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Empathy is Essential

Empathy: “The capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within their frame of reference, that is, the capacity to place oneself in another's position.” (Wikipedia) Empathy comes in different forms — emotional (appropriate responses to others’…

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Awareness of the Sacred

Currently I’m reading, among several other books, “The Universal Christ,” by Richard Rohr. In it, he distinguishes from the historical person of Jesus and the concept of Christ, which Rohr establishes as God incarnate in everything throughout all time —…

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Agent of Change

This time of year, when the sun is hot and warm breezes sway the trees, I am reminded of a particular June I lived in 2006. I distinctly remember being at a cemetery, walking across the open field, to pick…

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What Dialogue Can Do

The other day I called my brother to check in and catch up. When I asked, “How are you?” he replied, “Do you mean when I’m in uniform or when I’m out of uniform?” My brother is a lieutenant police…

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Ruptures Require Repair

A few months ago a confidant of mine gave words to a dynamic I know to be true. It was a very useful insight for me, though simple and somewhat obvious. He shared how harmful it is in our relationships…

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What Love Can Look Like

The other day I was talking with a friend about some profound ways I have seen people love… the kind of love that hurts, the kind when the cost seems too high, the kind that stands on the line between…

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Answering Invitations

There are many ways invitations reach our souls, encouraging healing, growth, and creativity. Sometimes they arrive by means of a spiritual scavenger hunt. This process can unfold without my awareness at first. All I may have done is merely look…

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Redistribution of Personal Energy

Some problems can become all consuming in a flash. If the difficulty feels chronic, or the issue presents itself as urgent, how easy it is to make it our singular focus. We investigate it, parse it out, get as clear…

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The Bridge Between Patience and Acceptance

Sometimes it's painful to remain patient — hoping a situation will change for the better, when there is little to no evidence that real transformation is underway or even possible. 

Sometimes it’s painful to accept that all hope is gone…

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The Heart-Brain Friendship

On a recent family bike ride my 8 year old daughter, peddling alongside me, said with discovery and excitement,  “Mom, I think the heart and brain are best friends!  Do you know why?”  I replied, “No, why?”  She continued, “Because…

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