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Resources

At Uplift, we give families the resources they need to cultivate spiritual health at home.

In addition to our lesson library for members, we create and gather a range of free resources, which we list here. Submit your email at the bottom of the page to get notified each time we add something new.

Uplift Originals

The Uplift Blog — Get practical tips about how to integrate spirituality and emotional intelligence in the home along with expert insights about why it matters.

The Uplift Wisdom Library — This growing library includes the best passages from ancient wisdom texts, including the Tao Te Ching (Taoism), the Bhagavad Gita (Hinduism), the parables of Jesus (Christianity), the meditations of Marcus Aurelius (Stoicism), the poetry of Rumi (Sufism), and more.

A Thoughtful Guide to Parenting Kids and Teens After a Faith Shift — This in-depth guide helps parents who have experienced a shift in their faith, regardless of whether or not they belong to a religion. Download as a PDF or read it online.

Spirituality Is Underrated: What Science Says About the Awakened Brain — In this article we explore the work of Columbia professor Lisa Miller, who analyzes data from surveys and brain scans to show the real-world benefits of spirituality. Her findings suggest that people who nurture personal spirituality enjoy “less depression, anxiety, and substance abuse; and more positive psychological traits such as grit, resilience, optimism, tenacity, and creativity.”

21 Examples of Spiritual Experiences — Spirituality points to moments where we transcend personality and ego and experience a sense of oneness. As this article shows, these experiences can occur regardless of belief or disbelief.

7 Qualities of Wisdom: How to Read World Scripture and Why It Still Matters — Wisdom traditions from around the world value sacred texts, many of which are full of ethical views that feel dated or abhorrent today. At the same time, many passages are timeless and beautiful. How do you know which is which? This post lists seven qualities to help you know.

Resources to Help Parents Talk to Their Kids About Sex — We know from experience that it can be difficult to talk to kids about sex. That’s why we’ve put together this growing resource, which is based on the latest scientific research and our conversations with parents about what they’ve found helpful.

Resources to Talk to Kids About LGBTQ+ Issues — This clinically reviewed list of resources gives parents recommendations to navigate questions around sexual orientation.

From Around the Web

Greater Good Magazine — This website collects expert research on a range of topics, from spirituality to wellbeing to health. If you’re looking for practical guidance on how to raise emotionally healthy kids, it’s a must-have resource.

CindyWangBrandt.com — Author Cindy Wang Brandt offers resources, community, and books to help parents navigate a post-fundamentalist worldview. She writes, “I help parents unpack and heal from their religious trauma so they can raise children with healthy spirituality.”

Books

The Spiritual Child by Lisa Miller captures the emerging science around the benefits of spirituality in childhood. Miller writes, “Spiritual development through the early years … provides a protective health benefit, reducing the risk of depression, substance abuse, aggression, and high-risk behaviors.”

The World’s Wisdom: Sacred Texts of the World’s Religions by Philip Novak contains many of the most moving selections of scripture from around the world. Novak writes, “These great wisdom traditions remain our most resourceful guides to the Infinite.”

Gods and Heroes: Mythology Around the World by Korwin Briggs, is an engaging, playful, and wide-ranging introduction to ancient stories from around the world, aimed at kids 8-12.

Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics by Mirabai Starr, tells ancient stories from women and shows why their words are urgent today.

Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women
by Jane Hirshfield presents a range of wisdom writings from women around the world.

The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by psychology professor Jonathan Haidt shows why wisdom still matters in a secular world.

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