03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

The Four Meanings Of Life

When I was 15, a church sermon left its mark on me. The priest began with the question, "Where should we seek God?" Years later, I found my own answer. I believe what for centuries has been called "finding God" means finding meaning in our lives. A new perspective has emerged from neuroscience in the past 20 years. What gives life its richness does not come from reason and intellect. It comes instead from a well-balanced emotional brain, that deepest and most archaic part of the nervous system. And what does a balanced emotional brain need? Above all, strong connections, full relationships. These can be found in four areas of our lives.

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