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Author: Stephen Kiesling

Becoming Shameless

A Conversation with Nadia Bolz-Weber

From the Editor - Janunary/February 2019

Just after our 20th Anniversary issue came off the press, I traveled by plane, t…

From the Editor: November/December

It’s the best possible time to be alive, when almost everything you thought you …

The New American LOVE Revolution

A conversation with Marianne Williamson

The Commons: The Best Place to Die?

Remodeling the nicest home in town for hospice

From the Editor: September/October

The Toe of Awakening In the rush of this issue I took a break and waded into th…

From the Editor: July/August 2018

In this issue we’ve got a letter from Jacki Mallett, an original subscriber (Tha…

From the Editor: May/June 2018

A note from our editor in chief, Stephen Kiesling.

From the Editor: March/April 2018

A note from our editor in chief, Stephen Kiesling.

​Is Your Yoga Class a Stanley Milgram Experiment?

Perhaps the hardest pose—and greatest enlightenment—is to sit comfortably.…

From the Editor: January/February 2018

A note from our editor in chief, Stephen Kiesling.

Why Immortality Is the Great White Hope

If we crack the “Aging Code,” we’re all in the shark tank.

From the Editor: November/December 2017

I’ve been wrestling lately with some extra pounds that have me worried—and…

Entrepreneurs of Civilization

We have no wisdom traditions nearly as old as we are, and maybe that’s because w…

Book Review: How Cycling Can Save the World

Cycling could save the world, and very quickly. If we all switched to bikes for …

Maybe the “First Agreement” Is “Don’t Bite Anybody”

Then Comes “Share the Wealth,” “Reduce Your Footprint,” and “Don’t Poison the Bugs Inside You.”


The New Art of the Retreat Festival

Why Ojai

A Tourist Town Where Mindfulness Is the Main Attraction

Your Assignment: Complete the Story

Complete the Story of The Sword in the Storytelling Stone and Win $1000

The New Physics of Immortality

What if we put two geniuses in Schrödinger’s cat box?

Your Assignment: Shake Things Loose

Share your own special practice

Find Your North Star

Let the gravity of your star pull you into your dreams

Are You Closer to Muhammad than to Jesus?

Last summer, the University of Birmingham announced a startling discovery: two m…

Why We Should Listen to Mary

Even if she’s all in your head, she has something important to say

The Commons: Create First Nations Day

Grandma Agnes Baker Pilgrim, 91, was about to fly to Amsterdam and then on to Af…

The Island of Vitality

A place to get right and write

The Fashions of Our Addictions

Did shamans pack tobacco leaves into leather pouches only for symbolic reasons?

Bringing Grandma Home

Grandma Aggie wants to sit in her family chair. Who could say no to that? But Gr…

Playing with Food

What to eat amid the sounds of caterpillars munching?

How the Body Creates Our Moods

Classic research grounds our moods in the body, not in the head, and points toward simple steps to happiness.

Prioritize Your Priorities!

Living an authentic, conscious life now requires us to manage ourselves like modern multinationals. Here’s how!

A Lifetime of Spiritual Evolution

Honoring our legendary founding editor, T George Harris

How to Achieve Whole Body Happiness

One thing I have learned in my weekly men's group is how fragile we are. Lawyer,…

Injustice in a Group Boosts Willingness to Volunteer

Research from New York University suggests a counter intuitive notion: A  s…

How Much of Aging Is in Your Head?

In 1979 a young Harvard psychology professor named Ellen Langer (soon to be play…

Lessons from Peak Experiences

About 10 years ago I paddled my white-water kayak onto a wave at “Steamer Lane” …

How Meditation Might Help Break the Cycle of Poverty

In our July issue we reported on studies by Martha Farah, director for Cognitive…

Latest Message from Water: Is Dr. Emoto a Spiritual Madoff?

