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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…

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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?

Becoming Trauma-Conscious

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

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.

Book Review: Beautiful Trauma

Beautiful Trauma by Rebecca Fogg is rich in philosophical insights, humorous surprises, bizarre happenings, and amazing feats. Readers will quickly be drawn into Fogg’s personal st…

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.

3 Crystals to Soothe Emotional Trauma

Emotional trauma can affect the body and mind for a long time. Learn how crystals can help support the healing and recovery process.

Post-traumatic Strength, through Faith

A Light at the End of the Trauma Tunnel

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…

Chronic Pain, Trauma, and the Nervous System

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

Using Active Dreamwork to Heal from Trauma

Stuck in a loop of recurring nightmares? Resolve them by healing at the source the roots of the trauma that may be generating them.

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…

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.

Interrupting Trauma in its Tracks With Somatic Experiencing

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

Trauma Stewardship Tips for Animal Lovers

It's important for animal advocates of all kinds to take care of themselves. Discover some top tips on how to steward trauma instead of letting it consume you.

How to Find Healing by Connecting to Your Pre-Trauma Self

Though life is different after trauma, it can also get better. Explore how one author found deep healing by connecting to herself pre-trauma, and learn how you can do the same.

Lean Into Wisdom

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

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.

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.”

Empaths and Childhood Trauma (And What to Do About It)

Empaths often have a history of childhood trauma. Explore how empathy is both a gift and a challenge, and learn how to navigate your past experiences for a brighter future.

3 Signs You Are Transcending Your Trauma (and How to Cultivate Them)

Vedanta spiritual philosophy offers powerful wisdom for the process of healing trauma. Discover the three signs you’re healing.

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.

Rebecca Fogg on Finding Beauty Amidst Trauma

How can we learn from our traumatic experiences, and what can be gleaned from the process of recovery? Author Rebecca Fogg shares.

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…

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.

A Neurosurgeon Explains the 4 Types of Trauma Responses

An award-winning brain surgeon explores the intersection of faith and science, sharing his findings on the four major responses to traumatic events.

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.

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.

Founder of Good Grief Network LaUra Schmidt on Climate Trauma and Grief

We spoke with author LaUra Schmidt about climate grief, healing personal trauma, and how spirituality and climate awareness are connected.

Somatic Experiencing

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

Moving toward Recovery

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

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…

Forging a Healing Path

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

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…

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.

How Feeling Safe Promotes Healing

Even when our circumstances are safe, we may not feel safe within our own bodies. Explore the importance of cultivating a feeling of safety from within, and how it can help us heal deeply.

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.

Podcast: Michelle Cassandra Johnson, Finding Refuge

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

Amusing Grace, How Sweet the Sound

Is there a place for laughter in trauma therapy? Our resident psychotherapist dives in.

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.

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?

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.

Psychedelic Medicine

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

Yoga and Mental Health

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

“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.”

Book Review: Finding Refuge

Synthesizing her work as a social justice activist, anti-racism trainer, and yoga teacher, Michelle Cassandra Johnson’s latest book explicitly sets out to empower readers to prio…

Finding Refuge With Michelle Cassandra Johnson

The idea for Finding Refuge came to Michelle Cassandra Johnson from her ancestors. Her mission—“create a space for people to come together and grieve.”

The Psychedelic Touch

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

Restoring Relationships

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

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.”

Happy Days Ahead: Q&A With Gabrielle Bernstein

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

The Spiritual Meaning of Bad Dreams

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

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.

How to Practice Conscious Dance for Emotional Healing

Promote healing in your life by using these conscious dance practices, whether in a group or alone in the comfort of your home.

The Hidden Cost of Domestication

Animal trainer Ren Hurst lost everything when she discovered a new way of being with animals. What she gained made the loss worthwhile.

Podcast: Julie Peters, Decolonizing Therapy

Why does decolonizing therapy matter? Body-based counselor and Spirituality & Health staff writer Julie Peters explains.

The Choice Between Authenticity and Connection

Do you know what it’s like to express yourself authentically? Many of us had to give up authenticity for connection, but there are ways to reclaim your emotions today.

Dr. Will Cole on Healing Our Gut Feelings

We spoke with functional medicine practitioner Dr. Will Cole on his new book, Gut Feelings.

Breaking the Cycle of Powerlessness

A physician and personal development coach shows us how to overcome an overworked “inner protector” and reclaim our essential power.

