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What If the Survivor You Need to Believe Is ... You?

Disbelieving ourselves only sustains our suffering.

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The Golden Hours

Shaili Jain, M.D., a top expert on trauma, writes about cutting edge medical interventions that hold the promise of preventing PTSD.

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Trauma Shake

Mind-body medicine pioneer Dr. James S. Gordon shares a technique to shake loose trauma from the body.

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Tiny Traumas Are Traumatic Too

I hadn't seen Tracey in over a year. And I was wrangling, that morning, with the latest in a long series of anxiety attacks, which made me not want to see anyone.But cancelling our…

Becoming Trauma-Conscious

It may not be PTSD, but we all experience trauma. Recognizing this is good for everyone’s mental health.

Holding Trauma With Love

For someone who has experienced trauma, the present moment may feel like the most dangerous place in the world.

Sensing a Traumaversary

On a tragic anniversary—a traumaversary—ask yourself: What does your body need?

Recovering Your Sexuality After Trauma

"Our sexuality is one of the tenderest, most vulnerable aspects of who we are. It needs us to be safe and to feel trust. Then it can come out with the confidence, creativity, and even fierce passion that are its natural expressions."

Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Trauma

“Over time, feeding and caring for my being this way, along with nourishing other diverse aspects of my life, built my fortitude to transform family meals into a time of warmth and care, ending a legacy of trauma and neglect.”

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.

Yoga for Emotional Trauma

By creating a healing environment for your body through yoga, you can transform emotional trauma into well-being, release suffering, and come home to your body’s natural capacity for health and joy.

Transforming Trauma with Dr. Joanne Cacciatore

Rabbi Rami talks to trauma expert and Zen priest Dr. Joanne Cacciatore.

Create a Foundation for Healing from Trauma

Laying the important groundwork for healing trauma.

Podcast: Hala Khouri, on Trauma

The idea of collective trauma and individual trauma have shaped the work of yoga teacher, therapist, and activist Hala Khouri.

Chronic Pain, Trauma, and the Nervous System

Chronic pain can be caused by lingering trauma, creating stress that is unresolved. Break the cycle.

How Childhood Trauma Affects Adult Health

Do the aftereffects of traumatic events we suffered as children follow us into adulthood in a physical way? Research about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) proves that enormous…

Post-traumatic Strength, through Faith

A Light at the End of the Trauma Tunnel

Why Are So Many Adults Today Haunted by Trauma?

Our political and social systems don't support fundamental human needs, says Gabor Mate—which affects our ability to deal with traumatic events.

Recovering from Trauma? Listen to What Your Body’s Trying to Tell You

The massage therapist slid her hand under my sacrum, and waited. I wasn’t sure what this was supposed to feel like and apparently nothing was happening.“What do you feel?” she aske…

Somatic Experiencing: Healing Trauma, Transforming Lives Globally

“I developed a spiritual worldview that allowed me to accept suffering as a part of life. It’s how we respond to it that’s so important.”

6 Signs You May Have COVID Trauma

Exhausted by constant risk assessments? Are friendships forming or dissolving based solely on pandemic vigilance? You may be experiencing COVID trauma.

Interrupting Trauma in its Tracks With Somatic Experiencing

SCOPE is designed for grounding yourself during high-stress situations, disrupting your body’s trauma response.

Lean Into Wisdom

Thomas Hübl spoke with S&H about overcoming generations of trauma.

When Trauma and Triggers Keep Us from Engaging

The fifth chakra is one of the best-kept secrets for owning your authority and interacting authentically.

Addressing Trauma Through Yoga Practice

Hala Khouri has been a yoga teacher for over 25 years. She is a therapist and somatic experiencing practitioner. She uses her practice to address trauma, stress, and anxiety on a spiritual and physical level.

To Defuse a Traumatic Situation, Play Tetris

The total distraction of an addictive video game like Tetris may have a surprising health benefit: preventing post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.Emily Holmes, Ph.D. and Cather…

A Goddess of Post Traumatic Growth: Nilapataka Nitya

This goddess encourages us to courageously churn the oceans of our inner selves, to explore the painful feelings and old traumas in our psyches and let them teach us something.

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.

Trauma is an Integrative Experience that Requires Integrative Healing

Trauma affects all the systems of the body, mind, soul and spirit; its treatment must go beyond talk centered therapies.

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.

What Helps and What Hurts

Yoga can be a great tool for recovery, but only if yoga teachers understand how to shape the practice to the needs of people healing from trauma.

Forging a Healing Path

An adapted excerpt from Journey Through Trauma by Gretchen Schmelzer, PhD

Moving toward Recovery

“Dancing Mindfulness” combines healing movements with free-form expression to provide a new therapy for trauma.

Somatic Experiencing

The developer of a therapy called Somatic Experiencing, Peter Levine helps patients overcome traumatic memories through physical movement.

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…

What is Psychological First Aid?

The World Health Organization notes PFA “involves humane, supportive and practical assistance for people who are distressed, in ways that respect their dignity, culture, and abilities.”


Healing Generations of Pain

One of the founders of Earthbound Farm ignored the present-day consequences of her family’s past. Until she needed to heal.

Let Your Body Lead You Through Grief

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

Spirituality and 9/11

Meaning isn’t something that one finds; meaning is something one makes.

What Non-Attachment Can Teach Us about Intimacy

“Live in the now!” Garth exhorts Wayne as he fawns over a beautiful guitar he can’t afford in the film Wayne’s World. This is a message that we get over and over again in many East…

Why It Can Be So Difficult to Come to Know Oneself

As a society, we turn a blind eye to obvious trauma, making one’s story more difficult.

How to Use EMDR Therapy

EMDR takes traumatic memories and removes the anxiety connected with them. It can create healing that seems magical.

Microdosing Psilocybin Mushrooms

Microdosing psilocybin mushrooms can lead to a psychedelic healing experience. The mushroom user can revisit trauma and find new insights.

Happy Days Ahead: Q&A With Gabrielle Bernstein

Gabrielle Bernstein discusses authentic happiness, the path to peace, and IFS therapy.

Psychedelic Medicine

Other drugs may soon follow marijuana’s path from illegal to medical to decriminalized to legal

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?

Restoring Relationships

Australian-Canadian multidisciplinary artist Fariha Róisín on restoring relationships to ourselves, to one another, and to the earth.

Spiritual Misconceptions Have Consequences

Three spiritual concepts that are often misunderstood.

Spiritual Side Effects with Lynne Vanderpot

Lynne Vanderpot talks about the effects psychiatric drugs' effect on ones spirituality.

Podcast: Michelle Cassandra Johnson, Finding Refuge

Author and activist Michelle Cassandra Johnson discusses generational trauma, yoga, beekeeping, and more.

What’s Hiding in Your Hips?

Yoga teachers often refer to the pelvis as “the junk drawer of emotions.” Discover your hip pain emotions and how to get unstuck.

Growing Through Life's Challenges

Christopher Willard, the author of How We Grow Through What We Go Through, offers ideas for healing—and growing—after trauma.

The Spiritual Meaning of Bad Dreams

Dropped into a nightmare dreamscape often or even nightly? Explore the spiritual meaning of bad dreams.

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…

How to Work With Your Inner Child

What is an inner child, anyway? Being in touch with your inner child lets you be “fiercely on your own side.”

“Moon River,” JT, and Me

Simple joys help us flow back to the best things in life. “Never have I so sensed in my patients and myself the necessity of cultivating awareness of simple joys.”

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.”

The Psychedelic Touch

Explore how drugs like LSD have helped veterans overcome the trauma of war.

Yoga and Mental Health

Yoga and mental health are inextricably intertwined. Yoga helps promote mindfulness, healing from trauma, and boosts creativity.

How Your Brain Hides Painful Memories

A new study has sheds light on exactly how the brain hides memories.

The Spiritual Meaning of SIBO

Unlike IBS, bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine is linked to a specific cause, which in turn connects to the spiritual meaning of SIBO.

Be Strong — Eat for Power

Excerpt from Hope, Make, Heal: 20 Crafts to Mend the Heart

Gifts of the Spirit

Long before the birth of Jesus, the Celtic and Norse pagans exchanged gifts at the time of the winter solstice. They believed that this practice mitigated one’s vulnerability to th…

Bouncing Forward

An excerpt from Bouncing Forward from Michaela Haas, PhD

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.”

No Bad Parts With Dr. Richard C. Schwartz

According to Dr. Richard C. Schwartz, systemic family therapist and founder of Internal Family Systems, there really are No Bad Parts.

Releasing the Root of Back Pain

Finding a way to free yourself from the underlying cause of your pain.

Book Review: Inside the Miracle

Inside the MiracleEnduring Suffering, Approaching Wholenessby Mark NepoSounds TrueSpiritual guide Mark Nepo is a consummate storyteller, as evidenced in this collection of essays, …

5 Yoga Poses for Stress Relief

Yoga is an incredibly powerful tool for stress management. Try this sequence of five poses to calm down, relax, and recenter yourself.

