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Celebrations, Rituals, and Constructing Meaning in Life

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 01.23.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Gleb Tsipursky

Written by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, Intentional Insights Co-Founder and President. Series: Find Your Purpose This article first appeared on the blog o...

Your Voice Is As Radiant As The Sun (Queer And Feminist Love Note)

Sofia Rose Smith | Posted 11.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Sofia Rose Smith

[Image: a queer femme of color with a headwrap looks into the camera. Selfie by Sofia Rose Smith}. "There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a q...

Season Of The Witch

Donna Henes | Posted 10.26.2016 | Women
Donna Henes

By the half-way point of fall we are surrounded by a ambient prescience of impending death. Death and decline. Death and disappearance. The sun seems ...

How A Personal Ritual Changed My Relationship With My Dad

Pat Blumenthal | Posted 10.13.2016 | Fifty
Pat Blumenthal

What helps us mark an event or transition to a new place? Graduations, wedding ceremonies, and promotions come to mind. But personal rituals such as lighting candles, reciting prayers, spreading ashes out into the ocean, planting a tree -- these can be just as moving.

Photographer Captures Mesmerizing Scenes From Hindu Rituals

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.07.2016 | Religion

Iranian-born photographer Abbas has been capturing culture and religion around the world for nearly half a century. In his latest body of work, the ph...

Sacred Seclusion

Donna Henes | Posted 09.30.2016 | Women
Donna Henes

This August, I was very lucky to spend two weeks at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. It is a venerable and prestigious retreat facility that sup...

There's More To An Hawaiian Sunset Than You Think

Alexis Sclamberg | Posted 09.20.2016 | Hawaii
Alexis Sclamberg

One of my all time favorite moments of day is sunset. I live in San Francisco's Marina district just a few blocks from the Golden Gate Bridge, and on clear evenings I like to head down to the water to watch the sun set over the bridge.

My 9/11 Walk Your Talk Pilgrimage

Donna Henes | Posted 09.10.2016 | New York
Donna Henes

When the planes flew into the Twin Towers, I was out of the country. It took me more than a week to be able to get past the sealed borders and return ...

What Do You Wear To Get Divorced?

Rabbi Lisa Greene | Posted 07.26.2016 | Divorce
Rabbi Lisa Greene

I stood in front of the mirror talking to my father and my grandmother, debating what to wear. Grandma Ruth said, "You need pearls with that, dea...

Americans Waste Resources on Lawns. Why? It's Ritual!

Connor Wood | Posted 06.17.2016 | Religion
Connor Wood

If you're reading this, you're probably WEIRD. That is, you probably live in a society that's Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic. People from WEIRD cultures think and perceive the world very differently from everyone else.

Learning to Die by Practicing Closure

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 04.27.2017 | 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 03.03.2017 | 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 02.19.2017 | 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 02.17.2017 | 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 12.16.2016 | 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 12.03.2016 | 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 11.25.2016 | 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 11.24.2016 | 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 11.12.2016 | 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 10.31.2016 | 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 10.31.2016 | 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 10.29.2016 | 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 10.29.2016 | 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...