The Spiritual Meaning of the Five of Cups Tarot Card

The Five of Cups instructs us to explore our relationship to trauma and how we process. Learn more about the spiritual meaning of this tarot card.

Healing as a Subversive Act

You might need to break the “rules” in order to fully heal yourself. Learn how healing is a radical act—one that might rock the boat in your life.

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…

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.”

How Your Brain Hides Painful Memories

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

Bouncing Forward

An excerpt from Bouncing Forward from Michaela Haas, PhD

Be Strong — Eat for Power

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

Releasing the Root of Back Pain

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

Holistic Practices for Grief

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

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.

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.

Journaling Prompts to Unravel the Mother Knot

Utilize these 30 potent writing prompts to help heal complicated relationships with the mothers in your life.

The Spiritual Meaning of the Hanged Man Tarot Card

Did you draw the Hanged Man tarot card? Discover the spiritual meaning behind this often-misunderstood symbol.

A Surgeon's Long Night's Journey Into PTSD

A neurosurgeon experiences PTSD after being intubated in his own ICU. His journey through that one long night holds lessons for us all.

Podcast: Dr. E. Elisabet Lahti, The Unsung Beauty of Ordinary Enlightenment

As we grow older, how can our spirituality and inner power also grow? Dr. E. Elisabet Lahti explains how, and offers the Finnish practice of “sisu” as a way to find personal enlightenment.

Does Spirituality Fit Into Therapy?

Spirituality and therapy have been intertwined since before psychotherapy became a respected field of study. Explore some of the complexities at the intersection of spiritual life and therapy.

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, …

The Week I Burned My Ego

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

Soul Proprietor

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

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

Shaping Resilience: Dr. HT Woodruff's Journey in Emotional Strengthening

HT Woodruff’s journey reflects a commitment to navigating the turbulent waters of grief and trauma with empathy and proven strategies.

Dreams Show the Way

The creator of Somatic Experiencing shares about a powerful dream that changed the course of his life.



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 …

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 …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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, …

Appointment With the Wolf

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

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 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…

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?

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…

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

The Skeptic Visits a Shaman

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

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.

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…

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…


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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

4 Daily Practices to Increase Your Mental Health

Give yourself the time you need to succeed.

7 Ways to Tame Anger With Ayurveda

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

Ayurveda for Inflammation

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

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.

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 Second Coming of Psychedelics

The times, they are a'changin'—explore how psychedelic medicines have found popularity in the 21st century.

Empathic to a Fault?

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

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?

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…

Roshi Joan Halifax on Compassion, Women in Buddhism, and Altruism

We spoke to the Upaya Zen Center founder about her understanding of suffering, shamanic studies, and environmental activism.

Spiritual Heroes 2013: Q&A with Stacey Kennealy

Director of Certification and Sustainability, GreenFaith

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…

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…

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 …

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, these 10 leaders were our beacons of inspiration in 2013.

Why We Forgive

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

Meditation on the Mat

Try yoga nidra for deep relaxation and profound healing.

Why Your Memory Is Less Accurate Than You Think It Is

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

You Were Not Born with Low Self-Esteem

Adapted from Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself

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…

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…

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.”

Why Do I Worry So Much?

5 steps to prevent excessive worrying.

How to Stop a Panic Attack

3 steps to warding off rising panic.

Hollow Body Meditation

An excerpt from Mindfulness, Meditation, and Mind Fitness

Can Phobias Be Inherited Genetically?

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

What Good is Meditation in a Plane Crash?

An Interview with Allan Lokos

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…

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.

Mind Reading Made Simple

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

Letting Go of “Letting Go”

The art of moving into the peaceful state of Letgo.

What Would the Dalai Lama Do?

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

The Value of Mental Pictures

How One Woman Fights PTSD With Guided Imagery

Transitions in Healing

An excerpt from Norma Lee's new book

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.

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.

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…

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…

Boost Your Optimism for Less Anxiety

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

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…

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…

Our Top 10 of 2015

Read these for New Year’s resolutions worth keeping

Bead by Bead

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

Loving Yourself Free: Eating Disorders and Ayurvedic Treatment Tips

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

20 Affirmations for Managing Stress

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

Deep Listening

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

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.

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."

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 …

The Observer

Excerpt from The Missing Element: Inspiring Compassion for Human Condition

The Happiness Track: Rest Within Yourself

Learn how to take a vacation within your own mind.