The Week I Burned My Ego

A life-changing adventure on what’s called Path of Love

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.”

Holistic Practices for Grief

Kathryn Drury Wagner speaks with trauma expert Kathryn Templeton on how to move from immobilization into balance and harmony.

How a New Blend of Mindful Movement Can Help You Heal

Use this method to process traumatic experiences and work through challenging emotional states.

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.

Soul Proprietor

Shamanic healers help clients overcome trauma and find healing through the practice of journeying and soul retrieval.

Alicia Michelle Hooper

Alicia Michelle is a content creator, freelance writer, and mental health advocate. She helps trauma survivors and highly sensitive people live their best lives at her trauma-infor…

Back From Burnout

The trauma of the past year has triggered a burnout crisis. Discovery ways to restore balance from an expert.

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.

What Does It Mean to Relax?

Feeling stuck in unhealthy patterns? You can find deeper rest and relaxation, ease anxiety, and recover from trauma through yoga Nidra practice.

A Letter From an Author: Mary Firestone

Author Mary Firestone shares her gratitude with Spirituality & Health readers, and celebrates the publication of her new book Trusting the Dawn: How to Choose Freedom and Joy After Trauma.

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.

3 Rules for Mindful Sex

Want to be more mindful when it comes to sex? Try following these three rules.

The Spiritual Meaning of Hip Pain

The hips are connected to the energy center that governs creativity. The spiritual meaning of hip pain can also be tied to old memories, traumas, and uncomfortable emotions like shame.

Quiz: Test Your Body Intelligence

How comfortable are you in your own body? Take the Body Intelligence Quiz.

Shaili Jain, M.D.

Shaili Jain, M.D. serves as a PTSD specialist at one of America’s top VA hospitals and is a trauma scientist at the National Center for PTSD. She is a professor at Stanford Univers…

Sarah Krasnostein

Sarah Krasnostein is an American-Australian writer with a doctorate in criminal law. She is the author, most recently, of The Believer. Her first book, The Trauma Cleaner, was a fi…

The Upside with Jim Rendon

Your host Rabbi Rami talks to Jim Rendon about his new book Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth. A review of his book can be found in the July/August 2015 issue of Spi…

Ilene Smith

Ilene Smith is the author of Moving Beyond Trauma: The Roadmap to Healing From Your Past and Living With Ease and Vitality. She is a certified professional coach and somatic e…

​Sherry Cormier

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, …

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.”

Shannon Algeo

Shannon Algeo is a celebrated speaker, life coach, Yoga Nidra and meditation teacher, and host of the popular podcast, SoulFeed. In his coaching practice, Algeo works with clients …

Book Reviews: Upside

UpsideThe New Science of Post-Traumatic GrowthBy Jim RendonTOUCHSTONEIf you’re feeling sorry for yourself about something minor—let’s say you’re in the second week of a wicked cold…

Jenna Grace

Jenna Grace is a neurodivergent writer and educator with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sensory processing disorder (SPD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and social a…

Adi Shakti

Adi Shakti is the founder of SoulWork, a professional development and experiential education company based out of the SoulWork Jungle Ashram in Costa Rica. She is also producer of …

​Lisa Marie Basile

Lisa Marie Basile is the author of Light Magic for Dark Times and the forthcoming The Magical Writing Grimoire. She is a poet-witch and founding creative director of Luna Luna maga…

7 Lies Your Eating Disorder Is Telling You

Eating disorders almost never stop talking to us, whispering in our ear. Here are the lies they tell us.

Healing Body Image Through Belly Dance

As we evolve towards more gender equality on the planet, communities that cultivate the divine goddess and celebrate the sacred feminine become more important. On this episode of C…

Deb Dana

Deb Dana, LCSW, is a clinician and consultant specializing in using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma and create ways of working that hono…

The Healing Power of Breath

by Richard P. Brown and Patricia L. GerbargRichard P. Brown  and Patricia L. Gerbarg, both MDs and teaching psychiatrists, weave contemporary science together with ancient wis…

Dr. Randall Bell

As an economist, Dr. Randall Bell has consulted on more disasters on earth than anyone in history. He is widely considered the world’s top authority in the field of post-traumatic…

S&H's Top 10 Podcasts of 2017

A collection of the most popular podcasts of 2017.

Book Review: Anchored

THE NERVOUS SYSTEM has a playbook for handling threats. When we are dysregulated, disconnected, or healing from trauma, our usual playbook becomes unreliable. We freeze and capitul…

Music Review: 7

WITH ITS HUSHED FEMALE VOCALS and lush layers of keyboard and guitar, Beach House’s atmospheric dream pop is the sort of thing hipsters might sing their babies to sleep with. But s…

Lissa Rankin, MD

Lissa Rankin, MD, The New York Times bestselling author of multiple books, including Mind Over Medicine, is a physician, speaker, mystic, and founder of the Whole Health Medicine I…

Anne M. Lauren

Anne M. Lauren is an author, artist, and alchemist with a Master's degree in Theological Studies. She shares her story of childhood trauma and recovery through writing and public s…

The Value of Mental Pictures

How One Woman Fights PTSD With Guided Imagery

What Not to Say to People With Low Self-Esteem (and What to Say Instead)

Some things not to say to those of us who tend to hate ourselves — and why, and what you might tell or ask us instead.

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 …

Debbie Augenthaler, LMHC, NCC

Debbie is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City, where she has specialized in trauma, grief, and loss. Her husband, Jim, died suddenly in her arms when she was onl…

Imagine Yourself Happy

Imagery training can boost everyday wellbeing, a new study shows.

9 Wellness Resources for Black Women When Life Gets You Down

Black Girl Magic can’t protect us from everything. Here are nine online resources to help black women keep our cool when racism rears its ugly head.

Listening to Mark Epstein, M.D.

Rabbi Rami talks to Mark Epstein, M.D. about how he discovered Buddhism, the notion of self, and psychology's part in Buddhism. An interview with Mark appears in the March/April is…

How Too Much Caffeine Raises the Dead

People who consume the equivalent of seven or more cups of coffee a day are not just more jittery, they are three times more likely to experience auditory and visual hallucinations…

Make Room for All Your Feelings

An Interview with Mark Epstein

Dancing, Healing

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

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…

Amelia Jones

Amelia Jones (they/them/their) is a Soul Escort, carefully guiding people back to their power. They are descended from chemists, healers, artists, farmers, and people who have had …

Book Review: Mindful of Race

Understanding and Transforming Habits of Harm

Podcast: Paul Denniston, Grief Yoga

Emotion is energy in motion, says Paul Denniston. Discover how to use yoga to move grief through your body.

Marketplace - Jan/Feb 2016

Books, services, education and products that are sustainable and environmentally friendly.

7 Ways to Sharpen Your Intuition

Intuition can become mute, stifled, or drowned out when we find ourselves out of balance. Here are some ways to help you get grounded so that you can reconnect with that inner voice.

Meditating With Your Anger

An audio meditation to engage with our anger and compassion without shame.

“My Worst Panic Attack Ever Came Out of the Blue!”

The body has its own way of processing emotions. “The rush of symptoms people experience in a panic attack is a tsunami of fear being released in the body. The question is: What’s deep below the surface that keeps building up fear that needs to be released?”

Loving Yourself Free: Eating Disorders and Ayurvedic Treatment Tips

Here are a few different ways to approach treatment of eating disorders using Ayurveda.

Autobiography of a Yogını: An Interview with Seane Corn

Seane Corn describes her evolution and the revolution she's taking part in during this interview with Stephen Kiesling.

Become the Master of Your Energy

Identify, channel, and direct your energy for health, wealth, and happiness.

Were You Raised to Be Afraid?

“I was raised to believe that being frightened meant being alive. Timeo, ergo sum. That being scared is not a frailty but a skill. That I displayed intelligence by shunning whatever displayed itself as welcoming or wild. That the scariest time-bomb in the world was me.”

How Horses Can Heal Humans

Therapeutic horseback riding helps veterans with PSTD

Building Resilience in the Body

Sometimes we need to get at the emotional root of pain to help us recover. Learn how to care for your body in a more mindful way and start developing the habits that build resilience in the body.

The Stradivarius in the Spruce: Writing Heals

Let writing be your liberator. There may just be a violin trapped within you, just waiting to emerge.

After the War: Healing Native American Veterans

Many hospitals and treatment centers have begun offering holistic therapies for Native American veterans, many of whom are looking for a more spiritual approach to healing post tra…

Thwack!

