Three Ways to Handle Holiday Stress

It may be the most wonderful time of the year for some people, but for many of us it is stressful. We have to deal with family, money issues, buying gifts, and the never-ending busyness. Whether you celebrate the Winter Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or HumanLight day, it can be a stressful and busy time of the year. I want to give you three tools to help you through it. First, we can always return to our breath. It is… Read more

PODCAST: SN Today #3: Secular Meditation, an interview with Rick Heller

Episode 3: An interview with Rick Heller, author of Secular Meditation: 32 Practices for Cultivating Inner Peace, Compassion, and Joy. You can get this book through the Society’s Amazon store HERE. 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 Spiritual Naturalism Today podcast __________ The Spiritual Naturalist Society works to spread awareness of spiritual naturalism as a way of life, develop its… Read more

The Dusty Altar

Since I was a small child, I have suffered bouts of depression. Most of the time I muddle through but a few times it has been crippling: the kind where you spend months in bed, looking down at yourself and thinking, “JUST GET UP. JUST DO IT.” But you don’t. Because you can’t. I’ve been in remission for a couple of years since my last big black hole, and I have a new medication combo that is working very well. I’m working,… Read more

Music Man

Recently I stopped by a music store in town to buy banjo strings. I hadn’t been in the store for at least ten years. I remembered it as a hive of kids and grown-ups trying out guitars, pianos, and clarinets, browsing through racks of sheet music and instruction books, going in and out of the back rooms for lessons. This time, it was almost empty—partly the result of the guitar mega-store that had opened on the highway. The owner himself… Read more

Loving-kindness as a Spiritual Practice

Every spiritual path begins with a purification stage. In the mystic way of Christianity, we have the purgative way, the illuminative way, and the unitive way. In Buddhism, we have the three trainings of virtue, concentration, and wisdom. Purification is the foundation for any genuine spiritual path. But what is morality or ethics all about? Depending on your tradition, it is said to be love, kindness, or loving-kindness towards all others. But love is a heavily misused word. If we… Read more

PODCAST: SN Today #2: The Humble Approach to Knowledge

Episode 2: Naturalists include Humanists, skeptics, Freethinkers, atheists, agnostics, and other rationalists, but how do Spiritual Naturalists approach knowledge and claims, as a part of their spiritual practice and what are the important differences in our approach? 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 Spiritual Naturalism Today podcast __________ The Spiritual Naturalist Society works to spread awareness of spiritual… Read more

AWESM: Ancient Wisdom for Everyone from Seneca and Marcus #2

Reflection Two: On Pain In 2001, I injured my back lifting a box of books from the back of my car. I had never experienced such sudden, excruciating pain. For nearly three weeks, I could barely walk. Slowly, very slowly, the pain receded, and I was finally able to get on with my life. Little did I know at the time that the seed was then planted for what would develop into a recurrent and then chronic condition. A couple… Read more

Get Our Latest Book!

Our latest book is now available! Exploring Spiritual Naturalism, Year 2: An Anthology of Articles from the Spiritual Naturalist Society is a collection of articles from our second year of operation. This book contains the work of 12 authors and thinkers in naturalistic spirituality, plus a foreword by prominent religious naturalist author and professor, Donald A. Crosby. In its second year, the Spiritual Naturalist Society continued exploration of Spiritual Naturalist thought and practice through its events, discussions, growing community, and publications. This anthology comes from… Read more

Contemplation and Money

“Money, so they say Is the root of all evil today” Pink Floyd lyric Most people want money.  Many people are obsessed with it – some because they are very poor and their life depends on it.  Some because they are very rich and their identity and sense of self depend on it. Money is the symbol and container of economic value, the socially accepted value of products, commodities and services.  We value what we care about, and are motivated… Read more

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 interests in photography. He had shown his work in a gallery the weekend before he died. We spoke two days before he died about his… Read more

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