How To Heal From A Disaster

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

Sense and Sensuality

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

Why Learn to Ski at 50 and Beyond

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

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.

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…

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?

To Shed Your Extra Cushioning, Shed Your Extra Cushioning

Once only the rich had shoes and chairs and excess fat

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.

Make Room for All Your Feelings

An Interview with Mark Epstein

Five Science-Backed Strategies to Build Resilience

When the road gets rocky, what do you do?

Worry—It Does a Body Good

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

Another Reason to Stamp Out Bullying

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

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.

Why Worry? Find Meaning!

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

Imagine Yourself Happy

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

Heal Yourself, Heal the World

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

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 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,…

The Brain Benefits of Dreaming

What happens to our brain when we sleep?

Healing with Reiki in Hospitals

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

True Believer

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

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?

How to Practice Self-compassion

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

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…

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…

Honoring the Journeys in Adoption

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 — all 146 million of them.

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. …

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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 …

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 …

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…

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…

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. …

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Yoga for Chronic Pain: Part 1

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

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, …

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 …

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…

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…

Release Your Stress for a Good Night’s Sleep

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

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 …

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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-…

Calm Your Nervous System

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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.”

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 …

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.

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…

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 …

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 …

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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.

A Practice to Heal Prejudice

How loving-kindness meditation taps the roots of empathy

Creative Yoga Events to Inspire Community

Sponsored Content by Celebrant Foundation & Institute

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.

5 Techniques to Fight Back Your Inner Critic

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

Marketplace - Jan/Feb 2016

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

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.

Listening to Polyamory

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

The Happiness Track: Is Mindfulness a Racket?

Is mindfulness really the panacea for today's stress?

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.

Quiz: Test Your Body Intelligence

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

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.

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."

Meditating With Your Anger

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

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.

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 Tao of Chronic Pain

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

Releasing Your Stress Muscle: 3 Poses for the Psoas

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

S&H's Top 10 Podcasts of 2017

A collection of the most popular podcasts of 2017.

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

Adapted excerpt from Leopard Warrior by John Lockley.

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.

Suspending Judgment: Losing Control to Be in Control

How to use mindfulness to let go of preconceived notions.

Unlocking the True Source of Healing

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

10 Tiny Ways You Can Be Creative Every Day

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

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…

A Tarot Reader Faces Her Shadow

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

7 Reasons for Clearing your Chakras and Aura

Clearing and releasing enables you to live with greater presence.

Moment Medicine: An Everyday Healing Practice

We need to feel safe in order to heal.

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.

Book Review: Mindful of Race

Understanding and Transforming Habits of Harm

Can Healing Schools Heal Depression and Anxiety?

One author learned much on her search for something to ease her mind.

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…

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.

Breath is Fertilizer for the Brain

The yogis have been right, scientists say.

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…

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 …

Vaccinate Against Stress

Beneficial bacteria may become the basis for an immunization.

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…

The Science of Integrative Addiction Recovery

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

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…

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.

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.

Reverse Aging Now with Glutathione

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

8 Reasons Why We Hate Shopping

How shopping can trigger low self-esteem issues.

You Ask Us What We Want....

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

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.

Calibrate Your First Chakra

Tools to balance your first chakra.

The Naked Truth About Mistakes

Why we shouldn't be afraid to make mistakes.

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.

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.

5 Ideas When Things Are Beyond Your Control

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

Compassion Fatigue

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

How to Bring Back Your Brain

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

Our Community Journal: The Real Life of Life Coaching

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

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…

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…

How Horses Can Heal Humans

Therapeutic horseback riding helps veterans with PSTD

Menopause, Check!

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

You Are the Hero of Your Own Story

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

Book Review: Say What You Mean

A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication

The Key to a Blissful Life

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

What Did R. Kelly Steal?

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

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 …

Rituals for Transcending Loneliness

Discover the choice of solitude in the face of loneliness.

Shameful Secrets Haunt Us the Most

This emotion can consume our thoughts.

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.

Do We Talk Too Much About Our Pain?

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

Resolving and Releasing Emotional Pain

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

Can Travel Help Us Stop Hating Ourselves?

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

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.

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?"

Being Grounded in an Ungrounded World

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

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.”

3 Rules for Mindful Sex

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

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.

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 …

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.”

Training Our Mind for Endurance

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

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…

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.

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.

