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Stop Emotions from Hijacking Consciousness

posted by Cheryl Petersen

This is a terrible way to start an article, but it gets better fast. It was years ago and I had a form of Streptococcus that made my ear drain puss constantly. The doctor gave me antibiotics and told me […]

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Difference Between Sleep and Rest

posted by Cheryl Petersen

How is your day? Did you sleep okay last night? When I get a good night’s sleep, I ask myself, why? What did I do differently? I search the internet for clues. This morning, I came across an mnn webpage […]

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What About Punishment?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I remember one day I was hot and tired, making dinner in the kitchen while the children were running around me playing. A daughter stopped and asked me a question—an abstract question that required genuine effort to wrap my brain […]

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Zen Kitty and Our Week

posted by Cheryl Petersen

This next week is more hectic than normal. A visitor came yesterday. There is more noise in the house. So, I’m taking some time-out to reflect. The noise can’t disrupt our connection to the divine. Tips for peace: Listen. Share. […]

Dean Potter Walks the Rope

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Daredevil Dean Potter is making headline news for his slackline rope walk over an impressive canyon in China. Opinions aimed at his achievement run high and wide.  Opinions point at Potter and say he is reckless, fearless, or a showoff. […]

Choosing the Better Emotional Cereal

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Emotions are as varied as cereals. Don’t buy into the sugary emotions that leave us hyper and tired, such as infatuation, greed, fear, and apathy. Buy into and eat the humdrum emotions that keep us going all day. Honesty, realism, […]

Contraceptives and Church

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The Washington Post gets a thumb up for Michelle Boorstein’s article, Young Catholic women try to give church’s position on birth control new sheen. Last weekends article cites Ashley McGuire, who is campaigning with other young, religiously conservative Catholic women […]

Looking at the Lord’s Prayer From a New Angle

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“Christ Jesus taught his disciples one brief prayer, which we name after him the Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer is the prayer of Spirit, not of mortal perceptions. Jesus said, “Pray, therefore, like this:”[1] and he gave that prayer which […]

Birth Control and Abortion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Needless to say, when the touchy subjects of birth control or abortion make headline news, I usually bite my tongue but this time I will add my practical 2 bits. I have to agree with pragmatism over politics or religion. […]

Find Signs of Renewal in My Oft Maligned Religion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Every Sunday morning when I was a child, my parents would take my brothers and sisters and me to Sunday School. This ritual continued through my teen years and includes memories of learning Bible stories and hanging out with people […]

Listening to J.R. Martinez

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Veteran J. R. Martinez recently told his story at the local college here in upstate New York but only after asking everyone to listen, not just hear what he had to say. Jose Rene Martinez joined the United States Army […]

Developing a Workable Faith and Religion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Faith and religion have been dancing for millenniums, quite often stepping on one another’s toes until they bleed. Blame for the bleeding usually gets placed on religion, so much so, that the last few decades have been chalked up as […]

Stepping out of the Tomb

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“His disciples believed Jesus was dead. Hidden in the narrow tomb however, Jesus was alive, demonstrating the power of Spirit to overrule mortal materialist perceptions.”–21st Century Science and Health

Not Hating Religion but Loving Christ and Feeling Healing

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Christ Jesus’ story is so epic, it could be thought of as a foundational legend for research into Mind-healing. You may know the tale, but it doesn’t get old: Just over 2000 years ago, Jesus developed a skill that could […]

One of Those Days

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I am not boring, therefore I am not bored. Life is good, really good. I will accomplish everything on my long list today. So why do I wonder, What am I going to do with myself?   “You asked, ‘Who […]

Previous Posts

Four things NOT to do on Valentine’s Day
Don’t think you have to eat out at a fancy restaurant. The tradition of eating someplace extraordinary requires reservations and yes, waiting, because so many other people are doing the same thing on Valentine’s Day. You can instead eat ...

posted 8:03:34pm Feb. 02, 2016 | read full post »

Religion today, part VII
Now that the word Islam no longer terrifies me, I can stand up against Islamophobia with understanding. From, 21st Century Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, we read, "Christian Science requires us to improve our intentions. ...

posted 7:50:26am Jan. 25, 2016 | read full post »

Islamic image today, part VI
After getting know better my neighboring Muslims, my concept of Islam was detaching from the “unknown” or “scary” and attaching to peace and joy. Spirituality became the focus rather than religion. To stereotype a religion is to ...

posted 7:45:40am Jan. 20, 2016 | read full post »

The Islam image today, part V
At the Muslim Sufi Center, I was taken under the wings of two women, I’ll call them S and K. They explained what everyone was doing as the evening progressed. I was introduced to Shaykh Hoja then we all sat on the floor to listen to the ...

posted 7:39:08am Jan. 15, 2016 | read full post »

Dealing with the Islamic image today, part IV
The famous “bell graph” comes to mind when I’m breaking down misconceptions and stereotypes. The graph line starts low, rises, peaks, tapers off, and ends low. At the low points are extremes. There are extreme thinkers inside as well as ...

posted 7:28:48am Jan. 10, 2016 | read full post »

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