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Mindful Monday: Pray As If It’s Your First Time

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The following reflection by Thomas Merton was published in a collection of Merton’s letters entitled “The Hidden Ground of Love.” There must be a time of day when the man who makes plans forgets his plans, and acts as if […]

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Mindful Monday: The Bible Says to Chill Out

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In case you didn’t know and you need something to repeat the next time you wig out, scripture is full of “chill out,” “hang tight,” “I got ya covered,” and “we’re cool” verses. Among them: Therefore I tell you, do […]

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I, Too, Have a Dream

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Some of you may recognize my dream, but I like to repost it every now and then to keep it alive and give it legs. In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.: I have a dream that one day I […]

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Mindful Monday: What Is Your Epiphany?

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An epiphany can mean several things: an “Aha!” moment after relentless searching and study, the first time you see something (or someone) in its natural form, or the Christian feast commemorating the visit and adoration of the Christ Child by […]

Mindful Monday: Wisdom Quotes for 2011 and Timeless Talmuldic Ethics For Everyone

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Before I met Ronald Pies, M.D., professor of psychiatry and lecturer on bioethics and humanities at SUNY Upstate Medical University and professor of psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine, I did not know what a mensch was. I figured […]

Angels In My Hair: This Life Has Meaning

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The following excerpt is reprinted from “Angels In My Hair: The True Story of a Modern-Day Mystic” with permission by Doubleday. Since this is the season of angels and hope and miracles, I thought you’d like read it. One particular […]

Baboushka: A Russian Folk Tale

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A wonderful Russian Folk Tale about the Magi.

A Christmas Classic: You Can Keep Christmas

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From “A Classic Christmas,” a compilation of beautiful reflections, meditations, and scripture passages.  Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world–stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death–and that the blessed life which began […]

Why I Love Christmas Eve

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This is why I love Christmas Eve. From Cistercian Abbot Andre Louf about the beauty and joy of Christmas night: That is the joyful message of the night of Christmas: if the little child who was born in Bethlehem is […]

The Perfect Christmas Gift: The Encouragement Box

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The following post was written by Diana Keough, who created ShareWIK.com. Since you all know how important my self-esteem file is, I thought you’d enjoy her story. You can find the original post at ShareWIK.com. Every year, buying Christmas presents […]

The Magnificat … Mary’s Song of Praise

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In celebration of Christmas, I always like to remember Mary’s beautiful song of praise.   And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit rejoices in God my savior, For he has looked with favor on the lowliness […]

Mindful Monday: Finding Christmas

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This reflection was from two years ago, but is still very real every Christmas. I’m starting to understand Christmas as the season where Christ comes to visit you in the most unexpected ways. If you can only quiet yourself for […]

Yes, Depressives, There Is a Santa Claus

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The following post, originally posted in December 2006, is one of my favorites for this season. I almost blew it today. I almost told David there was no Santa Claus, or Tooth Fairy, or Easter Bunny. The practical, cynical, depressed […]

There’s Something About Mary

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I think about Mary often this time of year. More than usual, which is a lot.   Mary loves desperate people–the ones who have already tried Jesus and, for whatever reason, didn’t get results. That’s how my mom explained it […]

The Memorare

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I have prayed the Memorare every day since my mom (and others) told me to go to Mary with my depression. It’s clear from the words of this prayer that Mary hears all pleas, but especially those uttered in desperation: […]

Believe Without Seeing

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All the Christmas movies–from the classic “Miracle on 34th Street” to “The Year Without a Santa Claus” preach a common message: faith is about believing without seeing.   In our family favorite, “Elf,” Santa’s sleigh, fueled by Christmas spirit, crashes […]

The Dark Night

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It’s probably no coincidence that I chose the poem “The Dark Night” composed by Carmelite mystic John of the Cross as the topic of my senior thesis back when I was a religious studies major in college. The poem is […]

Mindful Monday: A Child Has Been Born

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A Classic Christmas: Spiritual Reflections, Timeless Literature, and Treasured Verse and Scripture

Mindful Monday: A Speck of Light

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If I counted up all the minutes I’ve spent staring into a flame, I wonder how many years of my life that would be. Certainly more than the hours I’ve spent brushing my teeth or combing my hair. It would […]

4 Gratitude Tips

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Being as I’m not great at gratitude (or I’m not like the guy in the Optimism Club that reader Peg talks about on the message board of my “Optimism Versus Hope” post), I appreciated these four simple gratitude tips by […]

Mindful Monday: God Places

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I’m a pilgrimage kind of gal. Throughout my life, I’ve flocked to places marked with divine fingerprints: Lourdes, France, where the muddy hole Bernadette Soubirous dug 150 years ago became a river of healing waters; Mexico City, home to the […]

Therapy Thursday: Keep Saying No

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

Mindful Monday: The Fern and the Bamboo

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A classic that I like to post on Beyond Blue every now and then … One day I decided to quit…I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality…. I wanted to quit my life. I went to the woods to […]

Therapy Thursday: Keep Saying Yes

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

8 Ways Faith Can Heal

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Awhile back “Time” Magazine published some fascinating articles on the “biology of belief”: how faith can heal us. Folks who attend church services on Sunday have a lower risk of dying in any one year than the guys who sleep […]

On All Saints Day: 7 Patron Saints for Healing and Comfort

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saints for healing and intercession

