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Energy reading for beginners: What’s really happening when the vibes are off

The widespread use of the term “vibe” has taken the concept of human “energy reading” mainstream. You can explain vibe awareness in some intriguing ways, attributing emotional transfer to everything from precognitive perception to panpsychic reality.   Certain holistic therapies like Reiki and acupuncture aim to work directly with the…

What family constellation therapy can reveal about intergenerational trauma (and Abuela in “Encanto”)

Family constellation therapy (FCT) is an approach to healing that confronts intergenerational trauma both mystically and empirically.  Bert Hellinger devised FCT as a way of connecting ancestral pain and traumatic events to someone’s current difficulties, then restoring peace to the system. Through FCT workshops or one-on-one sessions, individuals can use…

Why do we love Halloween? The psychology behind Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating

Halloween is one of the most popular U.S. holidays—this October, we’re set to spend a whopping $10 billion on treats, Halloween costumes, and decorations. The psychology behind Halloween costumes is intriguing: Studies show that when costumes render us anonymous, we may feel more confident displaying malicious behavior towards others.  More…

The self-care commitment: Easy instructions for taking care of your physical, emotional, spiritual, professional, and social self

Physical health has always been emphasized and encouraged. Habits like maintaining a healthy diet, going to the gym, brushing your teeth, are just a few familiar examples. But how about maintaining your mental health? While physical wellness is definitely important, one’s emotional and mental state also need attention on a…

Can spirituality help depression? It serves as a protective barrier, improves symptoms, and offers a new outlook on life

Research supports that spirituality can help improve symptoms of depression and other mental health conditions. Engaging in spiritual practices changes the prefrontal region of the brain; additionally, it serves as a shield against stress. When we turn to our spiritual nature, or focus on a higher power, we become more…

How is spirituality different from religion? Religion involves believing in a higher power while spirituality refers to something bigger than ourselves

While religion and spirituality are often viewed as synonymous, they involve different beliefs and practices. Religion involves subscribing oneself to a specific set of beliefs and often praising a higher power, while spirituality is connecting to something bigger than oneself. You can find greater meaning and fulfillment in religion by…

Spirituality is important in addiction recovery—it helps individuals find meaning, purpose, and fulfillment during difficult times

Spirituality often varies in definition and in practice—however, it’s ultimately about connecting to something greater than ourselves to live a happier life. Doing so can help us cope during difficult times, which means spirituality can prove important to addiction recovery. Those in addiction recovery (and others) can practice spirituality and…

Spirituality is a practice of peace and purpose—it can help you cope with stress, manage depression, improve your connections, and more

Spirituality varies from person to person; however, it is essentially the practice of finding peace and purpose in life. It also involves evaluating and creating one’s identity—their purpose, experiences, and connections. Many benefits come with tapping into your spiritual self; first, it can help you to cope during stressful times,…

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