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 of new episodes and SNS articles Learn about Membership in the Spiritual Naturalist Society See a full episode list at our main page for the… 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 life we want by being intentional about our life choices. How do you lead the kind of life that gets you what you want? All it takes… 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 long enough. Lichens may look at first like rot or moss or something yucky. But what they are is a compound organism, made up of… 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 Places That Scare You, Chödrön gives us a remarkably rich, eye-opening, practical, moving, and genuine overview of the kind of training designed to help us… 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 nature is. Therefore, it is only natural that our spirituality would have its roots in nature. Fascinated with Nature Are you fascinated with learning about… Read more

PODCAST: Secular Buddhism, an interview with Ted Meisner: SN Today #6, Part 2

Episode 6, Part 2: What is secular Buddhism and how does it relate to spiritual naturalism? In this two part interview with Ted Meisner, the founder of the Secular Buddhist Association, we discuss secular Buddhism. We talk about its origin, it’s meaning, and how it applies to life. 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 at our main page for… Read more

PODCAST: Secular Buddhism, an interview with Ted Meisner: SN Today #6, Part 1

Episode 6, part 1: What is secular Buddhism and how does it relate to spiritual naturalism? In this two part interview with Ted Meisner, the founder of the Secular Buddhist Association, we discuss secular Buddhism. We talk about its origin, it’s meaning, and how it applies to life. 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 at our main page for… Read more

Meaning, Purpose, and Civic Engagement Beyond Belief

I remember how in November 2013 my wife (and fellow Intentional Insights co-founder) and I, together with a great bunch of people, organized a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at our Unitarian Universalist church in Columbus, OH. The event was a big success, with more than 120 attendees, a music program, a raffle and silent auction. We raised over $2000 for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. It might surprise you that the dinner organizers and volunteers came from Columbus secular humanist, atheist, and skeptic groups, including the UU secular… Read more

Stepping Out of the Cave: The Never-Ending Journey in Search of What is True

(cc) Jarvist Frost In the dystopian world of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, the reading of classic, literary works has been outlawed. In the quest for unending “happiness,” the citizens of this future society have forbidden reading and any activity that might result in deep, thoughtful contemplation, for it is then, in the throes of serious thought, that melancholy can arise. Guy Montag, the main character of the novel, is a “fireman,” one tasked with destroying books and the houses that contain… Read more

Caring

In a passage from Chapter 22 of the writings of Chuang-tse, the philosopher Lao Dan is quoted as saying “…life is just a temporary congealed thing.  Although some are long lived and some die young, how much of a difference is there really?  It’s all a matter of no more than a single instant.” Objectively, if we compare the time span of a life to the time span of, say, a mountain, a life time might seem as but an… Read more

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