Practices & Ritual

< Return to Spiritual Naturalist Archives main page This section features a growing collection of resources on practices and rituals relevant to spiritual naturalists. Practices are those activities designed to help cultivate qualities that make for a better life, and rituals are expressions of values in symbolic form, often involving motion, community, iconography, and myth. … Read more

Philosophy / Wisdom

< Return to Spiritual Naturalist Archives main page Here you will find a growing volume of references to philosophy, history, teachings, lessons, and ethics that would be of use to the spiritual life of a naturalist. In addition to these articles, don’t forget to check out our Local Group Center, where we have materials submitted … Read more

Love Naturally

“Love they neighbor as thyself” is one of the finer sentiments contained in the Bible. But it’s not commonly practiced. Rick Heller explains how Buddhists cultivate it…

Saving the marriage of science and myth

Marriage is hard. Humanistic Paganism bills itself as a naturalistic “marriage” of science and myth. Zeus and Hera were constantly bickering. Are all marriages doomed to failure?…

Buddhism 101

by Ted Meissner   Buddhism is a term inclusive of the teachings and practices of Siddhartha Gautama, known as the Buddha or “enlightened one”, from the 5th century BCE in the Indian subcontinent.  There are two major branches of traditional Buddhism:  Theravada (“The School of the Elders”) and Mahayana (“The Great Vehicle”), with new development … Read more

Taoism 101

Taoism (also spelled Daoism) is a life philosophy and practice of living in harmony with the Tao. Tao means ‘way’ or ‘path’ – a sort of double meaning, as both the ‘way of Nature’ and the ‘way to happiness’. The primary source of Taoist teaching is called the Tao Te Ching, which could be translated … Read more

What is more important: Honesty or Compassion?

A discussion of morality and values – asking the question, which is more important? Honesty or Compassion? Both are important and both can benefit your life here and now, but is one more important than the other?