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Standing in Solidarity With the Hurting

Eric Leroy Wilson | Posted 01.27.2016 | Religion
Eric Leroy Wilson

You can find some beautiful things in alleys and dark places. Just ask Elizabeth Gibson. On her typical morning walk she spotted something in a dumpster.

The Fight for the Good is the Fight for Life

Baila Olidort | Posted 12.31.2015 | Good News
Baila Olidort

As I watched the menorah lighting at the foot of the Eiffel Tower via live-stream, the Rebbe's powerfully enduring ideas that continue to mobilize men and women to go where few others will and disrupt the status quo, struck a lively note that took me back to my childhood.

Will You Hear the Bells on Christmas Day?

Tammy Letherer | Posted 12.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tammy Letherer

More than 150 years ago, a former Harvard professor named Henry was awakened from his nap by the sound of screams. His wife Frances' dress had caugh...

Lessons From a Christmas Cactus

Rev. Susan Sparks | Posted 12.16.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Sparks

Don't you think it's odd that Christmas -- the time of the year we celebrate the Christ child, the light of the world -- is also the darkest time of the year? At least here in the Northern Hemisphere, you get up in the morning ... and it's dark.

The Advent of the Kingdom

Pastor Andy Ballentine | Posted 12.10.2015 | Religion
Pastor Andy Ballentine

Where I live, in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA, Northern Hemisphere, the darkness descends early in the evening these days. I sleep for a short while a...

Mystery and the Psyche

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 11.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jane Simon, M.D.

"It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage & beautiful country lies in between." This beautiful quote by poet Diane Ackerm...

Are We Sleep-Deprived or Just Darkness-Deprived?

The Conversation US | Posted 10.26.2015 | Healthy Living
The Conversation US

A crucial aspect of the findings of the new study has not been discussed in either the news stories or the paper itself: People in preindustrial societies spend much more time in darkness than people living in the industrialized world.

Embrace Your Weakness

Reetu Gupta | Posted 10.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Reetu Gupta

We all have those days... The days we question: Why? The days we sit and wonder: Why me? How will I make it work? Why am I this way? Or the days you f...

Brian Schriner, Dean, FIU College of Architecture+The Arts, Miami Beach, April, 2015

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 08.17.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Robert G. Zuckerman

One thing I really like about this picture of Dean Schriner is that visually and emotionally, it at once radiates both darkness and light. In this ...

How Norwegians Thrive In This Small Town Where The Sun Doesn't Rise

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.08.2015 | World

In Tromsø, Norway, a town 200 miles north off the Arctic Circle, the sun doesn't rise between November and January. Some who aren't used to such cond...

Power Down to See Things in a Different Light

Mary Buchan | Posted 05.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary Buchan

Often a hectic schedule is invigorating to me. I like the feeling that comes with doing what I've decided to do, pursuing goals, solving problems and overcoming obstacles, one by one. But this particular week hadn't felt productive -- just busy. Was I really going anywhere? Or was I just running in circles?

A Day With Alzheimer's As a Caregiver

Rena McDaniel | Posted 05.02.2015 | Fifty
Rena McDaniel

What does it feel like to live with Alzheimer's every single day? I've thought long and hard about this question. I wondered if I could put into words what I really feel. Then, Mom made a simple comment the other day and it all became clear to me.

Choosing Authenticity

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

It is not a choice about being male or female. It is a choice about being true to myself or not. It is a choice between living in the sunlight or dying in the shadows. It is mine and mine alone. It is the absolute, uninhibited truth. I choose authenticity.

A Candid Effort to Help

Phu Nguyen | Posted 10.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Phu Nguyen

My happy days don't give me immunity from depression, nor does my very abundant life. Beauty, money, fame, and even hordes of admirers don't keep anyone safe from this mental illness. It can affect anyone, and when it does, we need help.

Conversation

Peter Baldwin Panagore | Posted 08.19.2014 | Religion
Peter Baldwin Panagore

Sitting on a dark deck under one star in the clouded sky, listening to bullfrogs croaking to each other in regular conversation and watching as the fireflies light up the night as iridescent dots Against darkness.

On Trial: Judgement vs. Expression

Daniel Leighton | Posted 08.09.2014 | Arts
Daniel Leighton

I struggled to write this article. I was imagining people scouring the article for every little thing I did wrong. I was constantly questioning the worth and validity of what I had to say. I'm still doing it as I write this.

This Is the Night: The Darkness of Holy Saturday

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Unlike the hosannas of Palm Sunday and the yearned-for glory of Easter Day, this day in Holy Week, Holy Saturday, speaks most directly to the daily reality of our lives. After the shock of death or words that bring despair -- words like cancer, divorce, terminal, downsizing -- we find ourselves entering the dark void of unknowing.

Say It So You Lift Your Spirits

Kare Anderson | Posted 04.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Kare Anderson

Even non-Scandinavians and optimists can feel their moods dampen during the dark of night. Luckily there are some easy ways to lift your spirits. Here...

12 Days of Winter Meditations: Day 1

Maria Rodale | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

Darkness: Introspection Today just happens to be the darkest day of the year, the last day of falling toward darkness (in the Northern Hemisphere, ...

In the Cave -- Going Into Darkness

Daniel Leighton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Daniel Leighton

Experiencing pain and loss is part of every human's experience, but too often we skip over the feelings that come with it.

Let There Be Light: A Mindfulness Practice to Dispel Darkness

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 12.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Dennis Merritt Jones

The practice is to remind yourself that in those unavoidable moments of darkness that come with the privilege of living in a human skin, it is the nature of the light to give itself to you unconditionally.

Through Darkness Comes Light, Through Fear Comes Love and Through Pain Comes Triumph

Mary Paleologos | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Mary Paleologos

What you overcome in life makes you richer in every way. When you are in that dark place looking for a way out of your hardship, you are faced with two choices: give up or tap into the inner resources that you didn't even know you had.

Weekly Rune: Kenaz

Kelley Harrell | Posted 09.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

Kenaz -- Torch -- A complex Rune, Kenaz, its meaning calls us to examine the flame in our lives. On the surface it seems easy to recognize the places...

Proof That There's Always A Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Posted 07.18.2013 | Healthy Living

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

The Far North of Experience

Rebecca Solnit | Posted 08.13.2013 | Books
Rebecca Solnit

One summer some years ago, on a peninsula jutting off another peninsula off the west coast of Iceland, I lived among strangers and birds. That summer among the terns, I lived at latitude 65, about as far north as Fairbanks, Alaska, and one degree south of the Arctic Circle.