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Mystery and the Psyche

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 11.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jane Simon, M.D.

"It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage & beautiful country lies in between." This beautiful quote by poet Diane Ackerm...

Are We Sleep-Deprived or Just Darkness-Deprived?

The Conversation US | Posted 10.26.2015 | Healthy Living
The Conversation US

A crucial aspect of the findings of the new study has not been discussed in either the news stories or the paper itself: People in preindustrial societies spend much more time in darkness than people living in the industrialized world.

Embrace Your Weakness

Reetu Gupta | Posted 10.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Reetu Gupta

We all have those days... The days we question: Why? The days we sit and wonder: Why me? How will I make it work? Why am I this way? Or the days you f...

Brian Schriner, Dean, FIU College of Architecture+The Arts, Miami Beach, April, 2015

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 08.17.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Robert G. Zuckerman

One thing I really like about this picture of Dean Schriner is that visually and emotionally, it at once radiates both darkness and light. In this ...

How Norwegians Thrive In This Small Town Where The Sun Doesn't Rise

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.08.2015 | World

In Tromsø, Norway, a town 200 miles north off the Arctic Circle, the sun doesn't rise between November and January. Some who aren't used to such cond...

Power Down to See Things in a Different Light

Mary Buchan | Posted 05.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary Buchan

Often a hectic schedule is invigorating to me. I like the feeling that comes with doing what I've decided to do, pursuing goals, solving problems and overcoming obstacles, one by one. But this particular week hadn't felt productive -- just busy. Was I really going anywhere? Or was I just running in circles?

A Day With Alzheimer's As a Caregiver

Rena McDaniel | Posted 05.02.2015 | Fifty
Rena McDaniel

What does it feel like to live with Alzheimer's every single day? I've thought long and hard about this question. I wondered if I could put into words what I really feel. Then, Mom made a simple comment the other day and it all became clear to me.

Choosing Authenticity

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

It is not a choice about being male or female. It is a choice about being true to myself or not. It is a choice between living in the sunlight or dying in the shadows. It is mine and mine alone. It is the absolute, uninhibited truth. I choose authenticity.

A Candid Effort to Help

Phu Nguyen | Posted 10.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Phu Nguyen

My happy days don't give me immunity from depression, nor does my very abundant life. Beauty, money, fame, and even hordes of admirers don't keep anyone safe from this mental illness. It can affect anyone, and when it does, we need help.


Peter Baldwin Panagore | Posted 08.19.2014 | Religion
Peter Baldwin Panagore

Sitting on a dark deck under one star in the clouded sky, listening to bullfrogs croaking to each other in regular conversation and watching as the fireflies light up the night as iridescent dots Against darkness.

On Trial: Judgement vs. Expression

Daniel Leighton | Posted 08.09.2014 | Arts
Daniel Leighton

I struggled to write this article. I was imagining people scouring the article for every little thing I did wrong. I was constantly questioning the worth and validity of what I had to say. I'm still doing it as I write this.

This Is the Night: The Darkness of Holy Saturday

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Unlike the hosannas of Palm Sunday and the yearned-for glory of Easter Day, this day in Holy Week, Holy Saturday, speaks most directly to the daily reality of our lives. After the shock of death or words that bring despair -- words like cancer, divorce, terminal, downsizing -- we find ourselves entering the dark void of unknowing.

Say It So You Lift Your Spirits

Kare Anderson | Posted 04.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Kare Anderson

Even non-Scandinavians and optimists can feel their moods dampen during the dark of night. Luckily there are some easy ways to lift your spirits. Here...

12 Days of Winter Meditations: Day 1

Maria Rodale | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

Darkness: Introspection Today just happens to be the darkest day of the year, the last day of falling toward darkness (in the Northern Hemisphere, ...

In the Cave -- Going Into Darkness

Daniel Leighton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Daniel Leighton

Experiencing pain and loss is part of every human's experience, but too often we skip over the feelings that come with it.

Let There Be Light: A Mindfulness Practice to Dispel Darkness

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 12.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Dennis Merritt Jones

The practice is to remind yourself that in those unavoidable moments of darkness that come with the privilege of living in a human skin, it is the nature of the light to give itself to you unconditionally.

Through Darkness Comes Light, Through Fear Comes Love and Through Pain Comes Triumph

Mary Paleologos | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Mary Paleologos

What you overcome in life makes you richer in every way. When you are in that dark place looking for a way out of your hardship, you are faced with two choices: give up or tap into the inner resources that you didn't even know you had.

Weekly Rune: Kenaz

Kelley Harrell | Posted 09.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

Kenaz -- Torch -- A complex Rune, Kenaz, its meaning calls us to examine the flame in our lives. On the surface it seems easy to recognize the places...

Proof That There's Always A Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Posted 07.18.2013 | Healthy Living

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

The Far North of Experience

Rebecca Solnit | Posted 08.13.2013 | Books
Rebecca Solnit

One summer some years ago, on a peninsula jutting off another peninsula off the west coast of Iceland, I lived among strangers and birds. That summer among the terns, I lived at latitude 65, about as far north as Fairbanks, Alaska, and one degree south of the Arctic Circle.

There Is Life After Loneliness

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 07.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Dennis Merritt Jones

Could it be that it is in your greatest moments of loneliness, you are most called to be by yourself because there is something stirring within that seeks your undivided attention and perhaps has a message for you?

When Easter Is No Comfort: A Jesus For The Darkest Times

John Backman | Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion
John Backman

Not only does God stand with those who are suffering. God also stands with those who are suffering and cannot return the favor. Whether I could drag myself to church made not one iota of difference to this solidarity.

Implications Of The Interplay Between Light And Darkness

Cara Dixon | Posted 03.28.2013 | Religion
Cara Dixon

Darkness is a part of human experience. Somehow this darkness when recognized, and worked with, can actually be used in a way that makes the lights even more defined and bright.

Man on the Moon in Manhattan

Charlie Carillo | Posted 11.01.2012 | New York
Charlie Carillo

Like millions of lower Manhattan residents, I've been without power since Hurricane Sandy hit. Nobody can reach me. No texts, no phone calls, no e-mails, no tweets, no nothing. It feels wonderful to be totally out of touch.

6 Ways To Become More Self-Aware

Dr. Judith Rich | Posted 12.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judith Rich

Out of fear, we learn to override our darkness or operate over the top of it. Here's the problem with this strategy: Suppressing our shadow doesn't vanquished it, it only pushes it off the screen of our conscious awareness.