. These are women who I adore, but haven’t seen in much too long, each of us consumed with the busy-ness of our…
How Yoga Got My Mom and Me Through the Worst Summer Ever
Summer. A time of fun in the sun, pretty clothes, romance, rainbows, and unicorns.Or, if you’re me, a bad breakup, moving back in with my parents, getting hit by a car, two rounds …
5 Signs That Your Self-Esteem Is Improving
How can you tell if your self-esteem is improving? Sometimes—thanks to luck, work and/or miracles—self-loathing ebbs. But self-loathing is so sneaky, so habit-forming, that when it…
Holding Difficult Emotions on Mother’s Day: A Ritual
Mother’s Day matters, but not only because some people have a simple and loving relationship with their mom. It can also be a day where we pull out our complex feelings about mothering and unpack them a little bit.
An Energy Practice for Debilitating Emotions
A protocol to use to evolve your energy through intention and attention, and an audio meditation to help guide you.
M.C. Taylor’s 13 Spiritually Uplifting Songs
M.C. Taylor, singer-songwriter and frontman of Hiss Golden Messenger, shares his go-to spiritually uplifting songs—with links!
3 Ways to Reconnect With Things We Love
We quit things we love because we believe ourselves unworthy.
How a retreat leads to increasingly positive thoughts
The Blessing of the "Instant Reframe"
In February, my property on Maui, The Sacred Garden, was hit with a massive flash flood. Rain of one to two inches an hour for several hours on already saturated ground caused monu…
Ease Suffering with Music
In the growing field of music thanatology, research finds that a patient’s final days can be made easier with music.When aggressive treatments and heroic measures fail, caregivers …
Embracing All Emotions: An Empath Pioneer Shows You How
We talk to Karla McLaren about what we can learn from our anger, how to approach anxiety, why positive emotions aren't always positive, and more.
To Those Who Listen, All Are Teachers
“I would sit,” she offered unapologetically, “uncomfortable in my own skin, and think to myself that it would be worth the suffering because when I finished, I’d be happy. Like I w…
Tangos and Food Trucks: The Alchemical Dance in Marriage
Joseph Campbell describes the second stage of marriage as a place of alchemy, “of the two experiencing that they are one.” Taking the time to dance together can make that alchemy happen.
The Path of Logic in Holding Faith
Recently a young man came to me very upset. Faith and a belief in God had been strong pillars of his upbringing. He had relied on his beliefs and up until this point this had helpe…
Our Walk in the World: Field Notes on Living
Columnist Mark Nepo shares his field notes on living and insights found in his lifelong conversation with the Universe.
This is the time of year when we wish people “Happy” or a variation on the theme, “Merry.” Happy Holidays. Happy Hanukah, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year. The other night my husban…
The Happiness Track: Naming Your Hauntings
Quite simply, the hauntings of our mind stand between us and everything else.
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.
Be Strong — Eat for Power
Excerpt from Hope, Make, Heal: 20 Crafts to Mend the Heart
Listen: Heal Your Pain
Your body is sending you a message—in the unfortunate language of pain.
Why Clear My Aura?
The cleaner and clearer the aura, the more authentic, aligned and balanced in-the-moment experience becomes.
Sense and Sensuality
Excerpted from The Write Prescription: Telling Your Story to Move With and Beyond Illness by Judith Hannan
Navigate the Backdraft of Self-Compassion
How do we shift that critical voice in a way that supports us rather than knocking us down?
Raising the World’s Vibration
I find myself feeling despair, grief, and fear rise as I listen to the news of shootings, racism, hate crimes, discrimination and innocent lives lost. In my silent moments I questi…
The Art of Receiving
There’s an origin story that many yogis have: there was a first moment, a realization, a falling in love, a desire to shout from the rooftops: “Yoga saved me!”. For me and many oth…
Five Kinds Of Breaths Everyone Should Take
Breath is life—something we take for granted, but couldn’t do without. In times of stress or grief, often we hear advice to “take a deep breath.” But sometimes deep breathing becom…
Can We Reframe—and Reclaim—Father's Day?