The Surprise that Heals Trauma It started as an upset whisper that turned into a rant that’s become a roar during the last decade or so. You can hear it in professional circles o…

Your Assignment: Heal a Parent/Child Relationship with Good Storytelling

We tried talk therapy and it didn’t work. Our attempts at reconciliation always ended in recrimination and competition. The guilt of a father for deserting the family and the pain …

Podcast: Jeana Naluai

Our March/April 2020 cover subject is Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner and lomilomi expert Jeana Naluai. Rabbi Rami spoke with her to learn about healing and forgiveness.

Can Phobias Be Inherited Genetically?

Phobias developed during our lifetimes may be passed on to our children.

What Is Spiritual Bypassing From an Energy Healing Perspective?

It’s very easy to be in spiritual bypass in the world we live in today.

Spiritual Meaning of IBS

The spiritual meaning of IBS is about looking at imbalances in how we relate to our food and our emotions.

Running into Faith

On one especially long winter run, I was overcome by a deep, felt sense that I could trust myself, others, and life in a way that I had never known.

Wounds and the Womb

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

The Spiritual Meaning of Vaginal Infections

The spiritual meaning of vaginal infections may stem from the metaphorical penetration of toxic energy.

Brainspotting and Other Therapeutic Approaches

Utilizing “brainspots” and resource-eye positions, a therapist helps clients navigate thoughts and emotions that have kept them stuck. “Thinking becomes knowing.”

Calm Your Nervous System

Whether you are a first responder or simply stressed, try these affirmations to calm the nervous system.

Transitions in Healing

An excerpt from Norma Lee's new book

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.

All Natural: A Skeptic’s Quest to Discover If the Natural Approach to Diet, Childbirth, Healing, and the Environment Really Keeps Us Healthier and Happier

By Nathanael JohnsonRodaleAward-winning journalist Nathanael Johnson sorts fact from frenzy in this hybrid memoir/reporting journey. His thorough, sometimes-graphic research on the…

Training Our Mind for Endurance

Mental training can help us get through horrible physical experiences—even childbirth!

“I Just Want a Happy Life Without This Constant Anxiety”

Many of us live with persistent anxiety. If our doctor recommends stepping away from medicine, what are some ways to cope without medicine?

Creating Calm From Chaos

The issue of stress is rampant in our culture. Mindful Yoga Therapy, supported by Give Back Yoga Foundation, is offering a path to healing for these individuals.

Rituals to Restore & Refresh the Spirit

By Janna HenningPeople in helping roles, such as therapists, ministers, and hospice workers, bring great compassion and empathy to their work as they care for those who suffer. We …

Film Review: Inuk

Directed by Mike Magidson Inuk opens on a haunting scene from its protagonist’s childhood, as young Inuk (Ivaq Morch) witnesses the freezing, drowning death of his father (Hendrik…

Podcast: Dr. Josefa Rangel, Innate Medicine Specialist

Innate medicine is a new way of looking at healing and seeks to build up the body’s inherent capacity to be well.

Best-Kept Secret In South America: Choose Bolivia For Your Next Spiritual/Healing Retreat

“Are you ready to face yourself, surrender the ego, connect to the source, manifest your destiny, and step into service?”

Film Review: The Sweet Requiem

The Sweet Requiem is an admirable, sometimes surprising look at the tragedy of displacement, both the geographic and the psychological kind.

Food Sensitivities and Gut Repair

Scientific researchers are clear that food intolerances are different from allergies and may take longer to show up in the body than allergies.

The Upside of Stress

The stress response is your best ally during difficult moments—a resource to rely on rather than an enemy to vanquish.

All Natural

A Skeptic’s Quest to Discover If the Natural Approach to Diet, Childbirth, Healing, and the Environment Really Keeps Us Healthier and Happier By Nathanael JohnsonRodaleAward-w…

Meditation Is Hard When You Hate Yourself

Maybe at some point you decided to try meditation. Maybe the practice you began back then fulfills you still. Or maybe not.

Book Review: No Bad Parts

Have you ever wanted to break out of destructive behavioral patterns? Are there parts of yourself you find hard to love? If so, this book is for you. Richard C. Schwartz arg…

3 Flower Essences to Build Courage

Flower essences are a subtle medicine. They are helpful for working on emotional and energetic layers of our being. Try these three essences to build your courage.

Secrets of the Pelvic Floor

This often-neglected part of the body has a lot to say if you know how to listen.

Finding Calm in the Chaos

There is a population of people where anger is an accepted, indeed expected, emotion. The emotions of fear and sadness however, are not. In this culture, violence and addiction are…

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

In 1968 Mitt Romney allegedly led an alleged assault on an allegedly gay student at his private high school academy during which Mitt allegedly had his alleged friends pin down the…

Book Review: Inheritance

InheritanceHow Our Genes Change Our Lives and Our Lives Change Our GenesBy Dr. Sharon MoalemGrand Central PublishingWhy are some people more likely to get cancer, enjoy cilantro, o…

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…

Reverent Whisper

In this book, a young man searches for his identity and the meaning of life, while guided by an imaginary friend along the journey.

Book Review: Say What You Mean

A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication

Mindful Sexuality, Divine Sexuality

Sexual energy may be an expression of the divine within each of us. That's one reason a mindful approach to sacred sexuality is so important.

Community Champion: Amanda Thomashow, Survivor Strong

Lansing, Michigan-based Survivor Strong founder Amanda Thomashow shares how her organization is providing tools for prevention, support, and advocacy for survivors of sexual assault.

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.

Can Healing Schools Heal Depression and Anxiety?

The search for a school to ease my mind.

20 Affirmations for Managing Stress

These 20 affirmations can help, no matter what is stressing you out.

Book Review: Passion & Presence A Couple’s Guide to Awakened Intimacy and Mindful Sex

“PASSIONATE SEX is rare in long-term relationships.” There. Maci Daye just gets this over with in the introduction to her new book, so anyone in that situation can relax—it’s tot…

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…

Menopause, Check!

Seize this midlife point as a mile marker for better heart health.

The Spiritual Meaning of Incontinence

How does the flow of energy connect to physical and spiritual leaks?

In Defense of Hands-On Adjustments

Hands on adjustments are a relatively common but also quite controversial aspect of yoga classes. Strong adjustments have been known to lead to snapped hamstrings or popped knees, …

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.”

Yoga for Chronic Pain: Part 1

Pain is incredibly useful. A calming yoga practice encourages the brain to create a new samskara.

Book Review: Rewire

RewireChange Your Brain to Break Bad Habits, Overcome Addictions, and Conquer Self-Destructive BehaviorBy Richard O’ConnorHudson Street PressHabits die hard and science can now tel…

Film Review: The Mindfulness Movement

There have been lots of documentaries in recent years about various aspects of mindfulness, but Rob Beemer’s The Mindfulness Movement seeks to be a total guide to the many div…

Music Review: Life on Earth

Life on Earth is the eighth studio album from Alynda Segarra and their band Hurray for the Riff Raff. Minimal electronic synth-rock is the raft these songs ride upon, with lyrics t…

Podcast: Tracee Stanley, Radiant Rest and Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra lineage holder Tracee Stanley doesn’t want you to fear rest.

20 Mental Health Mantras to Keep Top-of-Mind This Holiday Season

Go-to mantras to relieve holiday stress, anxiety, and depression.

Self-Consent: A Self-Love Practice

Learn to listen to your internal “yes” and “no” signals. Teach your body that what you want matters.

A Journey Through Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

Julie Peters describes her experience with SIBO and her long journey back to health.

Your Relationship Patterns Could Be Related to Your Attachment Style

Attachment styles are patterns of how we think, feel, and act in close relationships. Knowing the characteristics of the four distinct styles can help strengthen our ties to others.

Becoming Soul

In this book, the reader gets an insightful look at the soul through the stories of two women.

Why Switch to a Gentle Leash

Try a simple experiment. Open your hands with your thumbs touching each other. Place your thumbs at the base ofthe throat with the fingers pointing back and surrounding the neck. …

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?

5 Ideas When Things Are Beyond Your Control

When everything feels up in the air, here’s how to keep worry from taking over.

Do We Talk Too Much About Our Pain?

In a world of constant sharing—a debate about how much is too much.

Healing the Instrument of Your Voice

Voice healing requires a deep dive into who we are, but the results are extraordinary.

Podcast: Robyn Moreno, a Curandera, Talks About Ancestral Healing

Through reconnecting with her ancestral wisdom and finding ancestral healing, Robyn Moreno healed her soul, conquered burnout, and became a modern curandera.

Why Our Birth Matters

Showing that our earliest moments in life matter―and that we can access those memories to heal ourselves as adults―has made Barbara Findeisen a pioneer in the field of perinatal an…

A Halloween Ritual to Connect With Your Ancestors

Whether they are ghosts or imaginary presences, we can still learn something from them.

My Two-Word Response to Daily Anxiety

Do you have daily anxiety? Welcome to being human. “... It would be great, because anxiety is a part of every day, if laughter could be too.”

Shameful Secrets Haunt Us the Most

This emotion can consume our thoughts.

