“ Staying at home isn’t so bad. We quickly adapt to a new “at home” routine. With home-cooked meals, we are probably eating healthier. We are spending more time with family. That can be both positive and negative, depending on the family dynamics. We finally get to those projects that we’ve put off for months…

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Two thousand years of Religious doctrine that judges and condemns people to hell may have people away from religion. A consequence is that they also turn away from spirituality, perhaps thinking it’s the same thing. Many people say, “I’m spiritual, but not religious.”  Many others simply ignore everything related to spiritual or religious conversations. In…

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This morning I went to the grocery store and couldn’t find an available cart; all the carts were in use by shoppers desperate to buy food and supplies before they ran out—a sure sign of coronavirus-anxiety. I overheard one shopper ask an employee, “When do you expect to get in more eggs?” Besides toilet paper,…

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At a job interview, the human resources recruiter asked the applicant, “What is your life story?” No one had ever asked her that question and in a spontaneous moment, she decided to be completely transparent. “I broke free from a bad relationship,” she said. “My husband was abusive, and I lost my self-confidence and my…

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Leap It is time now Forget all the garbage That has filled you. Be renewed in your mind, Truly renewed; transformed. The grub in the cocoon is ready, More than ready To be released. Love is calling. Life is calling. Spirit is calling. The seed that was and is and will be Can no longer…

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I walked by a book display table that featured “body-mind” books. I instantly reacted with a question, “Where’s the “spirit?” In my work, we always talk about “body-mind-spirit” as the “trinity” of holistic health. We have seen years of scientific research that makes the connection between mental health, spirituality and physical health. It occurred to…

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While visiting the Kafka Museum in Prague, I learned that Franz Kafka’s relationship with his father was characterized by fear and oppression, beginning with his experience as a boy when his tyrant father once put him outside in the cold where he almost froze to death. His writings reflect the depression and angst that he…

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Rain spattering against the window announces a good day to stay inside and write. It is the season for rain and new growth. Flowers are blooming, new leaves burst forth in soft shades of green. The creation is renewing itself and beckons me to reflect on my season of renewal. There are seasons in life…

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What do Riley Howell, Kendrick Castillo, Joshua Jones, and Brendan Bialy have in common?  They all lunged at school shooters, saving the lives of countless colleagues. Riley Howell and Kendrick Castillo sacrificed their lives to save their classmates. Their spontaneous actions of bravery illustrate the highest values of the human spirit.  Riley Howell, an R.O.T.C…

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On the journey to recover my soul, I took notes. Sometimes I wrote in a travel journal while other times I felt the urge to write in poetry. Some poems were serious while others were light and playful, like the one that follows. Eternity came and knocked On my door one night I thought I…

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