Ten years ago this magazine received an advance copy of Dr. Masaru Emoto’s book …

A Perfect Day for Couples In Santa Fe

Whether it’s Adam and Eve, Adam and Adam, or Eve and Eve, neuroscience suggests …

Survival Consciousness

Infinite bliss and enlightenment may be just a breath away. But what does that r…

Is Yoga Safe?

Two years ago, at breakfast with the dean of yoga at Kripalu Center for Yoga and…

Virtue Fatigue: The Anatomy of Temptation

Consider the classic recipe for seduction: chocolates, dinner, wine, dessert, da…

Practicing the Art of Trying with a 28-Year Comeback at the Olympic Trials

The time is 6:39 p.m. at the Olympic Rowing Center at Lake Mercer, New Jersey. T…

Beyond the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

About fifteen years ago, Robert E. Thayer, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at C…

Wired for Compassion

In the mid-seventies, psychologist Daniel Goleman, Ph.D., left teaching at Harva…

The Ceremony at the Heart of "Salmon Nation"

About 18 months ago, an extraordinary woman came to my home on the Rogue River i…

Be the Change

“You must be the change you want to see in the world,” said “Mahatma” Gandhi, wh…

This Thanksgiving, Call in the Directions

Over the past 25 years, the Mankind Project and New Warrior Training Adventure h…

America's Most Spiritual Spa 2010: Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary

Even a first award requires a history. And any history of spiritual spas leads i…

Do Eyeshades Protect Against Obesity and Cancer?

In Newsweek last December, science writer Sharon Begley pulled together research…

The New Power Plant in the Backyard?

One day recently my friend Oliver Fix and his colleague Rudy Behrens arrived at …

Teaching a Boy to Meditate Underwater

Relax, and bring your attention to your breath. If you are like many, this is a …

Why We Surprise Ourselves Doing Grand or Stupid Things

Over the last decade a number of studies and books have likened willpower to a s…

Most Spiritual Spa 2011: Haramara Retreat Center

Religious faith can turn any place or building or gathering into a potential sou…

The Second Coming

What if Jesus Is Buried in the Galilee?

The Art of Trying

Practicing the art of trying with an 8-year comeback at the Olympic Trials.…

The Exquisite Brain Pleasures of Cooperation

More Fun than Fight or Flight

When Creativity Is Under the Gun, It Usually Ends Up Getting Killed

The biggest drop in creativity occurred when time pressure was highest.…

Managing Your Life

Hoshin is a Japanese word roughly meaning both internal compass and personal Nor…

A Body of Knowledge

One crew, eight rowers, 32 brains... Wait a minute. How many brains?

The Triumph of Humility and Fierce Resolve

Surprising Lessons from the Truly Greatest Corporate Leaders

Can You Feel the Qi?

Should you want to?

A Hierarchy of Consciousness

Decades of research worldwide suggest that cultures evolve in stages, a hierarch…

The Generative Game of Life

Generative people tend to be those who have worked through their identity crises…

The Things Called Love

Science is discovering that we share many kinds of love, but they all share root…

Welcome to the Great (Interfaith) Swamp!

Making interfaith dialogue a priority: the "other" is our neighbor, our co-worke…

The Millennium Games

The brain science is clear that my eyes are not cameras recording the glittering…

The Company You Keep: Does it Need Transformation?

Shaping corporations to enhance rather than crush the spirit of employees turns …

Artificial Intelligence and Human Development

The logos (empirical data) is that future robots will likely be smarter, more ca…

Intoxicated in the Spirit of Tobacco

The First Americans understood the joys and addiction of tobacco. (And the nicot…

The Most Powerful Healing God & Women Can Come Up With

Finding healing tools for surviving breast cancer.

Give Us Ten Minutes... We’ll Give You the Kosmos

According to Ken Wilber, the biggest challenge facing our world is not the incom…

The Changing Pursuit of Happiness

Over the last seventy years, what makes people happy and fulfilled and what moti…

Stephen Kiesling is editor in chief of S&H. A 35th anniversary edition of The Shell Game: Reflections on Rowing and the Pursuit of Excellence has just been published.

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