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 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."

How Our Wounds Can Help Us Heal

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

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.

Against Intuition

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

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.

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.

4 Ways to Manage Holiday Overwhelm

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

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.

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?”

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.

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.

Is Lying About God Okay?

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

Telling Our Stories, Telling the Beads

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

Secrets of the Pelvic Floor

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

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…

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.”

The Air We Share

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

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.

“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.

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?

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.



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.”

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.”

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.”

“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?

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.

Accessing Heritage Wisdom

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

A Roadmap for Creative Growth

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

How I Became an Animal Chaplain

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

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.

Navigating Sex During Perimenopause

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

​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…

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.

Handling Difficult Relationships by Going Gray Rock

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

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.

Dancing, Healing

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

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…

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…

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."

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.

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.

​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, …

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

Becoming Soul

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

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.

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…

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.”

“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?”

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Journey Through Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

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

The One Minute, Icy Cold Path of Awakening

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

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.

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.”

The Antidote to Toxic Positivity

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

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.”

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.”

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.

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.”

Nourishing Self-Care Practices for Now

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

Knitting as an Act of Love

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

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.

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.

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.”

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…

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.

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.”

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.

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.

A Guide to Spiritual Companionship

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

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.

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.

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.

Listen: Heal Your Pain

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

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.”

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.”

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.

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.

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.”

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.

Ho’oponopono: Digesting Pain and Inviting Forgiveness

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

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.

Too Much Stuff?

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

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.

Wounds and the Womb

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

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.

Gut Health


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.

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.

Resilience While Aging

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

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 …

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.”

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.”

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.

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.

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…

A Letter-Writing Burn Ritual for Healing

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

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.

The Talking Tree

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

Aware and Asleep

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

The Spiritual Meaning of Tooth Pain

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

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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…

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.”

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.”

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.

Brianna D. Mann, PhD

Brianna Mann, Ph.D. was formally trained as a clinical psychologist and now practices as a coach, combining traditional, evidenced-based methods with her intuitive gifts to find an…

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.

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.

Podcast: Tracee Stanley, Radiant Rest and Yoga Nidra

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

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.

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?”

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.

Find a Calling, Make It Work

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

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…

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.

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.

Strengthening Porous Boundaries

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

Finding Your Soul Note

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

The Benefits of Yin Yoga

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

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.

Napping Now

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

Queer Spirituality

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

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.

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…

What’s Your Vibrational Healing Style?

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

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.

Sustainable Activism for Animal Lovers

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

4 Tips for Practicing Amor Fati

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

Yoga for SIBO

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

Become the Master of Your Energy

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

The Branches of Grief Yoga

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Find Your Calling

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

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…

A Halloween Ritual to Connect With Your Ancestors

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

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.

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

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

The Spiritual Meaning of Pelvic Floor Pain

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

6 Ancient Love Goddesses to Inspire Your Inner Enchantress

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

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.

The Spiritual Meaning of Vaginal Infections

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

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.

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.

The Spiritual Meaning of Incontinence

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

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.

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.

3 Soothing Crystals for Anxiety

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

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.

Medical Intuition: Tap Into the Body’s Wisdom

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Wisdom of Lament

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

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.

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…

Stories That Connect

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

Can Watching Bear Cams Improve Wellbeing?

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

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.

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…

Spiritual Meaning of IBS

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

5 Emotional Cleansing Practices

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

Anxiety Toolkit: Naming Your Anxiety and Sending It a Message

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

How to Lament

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

Heal Grief with Aimless Creativity

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

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: Paul Denniston, Grief Yoga

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

7 Stress-Busting Adaptogens

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

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.

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 …

Healing the Instrument of Your Voice

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

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.

Mary Gauthier’s 7 Spiritually Uplifting Songs

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

Self-Consent: A Self-Love Practice

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

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.”

One Step Beyond Eye Contact

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

How to Practice Transformational Breathing

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

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.”

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.

What Is Depth Hypnosis?

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

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.

Working With the Norse Goddess Freyja for Sensuality

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

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.

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.

How Becoming a Vegan Yoga Practitioner Can Change Your Life

Yoga and veganism can combine to create deep life changes.

15 Inner Child Journaling Prompts to Spark Healing

Need help caring for yourself? You might benefit from inner child journaling.

Does Everything Happen for a Reason?

Because human beings are already divine, we have the capacity to learn from our worst moments, to find beauty and hope and help for other people when we recover from our struggles.

