Moderation May be the Most Challenging and Rewarding Virtue

A question of balance / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Aurelian Craiutu / 07.17.2017 Professor of Political Science and American Studies Indiana University Three centuries ago, the French political philosopher Montesquieu claimed that human beings accommodate themselves better to the middle than to the extremes. Only a few decades later, George Washington begged to differ. In[…]

Focusing on the Present

By Eckhart Tolle / 07.19.2017 Being Content, No Matter the Circumstance There are three ways in which consciousness can flow into what you do and thus through you into this world, three modalities in which you can align your life with the creative power of the universe. Modality means the underlying energy­ frequency that flows[…]

Healing the Orphans of the Heart

By Dr. Matt Licata / 07.17.2017 The Invitation of the Broken At times, a broken heart will appear as your teacher and you will be asked to place your raw, shaky vulnerability on the altar before you. The invitation of the broken is rarely sweet or peaceful, but is always reorganizing and whole. “The freedom[…]

Before You Can be with Others, First Learn to be Alone

Clamdigger 1935 by Edward Hopper. / Courtesy Sharon Mollerus/Flickr By Jennifer Stitt / 07.11.2017 Graduate Student in History University of Wisconsin-Madison In 1840, Edgar Allan Poe described the ‘mad energy’ of an ageing man who roved the streets of London from dusk till dawn. His excruciating despair could be temporarily relieved only by immersing himself in[…]

We are All in this Together – Realizing that and Acting on It Makes Us Better

By Charles Eisenstein / 07.11.2017 How the Humble Hold the World Together Fifteen years ago when I began writing books, I had high hopes that someday I would be ‘discovered’ and that ‘my message’ would thereby reach millions of people and change the world for the better. That ambition began to disintegrate soon after, when after years[…]

A Letter to My Younger Self

By Charles Eisenstein / 07.08.2017 What I Wish I’d Known Back Then… Dear self: Your secret, lonely knowledge is true. Despite all you have been told, the world that has been offered to you as normal, is anything but normal. It is a pale semblance of the intimacy, connection, authenticity, community, joy and grief that lie[…]

Nostalgia Isn’t Just an Escape – Science Says It’s Important for Coping, Too

What effect does longing have? Is it a useful psychological tool or a perilous trapping? / Photo by Lindy Baker, Unsplash The bittersweet benefits of yearning for the past. By Dr. Krystine I. Batcho / 06.30.2017 Professor of Psychology Le Moyne University In his song “Time Was,” counterculture singer Phil Ochs reminisces about a past “when a[…]

Be Fully Authentic: Accept Yourself as You Are

By Christine Carter / 06.30.2017 Are You Being the Real You? Authenticity is popular these days. Celebrity media campaigns encourage marginalized youth to ‘be themselves.’ Even my kids’ summer camp has ‘Be You’ listed as a core value — not just for campers, but also for counsellors and camp staff. The fabulous Jeffrey Marsh, of #NoTimeToHateMyself fame[…]

The Cognitive Sciences: One or Many?

“Close up of The Thinker” / Photo by Brian Hillegas, Creative Commons By Dr. Michael RW Dawson Professor of Psychology University of Alberta Introduction When experimental psychology arose in the nineteenth century, it was a unified discipline. However, as the experimental method began to be applied to a larger and larger range of psychological phenomena,[…]

Glossolalia: Making Sense of the Words and Images Produced by the Dying Brain

By Lisa Smart / 05.31.2017 The following has been excerpted from Words at the Threshold: What We Say as We’re Nearing Death, in which Lisa Smartt presents her findings from her Final Words Project—an up-close and personal study of the words of more than 100 dying individuals. Nonsense and mysticism are commonly connected Nonsense appears[…]

Evolution of the Ego

By Anneloes Smitsman / 06.24.2017 Human Identity and Tribal Consciousness Psychiatrist, Carl Jung, founder of the School of Analytical Psychology, once said: One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. To better understand this process, it may be helpful to consider the development of modern ego perception[…]

How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain

The Positive Psychlopedia, Creative Commons    By Dr. Joel Wong (left) and Dr. Joshua Brown (right) / 06.06.2017 Wong: Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology Brown: Professor of Psychological and  Brain Sciences Indiana University With the rise of managed health care, which emphasizes cost-efficiency and brevity, mental health professionals have had to confront this burning question:[…]