Therapy Thursday: Love Them Anyway

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

6 Steps to Serenity

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I don’t know how many times I utter the Serenity Prayer in a day, but it’s well into the double digits. In fact, the words penned by the late theologian Reinhold Niebuhr may very well be imprinted on my plastic […]

Mindful Monday: 10 Inspiring Quotes for a Depressed Heart

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One of Beliefnet’s most popular galleries is “10 Inspiring Quotes for a Depressed Heart.” I’ve included several of them here.     *  “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your […]

Therapy Thursday: Send It Anyway

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

Mindful Monday: On Praying Imperfectly

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In Luke’s gospel Jesus tells his disciples this parable: A widow begs a crooked judge for a just sentence against her adversary. After lots of badgering and nagging, the judge says, “Dang, Lady, I’m tired of you. I’ll send your […]

Therapy Thursday: Do It Anyway

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

Mindful Monday: The Cracked Pot

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I love this tale from India, retold here by Mary Dessein. What a beautiful way of thinking about our illness, frustrating life situations, or crosses we bear. A water-bearer carries two large pots on a yoke across his shoulders up […]

Therapy Thursday: Call a Board Meeting

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

When Two or Three Are Gathered: On Spiritual Friendships

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I’ve long known the truth of Martin Buber’s line: “When two people relate to each other authentically and humanly, God is the electricity that surges between them.” It’s the same message that Jesus speaks in Matthew 18:20: “For where two […]

4 Steps to Mindfulness

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I’ve been pursuing a better understanding mindfulness–and trying to practice it–for a good six months now. In the last few weeks, though, I think I’ve made some progress due to a CD I’ve been listening to by Dr. Elisha Goldstein […]

Mindful Monday: To Everything There Is a Season

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I have always loved the verses of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, and throughout October and November I say them daily. The beautiful words are attributed to Solomon, which isn’t surprising since, according to the Bible, God granted him abundant wisdom.   Here […]

On the Feast Day of St. Therese: Roses From Heaven

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I like to publish this story every October 1, since it is the feast day of St. Therese, my patron saint. I owe my life to St. Therese of Lisieux. A few times over. This Carmelite nun–dubbed the “greatest saint […]

Therapy Thursday: Change the Locks

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

Mindful Monday: What’s Your Brick Wall?

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This is a piece from my archives. But it’s a good reminder of my brick walls today. “Brick walls are there for a reason,” said Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon University computer-science professor who so poignantly taught us how to […]

Therapy Thursday: See With the Heart

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

Therapy Thursday: Don’t Waste 14 Good Days

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

Living the Serenity Prayer: The Wisdom to Know the Difference

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A few steps by Eileen Flanagan to live the Serenity Prayer.

Mindful Monday: Tips to Make Every Moment Matter

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The following passage has been adapted and reprinted with permission from the book “Every Moment Matters: Savoring the Stuff of Life” by John St. Augustine. I found it on the site www.care2com.   Because my life experience has shown me […]

Therapy Thursday: Wake Up to Prayer

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

Eileen Flanagan: The Wisdom to Know the Difference

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Here’s a great excerpt from Eileen Flanagan’s book “The Wisdom to Know the Difference,” now available in paperback! Learning to live with trust does not happen overnight, just as the spiritual practices in this book are not necessarily learned in a […]

The Spiritual Life and Bipolar Disorder

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According to Kevin Culligan, O.C.D, manic depression can mimic the behavior of someone growing in her spiritual life. Hey, that’s great news for me! The next time I get manic and tell an inappropriate joke to a colleague, I can […]

Therapy Thursday: Keep Showing Up

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

Mindful Monday: Mother Teresa On Prayer

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Three years ago, Mother Teresa graced the cover of Time magazine when her private writings were published, many of the excerpts filled with surprising doubt, despair, and a kind of spiritual anguish. I was lucky enough to get one of […]

Mindful Monday: The Prayer of Thomas Merton

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I’ve posted this prayer by Thomas Merton on Beyond Blue before, but it has brought me such comfort in the last few weeks that I wanted to share it all with you again. My Lord God, I have no idea […]

6 Favorite Prayers

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Here are my six favorite prayers … what are yours? The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the […]

Mindful Monday: The Parable of the Sower

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One of my favorite scripture passages–the one Eric and I actually used for our wedding ceremony–is the Parable of the Sower, from Matthew 13:   That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such […]

Let Me Live Until I Die: An Interview with Thea Bowman

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Following are excerpts from an interview with Thea Bowman, a Franciscan Sister who became a huge inspiration to black Catholic communities, and to wider circles for her joy and gratitude, her nobility of spirit, and her very real spirituality. The […]

Mindful Monday: Enjoy the Scenary

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I was moved by the comment of Samuel Lopez De Victoria on my Psychcentral post, “If You Build It, He Will Come.” I found his tale to be inspiring because I’m facing so many unknowns in my life right now, […]

Anna Quindlen: Enjoy the View

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Another story that helps me to put things into proper perspective is a passage from Anna Quindlen’s “A Short Guide to a Happy Life.” The text was originally her commencement address to Villanova University. Click here for the entire speech. […]

Mindful Monday: 6 Helpful Prayers to Know

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With all the uncertainty that’s going on in my life, I’m trying to cling to prayer as much as I can, to continually ask God to guide me in a direction that best promotes His peace in this world. Ironically, […]

When One Door Closes, Another Opens

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The maxim, “Where one door shuts, another opens,” is quoted, most famously, in the 21st chapter of Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes’s classic, “Don Quixote.”