Vaccinate Against Stress

Beneficial bacteria may become the basis for an immunization.

How Becoming a Vegan Yoga Practitioner Can Change Your Life

Yoga and veganism can combine to create deep life changes.

Breath is Fertilizer for the Brain

The yogis have been right, scientists say.

Stories That Connect

“We are united in the emotions that drive us into the beliefs that divide us.”

Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking

A diagnosis of celiac disease or gluten intolerance can often come as a relief to someone who’s been struggling with mysterious sickness and pain for months or even years, says Pet…

Putting My Body in Your Hands: The Vulnerability of the Yoga Practice

Attending a yoga class is a fundamentally vulnerable thing to do.I think about my body a lot; not only as a yoga teacher, but also as a woman. As I have expressed on this blog befo…

Why Do So Many of Us Live in Fear?

"If only they knew: For us, fear is not a choice. A little fear is necessary for survival: Ask any gazelle. But too much fear can be as crippling as too little."

The Heart of Money: How Do I Fund My Big Dream?

I’m thinking about raising $50,000 for a movie. It’s a huge life dream for me, and I never thought it was even possible. Maybe it really isn’t, but with crowdfunding sites like Kic…

Service: Seane Corn

In our spiritual luminary series, each week we will feature someone who personifies a key spiritual value. In the first installment, we chat with yogi and activist Seane Corn, who …

Don't Give Up on Defending Yourself Against Shame

Our life is our story, and we can’t rip out any of the chapters. “Each of us is on a hero’s journey.”

The Key to a Blissful Life

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

Another Reason to Stamp Out Bullying

Bullied children go on to have greater risk of substance abuse a few years later.

4 Chair Stretches to Ease Neck, Shoulder, and Upper Back Pain

The repetitive movements you make every day can be a big factor in aggravating or even causing pain in the neck, shoulders, and upper back. Try these four stretches from chiropractor Dr. Amy Shevokas to find relief.

What is the Difference Between Religion and Spirituality?

I’m in recovery and suspect that my addictions keep me from knowing something. But what?Addictions are like mud on a mirror: when we look into it, we cannot see our true self. Addi…

Book Review: Being Mortal

Being Mortal Medicine and What Matters in the EndBy Atul GawandeMetropolitan BooksWith Medicare and modern medicine, we’re worlds away from the poorhouses of 19th century nove…

Where to Find a Spiritual Emergence Coach

Meditation, yoga, retreats, and intensives can accelerate growth but sometimes result in disorientation and an urgent need for radical change in work, relationships, and personal values. We can learn how to manage this within ourselves and to support others.

How to Open an Intuitive Body Dialogue With Pain

Start an intuitive body dialogue to learn what your chronic pain is trying to tell you.

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.

Experiences Are Better than Stuff

A study presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in February 2009 suggests that you can buy happiness. The secret is to buy experiences,…

Empathic to a Fault?

Therapists Seana McGee and Maurice Taylor explain the dark side of compassion.

Acupuncture: Bringing the Body Back into Balance

Many people are increasingly turning to acupuncture—one of the oldest healing practices in the world—to help relieve pain and bring the body back into balance. In fact,…

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.

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…

Winter Practices To Support Your Inward Journey

This next month can be fertile ground for renewal of spirit and for clarity of mind and heart.

Our Walk in the World: The Highest Ethic

Shared values are not the same thing as shared humanity. Shared values are based on agreements that come from the head. They form the basis of culture. But it’s our shared humanity…

The 3 Phases of Every Relationship

Seana McGee and Maurice Taylor, married psychotherapists and authors of The New Couple, explain how understanding the phases of your relationship can help you stay in love.Intoxica…

What Is Depth Hypnosis?

Depth Hypnosis is more than traditional therapy. Explore how this healing modality is both modern and inspired by the ancient.

Worry—It Does a Body Good

A psychology professor argues that worrying is actually good for the mind and body.

The 2 Reasons Women Have Low Sexual Desire

Low sexual desire can limit energy and vitality. The good news is you can take control turn that light back on.

5 Emotional Cleansing Practices

Think of emotional cleansing as similar to the recycling process, the process of reusing something for the greater good.

How an Exercise Playlist Helps You Live Longer

Perhaps you get your treadmill groove on to “Kiss,” by Prince, or maybe you like Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood or Bruno Mars. Does it really matter what kind of music is playing in you…

Why Do I Worry So Much?

5 steps to prevent excessive worrying.

Heal Grief with Aimless Creativity

Fuzzy yarn, a toy xylophone, or a box of glass beads can be a better prescription than a pill.

4 Daily Practices to Increase Your Mental Health

Give yourself the time you need to succeed.

A Tarot Reader Faces Her Shadow

Maybe the secrets of relationships really are all in the cards.

From the Editor

The letter from the editor kicks off each issue and helps set the tone for the magazine. Over the next six issues, members of the S&H team will be writing the letter. This issue’s writer, Kalia Kelmenson, is our editorial director and resident book lover, surfer, and mind-body explorer.

7 Ways to Deal With Toxic Family Members Over the Holidays

If you know there’ll be at least one toxic relative to face this holiday season, here's how to protect yourself and navigate your way forward as sanely and serenely as possible.

Reverse Aging Now with Glutathione

Glutathione may be necessary for anti-aging, cancer prevention, heart disease, dementia, general disease prevention, and optimal health.

Self-Hatred: Made in America?

An anecdote often retold in meditation circles involves the Dalai Lama meeting with a group of Western Buddhist teachers. One teacher allegedly asked him how to aid students suffer…

7 Reasons for Clearing your Chakras and Aura

Clearing and releasing enables you to live with greater presence.

Working With the Norse Goddess Freyja for Sensuality

In need of a deeper connection to your sensuality? Consider working with the Norse goddess Freyja.

Why Suicide

Questions & Answers about Suicide, Suicide Prevention and Coping with the Suicide of Someone You Knowby Eric MarcusWhen Eric Marcus was just 12 years old, his father committed …

Creative Yoga Events to Inspire Community

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Bead by Bead

A spiritual journey nourished by constant self-reflection and meditation mala beads.

Science & Spirit: An Easy Way to Feel Better, Memory Science, and the NCP

This week, find out how to boost your mood in only 12 minutes and read about a way that people are healing our deep divides.

Unlocking the True Source of Healing

An alternative view of healing that includes four different dimensions responsible for maintaining the health.

A Letter-Writing Burn Ritual for Healing

With this ritual, become an observer to your emotions surrounding loss, and release them into the universe.

The Secrets of Your Core, or Why You Don't Need to Punch Your Yoga Teacher

The other day, my friend and yoga teacher Meghan Currie said to me about the core: "There's just this layer of energetic garbage around your core. You kind of have to burn through …

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Books We Love

This year, our Books We Love section examines self-care from an ayurvedic perspective, how food affects mental health and immunity, and how to cultivate a moon practice, and more.

5 Questions with Lissa Rankin

1. In The Daily Flame, you offer guidance from the “Inner Pilot Light.” How do you help others to recognize their own light? I use what Richard Schwartz PhD, founder of Internal …

Rustic Raspberry Cake

I’m deathly afraid of bees. Not deathly allergic, just deathly afraid. Last weekend we went raspberry picking. I was giddy with excitement after wanting to go for years. We walked…

Spiritual Heroes 2013: Q&A with Stacey Kennealy

Director of Certification and Sustainability, GreenFaith

Tasting the Universe

Tasting the Universe: A Spiritual and Scientific Exploration of SynesthesiaBy Maureen SeabergNew Page BooksImagine a world in which numbers have color, musical sounds shimmer …

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…

Meditation on the Mat

Try yoga nidra for deep relaxation and profound healing.

Survival Lessons: Novelist Alice Hoffman's Memoir about Breast Cancer

Who is Survival Lessons for? I wrote this book for survivors of trauma, but it’s also for the people who love them. So many of us are taught to deny illness and loss. When trag…

“IBS Is Real, Not Just in My Head!”

Exploring how an irritable mind affects an irritable bowel does not imply IBS symptoms are not real. It means that in IBS, and many other conditions, the mind-body connection can create real symptoms—and can be used to bring real healing.

Mind Reading Made Simple

Writing a journal allows you to dive into your internal experiences and find your true center.

How Feelings of Awe Lower Inflammation

Do you know a person who still seems to retain a childlike sense of wonder well into adulthood? Someone who still dances in the rain, has a strong imagination, and is awe-stricken …

13 Tips for Taking a Bath to Soothe Your Chronic Pain

“I bathe a few times a week. Sometimes every day. In my old tub with my plastic-bag pillow. Telling my body that it’s okay to relax. To soothe. Letting it know that things will finally be okay.”

We told my niece that her mom died in a car crash. She isn't dead.