Care Tips: Pelvic Floor

The pelvic floor—which is linked to our nervous system—can be cared for in a number of physical and emotional ways.

Decolonizing Therapy

Traditional therapy invokes authority, judgement, and hierarchy, although new ideas are percolating. Julie Peters dives into a different approach.

Relearning Ahimsa

"What if we can embrace ahimsa as total avoidance of harming anyone—not only by deeds, but also by words and thoughts? What if we start with ourselves?"

The Ascent

Jungian psychologist Dr. Joanna Laprade explores the perpetual pull of the climb from darkness.

Book Review: Namwayut

Sometimes the path to peace is through a struggle with self. This was so for Chief Robert Joseph, a survivor of a residential school for Indigenous children in Canada. For him, t…

Book Review: How Psychedelics Can Help Save the World

Stephen Gray has compiled an assortment of unique perspectives in this book, and there is uniform agreement about one thing: We are living through calamitous times, and conventiona…

5 Ways to Spread Joy This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is an opportunity to spread some joy. Discover five easy ways to brighten someone else’s holiday.

Podcast: Adrienne van der Valk, Mindfulness Over Merlot

Explore how mindfulness practices can support recovery from substance use disorder with meditation teacher and writer Adrienne van der Valk.

How Indigenous Knowledge Can Help Us Heal

Indigenous people have long understood the healing power of connection to the land. Here are simple steps to incorporate this wisdom.

The Dark Side of Gratitude

While practicing gratitude can increase our wellbeing, sometimes we have to step beyond gratitude to find a better life. Learn how to navigate the dark side of gratitude.

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph Offers a Path to Reconciliation

Unity and healing are at the center of Chief Dr. Robert Joseph's teachings. We spoke to him about universal values, his own elders, and Indigenous languages as "languages of the land."

The Spiritual Meaning of Autoimmune Diseases

Living with an autoimmune disease can be frustrating. Learning about the spiritual meaning of autoimmune diseases can be empowering and help us take better care of ourselves.

5 Ayurvedic Herbs to Help Navigate Impotence

Impotence can be frustrating and disempowering—explore potential solutions from an Ayurvedic perspective.

4 Simple Ways to Cultivate Connection and Belonging

Feeling disconnected from your community and the world around you? Dive into four ways to develop connection and belonging.

5 Ways to Nourish Yourself After a Night of Insomnia

Couldn’t get to sleep last night? Here are five ways to have a better day today, and get a better night’s sleep tonight.

Tending to Your Brain’s Alarm System in Times of Stress

Explore these concrete ways to re-program the "smoke alarm" in your brain for more calm and less anxiety.

Linda Yael Schiller, MSW, LICSW

Linda Yael Schiller, MSW, LICSW is an international speaker, dreamwork specialist, and integrative mind/body/spiritual psychotherapist with over four decades of trauma treatment ex…

How to Understand the Body’s Story

Are you experiencing symptoms or pain that are hard to explain? It may be time to listen to your body’s story.

The Secret to Healing is Allowing

In a society that tells us that rest is unnecessary, allowing illnesses and injuries to slowly run their course can be powerful.

4 Care Tips: Hips

Try these four tips the next time your hips need more love.

Move for Recovery

Steven Washington, author of Recovering You, shares his recovery journey and how movement was the key to success.

Running on Gentle Power

Life is an ultramarathon. The best path is to access your sisu and keep your heart open.

Stephen Gray on How Psychedelics Can Save the World

We spoke with the editor of How Psychedelics Can Help Save the World to explore his thoughts on just that.

Setting Intentions for the New Year (Instead of Resolutions)

Now that 2024 has arrived, throw away the resolutions and try setting intentions for the new year.

Reimagining the Language of Medicine

What would happen if you replaced a language of violence toward illness with a language of compassion and nurturance? An integrative MD explores.

A Guide to Interpreting Nightmares to Receive Healing

Nightmares don’t have to lead to sleepless nights and fear. Instead, learn to interpret your nightmares to promote healing in your life.

Maria-Elena Diaz

Maria-Elena Diaz has over two decades of public service as an educator and administrator, primarily in higher education. Originally from Hawaii and Guam, she and her husband, Paul,…

One Woman’s Journey Through Loss Towards Eternal Love

During the trauma of losing her beloved life partner, love notes from the Other Side inspired one author to move forward in life with peace and joy.