How to Pray When You’re Depressed

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When I was in the eye of depression’s storm, I couldn’t pray. I would go into my bedroom closet, shut the door, and light a candle in the dark. I stared into its flame, wanting so badly to feel at […]

Mindful Monday: Choose Three Things That Inspire You

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Do you have three things that you can place throughout your house to inspire you?

Are You Spiritual Or Psychotic? The Fine Line Between Prophetic and Crazy

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“Sometimes a fine line separates psychosis and off-center belief”

Are Depressives More Spiritual?

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I am what you might call a “depression snob.” I have a rather high opinion of people who suffer from depression and anxiety. I assume that if you carry bottles of Zoloft, Prozac, or Xanax in your purse, you are […]

Jesus: Career Counselor?

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Can Jesus be a career counselor? Bestselling author Laurie Beth Jones thinks so! Jesus – Career Counselor slideshow View more presentations from FSB Associates.

CafeMom Launches Depression Support Center

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CafeMom, the number one site for moms, just launched a depression support center that hosts a few cool things, like “Ask the Expert” events. Here’s a description: Feeling depressed or anxious? This is the place for you to connect with […]

Monica A. Coleman: I Need Spirituals

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Music gives me the words I can’t find, and it gives me a rhythm to dance or slowly rock to.

What Religion Can Do For Your Health

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Like many of you, I’m always telling people I will pray for their health, and I mean it. I realize that every person I pray for doesn’t get his wish just because I’ve engaged the Guy upstairs in a conversation, […]

Mindful Monday: You’re Good Enough Already (So Stop Trying)

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Keep saying, “God loves me, and God’s love is enough.”

Avoid All Forms of Self-Rejection: Stop Blaming Yourself

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Spiritual author Henri Nouwen on self-rejection and self blame.

Oprah’s Wellesley Commencement Address

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I love Oprah’s advice to graduates in her Wellesley College address. You can read the entire speech by clicking here. This is my favorite paragraph: I remember being taken off the air in Baltimore, being told that I was no […]

Mindful Monday: Just Be …

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For me, standing still is so much harder than running.

First Forgive

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Since we are the topic of forgiveness, I thought I’d share with you an excerpt from my book, “The Pocket Therapist.” Mother Teresa once said, “Whatever our religion, we know that if we really want to love, we must first […]

8 Ways to Overcome Jealousy and Envy

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These 8 techniques will lead me out of the continent of jealousy and home, to self-acceptance … theoretically.

Neither Blame Nor Indulge: Medication, Therapy, Mindfulness, and Rest

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It is true both that very little depression is entirely the fault of the sufferer, and that almost all depression can be ameliorated with rigor.

Never Place a Period Where God Has Placed a Comma: Why You Need Friends

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Never place a period where God has placed a comma. That’s a line from comedienne Gracie Allen. Beliefnet’s faith editor, Ansley Roan, reminded me of that saying after reading my post last week about my bad book sales numbers and […]

Faith Pulled Me Through: Hope Is a Great Prophylactic

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If anything keeps us alive, it is, indeed, hope. And faith can provide that hope.

Mindful Monday: 7 Ways to Mindfully Boost Self-Esteem

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Fellow blogger Elisha Goldstein always has great insight over at his blog on PsychCentral, called “Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.”  I especially liked his 7 ways to boost self-esteem using mindfulness. Here they are: Write it down – In working with erroneous […]

Build a Guesthouse for Your Feelings

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One of the chapters in “The Pocket Therapist” is “Build a Guesthouse for Your Feelings.” Ironically, a talented artist I know, Anya Getter, titled her piece, “A Guesthouse,” and sent a photo of it to me. Here is the entry […]

Surrender to Me, Surrender to Peace

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I love this time of the liturgical year, because the readings are full of hope and renewal, of promise and light. Here’s a nice meditation I read the other morning by Richard Hobbs, a convert to Catholicism and father of […]

Who Wants to Be Featured in a Documentary About Depression?

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A large website just contacted me and asked if I knew of any interesting people suffering from depression who would be willing to talk to a journalist about coping skills, daily life, and so forth. A camera crew would need […]

7 Healthy Reasons to Cry Your Eyes Out

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New York Times reporter Benedict Carey referred to tears in a recent piece as “emotional perspiration.” Given that I sweat a lot and hate deodorant, I suppose it makes sense that I weep often. But I’m not going to apologize […]

50 Life Lessons: An Interview with Regina Brett

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When she was 50, journalist Regina Brett published a column of life lessons. By popular demand, here they are!

50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours

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Here’s a cool widget thingy (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, stay cool), where you can put your mouse on the arrow and go through all 50 of Regina Brett’s lessons. Cool! if (WIDGETBOX) WIDGETBOX.renderWidget(‘ca65cdee-b57b-4191-b236-890e119a703d’); Get the God […]

The Power of Self-Preservation

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I subscribe to NPR’s “This I Believe” series, and so often find nuggets of hope in the stories they cover. The following excerpt is from the essay by Hugo Haas, who was forced by the Nazis out of his Czech-born […]

Life = Risk: A Video to Motivate and Inspire

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Fellow blogger Marie of Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer shared this video on her site. On the same day as I featured 21 Ways to Overcome Disappointment. I had goosebumps as I listened to it. I hope you do too! * Click […]

The People Who Love You When No One Else Will

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When her biological family fell apart, Cecile Gilmer found a new family. She believes the love and kindness these chosen “relatives” gave her allowed her to become an open and loving person.

