Trust: Lessons from Those at the End of Life

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As a hospice chaplain, I’ve had the privilege of companioning hundreds of patients at the end of their lives. Each patient was a teacher and offered me unique lessons. But one lesson that I continually learned from these patients witnessed was that of trust—trust in the great unknown and trust in the process of letting […]

How a Near-Death Experience Put Me on the Right Path

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Whitewater rafting in level III rapids in Costa Rica, I was thrown overboard. Despite my life vest, I was pulled deep underwater, and complete darkness surrounded me. “This is it,” I thought. “I am finally going to die.” This fear of death was familiar to me from facing cancer during my childhood. And here it […]

How A Childhood Cancer Diagnosis Taught Me to Trust the Unseen

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I don’t remember the exact moment that I turned to God and prayer, but I do remember what my first prayer was: “Please let me live to be twenty.” I said it when I was eleven years old and going into the hospital for weekly chemotherapy treatments. I knew that I was living between life […]

What My Dying Mother-in-Law Taught Me

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The doctors had told my-mother-in law, Karen, that there was nothing more they could do for her. How can we navigate unexpected suffering, trauma, and the ups and downs of being human? The first step is awareness. We choose to notice what is happening just in this moment. Instead of focusing on the past or […]

How I Learned to Live From the Heart

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I grew up in a family that saw feelings as a foreign language. We didn’t talk about them. We didn’t express them. We usually pretended we didn’t feel them. We loved each other, of course, but we weren’t that comfortable saying so. In our tribe, the path to recognition was paved with achievement. Talking about […]

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and how do I treat it?

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During winter, it’s not uncommon to feel less energetic and motivated. Whether due to the colder weather or lack of daylight, it is also not uncommon to spend less time outside – all of which can impact our mood. For some individuals, this seasonal mood change can develop into a form of clinical depression called […]

The Myth of Perfection

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When it comes to healing or just general health and prevention, it can sometimes feel like there is a mountain to climb and a pressure to “get it all right.” Yes, we will always recommend high-quality sleep, stress management, movement, solid nutrition, healthy social interaction and removing toxins in addition to your treatment plan, but […]

Meditation for Health and Wellbeing

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Meditation (or mindfulness, contemplation, spiritual practice or prayer) is all the rage these days, and there are lots of ideas about these practices as well as many claims about what they can do for us. Perhaps we might become more peaceful, or spiritual, or our immune system will get better, or we will feel less […]