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Heresy: The Guardian of Truth

I first posted this on October 2, 2013. It seems relevant again. The first reaction to truth is hatred – Tertullian One of the most difficult things in life is to stand up for truth as you know it. Nothing will bring down public scorn as readily as believing something that is different from what the […]

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Peace Novena 2017 Day 2: Character in the midst of suffering

As we enter day 2 of the 2017 Peace Novena, I pray that we all find ways to be kind and to listen with an open heart. (If you don’t have time for prayer and reading this post, choose prayer. Novena rituals and prayer) Suffering Is a Choice Many people are real pain as a […]

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Peace Novena 2017 Day 1: Wisely Selfish Selflessness

Day 1 Reflection: Compassion Compassion is a good place to begin nine days of prayer for peace, especially in what I consider a toxic environment of constant negativity and judgment. The “correctness police” who troll the Internet and social media have an opinion about EVERYTHING and often that opinion lacks any hint of compassion. Below […]

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Becoming an Architect of Change

After another enjoyable time on the Architect of Change radio show, Connie Whitman asked me to share Dr. Sauvage’s 4-Step Spiritual Action Plan and a version of St. Ignatius Examen. Both can help with the spiritual discipline needed to be an architect of change for yourself and the world. During the show (which I will post […]

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Nurturing Your Body: Loving Yourself

Nurturing Your Body: Loving Yourself From Opening Hearts Chapter 5 Healing & Nurturing the Body The body is a miraculous self-repairing system of awe-inspiring  complexity. To maintain adequate function and prevent disease, the body requires a few vital things from us: good nutrition, adequate  exercise, and protection from toxins and the elements. Making good choices […]

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Cardinal Rule 5: Avoid Toxins

Toxins Are Avoidable Deadly Foes, Especially Smoking From Opening Hearts Chapter 5 – Healing and Nurturing the Body Some people combat stress by ingesting toxins in a variety of ways and smoking cigarettes may be one of the worst of the bunch because the well-known dangers of smoking cigarettes greatly outweigh any relaxing effects of […]

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Cardinal Rule 4: Manage Stress With Balance & Inner Peace

Rule 4: Manage Stress by Finding Balance and Inner Peace From Opening Hearts: Chapter 5 Five Cardinal Rules for Healthy Living Excessive, chronic stress can literally kill you. Our emotional, mental, and physical response to actual or perceived threats triggers the adrenal glands to release a flood of hormones including cortisol and adrenaline.42 [Footnote 42: […]

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Cardinal Rule 3: Exercise – Good Nutrition’s Essential Partner

From Opening Hearts, Chapter 5’s Cardinal rules for healthy living: Rule 3 Exercise Human beings are created for activity; our bodies are made to move. Yet in our technological world too many of us spend most of our lives sitting. We sit in cars, at computers, in front of televisions and desks, and at sporting […]

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Cardinal Rule 2: Maintain a Healthy Weight

Rule 2: Maintain a Healthy Weight From Opening Hearts: Chapter 5’s Five Cardinal Rules for Healthy Living; Weight – The Shape of Your Physical Self Weight literally shapes the person you see in the mirror. An underweight emaciated person appears gaunt or even skeletal while an obese person often resembles an apple or a pear. […]

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Nutrition’s Nemesis: Sugar’s Outrageous Growth

Opening Hearts: Chapter 5 Nutrition’s Nemesis: Sugar’s Outrageous Growth If I could select one substance to decrease in our diet it would be sugar. This unhealthy substance feeds the inflammation that damages arterial walls and has a long list of other harmful health consequences including cancer. Yet the average American consumes about 150 pounds of […]

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