This I Believe: A World of Vibrant Colors

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I believe in a world of colors. A Crayola box full. A life of hues that exists between the continents of Black and White. I believe in nuanced theories rather than dogmatic statements, in thoughtful queries over simplistic answers. I […]

No, Really, I’ll Take the Coffee: Easter and Stories of Renewal

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Just as important as tracking your relapses, or sudden mood swings, is recording your progress. Because by looking at how far you’ve come, you essentially give yourself a booster shot to run even further.   Easter and Spring, especially, are […]

Nine Ways to Live Easter

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The following piece is also featured as a Beliefnet gallery, which you can get to by clicking here. One of my favorite scripture verses is John 20:15, when Jesus finds Mary Magdalene crying at the door of the tomb and […]

Thank You, God, for Easter

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The following is one of my favorite pieces from my archives because I wrote it when I was just ascending out of a very deep depression. I thought of it yesterday, when Katherine and I colored Easter eggs. I wish […]

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche: Finding Your Buffalo

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The following is a guest post by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, a widely celebrated teacher know for his skill in making the full richness of Buddhist wisdom accessible to modern minds. His latest book, Rebel Buddha, (Shambhala Publications) is due to […]

What Is Depression?

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A friend of mine defines depression this way:   “The thought of a loss, real or perceived, of a person, place, or thing that you consider essential to your wellbeing.” I don’t know why, but that definition was somewhat freeing […]

Flex Your Moral Muscle: God Can Change Your Brain

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In his newest book, “After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters,” Anglican bishop and biblical scholar N. T. Wright advises his readers not to cheat on their tax returns. Because that deceitful act may very well carve a neural pathway […]

This Is Your Brain on Religion

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David Ian Miller posts a fascinating interview with Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of “How God Changes Your Brain” on The San Francisco Chronicle’s website: SFGate.com. Newberg’s book discusses the results of brain scans […]

The Fern and the Bamboo

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Because I’m needing some extra encouragement and inspiration these days, I thought I’d publish this lovely parable that my guardian angel Ann sent me awhile back. One day I decided to quit…I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality…. I […]

Seasons of the Soul: My Bipolar Experience

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With Spring days away, I thought it appropriate to publish this lovely poem by Theron Messer, a graduate student at Oxford University. From shortest to the longest day Each season slowly drifts away With gracious time for life’s adjustment. As […]

Mindful Monday: Get Lost During Lent

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In her new paperback, “An Altar in the World,” bestselling author Barbara Brown Taylor writes: Popular religion focuses so hard on spiritual success that most of us do not know the first thing about the spiritual fruits of failure. When […]

Henri Nouwen: Keep Living Where God Is

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The following excerpt is from Henri Nouwen’s book, “The Inner Voice of Love” (the one I’m always quoting from … it’s my favorite). Whatever you are doing–watching a movie, writing a book, giving a presentation, eating, or sleeping–you have to […]

Faith Can’t Cure Mental Illness: Believers Struggling with Depression and Mood Disorders

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U.S. Catholic writer Anna Weaver penned a comprehensive, insightful, and useful article in last month’s issue of US Catholic magazine (where I actually worked as an editor … my first real job out of college). I was honored to be […]

16 Psalms for Depression and Anxiety

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When I was buried in the Black Hole of depression, nothing comforted me like the Psalms. My very religious aunt told me to read them every morning, because they were written for people fighting against despair. So I would take […]

Mindful Monday: A Bad Case of the What Ifs

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I woke up this morning–okay and every morning for the last 8 days–with a bad case of the “What If?”s. I’m feeling the familiar adrenaline run through my veins. It’s fear, of course. Of what could happen. Tomorrow. Next year. […]

Psalm 91: God Is With You

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I recently came upon this message on my Beliefnet homepage: I have bipolar as well, but I am usually more depressed than manic. I fight every day to look for something to cling to do I do not take my […]

Mindful Monday: Haiti and the Dilemma of Suffering

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Why Haiti? Why suffering? We’ve gone here many times on Beyond Blue. But whenever a friend asks me, “How can you believe in a good God when horrendous tragedies like Haiti happen all the time?” I open my mouth, but […]

You Know Me, God, You Know Me

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On Saturday, my son received his First Reconciliation. I was one of the readers, and I found the passage that I read for the program so beautiful and comforting. It is Psalm 139:   (This is the children’s edition … […]

The Center Cannot Hold: A Memoir of Schizophrenia

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Photo by Will Vinet. I just found a TIME interview with Elyn Saks, author of “The Center Cannot Hold,” and found it fascinating. It begins: “My mind has been both my best friend and my worst enemy,” says Elyn Saks, […]

How Does Faith Contribute to Your Health? Ryan Howes of Psychology Today Interviews Me

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Fellow blogger and friend Ryan Howes graciously interviewed me for his “In Therapy” blog on Psychology Today. To check out the interview, you can click here. He asked me this: Spirituality clearly plays a major role in your life. How […]

WHYY.ORG’s Webcast: Digest This

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I’m new to this webcast stuff. Today will be my first one. I will be answering questions on today’s “Digest This” webcast, a weekly hour-long online discussion hosted by WHYY’s Health and Science team. It will be held today from […]

Finding God in Tough Times

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I loved this piece by my friend and Jesuit priest (but don’t hold that against him) Jim Martin on finding God in the hard stuff. I thought you’d all like it, too. Click here for the original link. “Don’t you […]

The Beyond Blue Book Give Away!

