Between Darkness and Joy
Mar17

Between Darkness and Joy

“Somewhere between the dark night and joy lies a place of simple peaceful loving kindness. A place where I rest and lean safely against myself for awhile; a place where I can be in the silence and hold a sacred space for myself; a place where I know and embrace the full spectrum of vulnerability without judging myself; a place where courage and compassion are not actions, but simply states of being; where self-forgiveness gives...

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The Power of Song
Jan22

The Power of Song

Oh, that we hold ourselves to a higher purpose through these trying times. – The song, Finlandia (This Is My Song), was originally written and sung in 1899 as a covert protest against increasing censorship of Finland by the Russian Empire. The lyrics written in 1941 are powerful and speak to the beauty, strength and love of a nation struggling to hold to a higher purpose… Perhaps one of these version will speak to you, as...

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Reconciliation, Forgiveness and Healing
Nov06

Reconciliation, Forgiveness and Healing

The Highroad to Reconciliation and Forgiveness – Reverend Steve Bolen – Part 1: Introduction to this week’s sermon: The Highroad of Reconciliation, Forgiveness and Healing, Part 2. Reverend Steve Bolen will be exploring practical tools to help us make a difference in the world, within this community and out in the communities of our lives. “We are all walking each other home.” – Rumi...

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Self-Love & Self Appreciation
Jun11

Self-Love & Self Appreciation

At times some of us have a tendency to associate the term “self-love” with narcissism; self-centeredness, or being egotistical, which leaves us with a bit of a conundrum. We don’t want to be thought of as a narcissist, and we have grown up being told not to be self-centered. This, then, raises the question, how can I love myself without being narcissistic? In his interview, Psycho-Spiritual Scientist &...

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Compassion
Mar10

Compassion

People want to be religious, says scholar Karen Armstrong; we should help make religion a force for harmony. She asks the TED community to help build a Charter for Compassion — to restore the Golden Rule as the central global religious doctrine....

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Jack Kornfield: The Ancient Heart of Forgiveness
Mar04

Jack Kornfield: The Ancient Heart of Forgiveness

  “Finding a way to extend forgiveness to ourselves is one of our most essential tasks. Just as others have been caught in suffering, so have we. If we look honestly at our life, we can see the sorrows and pain that have led to our own wrongdoing. In this we can finally extend forgiveness to ourselves; we can hold the pain we have caused in compassion. Without such mercy, we will live our own life in exile.”...

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Fred Luskin, PhD: Forgiveness Is Trainable
Dec16

Fred Luskin, PhD: Forgiveness Is Trainable

This video series is a dialogue between Dr. Fred Luskin, who holds a Ph.D. in Counseling and Health Psychology from Stanford University where he served as director of the Stanford Forgiveness Project, and Rev. Lyndon Harris, a chaplain at St. Pauls Chapel in lower Manhattan, next to Ground Zero. They discuss the definition of forgiveness and gratitude.     2008 Theology Institute Annual Conference: Forgiveness “The...

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Jack Kornfield: “Turn Your Heart Toward What Is Good”
Dec16

Jack Kornfield: “Turn Your Heart Toward What Is Good”

Best-selling author Jack Kornfield says Buddhist teachings begin with the idea that people are born whole and good, and that later, they can choose to turn back to their innate goodness. Watch Jack explain how to return to your original state of goodness, and hear Oprah name the one thing all humans want to experience. Plus, Jack shares the words from Nelson Mandela that still affect him today. Super Soul Sunday I Invite you...

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