The Goddess Brigid and the Star Tarot Card

The goddess Brigid—widely celebrated on February 1st—and the Star tarot card have much in common. Explore how these two figures represent resilience after collapse.

The Present Potential of Psychedelics

Psychedelic-assisted therapy might just be the evolution of medicine. Here are some highlights from this year’s Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Global Summit.

22 Affirmations for Shamanic Journeying

Use these 22 affirmations to develop and strengthen your shamanic journeying practice.

How to Practice Shamanic Dreaming

Explore how the practice of shamanic dreaming can connect you to yourself and the world around you on a deeper level.

Quiz: Where Are You on the Self-Love Journey?

Are you a self-starter, self-protector, self-apprentice, or self-love rock star? Take this quiz to discover where you’re at on your journey toward self-love.

How Food and Mood Are Connected

Explore how what we eat and how we feel are connected, and discover new tips for supporting your relationship with food.

How to Find Contentment—the Buddhist Way

The Buddha himself knew the power of contentment. Discover ways to develop and maintain a sense of contentment in your life no matter the circumstances.

Living in the Head (Until the Body Says Otherwise)

Rabbi Rami explores how a sudden loss of consciousness helped him explore his relationship to the physical body.

Put Your Wisdom to Work

People are finding their higher purpose by sharing their spiritual gifts, interests, and skills.

Ode to a Hollywood Mountain Lion

Our animal chaplain mourns the death of a famous mountain lion, and shares lessons from the feline's passing.

Book Review: The Future Ancestor

Annabelle Sharman—an Aboriginal woman of the Mutti Mutti tribe—describes herself as a Spirit Weaver, helping guide people in the practice of YUMA: a “Dreaming to live in Oneness.” …

How to Practice Individuation

Have you ever felt like your personality is not your own, but rather an amalgamation of inherited patterns? It may be time to try individuation.

Ayurvedic Yoga for Your Dosha

Ayurvedic yoga offers participants ways to tone their imbalances and honor their personal constitution. Explore how Ayuryoga can support us all.

Ananta Ripa Ajmera

Ananta is an award-winning spiritual teacher and author who's been interviewed by Deepak Chopra and Good Day NY. Get your free Chakra Balance Quiz to see where you need healing, an…

What Are Energy Blocks, and How Do They Affect Us?

When we feel our life progress suddenly halted, we may be experiencing an energy block. Learn how to identify and transform energy blocks in the body, mind, and soul.

A Goddess Ritual to Release and Manage Anger

Feeling overwhelmed by anger and challenged by vexing people and situations? Call upon the Hawaiian goddess Pele to help you honor your emotions.

20 Affirmations for Healing Heartache and Loss

Experiencing grief? No matter its form, affirmations can assist in the process of coping with loss.

Quiz: Which Spiritual Archetype Are You?

Are you a Seeker, a Sage, or a Mystic? Take this easy quiz to see which archetype you best fulfill on your spiritual journey.

5 Ways to Deal with Body Anxiety

For those of us who experience body anxiety, normal tasks and experiences can feel insurmountable. Try these five tips to reclaim your relationship to your physical form.

3 Reasons Why Healing Is Impossible Without Self-Empathy

Healing can often seem like an unclear process. Self-empathy is the perfect first step in any healing journey—explore three reasons why.

Annabelle Sharman On Journeying Into Oneness

How can we become future ancestors and utilize the power of hope and ceremony to heal ourselves? Aboriginal teacher and healer Annabelle Sharman shares.

Kiara Norwood, M.A.

Kiara Norwood M.A., is a healer specializing in helping women of color holistically heal trauma and live fulfilling lives through ancestral remedies and alternative wellness therap…

Roadside Assistance: “I'm a Girl, Gramma, I Don't Want a Boy God.”

Our roadside oracle answers your questions on the gender of God, the potential of hell, and how to find the right spiritual teacher.

Demystifying the Talking Cure

Talk therapy—and the process of finding the right therapist—can be confusing. Here are nine ways to make accessing the "talking cure" easier.

5 Care Tips: Dance Into a New Groove

Feeling stuck? Explore five new ways to move your body to revitalize your way of being in the word.

The Spiritual Meaning of Fatigue

While fatigue can indicate a physical imbalance in the body, it can also point to an energetic or spiritual imbalance. Learn more about the spiritual meaning of fatigue.