"Mother's and Father's Day are gauntlets, radiating expectations. Even vowing to ignore these holidays, to voluntarily opt out, weighs heavily because it means going against the mainstream."
Masking Our Emotions
“Our hearts convey the most poignant picture through the eyes. It is not merely a window, but a reflection of our state of mind.” —Jeffrey Benjamin, MD
The Spiritual Meaning of Tooth Pain
There is a unique connection between spirituality, science, and your smile. Discover the spiritual meaning of tooth pain.
Bursting The Bipolar Bubble
A look at bipolar statistics reveals that this mental illness affects approximately 5.7 million adults.
The Crazy Way Complaining Alters Your Brain
I’m sitting at my favorite local diner on a warm and sunny Saturday in February, with my boyfriend across from me—so many things to be grateful for. Only, I’m starving. One-by-one,…
4 Supplements for Your Sleep Station
Stock up your sleep station with supplements for sleep from Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, and the world of mushrooms.
Be a Getter, Not a Taker
Clinical psychologist MOLLY HOWES explains why the first step to an apology is to not say a word.
Composting for Your Life
It’s Spring 2012, and we just had a super full moon: The moon was closer to the earth than it’s been all year. Here in Vancouver, it’s just starting to get warm, though the cherry …
Swimming in God
Have you been searching for God? I guess I always have, too. Today, I have something to share with you, and it will help you find God more quickly."Man is the most insane species. …
Reframing Our World
When it comes to trauma, many misunderstand the true meaning of forgiveness. How can you forgive, move forward, and thrive? Discover the secrets to post-traumatic thriving.
Fictionalize Your Story
When you fictionalize your story, you can leave the technicalities at the door.
How to Heal a Broken Heart
While interviewing Katherine Woodward Thomas, author of Conscious Uncoupling: Five Steps to Living Happily Even After, for the Love Well podcast, she said something that really str…
Our Walk in the World: The Unexpected Utterance
"It is only by giving our all that we open our soul as a conduit to all of life. Whenever we do this, we’re sensitive enough for the unexpected utterance to flow through us."
Do Animals Have More Soul Than We Do?
Not only do animals live, they have lives—with “undiluted purity and clarity…”
Pilgrimage as Presence
The physical act of walking brings us more fully back into the present. Author Antonia Malchik shares, "Walking is what we turn to when we wish to show our devotion to our gods, and how we move when the precariousness of our precious human existence is laid bare."
Five Tips to Strengthen Your Intuition
Get tips on how to strengthen your intuition, the critical tool you use to listen to that inner voice that often knows the best way forward.
The Spiritual Meaning of Foot Pain
When we confront obstacles, our feet may be the first to know it. The spiritual meaning of foot pain lies in our direction and the path we’re on.
Letting Go of "Letting Go"
The art of moving into the peaceful state of Letgo
RE/VIEW: Anne Lamott
“Folk hero” among writers Anne Lamott revisits her life from writing to sobriety to creativity and her relationship with God.
Infuse the Sacred in the Nooks and Crannies of Your Home
5 ways to fit a bit of the sacred in any kind of space.
29 Ways to Let It All Go
Maybe you’ve come across one of those bumper stickers that reads Let That #$!% Go, or you’ve seen a T-shirt with the same expression and a serene image of Buddha. But how to let go?
How to Use Guided Meditations
Guided meditation can be used to promote better sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, and even to relieve chronic pain.
The Positivity Plague
We’re thinking about stress all wrong. “Pain is our absolute best teacher, because it forces us to change something.”
Ceremony at Commemorative Event: Do Something
Ideas for commemorative events beyond traditional funerals.
A Splintered Mommy Path
Feeling like two different people on two different paths? Unite the splintered paths.
Books to Give as Gifts
Starting Fresh with Forgiveness
As we launch into a new year, resolving for fresh starts, you may discover that there are some lingering grudges and issues bothering you. It is then that the F-word starts to haun…
Four Keys to Unlock the Wisdom of Anxiety
I wouldn’t have expected the ER doctor to say, “Welcome, you’ve just entered your dark night of the soul.” But if he had sent me on my way with information about what was happening, it would have been easier for me to arrive at the why.