My niece is dying from a rare blood disorder. She takes comfort in believing she will soon be with her mother in heaven. I know otherwise: My sister isn’t dead. We told my niece th…

6 Mindfulness-Based Techniques to Help You Fall Asleep

Mindfulness techniques are being incorporated more and more for sleep health. Here are six expert-recommended mindfulness practices to help you fall—and stay—asleep.

Don't Tell Me To Relax: Emotional Resilience in the Age of Rage

Meditation teacher and psychotherapist Ralph De La Rosa, author of Don't Tell Me to Relax, offers advice for living fully through difficult times.

The Science of Integrative Addiction Recovery

New science shows that addiction, like other conditions in the brain, can be healed.

3 Bold Expressions of Love in Action

In these last few weeks we’ve witnessed countless bold, inspiring acts of Spiritual Activism, with people holding space for equality, inclusion, justice and love. In case you’ve mi…

Gabor Maté: Why We're a Culture of Addicts

We're a culture of addicts, says Canadian physician Gabor Maté, whose controversial ideas just might heal us all.

Ordinary Superpowers

I have a mantra. I say it to myself daily, in many situations, and it helps me immensely in my life. It’s this: Why am I doing this? I don’t even think the answer to that question …

Heart-Opening Yoga

We learn so many great lessons in yoga that totally fall apart in relationships. You are trying to learn about detachment and going with the flow, but you are in love with a person…

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 …

You Are the Hero of Your Own Story

Now is your chance to to see yourself as the hero of your own tale.

The Stickiness of Stillness: The Challenges of Corpse Pose

When I was a kid, I hated naptime. I would lie down in the cot like everyone else and watch my little kid friends drift off into a blissful sleep. I would fidget, giggle, and somet…

When It’s Time for a Woman to Sit Down and Be Quiet

The founder of SoulWork, Adi Shakti, on awakening and empowering the divine feminine.

Past Lives and the Origin of Your Soul

“Our Soul Origins, whether primarily tied to Earth, not-on-Earth, or the Angelic Realm of pure Love and Compassion, are exhibited in the nature of our human self and our Soul or Higher Self.”

Light Therapy Shows Promise for Gulf War Syndrome

It could be a scene from a futuristic 80’s movie: A helmeted, goggled man sits in a chair while the little diodes in his cap shoot tiny beams of light into his scalp and nostrils. …

The Fallow Field: The Virtue of Doing Nothing

I’ve been spending a lot of my evenings lately sitting at home watching Netflix.Not very romantic, I know. On these evenings, after long days of meetings, teaching, yoga, meditatio…

Honoring the Journeys in Adoption

By Regina Ruopoli Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Month. It is a time to celebrate adoption and build awareness for the children still waiting for families …

14 Spiritual Affirmations to Assist in Your Awakening

Consider a spiritual awakening as a major wake-up call from the universe. Spiritual affirmations beckon you to live in integrity and respect for self and all of life.

Where to Find Support When Awakening Gets Hard

On the path of awakening there can be periods of disorientation and intense emotion. Get resources for qualified support and learn how to effectively support others.

What Would You Want to Be Famous For?

My fame reached its apex in 2010, when within six months my writing attracted more attention—including three appearances on national TV—than it has ever done during any other half-…

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.

Are You Playing Dead?

Reviewing 2013, I thought: This was the year in which I wrote a book and visited Italy. But this was also the year in which I didn't get my blood pressure checked, take up square-d…

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…

From Childhood Onward, Spirituality Shapes Our Self-Esteem

Some children aren't spiritually inclined, but many are. Is this because their tender, innocent awe for all things alive and imagined hasn't yet been trounced by trauma, teasing an…

Are You a Good Listener for the Wrong Reasons?

"Thank you so much for letting me tell you all this," she said, reaching over and patting my sleeve. "I feel like I've been talking for hours, but this really helped me. You're too…

Boost Your Optimism for Less Anxiety

A new study links optimism and less anxiety with an area in the brain called the Orbitofrontal cortex.

Fierce and Tender Self-Compassion

Kristin Neff, PhD, created the scale that psychologists worldwide use to measure self-compassion. Now she reveals the hidden superpower that makes being kind to yourself a primal force for justice.

Can We Live Better and Die Well?

A groundbreaking, authoritative exploration—rich with powerful personal stories and convincing research—of the many ways the living can and do accompany the dying on their journey into the afterlife.

Rituals for Transcending Loneliness

Discover the choice of solitude in the face of loneliness.

Hyaluronic Acid and Yin Yoga

Deep tissue hyaluronic acid is released when practicing yin yoga. That is a good thing, since hyaluronic acid plumps up the fascia.

The Other Higher Powers

I'd be rich if I had a dollar for each time I recommended the twelve steps to someone who countered by saying I can't do the steps because I don't believe in God.And God is what th…

Releasing Your Stress Muscle: 3 Poses for the Psoas

Try these three helpful poses to bring stress relief to your muscles.

Does Everyone Call You "Negative"?

I'm not telepathic. But I probably know something about you. It's this: If you have low self-esteem, you're often accused of being "negative." They call you morbid, morose, a dow…

The Brain Benefits of Dreaming

What happens to our brain when we sleep?

The Antidote to Toxic Positivity

Difficult emotions are there for a reason. There is one cure for toxic positivity.

Strengthening Porous Boundaries

Personal boundaries are determined by childhood conditioning. Those with porous boundaries can shore them up by “reparenting” the lower chakras.

The Naked Truth About Mistakes

Why we shouldn't be afraid to make mistakes.

Moment Medicine: An Everyday Healing Practice

We need to feel safe in order to heal.

Tadasana: The Pose for Standing Witness

Take a moment to stand upright. Do your best to stand as you normally do, without trying to find a “correct” posture. Close your eyes and notice what you feel.

3 Simple Steps to Optimal Health

By re-training the muscles of your body and recovering the levels of oxygen your body requires, you’ll notice profound physiological and psychological changes.

Is Shame Keeping Your Partner From Healing?

Shame can prevent us from seeking the help we truly need. “If you are partnered with someone who often feels the stinging effects of shame, you can do your best to offer compassion and acceptance.”

3 Ways to Detox Your Emotions

In need of an emotional detox? Here are three ways to cleanse yourself of stuck emotions so you can be free to process your feelings in a healthy way.

How to Protect Yourself From Other People (and the News)

“If you are a sensitive person, you might notice that you are highly affected by other people’s moods, what others might think of you, and the news you hear about the world around you.”

3 Exercises to Strengthen (and Relax) Your Pelvic Floor

Simple exercises that anyone can do to increase pelvic floor awareness and tone the muscles for strength and suppleness.

You're Not Fighting That War Alone

One of self-loathing's most devious tactics is to isolate its victims, chasing each of us into dark lonely corners in which we feel singled out and incomparably awful, just as thos…

Can Travel Help Us Stop Hating Ourselves?

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

Is Lying About God Okay?

“Lying about God and promoting a Pollyannaish understanding of religion isn’t going to help at all.”

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.”

Overcoming the Tyranny of Victimhood: 100% Accountability

You can’t turn on the news these days without witnessing the aftermath of one violent crime or another, often involving an angry assailant, firearms and innocent bloodshed.From rac…

4 Ways to Increase Your Empathy

“Empathy will not heal the hurt world overnight, but can at least make life more interesting. Try these strategies.”

Self-Trust: Two Secrets to Try

We can’t second-guess every choice we make. So how do we know what it means for something to feel right?

Napping Now

Lying down during the day can lower stress, boost productivity, and help you sleep at night.

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.

The Spiritual Meaning of Pain in the Right Shoulder

Bearing the weight of your world on one shoulder? Consider the spiritual meaning of right shoulder pain and how to address it.

When You Don’t Trust Your Body’s Response to Chronic Pain

Is your body proving to be an untrustworthy narrator of your chronic pain or illness? Listening closely to your body means it always has your back.

What Did R. Kelly Steal?

Sometimes low self-esteem starts with high self-esteem.

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…

The Branches of Grief Yoga

Open your heart, tap into joy, and explore the transformative healing nature of Grief Yoga.

How to Use Food to Boost Your Mood

The way we eat informs the functions of our body. Here are tips to develop "good mood meals."

Your Unchosen Lifelong Companion Is ... You

Do you find it difficult to love yourself? I mean: to truly relish looking at and being with and thinking of yourself? When those of us who hate ourselves are told to love ourselv…

8 Reasons Why We Hate Shopping

How shopping can trigger low self-esteem issues.

Holding Difficult Emotions on Mother’s Day: A Ritual

Some have a simple and loving relationship with their mom. For others, Mother’s Day can be a day where we pull out our complex feelings about mothering and unpack them a little bit.

How to Use Jin Shin Jyutsu

Jin Shin Jyutsu isn’t well-known, but the practice promises whole-body healing, either with a practitioner or at home.

How to Practice Transformational Breathing

Transformational breathing involves rapid breathwork for 20-45 minutes. The results can feel like a rebirth.

