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Donald Trump And The Gratitude Gap

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 07.29.2016 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I cannot tell you how to vote come November. That is your choice. But I can say that where there is gratitude there is neither intolerance nor mockery, fear nor exclusion, rage nor violence, grandiosity nor idolatry. Gratitude leaves no room for those things.

Life On A Spiral Staircase

Shayne Looper | Posted 07.15.2016 | Religion
Shayne Looper

It's been more than four decades since then and I'm still finding out who I am. That's the thing about people: we are bigger than we realize. We are more than the sum of our material parts.

A Media Rarity: Forgiveness Amid Horror At Killings

David Tereshchuk | Posted 07.01.2016 | Media
David Tereshchuk

Compiling our report presented us with TV's perpetual problem in covering Amish-centered stories, since the community resolutely operates a ban on their members appearing on camera. But we do get to see and hear first-hand evidence of the principled Amish way of life -- via the deeply appreciative eyes of an outsider.

Grace, Frankie and the Ultimate Destruction of Life as we Know It

Jason Shulman | Posted 06.21.2016 | Media
Jason Shulman

Two stories caught my eye recently, both in the New York Times. The first was a piece on show-binging: indulging in our newly-found ability to watch an entire season's of a show in one or two sittings.

Sometimes What Matters Most Is Being In The Pool

Lisa Ancona-Roach | Posted 06.21.2016 | Parents
Lisa Ancona-Roach

I grew up less than two blocks from a couple of swimming pools. I spent most summer days there... doing crazy jumps off the board, diving for treasure...

Listen For Grace

Patrick D. Shaffer | Posted 06.15.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Patrick D. Shaffer

It was 5:45AM. I awoke from a not so restful sleep and looked at my clock. Realizing what time it was I glanced at my phone to see that I had a messa...

The Heart of Wonder: Thank You Stevie

Padma Gordon | Posted 06.06.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Padma Gordon

I am inspired to talk to you about Love. Love is the great healer. Love smoothes out life's wrinkles and fills in crevices. Love takes away the pain o...

Cultivating Sisterhood: Top 5 Tips For Better Friendships

Kaitlyn Stephens | Posted 05.25.2016 | Religion
Kaitlyn Stephens

Sitting in my regular coffee shop, next to two new friends, I'm reminded of old faces, of seasons past, that begin to surface in the forefront of my memory.

What We Expect From the People Who Inspire Us

Stephanie Harper | Posted 05.27.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Stephanie Harper

This is how we all grow. And, at the end of the day, when we find the grace to understand that the people we admire most are not perfect, that sometimes they make poor decisions, they struggle or suffer, then we have the grace to forgive those things in ourselves as well.

God Is An Outlaw Path

Woo Du-An (AKA Rob Whitesides-Woo) | Posted 05.20.2016 | Religion
Woo Du-An (AKA Rob Whitesides-Woo)

Sometimes I'm bemused by how the individuals whose lives became the genesis of religious institutions were themselves outlaws: Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad...

The State of the Gun Union -- Concealed Carry in the US

Eric Korn | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Eric Korn

A recent ruling by a federal judge that struck down certain provisions of Washington D.C.'s concealed carry law as "likely unconstitutional" in the case of Grace v. District of Columbia has spurred on a needed conversation on the topic of firearms rights for the private citizen.

The Gorgeous Grace of Living From a Thankful Heart

Jesua | Posted 05.18.2016 | GPS for the Soul

The longer I live and older I get, the more I come to realize this simple phrase "thank you" is amongst my most favorite. When "thank you" is offere...

Why A Gift on Mother's Day Is Good Health Care

Miriam Ava | Posted 05.06.2016 | Women
Miriam Ava

I'm the first one to point out that holidays have metastasized into mere shopping days in mainstream society. Leaving the commercial ridiculousness aside, I'd like you to consider that pressing the imprints of culture deeper into our individual and collective consciousness can have beneficial outcomes.

What Is Good About Living With Depression?

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 05.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

A few months ago someone asked me if there was anything good about living with depression. I answered the question but I must admit that I was stumpe...

How to Survive a Crisis: 5 Steps to Shift Your Mindset

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 04.26.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Here is a five-step strategy for a "mindset makeover" to help you look at life's challenges with the serenity, courage and wisdom you need to survive:

6 Key Ways To Be A Gracious Bride

Victoria Deardorff | Posted 04.26.2016 | Weddings
Victoria Deardorff

Every engaged gal fears being called the B-word. You know which one I'm talking about. When you're planning your wedding and things aren't going quite as you thought they would, it's actually not all that difficult to slip into the role of a bridezilla. We've all been there a time or two and it's not pretty.

Some Thoughts on the Passing of a Prince

Matthew Fox | Posted 04.23.2016 | Religion
Matthew Fox

Thank you, Prince, for putting your royal personhood, your many gifts, on display so that all who chose to could be graced by them. Your work, your shamanhood and your priesthood, will continue long, long after your death. Beauty does not die nor should it.

A Crash of #FlawlessLove!

Janine Francolini | Posted 04.11.2016 | Impact
Janine Francolini

Friday morning, after I dropped my son off at school, I had a phone meeting with one of my favorite colleagues, mental health advocate Gina Nikkel of ...

Happy In Grace

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 04.06.2016 | Religion
Jeremy Affeldt

Freedom in grace is freedom from anger. How often do you feel angry when someone reacts to you in a way that you don't like? Maybe they speak sharply...

About Jeff Buckley's You And I, Suzanne Vega and More: Chatting with Steve Addabbo

Mike Ragogna | Posted 03.25.2016 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

I remember him walking into my studio, we were outside the actual studio and room and we were just talking. He was kind of shy, a little quiet, but intense. It was the first time I met him, when he was walking into my studio.

The First Lady That Taught Me to Be a Better Mother

Catherine Nagle | Posted 03.22.2016 | Parents
Catherine Nagle

God bless First Mothers and First Ladies who continue to remind us how it can be done peacefully and with hope. This particular insight alone brings me much comfort, knowing that a mother's heart is closer to reaching the White House as president. This fact might very well be our American resurrection.

Marriage in Grace

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 03.22.2016 | Religion
Jeremy Affeldt

When my wife has an opinion, I listen to it. When she wants to do something, I help her. I don't try to stop her, and I don't try to tell her how to do it. I don't say, "Don't do it that way. Do it this way, because that's how I'd do it."

Shedding the Old Paradigm

Miriam Ava | Posted 03.17.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Miriam Ava

It's time we stop worrying about looking stupid. It's time we stop hiding our light because we're afraid to be shamed. It's time we stop playing small out of fear of being criticized, ridiculed, and abandoned.

I Don't Need to Be Saved

Steve Austin | Posted 03.03.2016 | Religion
Steve Austin

Do we really have to agree on every point to acknowledge the salvation of the other? Do I really need to be saved just because I have gay friends?

Why I Gave Up Snarky Comments for Lent

Laura A Boggs | Posted 03.03.2016 | Women
Laura A Boggs

We aren't Catholic, but I decide for Lent I'm abstaining from insults and digs, mocking and malice. Cold turkey, I'm giving mankind a break. (No, I don't plan to binge on Easter -- did you see her hat? What about those shoes?)