Mary Pipher: The Healing Power of Action
The psychologist Mary Pipher unites conservatives and liberals to defend Nebraska’s environment one small, sweet action at a time.
Create a Healing Circle
Become an “energetic activist” by joining with others to create a collective healing circle in difficult times.
It’s Not Too Late to Apologize
Leaving conflicts unresolved can lead to regret.
Dismantling Your Pandemic Pod
Pandemic pods kept you sane while keeping COVID-19 at bay. It's okay to mourn the loss of your pod as you celebrate the world moving closer to normal.
Emotional Intelligence: A Practice for the Chakras
In last week’s post, I talked about the vital importance of emotional intelligence. Medical professionals are learning that a huge, overlooked reason many North Americans get sick …
The Moments That Make Us Human
"How many of us have entered a doctor’s office only to be met by an unemotional individual with very little time for us who mostly stares into a computer screen?"
Paul turns 65 and reflects on eight things he has learned in his life.
Do You Wonder as You Wander?
We all know the drill with New Year’s resolutions. Make a fancy wish. Look to the twinkling lights of the holidays. Hope for the best. Mmm hmm.But haven’t New Years resolutions bee…
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.
Rabbi Shefa Gold: Giving Voice to Sacred Texts
The author of The Magic of Hebrew Chant, Rabbi Shefa Gold is also a recording artist and the director of the Center for Devotional, Energy and Ecstatic Practice in New Mexico. She…
Rabbi Shefa Gold: Giving Voice to Sacred Texts
The author of The Magic of Hebrew Chant, Rabbi Shefa Gold is also a recording artist and the director of the Center for Devotional, Energy and Ecstatic Practice in New Mexico. She…
7 Ways to Inspire Healing and Hope After a Disaster
“We are all individual in our response to trauma, and we are all unique in our recovery process.”
Best Books of 2016
S&H’s Favorite Guides for Walking the Seeker’s Path
Book Giveaway: Visit bookmark.spiritualityhealth.com by January 31, 2017, and enter to win a collection of select titles.
Slowly Is the Way
Don’t rush to cultivate your gifts in an effort to accomplish or secure what you want or dream of. Slow down to meet the world through what you’re given and your beauty will be released.
Your Whole Heart
If you could see your heart, you would see what fulfills your life. Here's a glimpse of what's inside you.
Learning to Be
“This God was present to me in fullness during the falling, present just like my daddy had been when the training wheels had been taken off of my pink bike.”
The Heart of Money: Time to Move Abroad?
Columnist Paul Sutherland offers his personal experience living abroad to shed light on the question.
Looking Within for a Safe Haven
When Italians shuttered their windows and the singing stopped, this mystic mother went in search of solace.
Hats, Shawls, and the Kindness of Strangers
This began with my search for a hat and ended at a place I never could have imagined
How Our Wounds Can Help Us Heal
Unlocking the wisdom of past hurts can help you heal yourself and others.
The Well-Gardened Mind: A Psychiatrist’s View on the Healing Power of Nature
We dig in with author Sue Stuart-Smith. “When we sow the soil, we plant seeds of healing within ourselves.”
Avoiding Spiritual Bypass Syndrome
When I first started “coming out” as a spiritual guy, so to speak, I was living in sunny San Diego, California. The West Coast seemed to be the birthplace of so much personal growt…
Portrait of a Yogi
"A Rabbit Noticed My Condition"I was sad one day and went for a walk;I sat in a field.A rabbit noticed my condition and came near.It often does not take more than that to help at t…
Becoming a Grown-up in Middle Age
Accepting (even embracing) challenging emotions takes practice, but it's never too late.
Holding Death Close
“Holding death close serves as a continuous, gentle reminder that every moment I am alive is a special but limited opportunity.”
Drinking in the Joy
An excerpt from Randi Ragan’s book A Year of Living Mindfully: Seasonal Practices to Nourish Body, Mind, and Spirit
Between Earth Day and Beltane
“It might be time to learn to hunker down, pace ourselves, and try to marinate in all those daily small wonders.”
Is Love a Solution?
