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Why Imagination Matters

Living in the Wild West or Endless Color What was it like to be famous gunfighter Jesse James in America’s Old West? A gunfighter possesses extraordinary courage in the face of danger. He fiercely defends himself and community from dangerous outlaws and rivals. With a cautious eye and closed-off heart, gunfighter James erected an impenetrable …

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Holding Holiday Moments

Is it stressful thinking how you will open up your calendar to accommodate friends’ parties, visits and road trips in December? Is it hard to commit to large blocks of time to commit to the same old holiday festivity-making? According to a poll by the American Psychological Association, nearly 25% of Americans reported feelings of “extreme …

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Forgiveness: The Ultimate Holiday Gift

Ho, Ho, Ho, give me your dough! Before long we’ll be running through store aisles and cruising online past midnight for “perfect gifts” for loved ones. Merchants will try to convince us to also buy items for ourselves. Are we complicit to copping to the rationale “We’re in a well-deserved shopping mood and deserve to …

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Avoiding Holiday Meltdowns

Ho, Ho, No? Holidays can bring out the best – or worst in us. Amid commercials depicting cheery families dressed in matching pajamas, there is often a quiet melancholy that drifts into our psyches. We mix fantasy, memories, guilt and mild skepticism into a seasonal beverage that we consume in large quantities. A lot of …

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Healthy Holiday Boundaries

Dana hears the annoying question coming from the other end of the phone. They are posed by her brother Norm. Although Norm says these words out loud, Dana has been thinking about and dreading this question for the past week. She’s mentally rehearsed the perfect answer, but her throat freezes up and her stomach flip …

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Voices of Strength

Crisis Compromises Hannah’s Mind and Heart Hannah is struggling with the Coronavirus experience. Juggling the news, internet and social conversations she has not figured out how to balance the noise, quarantine and increasing online dependency. One moment she feels frustrated and anxious, the next she is smiling and light-hearted. Instead of using this time off …

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COVID-19 Thriving: Lasting Values Amidst Changing Beliefs

The tree of life joins our values and beliefs If we describe ourselves as trees, values are the root system we nurture and water. While children we gather roots from family, neighbors, friends and various belongings. As we mature, the values we nurture deepen and define our well-being and world view. Abstract and powerful values …

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What You Need to Know About Spiritual Bypassing

Exhaustion settles in LuAnn is burned out from daily life. A single mom of two and mental health professional, COVID-19 has turned her life upside down. Since the pandemic and fear of exposure, she hasn’t been able to drop off the kids at her parents’. The kids play video games with their friends while she …

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Finding Trust in Strange Times

Today’s Version of Trust The concept of trust in modern times represents a primary component of healthy connections among people, nature and animals. A trusting relationship offers a safe and loving space for people to express themselves to each other. Trust encourages us to show up for ourselves and each other with respect and authenticity. …

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