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Religion and Healing: a True Paradox

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Religion and Healing: a True Paradox

Religion. Just the word itself brings a palpable, observable quake to most thinking persons’ systems. Even those who acknowledge the numinous quickly clarify, “I’m not religious, I’m spiritual.” Who can blame them? We live in an extraordinary country, one founded on religious freedom; yet historically, religion in this country has been used to control, to justify discrimination, even its most heinous expressions, from the KKK to cults. Those of us raised in religious households are particularly prone to eschewing religion, it’s shoulds, it condemnations of particular...

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Making Peace with Money (or, how to live with what you can’t live without)

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Making Peace with Money (or, how to live with what you can’t live without)

Money is the root of all evil. Money can’t buy you love. Money makes the world go around. Poor money! All these expectations placed on an object that, at this point, doesn’t even have any inherent value. A piece of paper with some ink and a strip of special metallic material. Actually, not even that…just databits in a vast virtual world. Where did it all go so wrong? It was good at first. When caveperson #1 wanted something from caveperson #2, s/he would look to trade. If #2 also wanted something from #1, all good! But what would happen if there wasn’t a mutual wanting? Someone would...

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What is Love? An Effort to Define the Undefinable

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What is Love? An Effort to Define the Undefinable

Love. No emotion is as all-encompassing or as ill-defined as love. During this month, I’m going to ask for your help, in fact I would love for you to help me define love. Not only romantic love, the pink-and-red hearts-and-flowers that Valentine’s Day has become, but family love, the love of friends, and what happens to us holistically when we’re not getting enough…of love. Let’s pause for a second. I’m going to ask you right now to, after you read this sentence, close your eyes, get focused, and ask yourself, when you use the word love, what are you essentially talking about?...

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Resolving To Be New in 2014: The Art of the Successful Resolution

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Resolving To Be New in 2014: The Art of the Successful Resolution

Ah, New Year’s. That time once a year when things are new and shiny, and hope springs, singing “I can CHANGE!” What a lovely, lovely idea…if only we could change that easily, I would be out of a job and into my fallback career as professional storyteller. Let’s get real. If I said to myself today, think I’ll run the marathon in New York this year, I wouldn’t start out training by trying to run 26-point-something miles. I want to be able to walk the next day!  Finding a nice little track, and doing a walk/run around the course, would be a much less painful start. Hopefully,...

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FEYT: Festive End of Year Trauma (and what you can do about it)

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FEYT: Festive End of Year Trauma (and what you can do about it)

Ah, the merry prancing of little reindeer hooves! The lighting of the menorah! The parties, the food, the music (not the “I saw mommy kissing Santa Clause,” necessarily, but maybe some upbeat Gregorian chants, the Etta James version of a tune, some of the more traditional stuff), and the lights! In this season of the darkest days, literally and figuratively, the LIGHTS!!! What’s not to love? As a friend of mine recently wrote, she’s been waking up with a real feeling of dread. Sound familiar? Aw heck, let’s name it; most of us have Festive End of Year Trauma, or FEYT. FEYT impacts...

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Halloween, A Delightful Reminder

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Halloween, A Delightful Reminder

This month, I’ll be exploring in blogs about Halloween, and its wonderful service as a reminder. A reminder that we are mortal, and that we’re not dead yet. A reminder that we like to have fun, scary fun. A reminder that the “door” between the living and the not-living-in-this-world-anymore can be strong and sustaining. Many cultures celebrate their dead during this time of the year, and the relationships that many cultivate with their ancestors. It is also a time for realizing the parts of us that we rarely exercise, humorous, inspiring, ghoolish! It is an opportunity...

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