Is our capacity for compassion and kindness enough to resist the ‘dark psychic force’ threatening us?
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.
Feel: Healing the Spiritual Wound of Sexual Trauma
At the beginning of my recovery from sexual assault, I needed to re-learn how to feel.
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.
Caring for Your Crystals
Excerpted with permission from Crystals: The Modern Guide to Crystal Healing by Yulia Van Doren.
Wisdom of the Desert Dwellers
A community of Christians once flourished in the Egyptian desert.
Catching Up with David Whyte
On what poetry is all about
Let’s Talk About Death
Excerpted from Let’s Talk About Death: Asking the Questions that Profoundly Change the Way We Live and Die
The Likeness of God: Brown and Black
Rabbi Rami Shapiro answers questions from S&H readers. “My priest confided in me that despite her best sermonic efforts, racism still infects our overwhelmingly white church. What else might she do?”
Show Up for Yourself First
The black box is awkward at best and excruciating at worst. But it’s where change happens.
The Accidental In-Law
As she celebrates a new life with her husband, Amy Paturel finds love and acceptance where she least expected it—in the memory of his first wife.
Ending it Well: Missives from Inside the Death Wellness Movement
The death wellness movement is about facing hard choices openly and mindfully. For author Leslie Krongold, this has been a very personal exploration.
The Tao of Chronic Pain
Suffering is Optional. Here’s how to find the teacher inside.
Reorganizing Anger Into Energy and Action
“The emotion of anger is designed to spark transformation. ... Anger is how your spirit tells you not to bow to injustice any longer. [It's] is the sacred messenger communicating that something in your life needs transforming.”
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.
Make Room for All Your Feelings
An Interview with Mark Epstein
How an Earthier Christianity Might Save Us
An interview with author Fred Bahnson about the limits of activism and what an earthier Christianity might look like.
What’s Your Vibrational Healing Style?
Is your style aromatherapy, sound healing, or one of the others? This spiritual vibration test will tell you.
Healing for the Gut
Julie Peters describes her experience with SIBO and her long journey back to health.
The Forgiveness Teacher’s Toughest Test
Everett Worthington taught others how to forgive. One night, he had to become his own best pupil.
Why Talk Therapy Sometimes Isn’t the Answer
Moving beyond the analytic mind to true soul-tending in relationships
Yoga and Mental Health
Yoga and mental health are inextricably intertwined. Yoga helps promote mindfulness, healing from trauma, and boosts creativity.
How to Avoid Holiday Meltdowns
This season, avoid the usual meltdowns and instead forge meaningful connections.
Wounds and the Womb
Explore how to heal a relationship with your sacred womb—a place of death, life, and possibilities.
4 Steps to a Good Apology
Time doesn’t heal all wounds. Here is how to address what still nags at you, and to finally right those long-standing hurts.
Asking Questions Is Most of Compassion
What is compassion? “We believe that the word represents something that we offer to others, or to ourselves. But is that accurate?”
Death Is But a Dream: Finding Hope and Meaning at Life's End
In his book Death Is But a Dream: Finding Hope and Meaning at Life’s End, hospice doctor Christopher Kerr offers a glimpse into what happens at the end of life. “What the dying fear most is not death but the loss of a life they can recognize as their own. Ultimately, to die well is to humanize dying from an irredeemably grim reality to an experience which may also be rich in meaning and love.”
The Spiritual Meaning of Lower Back Pain
Seeking and acknowledging the spiritual meaning of lower back pain can set you on a course for recovery.
What is Love? Baby, Don't Hurt Me
You can’t think and feel at the same time. One of my yoga teachers, Nico Luce, said this in a class the other day, and it’s one of the sweetest, simplest, and most poignant senten…
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.
How Do We Pray for Animals?
Interspecies healing practices include prayer circles and shawls.
Julie Peters talks with Indigenous dance artist Olivia C. Davies about dance as a healing practice.
The Art of Falling Down
The rains have returned to my home on the Big Island of Hawaii, and with them, a memory. About a year ago, I had an experience that exposed my darker self. Granted, I was still com…
Surviving the Holidays
Mind-body medicine pioneer Dr. James S. Gordon shares a technique to shake loose trauma from the body.
