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Problems: When Dark Gives Way to Dawn

Problems. We all have them. Which makes all this talk I hear about gratitude all the more problematic. The longer I live, the more aware I am that there are two distinct types of gratitude: The first is SITUATIONAL or CONTEXTUAL; the other is a STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS. Problems The first comes and goes based […]

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Spiritual Growth: How Does It Happen?

For your faith to remain vital you must question it, then affirm it, and then let it die. Spiritual Growth Then, you repeat the process. Do not be discouraged by this cycle of birth and death. Every death makes possible the birth of something grander, even more glorious. Death and resurrection is only a one […]

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What to Do When a Pet Dies

When a pet dies, what do you do? This post first appeared on my BeliefNet.com blog. Last Wednesday, we said “Good-bye” to our beloved Oscar, a mini-Dachshund, who brought to Pam and me more joy, laughter, and companionship than I can describe here. I have never cried so much in all my life. Will I […]

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Near Death Experiences…Heaven? Hell?

NDE – Near Death Experiences. Heaven. Hell. Questions about whether there is actually life beyond the grave invite such debate.  Immense emotion, too. Express doubt about whether there is a heaven and you’d better be prepared for the barrage of negativity that will come your way. Raise question about whether there is a hell and […]

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Eternity in an Hour…On the Meaning of Mindfulness

“To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wildflower; Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.” — Auguries of Innocence, William Blake You are the nearest to eternity when you’re in…fully in…this present moment. That’s the point Blake is making; it’s the conclusion […]

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Hunger Games: Be Easter Now!

As with most great movies, there are many parallels to our shared experience as human beings in the most recent blockbuster, “The Hunger Games.” I loved this movie. And now, I must read the books. In one of the film’s many memorable scenes, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), co-star who is in love with Katniss Everdeen […]

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