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I don’t know how the hell he does it. John McManamy. He thinks of things before I do. Like way before I do. And they are really good ideas! I really think I should have dedicated my book “Beyond Blue” […]

Our Deepest Fear

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Here’s an inspirational poem by Marianne Williamson that touches on the topic of owning your own truth, something I am going to try to do in 2010. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is […]

A Christmas Classic–Never Alone

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During the Christmas season I will be quoting from “A Classic Christmas,” a compilation of beautiful reflections, meditations, and scripture passages. I hope that these selections will help you to enter into this holy season and remember to rely on […]

It’s a Wonderful Life

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I am publishing this from my archives today because I’m taking the day off! I was really moved by Larry’s blog entry on the holiday classic, which I try to watch each year, to remind me that, despite my illness, […]

A Christmas Classic–Joy to the World

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During the Christmas season I will be quoting from “A Classic Christmas,” a compilation of beautiful reflections, meditations, and scripture passages. I hope that these selections will help you to enter into this holy season and remember to rely on […]

John McManamy: Surviving the Holidays

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Fellow blogging buddy John McManamy has some great, simple holiday advice on his blog. Be sure to check out his witty insights at Knowledge Is Necessity. Among them:   Keep your expectations low. We tend to do the very opposite, […]

A Christmas Classic: Do Not Be Afraid

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During the Christmas season I will be quoting from “A Classic Christmas,” a compilation of beautiful reflections, meditations, and scripture passages. I hope that these selections will help you to enter into this holy season and remember to rely on […]

A Christmas Classic: Take Time to Be Aware

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During the Christmas season I will be quoting from “A Classic Christmas,” a compilation of beautiful reflections, meditations, and scripture passages. I hope that these selections will help you to enter into this holy season and remember to rely on […]

Beyond Blue Turns Three! The Miracle of the Poinsettia

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It’s been three years since I penned my first post. Thank you for all your encouragement and support.

A Classic Christmas: We All Come Home

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During the Christmas season I will be quoting from “A Classic Christmas,” a compilation of beautiful reflections, meditations, and scripture passages. I hope that these selections will help you to enter into this holy season and remember to rely on […]

Mindful Monday: The Source of Miracles–7 Steps to Transforming Your Life Through the Lord’s Prayer

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Contrary to “The Secret” author, bestselling Kathleen McGowan says the Lord’s Prayer is the true source of spiritual transformation.

A Christmas Classic: God Comes

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Favorite Christmas quotes and meditations

Mindful Monday: Yes, Depressives, There Is a Santa Claus!

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Just a word on wonder and magic and the silent part of the season we often miss.

The 7 Kinds of Hope

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There are 7 kinds of hope.

Why Does God Allow Suffering? Part 2

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Why does God allow suffering? What about free will? Where can you find hope?

Mindful Monday: And I Repeat–Trust Me

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When God wants to make a point, He repeats himself. Do you trust God?

John McManamy: Depression or Deep Thinking?

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John McManamy weighs in on deep thinking versus depression.

5 Clues You Should Be Letting Go of Something: An Interview with Eileen Flanagan

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And 5 clues you should be changing something instead of giving up.

A Bipolar Serenity Prayer

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They made another prayer just for us!

Henri Nouwen: Keep Choosing God

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One of my favorite meditations by Henri Nouwen.

Mindful Monday: Dare to Stay with Your Pain, Stay with Your Loneliness

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Spiritual author Henri Nouwen and psychologist John Bradshaw on healing the pain of your inner child.

Come All Who Are Weary

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Jesus statue gives me hope at psychiatric evaluation at Johns Hopkins

6 Quotes On Hope

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quotes on hope

Why Does God Allow Suffering?

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Why does God allow pain? Why is there suffering?

Heaven Is a Good Insurance Policy

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My friend, Fr. Joe, has an interesting perspective on heaven. On his post, “When it Comes to Heaven, it’s Good to have an Insurance Policy,” he writes: I get the weirdest remarks from people sometimes. A man said to me […]

Forgive an Accident

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Another favorite post of Gretchen’s is the one on how to “Forgive an Accident.” Probably because, as a person who struggles with severe ruminations, I can so often be disabled … literally … by running a mistake over and over […]

Mindful Monday: The Interruption of a Friendship and God’s Healing

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On Mindful Monday, my readers and I practice the art of pausing, TRYING to be still, or considering, ever so briefly, the big picture. We’re hoping this soul time will provide enough peace of mind to get us through the […]

Henri Nouwen on Giving Gratuitously

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Here’s another of my favorite meditations from Henry Nouwen called “Give Gratuitously”: Your love, insofar as it is from God, is permanent. You can claim the permanence of your love as a gift from God. And you can give that […]