On the Passing of Michael Stone and Mental Health in the Yoga Community

Yoga, self-care, and alternative forms of medicine cannot always fix everything.

The Wisdom of Lament

Despite our cultural preference for happiness and comfort, a fully integrated life acknowledges the truth of loss and injustice.

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.

Compassion Fatigue

When the heart is balanced, the rest of the energy body can maintain a greater sense of equilibrium.

And He Never Looked Back

As a baby, Matthew fell headfirst from our second story, crashed his skull through his brain and suffered a devastating traumatic brain injury. And while he became a “miracle child…

People-Pleaser Syndrome Almost Always Backfires

If you and I meet anytime, in any way, today, these things will almost certainly occur: I'll say yes when my heart and mind mean no. I'll feel, perhaps throughout our entire inte…

What Good is Meditation in a Plane Crash?

An Interview with Allan Lokos

Sometimes You Need to Find Your Own Holidays

Passover came and went this year and I not only observed the holiday but barely noticed its existence.Saying this feels cold, considering how many friends and relatives of mine are…

What's Your Game of Thrones?

Not everyone excels at flights of fancy, but for those stuck on the ground, maybe fantasizing can become a useful practice.

3Ps: The Secret to Emotional Resilience

Want to bounce back better? Build your emotional resilience. “Resiliency is like a scale, with negative and positive experiences acting as counterweights.”

Handling Difficult Relationships by Going Gray Rock

Want to manage manipulative, triggering, altogether difficult people? Gray rock them.

3 Soothing Crystals for Anxiety

Work with healing crystals for anxiety and tap into their power for relaxation, protection, and self-love.

A Better Way to Break-Up

The pain of divorce can bring us to our knees. What if there’s a way not just to regain our footing but to step onto a new emotional path?

3 Keys to Unlock the Genetic Switch of Your Stress Response

The pinging phone, back to back meetings, rush hour traffic; most of us get a little on edge when we are face to face with high stress situations. We also probably know people who …

Suspending Judgment: Losing Control to Be in Control

How to use mindfulness to let go of preconceived notions.

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…

How to Stop Taking On the Energy of Others

You are made of energy at the cellular level and you are impacted and affected by the energy of other people and your environment.

Spiritual Meaning of the Cold Moon

Occurring near the winter solstice, the Cold Moon invites you to take a closer look at what lies beneath the seemingly cold and frozen surface. Discover the spiritual meaning of the Cold Moon.

Against Intuition

Does your gut tell you not to trust your gut? Maybe you should listen.

Rewire Your Brain: 6 Things You Can Do To Stay In The Present

For almost three decades I was one of the least present people on the planet. A life-altering trauma turned the world both inside and outside my head into such a painful experience…

Why Your Memory Is Less Accurate Than You Think It Is

New research underscores just how unreliable—and malleable—our memories really are

Some of Us Really Need Halloween

“The global prevalence of death-related holidays—such as Día del Muerto, the Hungry Ghost Festival, the grave-sweeping-and-lantern-floating Obon—evinces an ancient, universal need.”

The Second Coming of Psychedelics

Inside the mind-tripping, soul-changing, ground-shifting, 21st century therapy.

The Happiness Track: Is Mindfulness a Racket?

Is mindfulness really the panacea for today's stress?

5 Ways to Process the Anger You Thought You Weren't Allowed to Feel

Start observing your anger to truly understand where it should be directed.

You Ask Us What We Want....

For those of us who struggle with low self-esteem, desire can be triggering.

Superpowering Mental Wellness

Sharon Blady views neurodiversity as a superpower. “I’ve been Geek Grrrl for as long as I can remember, and well before I used the term for reclamation and empowerment.”

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.

Release Your Stress for a Good Night’s Sleep

Stress can make getting to sleep at night a very real challenge.

Listen: Heal Your Pain

Your body is sending you a message—in the unfortunate language of pain.

Deep Listening

Dr. Neha Sangwan and writer and coach Jackee Holder say deep listening is the path to wellness

Why Learn to Ski at 50 and Beyond

Like childhood play, your whole being checks in for skiing.

Sense and Sensuality

Excerpted from The Write Prescription: Telling Your Story to Move With and Beyond Illness by Judith Hannan

Were You Abused by Accident?

When you are a victim of abuse, your mind comes up with all the reasons it's not really happening.

10 Tiny Ways You Can Be Creative Every Day

Have 10 minutes? Here are ways to make time for creativity in your daily life.

Resilience While Aging

Resilience is even more important when aging. Luckily, it’s a skill that can be strengthened.

5 Techniques to Fight Back Your Inner Critic

Talk back to your inner critic with these tactics, including using funny voices with fake accents.


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.

Our Community Journal: The Real Life of Life Coaching

On being “an advocate, an activist for the expression of Love in all its forms . . .”

How to Stop a Panic Attack

3 steps to warding off rising panic.

Calibrate Your First Chakra

Tools to balance your first chakra.

7 Steps to Resolve and Release Emotional Turmoil

Pain from the past can build up and fester within us. These 7 steps will help you alleviate that pain and move forward to a more mindful state.

​The Art of Dreaming — Becoming Aware of Your Inner Landscape

Adapted excerpt from Leopard Warrior by John Lockley.

4 Ways to Manage Holiday Overwhelm

Learn how to vanquish anxiety and actually enjoy the holidays with these tips.

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."

Supporting Someone in Spiritual Emergency

As increasing numbers of people are experiencing a spiritual crisis, it is important to know what it is, how to manage it personally, and how to effectively support someone else.

The Story of You: Writing as a Tool for Self-Discovery

How do you get started on this journey of writing for self-discovery? Word by word.

10 Ways To Improve Memory and Concentration

According to Dr Itzhak Fried, Professor of Neurosurgery and Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, “We only need to see something once to remember it.” The senior author of a…

The Spiritual Meaning of Tooth Pain

There is a unique connection between spirituality, science, and your smile. Discover the spiritual meaning of tooth pain.

What Do You Know for Sure?

"Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth." —Pema ChodronHave you ever asked yourself what you know “for sure”? I have and I am absolutely, resolutely sure that I h…

How to Use Gray Rock

“In a nutshell, think of gray rocking as turning your back on someone without actually turning your back and offending them.”

The Happiness Track: Navigating Your Narratives

We swim in an increasingly turbulent sea of narratives: the ones we tell ourselves, the ones we tell others, and the ones we choose to watch on Netflix—and read in books, lis…

re/VIEW: Byron Katie

“Self-realization is the sweetest thing. It shows us how we are fully responsible for ourselves, and that’s where we find our freedom.”

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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,…

Translating the Secret Language of Your Dreams

I was on the hunt, seeking amrit, the nectar of immortality. I had to cross a river, so I found a boat made of ghost bones and stealthed to the opposite shore. I discovered a back …

6 Things in Your House That Could Be Triggering Stress

Clutter, chemicals, negative media, and more can unknowingly cause stress. The good news is there’s a lot you can do about it.

4 Tips for Practicing Amor Fati

Embracing fate to reduce struggle is key to practicing amor fati.

3 Spiritual Rituals for When Life Feels Out of Control

When ideas or illusions about what we can and cannot control in our lives are shattered, try these spiritual rituals to bring some light into moments of darkness.

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.

Home Sweet Home? Not for Domestic Workers. Ai-jen Poo Demands Justice

On the front lines fighting for the dignity of an invisible workforce, Ai-jen Poo aims to rehumanize society.

Kneading Love and Loss in the Kitchen

Lily Diamond learned the sensorial magic of culinary creativity from her mother, whose life was cut tragically short. In her new book Kale and Caramel (Atria 2017), Diamond shares …

Brokenness Expands Our Capacity for Non-Judgment

Empathy and non-judgment lie at the heart of the therapeutic experience. “Strength and brokenness are not opposites.”

Resolving and Releasing Emotional Pain

How can empathic people let loose the burden of other people's emotions?

Find a Calling, Make It Work

You may find your calling at the place where your gifts intersect with other people’s needs.

Natural Medicine: Quick Tips for Better Health

I hear that ghee has a higher level of bad cholesterol, but I thought it was better for you than butter. Which is healthier, ghee or butter?Dr. Michael Murray: Ghee is clarified bu…

8 Ways to Stop Blaming COVID

Are you blaming COVID? You have far more command than you realize. Stop blaming COVID and choose to take your power back.

A Guide to Spiritual Companionship

A spiritual companion is much like a psychologist for the soul, there to support you on your spiritual path.

The Spiritual Meaning of Pelvic Floor Pain

Pelvic floor pain can arise from physical dysfunction as well as blocked energy.

To Shed Your Extra Cushioning, Shed Your Extra Cushioning

Once only the rich had shoes and chairs and excess fat

Tapping Therapy: Reclaim Your Emotional Freedom

Isn’t it time to break out of your bondage? Tapping therapy allows you to quite literally tap into your critical issues and resolve them through a series of body tapping gestures.

