I am presenting at the Meaning of Life Book Festival at Seattle University on Saturday February 27, 2016. The title of my presentation is “Openness, Discernment, and Self Realization: A Psychological-Spiritual Path to Sustainable Meaning.” The focus of my talk will be on how a lack of meaning (often experienced as some form of longing: boredom, anxiety, emptiness, loss, insecurity, inadequacy, lack, etc.) leads us all to use various coping strategies—some of which are more problematic than others. I believe that an inability to recognize and manage longing often is the culprit behind ineffective and unhealthy behaviors: affairs, compulsions/addictions, etc. I will also discuss a more sustainable path—one that incorporates our Real Self and includes the shadow needs/parts of our personality. Please visit the Meaning of Life Book Festival website for details about the event, which will include more than 50 speakers from a variety of fields. I hope to see you there.