Category Archives: healing

growing, coping, coming to peace with the world

Strengthen Your Immune System

By eating right, getting sleep and exercise, touch, and laughter, we can greatly reduce our risk of COVID and other infections. Continue reading

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Grateful for Mistakes

“What seems a mistake sometimes turns out a vital way forward on our healing path.” – Stephen Mitchell. How often do your missteps turn into good things? Mine sometimes do. Though sometimes, as in this story, it takes a very hard road to realize the benefit. Continue reading

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When Mental Illness is Environmental

Self-compassion might come from realizing how our behaviors and emotions are shaped by our environment and our past environments. Continue reading

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The Joy Within

Each of us has this stream of joy within us. It may be bricked in and covered over with layers of grief, pain, fear, or anger. It may be curtained off by thoughts, entertainment, things we want to do or have to do. Still, it’s always there and can’t be destroyed, because it comes from the life force itself. Continue reading

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Five Times Denial is Good for You

If you deny a self-destructive habit, you could cause serious harm to yourself or others. Drunk driving would be a classic example. But in other situations, denial can be good for you. When is denial damaging, and when it it healthy? Continue reading

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The Animals Are Trying to Save Us

In one celebrated case from Ethiopia, a pride of lions came across a group of men who had kidnapped a teenage girl, possibly for sale in the sex trade.. The lions ran the men off and sat around the girl until people came to find her. Then they quickly left. What explains their behavior? What can we learn from them about ourselves? Continue reading

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The Things We Do For Control

At the personal, social or international level, our sense of being separate individuals adrift in an uncaring world drives us to seek control, when what we usually need is connection. Continue reading

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Life Imitates Facebook

Good and bad; it’s all on the Internet. Whatever you ’re drawn to, whatever you respond to or like, the programs will send you more of. The things you click on, you will receive over and over. If you respond to posts that make you feel bad, you create more opportunities to feel bad. Is life like that, or isn’t it? Continue reading

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Don’t Ask Why

Most times, “why” doesn’t matter. There’s nothing we can do about what has already happened. Why did your company downsize your job? Why did I get multiple sclerosis? I can wonder, but what difference does it make? The point is deciding what to do now. Continue reading

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Improv with God

Improv is life. You are given a character to play: born with a specific body and mind, a particular family, a given place, time, and culture. Occasionally God calls out a suggestion. “Now you fall in love.” “Now you get cancer.” How do you respond? Continue reading

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