Animals, Beings, and the Law

At the beginning of her article “Are Animals ‘Things’?: The law evolves” (Harvard Magazine, March-April 2016), Cara Feinberg tells the story of a Texas couple whose family dog ran off and ended up in a shelter. The couple found him there the next day, but the shelter placed a “hold for owner” tag on the [Read More…]

Living Presence: A Sufi Way to Mindfulness & the Essential Self

by Kabir Edmund Helminski. Book Review by DT Strain. Book link in SNS Amazon Shop Kabir Helminski is a publisher and translator of numerous books of Sufi literature. He has worked for many years promoting Sufism and Jalaluddin Rumi’s works. He is also a producer and writer of Sufi music and a representative of the [Read More…]

Introduction to Insight Meditation

You probably have heard of it under of its many different names, mindfulness meditation, Buddhist meditation, and Insight Meditation. But in the original language of Buddhism, known as Pali, it is called Vipassana. To help you better understand Vipassana meditation, I would like to share a few definitions of what Vipassana is. The Venerable Rahula, [Read More…]

PODCAST: Serenity in Motion. SN Today #8

Episode 8: Many people associate non-attachment, equanimity, or acceptance with passivity or inaction. So how can these two concepts – non-attachment and taking action when/where needed coincide? Listen at Click here to get Email notices of new episodes and SNS articles Learn about Membership in the Spiritual Naturalist Society See a full episode list [Read More…]

Do Our Mental Maps Lead Us Astray?

Series: Evaluating Reality Rationally Written by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, Intentional Insights Co-Founder and President. Graphics by Michael Riggs and Cerina Gillilan So imagine you are driving on autopilot, as we all do much of the time. Suddenly the car in front of you cuts you off quite unexpectedly. You slam your brakes and feel scared [Read More…]

The Breath of Awen: Creativity as Spiritual Expression

(cc) skagitrenee Near the end of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, the character known simply as Granger, the leader of a band of intellectual exiles who have set the great books of mankind to memory in order to preserve them, says this: “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child, or [Read More…]

Spirituality and Emotion

(cc) Mike Sinko A spiritual experience can be emotionally powerful. Some have concluded from this that spirituality is primarily about emotion. That spirituality involves emotion is true enough — just about everything humans do involves emotions. That spirituality is primarily about emotions is more questionable. Here I want to explore the relationship of spirituality and emotion, [Read More…]

The Yin and the Yang

The yin-yang symbol is technically and more accurately called Taijitu, meaning “supreme ultimate diagrams.” The Taijitu is my favorite of all symbols. It is simple, yet illustrates profound truths. It is used by Taoism and Zen Buddhism. Yin originally referred to the “shady side” of a mountain. In the yin-yang symbol, it is represented as [Read More…]

PODCAST: The Religion of Nature, an interview with Donald A. Crosby. SN Today #7

Episode 7: Professor of philosophy and author Donald A. Crosby has written many volumes on religious naturalism. Join us for a discussion with Dr. Crosby about the religious supremacy of nature, his definition of faith, and why naturalists should find the Religion of Nature well suited. Listen at Click here to get Email notices [Read More…]

Learn to Live Intentionally

Wikimedia Fatalism. It is a broader attitude in life, of letting things take their own course by believing they are all predetermined anyway. But I think we can think better. We know we only have one life to live so we better make it count, live it to the best it can be. Let’s build the [Read More…]