Letting Go of “Letting Go”

The art of moving into the peaceful state of Letgo.

Deb Dana on Anchoring Your Nervous System With Polyvagal Theory

Polyvagal Theory expert Deb Dana explores anchoring into your nervous system and connecting to your body’s neural pathways for calmness, safety, and connection.

Mary Gauthier’s 7 Spiritually Uplifting Songs

Singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier shares her go-to spiritually uplifting songs—with links!

Train Your Brain to Not Overreact

Seven ways that each of us can take charge of our stress response, accessing a powerful tool to take charge of our health.

Yin Yoga to Cool Anger, Frustration, and Jealousy

Try this yin yoga sequence to cool down hot emotions before reacting impulsively. Then respond mindfully to life events.

Yoga for SIBO

In addition to diet and medicine, yoga can help treat the overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine.

Thinking About a Career Change?

“If you’re trying to find a way to combine your passion and your paycheck, here are some ideas that might help.”

The Happiness Track: Rest Within Yourself

Learn how to take a vacation within your own mind.

Finding Your Soul Note

What is your Soul note vibration? “Cleanse and purify thyself and I will exalt thee to the throne of power.”

Finding Unity During the Holiday

When I was little, I believed in Santa Claus. It was part of my family’s annual Christmas ritual. Each year, the day after Thanksgiving, dad climbed into the attic and pulled down …

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…

Embracing Moments of Collapse

Feeling baffled? Our guest columnist suggests "to honor these moments of bewilderment, to hold them as holy pauses that are rich with the potential for psychological and spiritual awakening."

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.”

5 Lessons For Living Your Best Life From a Philosophical Theologian

Paul Tillich is one of the greatest philosophical theologians you’ve probably never heard of.

7 Stress-Busting Adaptogens

Adaptogens are stress-busting herbs and mushrooms that can help the body find balance in the face of daily stress.

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?"

TIM RYAN: Leading the "Quiet Caucus"

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, a Democrat from Ohio, spoke with Rabbi Rami about his efforts to bring more mindfulness to the U.S. Senate.

Train Your Brain to Calm the Inner Critic

Our ability to be resonant with ourselves is a key for bringing healing into our life.

The Happiness Track: Say No Like a Boss

We have all said yes when we knew better, and mostly the impact is as meaningless as eating an hors d’oeuvre just to be polite. But sometimes the impact is life-changing: saying ye…

Being Grounded in an Ungrounded World

Being connected to life. Returning home to yourself. Serving others. You were made for this awakening. Get grounded!

Sustainable Activism for Animal Lovers

Self-care tools for people who advocate for the more-than-human world.

Healing with Reiki in Hospitals

The healing art of reiki is finding a surprising new home—high-tech Western hospitals.

Can Watching Bear Cams Improve Wellbeing?

People expressed improved relaxation & stress reduction after watching bears at an Alaskan preserve.

The Pluriverse of Healing: An Interview with Wambui Njuguna-Räisänen

Wambui Njuguna-Räisänen offers her thoughts on social justice, yoga, and the "pluriverse of healing.”

Medical Intuition: Tap Into the Body’s Wisdom

Intuitive medicine is a complementary tool for health assessments. It works alongside traditional medicine.

Understanding Karmic Relationships

With origins in ancient India, the term karma stems from the sanskrit word for “action, work or deed.” Karma not only applies to tangible actions like our words and deeds, it also …

Knitting as an Act of Love

The shared act of knitting with a beloved grandmother opens up space, time, and stories.

Challenging Self-Limiting Beliefs to Reach Your Potential

Just because you believe it doesn’t make it so. Good news: You can retrain your brain to challenge and conquer beliefs that limit you.

Aware and Asleep

Take a dive into the lucid dream world and explore advice for new dreamers.

5 Tips to Support Change With Flower Essence Therapy

After several intriguing exchanges abroad, a woman named for a fragrant plant embraces the power of flower essence therapy.

Our Top 10 of 2015

Read these for New Year’s resolutions worth keeping

Navigating Sex During Perimenopause

What impact does changing hormones have on your sex drive during perimenopause?

A Hidden Path to Stress Relief

Most of us have been unconsciously clutching the pelvic floor so consistently, and for so long, that we’re not even aware we’re stuck in an unnaturally frozen and weakened state.

How Our Wounds Can Help Us Heal

Unlocking the wisdom of past hurts can help you heal yourself and others.

How to Practice Self-compassion

The secret to empowered action is learning not to beat yourself up.

Healing Your Body Holistically

Remember having to wait in line at P.E. class in middle school to be checked for scoliosis? Bending over to touch your toes while some strange doctor checked your back for any abno…

Become a Soul Nerd

(Re)learn to read deeply. The mental stillness required for a long read allows your mind to formulate a moral position. This kind of bibliotherapy provides a healing place for the soul.

Indulging the Totally Selfish Joys of Selfless Giving

Here’s the science behind creating a chain reaction of goodnessThough economists and grumps have long argued to the contrary, many spiritual traditions teach us that, at our core, …

4 Steps to Embodied Spirituality With Susan Aposhyan

Psychotherapist Susan Aposhyan has taught meditation for more than four decades, in her book Heart Open, Body Awake, she explores four steps to embodied spirituality.

The Healing Practice of Confession

When my mother was dying of cancer, I became acutely aware of the gaps and barriers in our relationship. One night, lost in a turbulent sea of emotion, I sat down at the dining roo…

Ancestral Lineage: You Are the Sum of Your Ancestors

“Our ancestors, even if neglected for 10,000 years, are still an ongoing part of our current manifestation. They bore us. We carry them.”

You Were Not Born with Low Self-Esteem

Adapted from Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself

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.

Mental Health and the Black Lives Matter Movement

Far too many in the Black community are suffering in silence. Mental health, particularly stopping suicides, must be part of the BLM conversation. Here are three barriers to care we must overcome and four ways to make lasting change.

Empaths & Animals: A Special Relationship

Authenticity, a minimal amount of emotional work, and the ability to gain trust are just some of the reasons empaths value their relationships with animals and with nature.

Ayurveda for Inflammation

Every choice we make, everything we do, is either inflammatory or anti-inflammatory. Try Ayurveda for inflammation.

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.

True Believer

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

What Would the Dalai Lama Do?

Contemplating creativity, compassion, mindfulness, and body image with singer/songwriter Amanda Palmer

Self-Compassion: How to Value Yourself

The secret to empowered action is learning not to beat yourself up.

The Skeptic Visits a Shaman

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

The Observer

Excerpt from The Missing Element: Inspiring Compassion for Human Condition

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?”

Matt Kahn on the Importance of Holding Space

What does it mean to truly love other people, and how can we transform pain into compassion? Author Matt Kahn shares his wisdom.

Nourishing Self-Care Practices for Now

Stressed? Depleted? Us too. These restorative practices are designed to help you replenish yourself.

Four Flower Remedies for Highly Sensitive People

What are flower remedies, and how can they be utilized to help highly sensitive people navigate the world? A Mind-Body Medicine practitioner shares her thoughts.

Hollow Body Meditation

An excerpt from Mindfulness, Meditation, and Mind Fitness

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…

The Latest Cure for Stress and Insomnia: Orgasms for the Brain

Autonomous sensory meridian response videos, exploding in popularity online, help people relax and get some sleep in a stressful world.

The Process of a Miracle Cure

Until my cancer diagnosis, I’d never been ill. I was terrified and nothing was helping me conquer the fear. Initially, I felt a traumatic paralysis, the fast-breathing, huddled fea…

Ho’oponopono: Digesting Pain and Inviting Forgiveness

Address your spiritual wounds with the traditional Hawaiian cleansing practice of ho’oponopono.

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?

Heal Yourself, Heal the World

Drawing from the wisdom of spiritual teachers, writer Emma Pearse focuses on healing herself to heal the world.

How to Lament

“He that lacks time to mourn, lacks time to mend.”—Sir Henry Taylor

Find Your Calling

These two profiles may inspire you to make changes in your own life.

Right Now, We’re All Dysregulated

Are you an ON person or an OFF person? Yoga teacher and somatic counselor Hala Khouri shares ideas for moving toward self-regulation.

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

How to Bring Back Your Brain

The big problem is that so many people still think that nothing can be done to reverse dementia.

The Benefits of Yin Yoga

One of the benefits of yin yoga, for beginners and returning practitioners, is called interoception.

How to Remain in Balance With Your Emotions

Blame it on the environment, your work, the stress, your partner, the kids, the overwhelm—yet the truth remains—your emotions are your own and for you to remain in bala…

How to Give to Others Without Burning Out

Research suggests that self-care can reduce stress and exhaustion—if we know how to practice it.