10 Steps to Finding Your Way When Life Is Not Turning Out Like You Wanted: An Interview With Sherre Hirsch

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Last year when I read Sherre Hirsch’s book, “We Plan, God Laughs: Ten Steps to Finding Your Divine Path When Life Is Not Turning Out Like You Wanted,” I knew I wanted to interview her on Beyond Blue because I […]

Henri Nouwen on Living with the “Not Yet”

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The following passage is from Henri Nouwen’s book, “The Inner Voice of Love”: Try to keep your small, fearful self close to you. This is going to be a struggle, because you have to live for a while with the […]

7 Ways to Prevent Burnout

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One of my favorite authors is Robert Wicks because, as a professor of Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University Maryland, he is constantly integrating spirituality with psychology, and offerings ways to prevent secondary stress, the pressures encountered by those who work […]

Mindful Monday: Loving the Stranger Who Is You

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On Mindful Monday, my readers and I practice the art of pausing, TRYING to be still, or considering, ever so briefly, the big picture. We’re hoping this soul time will provide enough peace of mind to get us through the […]

Optimism Software: Technology Meets Self-Help

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Ever since I was discharged from the inpatient psychiatric program at Johns Hopkins, I have kept a mood journal where I daily record the amount of hours I sleep, my mood (rating it a fantastic and serene no. 1 to […]

Jon Kabat-Zinn on Mindfulness Practice

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Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., the founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, has a lovely quote on practicing mindfulness: In his book, “Wherever […]

9 Favorite Scripture Verses

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On my post “6 Favorite Prayers,” Beyond Blue reader June wrote: “Thank you so much for these!?Will there be a sequel?” Here my sequel! 9 of my favorite scripture verses … Ecclesiastes 3: A Time for Everything There is a […]

Larry Parker: Faith Is a Comfort to Me

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I’ve missed Beyond Blue reader Larry Parker’s wise and insightful comments on Beyond Blue. I didn’t realize how much I missed them until he wrote this in response to Vincent on the combox of my post, “What If You Have […]

But What If You Have No Faith?

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I was touched by this comment on the combox of my post “5 Ways Churches Can Minister to Those with Mental Illness” by Beyond Blue reader Vincent Zimmerman: Therese, I sometimes think I must be the only person diagnosed with […]

Mindful Monday: On Outsmarting Evil

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On Mindful Monday, my readers and I practice the art of pausing, TRYING to be still, or considering, ever so briefly, the big picture. We’re hoping this soul time will provide enough peace of mind to get us through the […]

Frank Bucher: The Cone of Life … Don’t Leave!

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Beyond Blue reader Frank Bucher sent me a touching email after he watched my video about Henri Nouwen and the Spiritual Life. I thought his interpretation of my cone was right on, and I wanted to share it with you […]

Henri Nouwen: Open Yourself to the First Love

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The following is one of my favorite meditations in Henri Nouwen’s “The Inner Voice of Love.” The love that came to you in particular, concrete human friendships and that awakened your dormant desire to be completely and unconditionally loved was […]

Do You Believe in Angels? A Lively Conversation on The Huffington Post

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I am a bit surprised by the response on my post, “Do You Believe In Angels?” at the Huffington Post. I went back and forth on whether or not to post such a religious topic on a secular site, but […]

Barbara’s Angel Story

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Awhile back, I included a Beliefnet interview with Joan Wester Anderson as a second post after my video on guardian angels. On the message board of that interview, Beyond Blue reader Barbara shared this story: I don’t know why things […]

Group Beyond Blue: Do You Believe In Guardian Angels?

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I started a discussion thread on Group Beyond Blue called “Do You Believe In Guardian Angels?” To open the discussion, I write this: On my blog I discuss a book called “Angels In My Hair” by an Irish mystic who […]

The Return of the Prodigal Son

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In “Home Tonight: Further Reflections on the Parable of the Prodigal Son,” Henri Nouwen writes, “The following story from Luke 15:11-32 provides the complete backdrop to my own story. Find a quiet, comfortable space, put aside preoccupations, and trust as […]

Group Beyond Blue: Take Baby Steps

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I was also moved by Group Beyond Blue member Safehaven’s response to Mali66’s journal entry. Safehaven writes:  Dear One,  Trying to “take in” the whole picture can be very frightening.  I know from experience.  You feel as though the weight […]

Mindful Monday: Remain In God and … Well, Just Remain In Him

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On Mindful Monday, my readers and I practice the art of pausing, TRYING to be still, or considering, ever so briefly, the big picture. We’re hoping this soul time will provide enough peace of mind to get us through the […]

Phil Fox Rose: 7 Steps to Meditation

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Thanks to Beyond Blue reader Barbara Bowman who is always turning me on to new spiritual authors and thinkers. She and many other regular readers know that I am on a forever quest to meditate. But this article she lead […]

How Would the Dalai Lama Treat a Mood Disorder?

