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Synchronicity as Psychospiritual Practice
Synchronicity as Psychospiritual Practice

By Amber R. Balk, Ph.D. This is my first piece for Transpersonal Living. Having spent the past 15 years writing within academic contexts, this opportunity brings a profound sense of freedom. I have long been fighting for the right to express my voice in my own original way. Here is another moment to seize it! […]

Perceptions of Death
Perceptions of Death

By Jessica Thomas Perceptions of death are created through societal influence, experience, values and beliefs. An integration of all these viewpoints form an attitude toward death. American culture might be considered a culture entrenched with death anxiety, repression, and avoidance. It is not uncommon for Americans to separate themselves from the dying, either through emotional […]

An Invitation to Heal the Shadow of our Society
An Invitation to Heal the Shadow of our Society

The Election of Donald Trump: An Invitation to Heal the Shadow of our Society By Selena Whittle, PhD The election of Donald Trump as President of the US has shocked many people, me included. Probably swimming comfortably in denial through most of the election process, I somehow never thought that such an absurdity could actually […]

Losing Dad: A Transpersonal Account of Death
Losing Dad: A Transpersonal Account of Death

By Amber R. Balk, Ph.D. Two months ago my father died. And while death and dying is one of my specialties, the experience brought me into one of my favorite topics in a whole new way. I’ve experienced death in many personal ways, but this was distinctly different. I first received the news of my […]

The Ordinary
The Ordinary

By Jessica Thomas I recently discovered the book, True Perception: the Path of Dharma Art by Chögyam Trungpa, and was amazed to find how much his descriptions of every day living matched the phenomenological approach to consciousness that I have been studying. I became fascinated by the parallels with post-Enlightenment theories about the wholeness of […]

Psychospiritual Development
Psychospiritual Development

By Jessica Thomas While psychological development primarily focuses on self-consciousness, personal control, self-determination, ego development and autonomy; spiritual development focuses on the formation of unity through love, compassion, vision, and the surrender of self (Fukuyama & Sevig, 1999). The distinct difference is how the self is portrayed. Psychological thought is concerned with the self in […]

Mind-Body Connection
Mind-Body Connection

What is embodiment? Embodiment is a way of knowing that transcends the thinking mind. It is a way of knowing through the use of the senses available to us in the given moment. The body and all senses are seen as the doorway to growth and transformation.We embody every time we drop into sensory experience […]

Liberation Through Loneliness
Liberation Through Loneliness

By Jessica Thomas Who am I? What is the essence of life? Where do I come from? What is life’s greatest architect? What does humankind ultimately experience? Throughout history societies and individuals have confronted these existential questions, attempting to answer them through many different belief systems and schools of thought. Indeed, facing such questions has […]

Yoga Therapy
Yoga Therapy

By Ann Saffi Biasetti Yoga and yoga therapy is one way to be embodied and experience embodiment-the lived experience. “Words cannot convey the value of yoga. It has to be experienced.” B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga bridges the gap between body and mind. Yoga therapy is an experiential approach towards mind/body integration, healing, health and wellness. In […]

Transpersonal Musings
  • Synchronicity as Psychospiritual Practice By Amber R. Balk, Ph.D. This is my first piece for Transpersonal Living. Having spent the past 15 years writing within academic contexts, this opportunity brings a profound sense of freedom. I have long been fighting for the right to express my voice in my own original way. Here is another moment to seize it! Surprisingly, I find myself pausing to call upon courage. It’s like stepping out naked onto a stage. The best I can do is set the intention that whatever written contributions I ...
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Community Journal
  • Halfway to Wholeness By Matthew Mathis Four years ago, after getting up and doing kundalini yoga every single morning from 4:30am to 7am for exactly a year and a half, I discovered a truer meaning of yoga by suddenly stopping. At the soon-to-be-opened Nike store downtown. By working three 14 hour days in a row. Short story: In early 2010, I’d found myself in very close proximity to a yoga studio and then found myself grieving for my mother who had just passed away (http://www.flickr.com/photos/27567474@N06/), and I started doing kundalini ...
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Training Workshops & Groups
  • With and Without: Mindful Photo Reflection Group With and Without: Mindful Photo Reflection Group  By Jessica Thomas, PhD The practice of mindful photography, as introduced by Jessica Thomas,PhD engages the outside world, while cultivating deeper awareness of your inner world, and learning how these two worlds integrate and create meaning. Jessica is presenting a new 4-week introductory series based on her own research. Over the course of the series you will learn the practice of mindful photography, and have an opportunity  share your life journey and express yourself creatively.  You will need to bring your ...
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