22 Affirmations to Ease Overthinking

Stuck in a thought-loop of negative self-talk? Try utilizing positive affirmations to reframe your overthinking.

8 Ways to Ground Yourself Amidst Drama

Feeling stressed by other people's dramatic tendencies? A clinical psychologist and mind-body expert offers some solutions to ground yourself.

Offerings to God: My Personal Experience of a Modern Mystery School

Explore one seeker's story of finding the right path in life through immersion into a modern mystery school.

Cheryl Pallant on Healing the World With Ecosomatics

Energy healer and somatics expert Cheryl Pallant, PhD, shares ways to connect our bodies, minds, and senses with the earth to heal ourselves and the world.

The Fabric of Our Spiritual Nature

Explore how one scientist's explorations gave him greater insight into the nature of being.

How to Prepare for an Ayahuasca Ceremony

Ever wonder what to expect out of an ayahuasca healing experience? Here is a brief guide on how to prepare.

The Wisdom of Hesitation

Ever caught yourself waiting before making a decision, but not knowing why? Explore how hesitation can be a meaningful manifestation of intuition.

The Spiritual Meaning of Weight Changes

Weight loss or gain can indicate big changes in our lives. Explore the spiritual meaning of weight changes.

How to Manifest Deep, Restful Sleep Each Night

Try this simple visualization exercise to manifest the best night’s sleep ever tonight.

4 Ways To Overcome Imposter Syndrome

Feeling like a fraud even though you’ve earned your accomplishments? Utilize these four techniques to heal imposter syndrome.

Celebrating Rose as an Aphrodisiac

Rose can provide deep healing to the heart and support you on your sensual journey. Learn how one herbalist works with rose for enhanced sensuality and sexuality.

3 Keys to Thriving: How to Have Purpose, Prosperity, and Ease

Discover these three powerful keys to step into a purpose-filled, prosperous, and easeful life.

What Are the Different Fields Available as a Mental Health Specialist?

Explore more about the options for mental health specialization, and learn how you could become a professional in the field.

The True Cost of Bottling Up Your Anger

Anger itself is not an evil emotion, but when it’s bottled up, it can cause severe distress and disease. A holistic perspective on rage can help you balance your emotional scales.

The Spiritual Meaning of Food Allergies

What we react negatively to—even and especially the foods we eat—can offer us deep wisdom. Learn more about the spiritual meaning of food allergies.

9 Flower Essences for Sensual Empowerment

A master flower essence practitioner offers her favorite flower essences to encourage healing and embodied sensuality.

Awakening Our Most Intrinsic Biological Gift: the Power of Our Soul’s Intelligence

In order to address the complexity of challenges we face in the 21st century, we must awaken our most intrinsic biological gifts: the power of our soul’s intelligence, which knows how to heal and restore. Author and spiritual teacher Thomas Hübl shares more.

Thomas Hübl

Thomas Hübl, PhD, is a renowned teacher, author, and international facilitator who works within the complexity of systems and cultural change, integrating the core insights of the …

The Good Medicine of Letting Go

An energy medicine practitioner offers a “prescription” for the powerful practice of letting go.

3 Steps to Stay Grounded in an Ungrounded World

Learn to connect with the calming energy of the earth from expert energy healer Wendy De Rosa, and enjoy a 14-minute guided meditation.

Sadness Medicine: Discover the Purpose of Your Sadness

Sadness, while deeply uncomfortable, has a purpose and lesson to teach us. What medicine can your sadness offer you?

Dr. Steven Farmer

Dr. Steven Farmer is a licensed psychotherapist, shamanic practitioner, trauma recovery specialist, hypnotherapist, and author of several best-selling books and oracle cards, inclu…

Why I Am a New Saint (and You Should Be, Too)

There’s nothing like a crisis to wake us up and force us to start getting serious about change.

4 Ways to Navigate Grandparent Grief During the Holidays

The holidays often bring intense feelings of grief, particularly if we have lost grandparents. An alternative trauma healer provides four ways to navigate grandparent grief this season.

How Mothers Can Reclaim Their Birth Stories

Discover empowering insights and actionable advice from a birth story expert on reclaiming your unique birthing experience.

Guided Meditation: How to Be Present With Big Emotions

Learn how to be fully in the moment with big emotions with this gentle meditation.

3 Crystals for Sensuality

These three healing crystals can support you in your journey towards embodied sensuality. Which one will you keep close by?

