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How to Find Spirituality in the Age of Distraction

Michael Mamas | Posted 03.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael Mamas

To those addicted to powerful stimulation, sitting down to meditate can sound painfully boring. However, to experience its quiet power is to appreciate it. It is not a quick fix--one meditation cannot be expected to break your addictions and solve all your problems.

2016 - Sharpening Discernment & Celebrating World Book Day

Jennifer Sertl | Posted 03.03.2016 | Books
Jennifer Sertl

The purpose of a book is to serve as an axe for the frozen sea within us. ~Franz Kafka The audience I most frequently serve are individuals within a ...

Who Cares About Caring?

Amy Steinberg | Posted 02.11.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Amy Steinberg

We use words to help us better understand our world, to communicate with each other about our thoughts, feelings and actions. Sometimes words have a hidden treasures inside of them that we don't notice right away, but on second glance we see something compelling and useful.

Three Certainties About Ambivalence

Eric Leroy Wilson | Posted 01.05.2017 | Religion
Eric Leroy Wilson

Ambivalence is a sense of confusion or uncertainty due to mixed feelings towards a given issue or issues. I would contend many times this uncertainty comes from having an overwhelming number of opportunities.

Holding Back on Taking Your Next Step? Stop Discounting the Power of Your Inner Voice!

Laurie Seymour | Posted 11.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Laurie Seymour

There is an interplay that takes place with your inner awareness, your actions and the Universal energetic life force. When you are contemplating change of any kind, this interaction creates a flow that moves you forward or pulls you back.

Should You Stay or Should You Go? Discernment Counseling Can Help You Decide

Karen Covy | Posted 09.21.2016 | Divorce
Karen Covy

Deciding whether or not to stay married or get divorced is one of the most difficult and complex decisions most people ever have to make. It's agonizing. That's why so many people stay stuck in indecision purgatory for months, and sometimes even years. Making a decision is just too tough.

Real Relationships Renegotiate

Lillian Daniel | Posted 05.23.2016 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

Renegotiating isn't easy. But the heart of the gospel is this: everyone gets to grow and change. Discerning the will of God isn't about doing whatever you want or making the other person do whatever you want. Discernment disrupts our best-laid plans.

The Positivity of Givers and Takers

Catherine Nagle | Posted 04.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Nagle

It seems that we are both the givers and the takers; it's only until we tip the scales of justice that we truly see who is the true giver of us all. T...

The Secret Key to Navigating Change: Your Inner Compass

Laurie Seymour | Posted 03.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Laurie Seymour

There are moments in life where change is thrust upon you, pushing and stretching you beyond your known world. At other times, you decide to make a change because you want something different or because the status quo feels hollow and you know there is more.

The Beauty and Danger of Acceptance

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 03.06.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

Searching for a simple formula to offer our lives guidance often leaves us wondering aimlessly, unable to lean into true north. We live in a culture t...

What Do Real Women Religious Think About Lifetime's "The Sisterhood"?

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.07.2014 | Religion

Two episodes into Lifetime’s “The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns,” the series has already attracted the attentions of real women religious across the...

A Time for Prayer, Thanksgiving, Discernment and Strategic Nonviolent Action

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion
Marian Wright Edelman

Through daily moral consciousness we must all counter the proliferating voices of racial and ethnic and religious division that are regaining too much respectability over the land.

To Be or Not to Be Judgmental -- That Is the Question

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 06.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

We will need to remain aware of the status of our self-esteem as well as holding compassion for others and ourselves. We can then find our way out of the knots of hierarchy, honoring of our uniqueness and the uniqueness of others.

Vulnerability as Empowerment

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 06.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

A common view of vulnerability is that it is simply unfortunate and should be avoided. That understanding of vulnerability works only if we pretend we...

The Perception of Truth

Eldon Taylor | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Eldon Taylor

Perception is not truth -- and sometimes it is a lie. It is false to facts. If we are to become awake, it is incumbent upon us to seek the truth.

Impediments to Creativity

Bradley Foster | Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Bradley Foster

To make creativity work for you it's important to nurture your creativity, learn how to discern great ideas from ephemeral ones, consciously create a container for your thoughts, keep focused until you see the idea through and take responsibility and value your ideas.

The Power of Compassion: A Lesson at the Zoo

Ellen Kellner | Posted 06.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Ellen Kellner

I have experienced and witnessed that the only way to transmute violence, anger, and fear is with courageous love and compassion.

Would A 20th Century Christian Monk Use This?

Carl McColman | Posted 03.05.2013 | Religion
Carl McColman

"Returning to Reality" demonstrates how the wisdom of a contemplative master from the past can remain surprisingly relevant to the concerns of the present. Merton's perspective on technology echoes not only Thoreau, but even Christ's assessment of the religious customs of his day.

A Gift Of Perspective In Discerning God's Call

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

I have been invited back into faith and trust. God will speak when God speaks, I will hear when I am ready to listen and I will follow when I feel called.

How I Learned To Trust Again After My Divorce

Nancy Alvarez | Posted 09.01.2012 | Fifty
Nancy Alvarez

It took awhile, but eventually I realized that my trust issue had much more to do with me, than with whatever man I might choose.

Would Jesus Have Said "Vagina?"

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 08.19.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Jesus called us to prayer, compassion, service and love... in order to make a point about an issue and to speak truth to power when needed, he did so with a prophetic and often shocking word.

What to Do When Spiritual Complacency Sets In

Susan Smalley, Ph.D. | Posted 12.03.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Smalley, Ph.D.

To "not seek" is to evolve without intention, without conscious direction stemming from an awakening heart; while "to seek" is a never-ending process of investigation -- to refine discernment and strengthen direction.

Glittering Images: Helping Students Discern True Identity and Vocation

Charles Howard | Posted 07.03.2011 | College
Charles Howard

I'm finding that the great challenge for college students is the need to discern who they really are, what they are really meant to be, and then gaining the courage to be that person.

There is a Beauty Within You #3: Knowing Yourself as Compassionate Awareness

Bob Lingvall | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bob Lingvall

Throughout your day imagine being compassion, radiating warmth and love from the center of your chest, especially when you want to relax and feel more grounded.