Dealing with Death

My father died a few weeks ago. It came as quite a shock. He was 82 but still very active and not sick at all. Sure, he had had a heart attack over 30 years ago, but had no problems since and was careful with his diet and exercise and was still actively pursuing his [Read More…]

The Recipe for Love

Love is an overused word that has a diverse and varied meaning depending on the context in which it is used. We say we love our family, love our spouse, love our car, and love pizza. Are all of these really love? And what is love after all? Is it a feeling, a thought, or [Read More…]

PODCAST: SN Today #1: What is Spiritual Naturalism?

Episode 1: In the first episode of our new podcast by the Spiritual Naturalist Society, we talk about what Spiritual Naturalism means to us, some of its varieties, and how we practice it in our lives. Click here to get Email notices of new episodes and SNS articles Learn about Membership in the Spiritual Naturalist Society [Read More…]

The Marriage of Spirit and Soul

In his book Alchemy: Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul, Titus Burkhardt writes of the chemical marriage: the marriage of gold and silver, which is symbolic of the integration and harmonization of one’s spirit and soul.  In the mythic language of alchemy, the spirit is characterized as male and associated with the sun and [Read More…]

Oliver Sacks and the Comforts of Metal

I was first aware of Oliver Sacks with the publication in 1985 of his book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, descriptions of his mentally ill patients, cases that were as intriguing as the title. A few years later the popular movie Awakenings, based on a Sacks’ memoir, told the story of the kind, [Read More…]

Buddhism and Naturalism

Traditional Buddhism began over 2,500 years ago. It was founded on the metaphysical understandings of the time. In this age of myth and magic, all the world was supernatural. There were invisible beings and mystical realms everywhere. For ancient civilization, there was no such thing as naturalism. They had no way to distinguish, let alone [Read More…]

On Spirituality & Politics

In many ways, our efforts in the Spiritual Naturalist Society are part of a quest. That quest is the rebirth of spirituality among naturalists – something which can be said to have died, almost completely, save for a few bits of inspirational and eloquent observations about the natural universe from people like Carl Sagan and [Read More…]

AWESM: Ancient Wisdom for Everyone from Seneca & Marcus #1

Reflection One: Books and Reading The philosophers, poets, and playwrights of the ancient world, specifically from Greece and Rome, have so very much to teach us. Sure, they may have lived centuries ago, on the other side of the globe and from a very different time than our own, but truth is truth. Human nature [Read More…]

The Meaning of Life?

The old question What is the Meaning of Life? has become something of a joke — not because it has been answered, but because it seems incapable of being answered.  Below I attempt to address the question, though perhaps I only add to the joke. Meaning and purpose always relate a part to a whole.  A word [Read More…]

Joy in the Journey

We live in a society that is obsessed with getting someplace. It’s all about meeting our goals, being someplace. There are deadlines that need to be meet, appointments we need to keep. Everything is focused on the destination. We need to remind ourselves that, as important as goals may be, they are not where the [Read More…]


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