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I was delighted by this response to my post, “My Holistic Approach to Depression” by Beyond Blue reader Rick S.: I am a Buddhist and have meditated for 35 plus years. I teach meditation and teach Buddhist philosophy in the […]

Mindful Monday: I Believe in Angels

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On Mindful Monday, my readers and I practice the art of pausing, TRYING to be still, or considering, ever so briefly, the big picture. We’re hoping this soul time will provide enough peace of mind to get us through the […]

5 Ways Churches Can Minister to Those with Mental Illness

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Awhile back Mark Brown of Brownblog asked me to write two blog posts: one about how you grow your faith as a person with a mental illness, which he published awhile back, and one about what churches can do to […]

How Facebook, Twitter, and Google Might Affect the Church

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Mark Brown of Brownblog posted a fascinating piece on how the digital revolution might affect the Church. He writes: What do we need to do to ready ourselves for the digital revolution?  First up, we need to recognize the utter […]

Group Beyond Blue: Church + Mental Illness

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Group Beyond Blue member Belleo started a wonderful discussion thread called “Church + Mental Illness.” Weigh in with your thoughts on how the church could do a better job of reaching out to those who suffer from mental illnesses.

Can You Pray Your Way to Health? Some Experts Weigh In

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I was searching for health and prayer stories and stumbled upon this one from Beliefnet. If you want to learn more about the real statistics on prayer, click here for the full article. Here is an excerpt:   News stories, midmorning talk […]

Worry Not: I’ve Got Your Back

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Scripture is chock full of “chill out,” “hang tight,” “I got ya covered,” and “we’re cool” verses. Among them: I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. […]

Global Spirit: Forgiveness and Healing

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It’s funny. I was just writing about forgiveness and healing … remembering that quote from “The Tale of Despereaux”: “There is one emotion that is stronger than fear, and that is forgiveness,” and then I received this clip from Global […]

Fresh Living: Befriending Who We Are

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Fresh Living blogger Valerie Reiss and I have been on the same wave length lately. Shortly after I taped my video on befriending ourselves, I found her blog post on the same topic. Valerie quotes Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron about […]

Henri Nouwen: Avoid All Forms of Self-Rejection

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I hope you all aren’t sick of Henri Nouwen. I realize I quote him, oh, every other day, but his writings capture so well the gunk in my heart. So here he is again today: You must avoid not only […]

Fr. Joe Girzone: God Is With You, God Is There

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I don’t know what I would do without my guardian angels — both Ann and Fr. Joe — and the other people that come into my life just at the right time to give me a message of hope. They […]

Nothing Happens In This World But By God

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I loved this passage in my morning meditational by Jean-Pierre de Caussade, a French Jesuit: You will arrive at [peace] of mind without difficulty if you never lose sight of the great and consoling truth that nothing happens in this […]

Be Cool to the Pizza Dude and 8 More Rules to Live By

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Always go to the funeral is just one of many great rules to live by in NPR’s Collection of “This I Believe” Essays. Here are some of my other favorites: 1. Be Cool to the Pizza Dude Coolness to the […]

Anne Naylor: 10 Tips For Being the Best You Can Be

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I enjoyed Anne Naylor’s “10 Tips for Being the Best You Can Be” on The Huffington Post. To get to the article, click here. Below are excerpts. What do Susan Boyle, Paul Potts and J K Rowling all have in […]

Mindful Monday: Loving Kindness … An Unexpected Lesson

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On Mindful Monday, my readers and I practice the art of pausing, TRYING to be still, or considering, ever so briefly, the big picture. We’re hoping this soul time will provide enough peace of mind to get us through the […]

Dare to Love … as a Child of God

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A friend of mine wrote the following meditation, and I was so touched by it because I have been trying to see myself lately as a loved child of God … as a flower in the hand of the creator […]

If You Keep Holy the Sabbath …

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According to the Book of the Prophet Isaiah: If you hold back your foot on the sabbath from following your own pursuits on my holy day; If you call the sabbath a delight, and the Lord’s holy day honorable; If […]

Dear God: Thank You for Easter

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Dear God, This is just a small thank you for coming through on your promises–especially the one assuring those who “weep and mourn” (a.k.a. depressives) that they will one day smile and laugh. (That’s your third Beatitude, right?) I remembered […]

Fox & Friends: Celebrating Easter Every Day

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Last year this time, I appeared on Fox & Friends to talk about how a person can celebrate Easter every day. But my mind wasn’t on the resurrection of Jesus. I was worried the puppy they sat in my lap […]

How to Pray When Depressed

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I often refer to this gallery of ways you can pray when you’re depressed written by Kathryn J. Hermes, F.S.P. I’m glad she gives us 10 spiritual techniques because my prayer method changes daily when I’m going through a cycle. […]

Be the Change You Want in This World

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While we are on the topic of mental health advocacy, I wanted to share the meaningful e-mail I received from Randy, the compassionate guy who made a video of my “dream,” described on the post, “I, Too, Have a Dream.” […]

Mindful Monday: Practicing Presence (or Mindfulness)

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On Mindful Monday, my readers and I practice the art of pausing, TRYING to be still, or considering, ever so briefly, the big picture. We’re hoping this soul time will provide enough peace of mind to get us through the […]

Elisha Goldstein: One Story That May Change Your Life

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Vietnamese Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh writes: “Life is both dreadful and wonderful. To practice meditation is to be in touch with both aspects.” I touched on this topic back on my post “When One Door Closes.” In his post, “Reclaim […]

Yikes … God Is an Architect: On Work, Vocation, and Doing God’s Will

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I really liked this passage from Father Bede Jarrett, a Dominican priest from England, because it takes the pressure off of me to figure out my life and calling and therefore loosens the harness of my self-expectations. On the other […]