4 Crucial Words for a World of Chaos

S&H editor at large, Stephen Kiesling, interviews Nedra Glover Tawwab, a therapist who quietly helps empower clients to speak up for themselves, set boundaries, and find peace.

Parasympathetic Stimulation: How to Improve Your Vagal Tone

Cold therapy, vocalization, and socializing are just three of six ways to improve vagal tone and reduce stress.

A Roadmap for Creative Growth

Are you a victim, a vessel, or something else?

5 Sacred Lessons I Learned from Shamans and Ayahuasca

“Plant medicine showed me that all we have to do is be who we are, love and light.”

Why We Forgive

By letting go of past hurts, we can heal not only ourselves, but our families, our communities, and our world.

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…

What’s Your Vibrational Healing Style?

Is your style aromatherapy, sound healing, or one of the others? This spiritual vibration test will tell you.

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…

5 Relationship Red Flags to Never Ignore

When it comes to our significant other we often want to explain away or even deny uneasy feelings, but these relationship red flags should never be ignored.

The Forgiveness Teacher’s Toughest Test

Everett Worthington taught others how to forgive. One night, he had to become his own best pupil.

The Air We Share

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

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.

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.

I Ching Divination for Tackling Overwhelm

Focus on a dilemma or stressor, then use the ancient text to interpret coin tosses in order to resolve it.

One Step Beyond Eye Contact

A simple practice of mindfully noticing eye color can make medicine a little better.

Telling Our Stories, Telling the Beads

Clark Strand and Perdita Finn explain how the Catholic rosary finds new purpose in interfaith gatherings.

6 Habits to Help Navigate Anxiety

“While we can’t eliminate our anxiety, we can navigate it. We can diminish its power—and live fulfilling lives anyway.”

Too Much Stuff?

Tired of all the JUNK? Become inspired by Benedictine simplicity. Look for new ways to keep your space less cluttered.

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.

Death Awareness: Wrestling, Reflecting, and Revising the Final Act

Practicing death awareness need not be morbid. It can help you live your values more fully and cherish your life.

The One Minute, Icy Cold Path of Awakening

If you stay warm and dry it will take 10 minutes.

Shift Your Body, Shift Your Mind

At the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we have worked for the last few years to find ways to help our veterans returning from Iraq an…

The Talking Tree


Shamanic practitioner (and emergency medic) Winter Ross met a sister in a wounded ponderosa pine.

6 Ancient Love Goddesses to Inspire Your Inner Enchantress

Beyond Venus, these goddesses speak to different aspects of your inner divine.

How I Became an Animal Chaplain

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

6 Tools for More Freedom—the Buddhist Way

Discover ways to feel more free through Buddhist practices. “We all want freedom but we are not always so sure about what it is or how to attain it.”

How to Learn From Your Past Lives

One tranquil morning on the beautiful island of Bali, I reclined outdoors on a spa chair at a destination resort. Perched atop a shelf of rice paddy fields, my eye caught a farmer …

Why Share Your Pain

If we all speak our truth, no matter how heavy or how trivial our stories seem, then together we can light the way toward a new future and a new story, one that is no longer based on silence and shame.

—ZAINAB SALBI Freedom Is an Inside Job, by Zainab Salbi.

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.

Root & Ritual With Becca Piastrelli

Becca Piastrelli’s Root & Ritual explores ways for you to connect with your ancestors, the land, your community, and your Self through rituals, recipes, and ancestral wisdom.

To Breathe Perchance to Dream

Slow, deep, diaphragmatic—breathwork sounds, and is, so beneficial for treating insomnia. But they call it work for a reason.

Anxiety Toolkit: Naming Your Anxiety and Sending It a Message

Wrapping your arms around anxiety is about speaking directly and compassionately to your anxiety.

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.

7 Ways to Tame Anger With Ayurveda

To quell anger, Ayurveda addresses the emotional imbalance caused by poor communication between the head and heart.

Sherry Shone on the Practice of Hoodoo for Everyone

How does one keep the practice of hoodoo accessible, simple, yet powerful? Hoodoo practitioner and author Sherry Shone shares.

The Hidden Wisdom of Fertility Awareness

Several months ago, I heard about a practice developed in the 1980s called the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM), a natural form of birth control that a study in the journal Human R…

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…

Invoking your natural sensuality

The greeks referred to mythical images as “gift of the gods.” See what you receive when you visualise these ancient symbols.

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…

Queer Spirituality

“Just because your religion betrayed you does not mean that Spirit has abandoned you.”

Shift Your Body, Change Your Mind

At the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, we have been working for the last year to find ways to help our veterans returning from Iraq a…

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.

How to Focus a Wandering Mind

New research reveals what happens in a wandering mind—and sheds light on the cognitive and emotional benefits of increased focus.

The Power of the Pause Tara Brach

When a bull stops and finds querencia -- his place of safety -- he becomes truly dangerous. Yet in the arena of human relationships, this pause, this place of safety, is where healing begins.

Are You Blocked? Take This Chakra Quiz to Find Out

Answer eight chakra quiz questions to determine where there’s imbalance in your system and how you can realign.

The Buddhist on Death Row: Lessons on Freeing the Mind

In time with the release of his book, we spoke with bestselling author David Sheff on the transformation of Buddhist-practicing death row inmate Jarvis Jay Masters.

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?

A Practice to Heal Prejudice

How loving-kindness meditation taps the roots of empathy

Why Your Brain Needs to Dream

Research shows that dreaming is not just a byproduct of sleep, but serves its own important functions in our well-being.

Assuming the Whole Body Is Conscious Can Heal Puzzling Symptoms

What happens when you allow your whole body to have a conscious voice? “I have seen dramatic improvement in a variety of conditions when people begin assuming that the whole body has a form of consciousness that communicates about what’s going on in our lives.”

The Case for Yogic Breathing

The mind has a terrible time telling itself what to do. Fortunately, science is catching up with yogic breathing wisdom.Since the time of Descartes (“I think, therefore I am”), mod…

What We Still Don’t Know about Mindfulness Meditation

Despite the hype, researchers are still exploring the benefits of meditation and how much practice we need to achieve them.

Roshi Joan Halifax on compassion, women in Buddhism, and altruism

The founder and abbot of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Roshi Joan Halifax has been a socially active leader in Buddhism for more than 40 years—as a civil rights activis…

3 Steps to Make Life Count

Consider the story of Joanne: Although older than most of her peers at nursing school, Joanne looked like any other nursing student. Her personal journey, however, had been more di…

Passion and Presence: Aging, Intimacy, and Mindful Sex

A conversation with sex therapist Maci Daye on the importance of bringing play, adventure, and curiosity into the bedroom and why “Great sex has more to do with the state of our mind than with the function of our body.”

Here Is Your Gift

Twenty years ago, if you’d asked me what my gift was, I’d have said, “Nothing. I don’t have one.” But that changed one year when I went to London for the holidays to visit an elder…

Five Science-Backed Strategies to Build Resilience

When the road gets rocky, what do you do?

Why Worry? Find Meaning!

Happiness is for takers. Meaning is for givers. Guess who feels better?

Accessing Heritage Wisdom

Ancient teachings like Lomi Lomi and Ho’oponopono help heal modern hurts.

The Tao of Chronic Pain

Suffering is Optional. Here’s how to find the teacher inside.

Top Ten Spiritual Heroes of 2013

Whether they drew strength from their spirituality to advocate for a better world, enriched our days with beauty and light, or simply guided us toward richer, more meaningful lives…

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."

Transcending Depression Without a Script

Antidepressants leveled out the highs and lows. So I found ways to supercharge them—to fully experience the agony and the ecstasy. And that feels better…

The Private Lives of “Enlightened” Teachers

An Interview with Gangaji and Eli Jaxon BearOn July 17, 1896, a sixteen-year-old in India had a sudden experience of liberation that led him to renounce his own name, his family, h…

How To Heal From A Disaster

An M.D. faces the toughest test of a spiritual practice—healing herself from a terrible fall.

What Everyone Should Know about Muhammad

Muhammad has become a strangely unifying figure in America—able to get conservative Glenn Beck and liberal Bill Maher to agree that Islam is a backward, medieval religion and a threat to all civilization. Both are making a common, fundamentalist mistake.

Appointment With the Wolf

Rediscovering an ancient hour alone, at night, with God.

Embracing Earth Medicine

As a teen, Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz realized that her ancestral foods were medicine. Now a chef and curandera, she shares a lifetime of personal remedies and body care recipes.

In Pursuit of Sacred Sex

In a world where Judeo-Christian faith no longer writes the rules on intimacy, who will define the new sexual ethics?

A Gardener’s Awakening

Michael Pollan discusses his new book, exploring the relationship between humans and three plant products that have shaped human culture and history: caffeine, mescaline, and opium.

Listening to Polyamory

As more relationships open, I wanted to learn if this can be a spiritual practice for growing love.