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…]

Spiritual Naturalist Society Launches Annual Funds/Membership Drive

This month, from December 15th to January 15th, we are holding our annual Funds/Membership Drive! No matter who you are, whether you’re a member or not, there is something everyone can do to be a part of it. We hear from so many of you who are moved by naturalistic forms of spirituality and interested [Read More…]

How Stoics Treat Jerks

This article by guest-writer Matt Van Natta…   “People. What a bunch of bastards!” –The IT Crowd Stoics love people, even the bastards. The heart of our philosophy is love for humankind. The virtue that we seek to cultivate can only be properly expressed in relationship to our human family. We agree with Marcus Aurelius [Read More…]

How Hard is Empathy?

Why is it so easy to immerse ourselves in our own suffering, but so difficult to understand the suffering of others? Take these two essays about accommodation in yoga for instance. In the first – a self professed skinny white woman (Jen Caro) shares her thoughts – which she admits she was projecting – onto [Read More…]

Roots of SN, Part 3: Evolution and the Way to Live

Most ancient peoples had some notion of how life came to be, quite sophisticated in some cases, and such ideas shaped conceptions of how to live.  What is peculiar, historically speaking, is that modern Western people generally don’t draw such conclusions based on evolution.  Values cannot be derived from facts, so they say.  By contrast, [Read More…]

Spirituality and the Meaning Crisis, Part 2: The Emergence of the crisis.

Acknowledgement: This article is based on Science and the Sage which is written by myself and Christopher Mastropeitro, as well as work on the nature of wisdom by myself and Leo Ferraro. In part one I introduced the connections between spirituality, meaning, and the meaning crisis, and historically examined this meaning in terms of three [Read More…]

Spirituality Without the Supernatural? New Book Offers Bold Vision

For most, the term ‘spirituality’ evokes the supernatural, such as the afterlife, God, prayer, and so on. But some who aren’t believers in those things are, nonetheless, taking spiritual practices head on. A new book gives a sweeping panorama of what practitioners call Spiritual Naturalism. “Exploring Spiritual Naturalism, Year 1 is an anthology of articles [Read More…]