Mindful Monday: Befriending Feelings and Choosing Forgiveness

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On Mindful Monday, my readers and I practice the art of pausing, TRYING to be still, or considering, ever so briefly, the big picture. We’re hoping this soul time will provide enough peace of mind to get us through the […]

Fr. Jim Martin on The Colbert Report: He’s the Show’s New Chaplain

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I’m going to do a little name dropping here and say that my FRIEND Jim Martin has become Stephen Colbert’s chaplain. This is his THIRD appearance on The Colbert Report, and Jim invited me to be part of the audience! […]

A Coffee Break

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Mindful Monday: Four Steps to Better Personal Boundaries

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Mindful Monday: Making Boundaries On Mindful Monday, my readers and I practice the art of pausing, TRYING to be still, or considering, ever so briefly, the big picture. We’re hoping this soul time will provide enough peace of mind to […]

Create Your Own Personal Shield–Like Derrie Did!

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I was so excited to see this creative personal shield by Beyond Blue reader Derrie! Doesn’t this make you want to do your own? Thanks, Derrie. (For instructions, review my video again.)

I’ve Learned … by Andy Rooney

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My sister-in-law e-mailed this to me the other day, and I loved it. Very Candy-Landish! I’ve learned….That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person. I’ve learned….That when you’re in love, it shows. I’ve […]

Practicing Mindfulness, Practicing Sabbath: My 10-Day Computer-Free Mental Health Experiment

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In her new book “An Altar in the World,” bestselling author Barbara Brown Taylor writes about “the practice of paying attention.” She explains: The practice of paying attention is as simple as looking twice at people and things you might […]

Mindful Monday: Taking Time In and the Gift of Solitude

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On Mindful Monday, my readers and I practice the art of pausing, TRYING to be still, or considering, ever so briefly, the big picture. We’re hoping this soul time will provide enough peace of mind to get us through the […]

Prayer for Perfectionists

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I have been sent the prayer by St. Theresa, my patron saint, so many times. But reading it today, I realized it’s the perfect prayer for perfectionists. Here it is: May today there be peace within. May you trust God […]

Dan’s Death Still Teaching Me Lessons: Live Simply

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I know it’s relationships week and all that, but I thought I’d publish a spontaneous post on my thoughts following the death of Dan a week and a half ago. I received an e-mail today from my former typing teacher […]

Touch the Robe: On Faith and Broken Hearts

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Today is one of those days that words fail me. My heart is stuck somewhere between grieving the wounds of my past–having been sucked back into a very dysfunctional place with my family of origin–yet knowing that every single second […]

Mindful Monday: On Integrity and Your Word

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On Mindful Monday, my readers and I practice the art of pausing, TRYING to be still, or considering, ever so briefly, the big picture. We’re hoping this soul time will provide enough peace of mind to get us through the […]

Pope Benedict XVI on Sincerity and Choosing God

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I loved this passage by Pope Benedict XVI on what it means to live sincerely, and what it means to constantly choose goodness over evil: Sincerity is fundamental … People must feel that we are not saying words we ourselves […]

Jim Martin: Who Cares About the Saints?

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You all know that I’m a Saint-a-holic. I’m addicted to the saints because they make me feel as safe as vodka used to. Especially my patron saint, Therese of Lisieux. From a very early age, I have had a strong […]

Friday’s Question: What Is Your Dream?

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Given that we started this week with the celebration of Martin Luther King’s dream (and I added my own to that day), and witnessed an incredible piece of history–one that I’m having trouble articulating, because seeing the million-plus people at […]

Oh Happy Daaaaay by Lovey-Dovey

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This is a day I’ve dreamed about, hoped for and prayed about: Barack Obama’s inauguration as President of the United States of America!!!! And judging from this morning’s news coverages, I’m not the only one who’s done this! As a […]

In Honor of Contributions of African Americans by Rather Be a Dolphin

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Yesterday, I spent a good amount of time writing down the words to a spiritual familiar to most Christians and many non-Christians–just by listening again and again to it, though my eyes serve better than my ears in such matters. […]

I, Too, Have a Dream

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In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.: I have a dream that one day I won’t hold my breath every time I tell a person that I suffer from bipolar disorder, that I won’t feel shameful in confessing my mental […]

Borderline Personality Disorder–Minds on the Edge

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I wanted to excerpt from Time magazine’s article, “Minds on The Edge,” about borderline personality disorder (BPD) because the diagnosis is on the rise and because so few people (myself included) understand it. Back when I was suicidal one doctor […]

Mindful Monday: You Raise Me Up–The Economy and Faith

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Sometimes when you list sanity tips all day you forget you need them yourself. And often the people who blab on and on about trusting God are the very folks who need to follow that piece of advice. My foster […]

Josh Groban: You Raise Me Up

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I absolutely love the lyrics to this song! When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary; When troubles come and my heart burdened be; Then, I am still and wait here in the silence, Until you come and […]

The Miracle of the Green Plate

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Martha Williamson has an inspiring story for anyone who, like me, is starting to panic in these hard economic times. Click here to watch the video “The Miracle of the Green Plate” about surviving the worst economic times though God […]

Pet Prayers and Blessings

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Pets Are Like Family By Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway & Rev. Victor Fuhrman Pets are as much a part of the family as human members. Whether a wedding or a memorial, a welcome for a new kitten, or a prayer […]

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