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Ethical Will

Legacies Through the Decades

Rachael Freed | Posted 02.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Take time to reflect and write about who you are and were, in earlier periods of your life. Divide the time in any way that fits your life and the stages you moved into and out of through your years and because of your unique experiences.

The Legacy of Dreams

Rachael Freed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Why I share this personal dream: at this season, as we move every day toward more dark than light, we have the opportunity to dream more, to reflect on our interior lives, and to pay attention to our dreams.

Fearless Moral Inventory

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

I'm sure you can think immediately of situations, both in the news, and in your own life, where it would help for someone to face with humility his or her own lapses and shortcomings.

Legacy Letters and Charitable Giving

Rachael Freed | Posted 12.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Often we feel overwhelmed and defeated by the size and numbers of needs and requests. Rather than throw up our hands in despair, we must do what we can and then a bit more.

Legacy: Learning to Let Go

Rachael Freed | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Summer naturally and gently lets go to autumn's gradual birth. Days are shorter, nights are cooler, farmers and squirrels harvest, trees dress up in t...

A Legacy of Beauty

Rachael Freed | Posted 10.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Beauty nourishes life. Let's let our beautiful words awaken our loved ones to the beauty in their lives. Let's be aware that as we express the myriad ways beauty enriches our lives, we participate with the sun in beautifying these long last days of summer.

Write a Legacy Letter Today!

Rachael Freed | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

The model provides a four-part structure to make writing legacy letters simple, uniquely personal, and meaningful. A one-page letter written in no more than 15 to 30 minutes using this model can be completed in four paragraphs.

The Legacy of Our Favorite Stories

Rachael Freed | Posted 07.02.2013 | Books
Rachael Freed

There will be those who'll argue that a tablet or a video can do the same things, but there's something so tactile, so wonderful about holding a book, turning it around to show its pictures, holding one side of the book and a child gripping the other, turning paper pages.

Death Cafe Or Sacred Conversation?

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

To ask, as we do, how we want our bodies to be treated after death gives us the opportunity to learn what Jewish tradition has said for generations.

Seeking Wisdom From Our Families During the Holidays: Genesis 47:28-50:26

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 02.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Too rarely do we appreciate these cheery winter holidays as an opportunity for spiritual engagement, life review or reflection. Even more rarely do we pause to realize that the family and friends with whom we spend these celebrations are more than fellow partygoers, but potential sources of inspiration for our lives.

Civility: A Legacy of Peace

Rachael Freed | Posted 12.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Only we can recognize our own uncivil thoughts, words, and actions, understand our own failures of trust and fear of difference. Only we can replace them with understanding, compassion, and love.

Legacy: Sharing Life Lessons

Rachael Freed | Posted 09.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

One significant purpose for writing our legacies is to extract the lessons we've learned from our experience, from our "stories," to pass them forward to future generations.

Legacy Blessings: Honoring Our Mothers on Mother's Day

Rachael Freed | Posted 07.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

This Mother's Day, each of us -- with our unique and complicated relationships with our mothers -- has the privilege and the obligation to articulate our honoring and revering in a legacy letter.

Legacy: Making a Difference

Rachael Freed | Posted 06.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Whether you're the original creator of a legacy gift or you volunteer to be but a tiny cog in a great project, you can make a difference in others' lives.

Legacy Writing: Transitions

Rachael Freed | Posted 05.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

We are always in some kind of transition of our ideas, in our personal lives, in our relationships, in the seasons of the year and in our country's public life and the world.

Legacy Writing: A Spiritual Practice

Rachael Freed | Posted 02.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Given our material world, it's hard to remember that the holidays are our cultures' ways of expressing the holy. No matter what faith you profess, these days, like all days, are an opportunity to express our spirituality, our seeking the divine in and beyond our world.

A Legacy of Beauty

Rachael Freed | Posted 01.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

In a world fraught with violence and destruction, we need more than ever... beauty. Of course beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. How can we pass forward to future generations what we perceive and experience as beautiful?

The Legacy Of Our Stuff

Rachael Freed | Posted 08.30.2011 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Ethical wills are about values, not valuables. But what about the category of "stuff" you can't take with you -- of value or not?

Legacy Writing: (R)evolution

Rachael Freed | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

How do we individually echo the larger changes happening today in nature (earthquakes and tsunamis) and our political worlds (revolutions throughout N...

Legacy Writing On Courage

Rachael Freed | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Courage, a value that we've seen practiced and heard much about at home and around the world in 2011, is what we'll concentrate on in our legacy writing this month.

Civility: A Legacy Of Peace

Rachael Freed | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

The legacy of civility, beyond our personal hopes for our families and loved ones, is imperative in our own country and the world.

Legacy Writing: The Urge To Preserve

Rachael Freed | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Writing legacy letters (spiritual, ethical wills) is a response to the deep human yearning in us to articulate and preserve who we most authentically are and by what values we have lived.

Legacy: Honoring Our Mothers

Rachael Freed | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

As women, our mothers remain not just with us, but in us. Our connection with mothers is stronger than memory, a kind of permeation that goes beyond anything verbal.

Our First Legacy: Names...Our Way Home

Rachael Freed | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Names function as a compass connecting us to our families and communities. Stories about how and why we were given our names give substance and significance to our names.

Legacy and the Gift of Time

Rachael Freed | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Consider common statements used in our culture: "Time is money." "Time marches on." "Time is precious, don't waste it." "Time flies." We're less attuned to: "Take time to smell the roses."