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Learning to Die by Practicing Closure

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 04.26.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

We live in a death-denying culture. Our denial is partially due to the inherent mystery accompanying physical death.

How Can Computer Models Help Us Understand Religion?

Connor Wood | Posted 03.02.2016 | Religion
Connor Wood

First, we're not dealing with what philosophers call "first-order" problems, like whether God exists or why bad things happen to good people. Instead, we're studying the cultural, cognitive, and ritual processes that undergird religion and culture.

Everything You Need To Know About Wedding Vows Across Religions

Malini Bhatia | Posted 02.22.2016 | Weddings
Malini Bhatia

While Western cultures tend to utilize spoken vows between the couple, many other religions rely on ceremonial and symbolic gestures.

If We Study Religion, Can We Actually Learn About It? Yes -- Using Social Simulation

Connor Wood | Posted 02.17.2016 | Religion
Connor Wood

What if we could objectively figure out which ideas about religion -- not about God, but about human phenomena like ritual and religious belief -- were true, and which weren't?

3 Holiday Hints for Teaching Generosity

Richard Greenberg | Posted 12.16.2015 | Impact
Richard Greenberg

For many children, this time of year is about getting gifts far more than giving them. This is completely understandable, as these holidays are for many parents an opportunity to show children that we love them and we want them to be happy. But it's also important to teach our kids that giving presents can be as gratifying as getting them.

8 Creative Gift Ideas For Those Who Have Everything

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 12.03.2015 | Fifty
Iris Ruth Pastor

Thanksgiving is over. The leftovers are stored. The leaves from the dining room table leaves have been removed and relegated to attic storage. The excess calories are hopefully burning off. Onto the 'Holiday Season' in earnest. Oh boy. More stress.

A Ritual for Light

Heather A. Paul | Posted 11.29.2015 | Religion
Heather A. Paul

This year, as we approach another dark winter, another anniversary of the Newtown shooting, and another Chanukah season, the world is once again reeling from one communal tragedy to another.

Taking Ourselves With Us: Thanksgiving Thoughts

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Ann V. Klotz

So, here is what I am working on before the big day: lowering my expectations. My older sister, mother of four, taught me this long ago. On any capital letter event involving children or any other family members, lower your expectations.

A Twisted Ritual In Brooklyn's World Of Queer Performance Turns Two Years Old

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A monthly institution in the world of Brooklyn drag and queer performance will celebrate a major milestone this weekend -- two years of bringing nuanc...

From Generation to Generation: Thoughts on the Role of Ritual

David Gregory | Posted 11.12.2015 | Religion
David Gregory

You just buried your father this week and will celebrate the bar mitzva of your oldest son this weekend. How have rituals helped you in your saddest and most joyous times?

Honoring Death as Part of Life

Pamela Hale | Posted 11.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Pamela Hale

On the night of Nov. 1, the whole central plaza of most Mexican cities is ringed with altars (or "ofrendas") like this one. Each is a unique creation ...

Day of the Dead

Donna Henes | Posted 10.31.2015 | Religion
Donna Henes

We Americans rarely think about death. We like to watch it on a big screen well enough, but in real life, we just don't do death. Perhaps we should. Perspective is precious. The greatest gift of the shadow of death is the challenge to really live life. With full consciousness. And conscience.

The Power of Ritual

Jim Burklo | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Jim Burklo

Fall sunlight streamed through stained glass, warming the faces and the souls of the people who filled the old, white-steepled sanctuary. This past Sunday, we gathered at Soquel Congregational Church near Santa Cruz for the memorial service of our mother.

3 Surprising Ways to Feel Less Busy

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 10.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Christine Carter, PhD

Although people tell me all the time they like feeling busy -- perhaps because it makes them feel important and significant -- I'm not buying it. Would you ever choose busyness over a more relaxed form of productivity?

25 College Classes That Help Students Explore The Deeper Meaning Of Life

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.21.2015 | Religion

For many students, college is a time of great change and exploration when they are exposed to new ideas and meet people from different cultures and fa...

The Importance of Routine

Jennifer S. White | Posted 10.01.2015 | Parents
Jennifer S. White

These little routines of our personal lives -- the kinds that are normal to us, but special in that not everyone's life goes precisely this way -- are healthy; making us able to properly invite crisp, new daily details around smudged, muted normalcy.

11 Inspiring Ideas For Your Morning Ritual

Elyse Santilli | Posted 09.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Elyse Santilli

Ready to shake up your morning routine? Here are 11 inspiring ideas for your morning ritual. You might like to try mixing and matching your top three.

5 Ways to Get Back on Track This Fall

Nicole Marie | Posted 09.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Nicole Marie

The aisles of all the local stores are packed with binders, dividers, lined paper, composition books, pens, pencils, crayons, and markers -- new schoo...

I Am a Funny Kind of Jew

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 08.21.2015 | Religion
Iris Ruth Pastor

Purists will say I shouldn't be texting so close to the Sabbath. Nor encouraging my sons to text on that holiday too. But once again, I find myself drawing something meaningful, significant and of lasting value from my Judaism and using it to bring solace, joy and rich meaning to my life.

Showered with Stars

Donna Henes | Posted 08.08.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Donna Henes

On the nights of August 11 and 12 weather permitting, we will be able to see the Perseid meteor showers -- the year's best with up to 60 meteors per hour at their peak.

A Once in a Blue Moon Blue Moon Blue Moon!

Donna Henes | Posted 07.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Donna Henes

Although blue moons do not cast an actual blue shadow, their very existence is a symbolic celestial reminder, a message out of the blue, as it were.

Why a Devout Catholic Is Fasting During Ramadan

Rudy López | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion
Rudy López

As the executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice, a national organization that builds power with workers through faith-rooted organizing and advocacy, my faith and values are what ground me and call me to do this work.

Collateral Sorrow

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Ann V. Klotz

In the grip of grief. These are not my boys. This is not my school, my story. Yet, once more, I am holding hurt -- my own, the hurt girls in my school feel, the hurt braided with fear that every parent feels when adolescent illusions of invincibility are dashed.

Life-Changing Rituals

Julianne Boyland | Posted 06.27.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Julianne Boyland

The rituals certainly don't have to be like mine, but if you are some how letting go, renewing, and thankful in these rituals I believe your life will change for the good.

April Showers

Donna Henes | Posted 06.17.2015 | Green
Donna Henes

Oceans, rivers, ponds, streams, lakes, falls, glaciers and seas run like veins through a living body, carrying refreshment and nutrients to all its parts.