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Be Still and Know

When I was teaching and leading retreats I learnt a beautiful way to pray the breath prayer or centering prayer. Using the phrase  “Be still and know that I am God”  start with the whole phrase, breathing in slowly and … Continue reading

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The anxiety of loss; the loss of anxiety, Part II

This article has some excellent advice. Tips For Taking Care of Yourself During Stressful Times From the NIU Employee Assistance Program Stop, breathe, and tell yourself:  “This is hard and I will get through this 1 step at a time.”   During … Continue reading

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The anxiety of loss; the loss of anxiety, Part I

After experiencing a loss – the loss of a loved one or another major loss such as the loss of one’s health – anxiety is going to be a part of the experience. Loss raises questions that we aren’t comfortable … Continue reading

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Spirituality – What is it? My continued search.

What is your understanding of spirituality? This is a fundamental question for someone in chaplaincy, don’t you think? But I find I can’t easily answer it. One image comes to mind is from the movie Major League, where a baseball … Continue reading

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In the Eye of the Storm

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Becoming an artist of loss

When I have spoken at memorial services I have often used the image of a tapestry or cloth for the human story and spoken of how the person who has died is nonetheless part of that tapestry for all time. … Continue reading

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The grass isn’t always greener

I received a wonderful quote the other day: WORD FOR THE DAY The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. No, not at all. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass … Continue reading

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Being with an Alzheimer’s Patient

I found myself sitting on the floor the other day. The Alzheimer’s patient, who was sitting in her wheelchair, had covered her head in her cardigan. So I sat on the floor and she uncovered part of her head so … Continue reading

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Grounded – God is in the Mud and the Mess

Diana Butler Bass in her book Grounded talks about the loss of faith in the triple layer, wedding cake view of the universe – with God in the heavens, below it the earth God created, and below that the place of … Continue reading

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How to be Happy

WORD FOR THE DAY Happiness is not what makes us grateful. It is gratefulness that makes us happy. BR. DAVID STEINDL-RAST Gratefulness.org

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