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New realities are imminent: how VR reframes big questions in philosophy The virtual reality (VR) industry is currently in its infancy, but in just a few decades it’s possible that virtual environments will be nearly indistinguishable from reality. Along with transforming everyday life, a VR revolution could fundamentally change how we understand and define what […]
In Indian mythology, soma is the elusive elixir of immortality.  It is a celebrated beverage that is healing, uplifting, and intoxicating.  In the Vedas, India’s most ancient scriptures, It is much enjoyed by the Vedic gods and sought after by centuries of Yogis.  In Sanskrit, it literally means “to distill or extract” and there is […]
Prāṇāyāma is the effort or practice of controlling the breath in order to access the vital energy that sustains life.  The breath is something that is at once deeply personal and universal. Every sentient being shares the experience of breathing, albeit in different ways.  Prāṇāyāma is a combination of prāṇa, or breath/life-force and ayama, or […]
Sāṃkhya is referred to by many as the oldest philosophical system of India. Some of Sāṃkhya’s key concepts are first mentioned in the earliest of the Vedas, however the reality of oral tradition in India suggests that Sāṃkhyan ideas are in fact much older than the Vedas in their written form.  Sāṃkhya is one of […]
This paper introduces an interdisciplinary approach to diversity and anti-oppression work grounded in research and designed for use by social workers, counselors, educators, and other human service professionals. Comprising a conceptual framework and a model of practice, this approach integrates key findings from education, psychology, and embodiment studies while addressing critical gaps in how these […]
Integration has become a buzzword in the world of psychedelics, but there are still questions being asked about what it means to be integrated, who can do it, and how it can be done. As a clinical psychologist and practitioner of Eastern spiritual traditions, I have been contemplating the role of the ego for more […]
Light is the genesis – the creation of the world. The primary utterance of creation is “Let there be light,” its separation from darkness. The Midrash asks – from what was light created? The answer is whispered: “G-d cloaked Himself in a white shawl, and the light of its splendor shone from one end of […]
“The World Is Too Much with Us,” by William Wordsworth The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers; Little we see in Nature that is ours; We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon! …For this, for everything, we are out of tune; In […]
I am a parent of 2 children, and I have been counseling and teaching families and individuals for more than 20 years. Over the course of the last 10 years, I have seen many of the central issues around parenting shift drastically – mainly due to the more central role that technology now plays in […]
The ways to meditate are many and varied. One of them centers on an inner point of concentration, the shrine of the heart. Entering into this holy place, into the very center of awareness, the spiritual aspirant can contemplate and worship the Divine in the most personal and powerful of ways. The divine reality, called […]

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