Create a Safe Place for All Your Emotıons
An Interview with Josh Korda
Poet Jane Hirshfield on the Mystery of Existence
Writer Kim Rosen raises questions about Zen, openness, and the “desperation” of the creative process.
What the Dying Taught Me about Living
What is a “good death”?A hospital chaplain reflects on the lessons from her patients.Suffering and death are what initially attracted me to a career in the spiritual care of the si…
The Essence of Forgiveness
Forgiveness is not so much an act as an attitude. As an act, forgiveness raises the forgiver above the forgiven: it empower the one even as it disempowers the others. I know this isn’t the way we normally think about forgiveness, but explore this with me a bit. If you don’t think what I have to say, you can always stop reading.
Creative Flow: How Yoga Can Spark Your Creativity
If you didn’t know me as a person, and all you knew about me was that I was a yoga teacher and a poet, you would probably think I was pretty boring. You’d think of poems filled wit…
Black Women’s Healing Circles
An excerpt on the power of healing circles from Mia Birdsong.
Why Your Life Matters
In the 1990s I spent many happy years living in a beautiful apartment overlooking the River Thames in London. Then, in the summer of ’96, everything came crashing down. After findi…
Moving Towards Joy
Kelly McGonigal says to use the latest research on movement to bring more delight into your life.
Living for the Future with Joanna Macy
Eco-Buddhist Joanna Macy on facing an uncertain future, changing the world through love, and looking at the Earth as an extension of ourselves.
Kambo Cleanse and Hearing God’s Voice in Frog Poison
What is it really like to try a kambo cleanse? The South American detox treatment.
Balancing the Brain Toward Joy
An Interview with Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.Twelve years ago, at 37, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, a Harvard-trained neuroanatomist and spokeswoman for the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Cen…
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.
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…
Not Written in Stone
Rabbi Rachel Cowan discusses aging workshops, wisdom, and loss.
Create A Living Ritual
How to connect through our bodies with the transcendent dimension of our lives.
Make Your Story a Gift
To come to know and to make sense of and to share our stories is not an act of selfishness, but an act of growth, healing, and ultimately, generosity. But what is a writer to do with a violent story she cannot narrate—when it’s her own?
Courageous Conversations: An Interview with David Whyte
Author David Whyte on words, spirituality, and his idea of a "conversation."
Escape the Trance of Busyness: A Conversation With Tara Brach, PhD
S&H's Stephen Kiesling sat down with Tara Brach, founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Center of Washington and author of Radical Acceptance, to explore her RAIN practice: Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture.
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…
A 5-week, $500 vacation from anxiety.
Why We Forgive
By letting go of past hurts, we can heal not only ourselves, but our families, our communities, and our world.
Let It Be Kind To You
“Whatever bad things have happened to you in your life, whatever hard things you’ve gone through, you have to do three things: You have to accept it. You have to be kind to it. ... And listen to me. You have to let it be kind to you."
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."
The Camino Vibe
Can’t head to Europe for the Camino De Santiago? You can craft a small pilgrimage close to home.
Embodying Change: How Movement Can Transform Your Life
Research now proves what these experts already knew: that if you want to change your life, the place to start isn't in your mind, but in your body.
How Can People Be Deeply Spiritual and Emotionally Immature?
“What’s most simple to say is that, for our hearts to be wise and free, we have to attend to the mandala of our being—which includes body, emotions, mental states, and thought structure—and their relations with one another.”
Advocating for Black Muslim Wellness
Kameelah Mu'Min Rashad is the founder of Muslim Wellness Foundation and the Black Muslim Psychology Conference. She is a fervent advocate for social justice, activism, and mental wellness in the black Muslim community.
Inside the Mind of Chronic Pain
A new generation of researchers is getting inside the mind of chronic pain—and unlocking powerful psychotherapies against what might be the nation’s biggest health crisis.
The Art of Thinking with People Who Think Differently
Co-create your big dreams with a shift from a Marketshare to a Mindshare mindset
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 …
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…
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.