Psychology and Spirituality

Psychology and Spirituality: Mutually Exclusive or Two Sides of the Same Coin?

By Naomi White Blending Psychology and Spirituality I’ve been met with both gratitude and curiosity as the Hridaya Yoga School Psychologist: gratitude that I’m here doing this work, and curiosity about why. How can we come from a non-dual perspective, knowing that all is one and life is but a dream, while also endorsing detailed […]

Surrender to Grace: Learning to Trust

By Dee Lee I was trying to nap in the back seat when the car hit the barrier and started to skid. Instead of the predictable survival response of fight-or-flight, a much deeper impulse arose. The mind went blank and, with eyes still closed, I heard myself calmly utter: “Your will, not mine.” A simple, […]

Integrating Daily Life into Spirituality

Integrating Daily Life into Spirituality

By Uma Esmeralda Ritstier   You just had a life-altering experience that turned your world upside down. It made you look at life from a whole new perspective. Suddenly, you experience things differently. You start living life inside out, instead of the other way around. Maybe you just entered your first (second, third, or more) […]

The Framework for Living an Intentional Life

By Keith McGuinnes I’d like to dive into the idea of living an intentional life. First, what exactly is the difference between an intentional life and an unintentional one? In Buddhist lingo, an unintentional existence can be considered living karmically. This means that we are subject to our habits, our past conditioning, and the circumstances […]

How to Move from Fright to Freedom: Growing into Love Awareness

By Chris van der Weide   Fear “Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” -Rumi It is still dark outside. Disoriented, I wake up from the sound of my partner slamming the bathroom door. Immediately and with delicate […]

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I Am Highly Sensitive: 5 Tips for Being Sensitive in a World That Isn’t

By Uma Esmeralda Ritstier   I Am Highly Sensitive Are you? Please just stop for a moment. Breathe. And promise you’ll never ever say that again. Saying “I am highly sensitive” is exactly how the struggle continues. By affirming this, you just put another label on yourself (one of the many you have already collected over […]

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True Man: A Journey into Wholeness

By Sol Lys   Last week, I was invited into a men’s group on Facebook. The group is a space for sharing with other men. In the group, one of the members asked other men to share their perspectives on manhood and what it means to be a “real man.” Lately, I have been reflecting […]

The Dark Night of the Soul: When Fear Becomes a Blessing

By Beata Kucienska   “Oh, night that guided me, Oh, night more lovely than the dawn, Oh, night that joined Beloved with lover, Lover transformed in the Beloved!” –St. John of the Cross   Before the first taste of awakening, human life is driven by constant, underground fear. Most of our actions are aimed at […]

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A Yogi’s Guide to Trump: Examining Your Reactions

By Keralee Froebel “How can you win if you ain’t right within?” –Lauryn Hill “This is just a part of my nature and everyone’s nature, to offer oneself to serve at the critical moment when the emergency becomes articulate.” –Leonard Cohen   In homeopathy, there is a concept of “proving,” or determining whether or not […]

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I Compassion, You Compassion, We Compassion: Cultivating Compassion in Daily Life

By Nicholas Currie   Cultivating Compassion: What Is Compassion? Can It Be Cultivated? If So, How? Compassion can sometimes be viewed as a challenging value to truly cultivate. It can seem to be a virtue relegated to the lives of saints and mystics. But, what if we discovered and approached compassion as already innate within […]

3 Questions to Ask before Doing a Meditation Retreat

By Ian Marshall   How Do You Know You’re Ready for a Meditation Retreat? Despite the name of this article, the three questions to ask yourself before doing a meditation retreat might boil down to just one—Are you living a human existence? A meditation retreat isn’t just about calming the mind, relaxing, and becoming peaceful. […]

The Dance Between Global Awareness and Inner Peace

By Molly Hock   Bombings in Iraq. Racism and police violence in America. Attack after attack in Istanbul. Violence and killings leading to genocide in Burma. Thousands stranded in Greece. Bombings in Cairo. Hate crimes in England. My heart cries for the lives lost and the lives touched by the recent violence in Germany. My soul […]

Inner Transformation: Where Are You in the Journey?

By Beata Kucienska The Story of Inner Transformation The great stories cherished by humanity contain the essence of life. The most unforgettable stories are those that express the deepest pains and longings of the human heart. We read and watch these stories to connect to ourselves, to feel what is hiding behind the masks of […]

The Prayer of the Heart and Christ Consciousness

  By Claudiu Vaduva     On Christmas Day, I would love to inspire you with a beautiful talk about Christ Consciousness. An even deeper longing is to show you, to invite you, near your own heart so that you may directly feel the radiance of this anointed one. I invite you to experience this […]