New Artists Collaborate With Ram Dass on "Love Serve Remember: Reimagined"

Dive into a celebratory 50th anniversary album that unites the teachings of Ram Dass with innovative new music.

Were You a Witch in a Past Life?

More than ever, the world needs healers. If you feel drawn to the healing arts or community building, you might have been—or may be now—a witch.

The Spiritual Meaning of Panic Attacks

Panic attacks can be scary and require care, but they can also teach us a lot about ourselves. Explore the spiritual meaning of panic attacks.

Lessons from Eve, the Goddess of Exile

The biblical tale of Eve, the first woman, can teach us meaningful lessons about exile, shame, and the quest for knowledge.

The Spiritual Meaning of Your Posture

The way we carry ourselves in the world is powerful and can reflect deeper spiritual truths about the way we live our lives. What’s the spiritual meaning of your posture?

Heal Your Inner Child with Visual Art

One writer’s experience in an unconventional art class opened healing pathways for her inner child. Learn how your inner child can benefit from visual art too.

5 Types of Rest (That Aren’t Sleep)

Rest doesn’t always have to look like more sleep. When we listen to the body’s needs and triggers, we can better understand what true restfulness looks like.

How to Speak the Language of Chronic Illness or Injury

When the medical system fails to heal chronic illness or chronic pain, we may find solace in a spiritual understanding of our lived experience.

The Spiritual Meaning of Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a complicated but common condition. When Western medicine offers no explanation, you may want to explore the spiritual meaning of endometriosis.

The Latest on Herbs for Anxiety

Our lead digital editor reports on one master herbalist's suggestions for our current age of anxiety.

The Spiritual Meaning of the Four of Swords Tarot Card

The Four of Swords tarot card encourages us to rest after a long, hard battle. Learn more about the spiritual meaning of this tarot card.

Why I Don’t Believe in Laziness

“Laziness” isn’t a moral failure—it may be our bodies and nervous systems asking for a break so that we can heal more deeply.

Lessons from Inanna, the Goddess of the Underworld Journey

The story of this ancient Mesopotamian goddess can teach us important wisdom about the inevitability of death and the changing of the seasons.

Why Rest Is a Form of Resistance

Inspired by Tricia Hersey’s book Rest Is Resistance, Julie Peters shares her thoughts on the radical healing power of rest.

3 Crystals for Coping with Pain

Chronic physical and emotional pain can be deeply draining. Crystals can support you on the healing journey in a multitude of ways.

The Spiritual Meaning of the Rose

One author and feminine power recovery advocate shares three spiritual teachings from this beloved flower.

3 Art Therapy Techniques for Chronic Pain

An art therapist and breast cancer survivor outlines three art therapy techniques to help you through the complex experience of chronic pain.

Accelerate Your Spiritual Awakening with the Golden Ray Initiations

The Golden Ray Initiations isn't just a course; it's an experiential voyage into the depths of your spiritual being.

Amandla Stenberg and 'The Force'

Actress Amandla Stenberg and her mother Karen Brailsford explore the spiritual foundations shaping Stenberg's life, including her role in The Acolyte.

5 Messages Your Laziness Is Telling You

You’re not lazy—you might just be in a state of functional freeze. Learn what your so-called laziness might be signaling.

Lessons from Medusa, Goddess of Ugliness

Medusa may be remembered as a fearsome serpent creature, but upon deeper inspection, her story holds truth about ancient goddesses and the power they still have.

The Neuroscience of Getting What You Want

Discover James Doty's journey in Into the Magic Shop and Mind Magic, blending neuroscience and compassion to manifest fulfillment beyond self-interest.

Chronic Anxiety Is Not an Illness—It’s a Coping Mechanism

“Anxiety is a message coming from the body, spoken in a language you are about to learn.” Two nervous system practitioners share how we can adapt ourselves out of anxiety.

Jennifer Mann and Karden Rabin

Jennifer Mann and Karden Rabin are mind-body practitioners and co-founders of the healing collective SOMIA, which has helped thousands of people from all over the wo…

How the Institute of Regenerative Health Is Revolutionizing Natural Health Education

One holistic practitioner offers a program that aims to produce certified Regenerative Health Practitioners with a profound understanding of the body.

Manage Your Emotions with Nadi Shodhana

It’s never too late to learn techniques to control our emotions. This one yogic breathing technique can help.