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 www.SpiritualNaturalistSociety.org 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 www.SpiritualNaturalistSociety.org 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…]

I Like Lichens

I like lichens. So do many people. Descriptions of them are full of likeable achievements: their unique partnership arrangement, their preference for unpopular environments, and their huge biological success. (nowiknow.com) Almost certainly you’ve seen lichens—the grey or yellow growths on rocks, bark, concrete, gravestones, roofs, or any other surface that’s been exposed to the elements [Read More…]

The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

Book Review: Pema Chödrön is an American ordained nun of Tibetan Buddhism. At nearly 70 years old, she is the director of the Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, Canada and has authored several books. I first learned of her from one of the many YouTube videos available, showing interviews and teachings on Buddhism. In The [Read More…]

A Spirituality of Mind and Heart

Spirituality is about knowing and connecting with reality, a reality of nature and human beings. Of course, humans are a part of nature, and therefore, naturalists are humanists. As Spiritual Naturalists, we believe in nature. We evolved from nature and are a part of it. Science is beginning to show just how interconnected all of [Read More…]