Of Winter to Spring

Cold mountain mist wanders through the forest My nostrils crisp with dew and blossom Birds sing of joy and of verdure Green exploding against silver Pink apple trees replete with flowers All feasting in love through beauty Ah, these fleet moments of respite These happy whispers These joys of living Winter gives way to spring… read more

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The Courage to be Happy

“You must choose between your attachments and happiness.” -Adyashanti- What does this mean? To choose between the things you desire and happiness? It means that we must choose between what we expected life to be and what it actually is, in reality. Are we willing to be grateful for what we already have right in… read more

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Goodbye Grandma

At the age of five I would go with my Grandma to this old country church, hidden away in a sleepy hollow called, Cedar Valley. On cold winter days, while Jack Frost was doing his Michael-Angelo’s, I would sit in the back with the old timers, my numb toes burning under the whoosh of the… read more

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Us vs Them

What our enflamed society fails to see, is that, in principle, Liberalism is exactly like Conservativism: Both believe they are standing for the cause of truth. Both live by the same principles of intolerance. Both refuse to learn from perspectives outside of their own worldview. Both are correct at times and both are wrong at… read more

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Rest

Even though Christ gave his life for us, we doubt God’s love because our lives haven’t gone according to plan – our plan. We spurn the guidance of God in favor of our own demands. At the heart of our pride is a wounded-fear that refuses to trust God. Our naive inner-child unwilling to rest;… read more

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Addiction is Based in Trauma not Just Genetics

“Despite all the research on trauma and despite all the studies that show how childhood adversity predisposes a person towards addiction in significant ways, the role of trauma remains largely ignored. Despite the consensus in brain developmental scientific circles that the brain is a social organ that develops through a child’s ongoing interaction with their… read more

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Default Reactions Create Default Results

“Although you may never have even thought about it, your brain has already constructed an internal system for making decisions. This system acts like an invisible force, directing all of your thoughts, actions, and feelings, both good and bad, every moment that you live. It controls how you evaluate everything in your life, and it’s… read more

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Why Going With the Flow Will Never Get You Where You Want to Be…

“I believe that life is like a river, and that most people jump on the river of life without ever really deciding where they want to end up. So, in a short period of time, they get caught up in the current: current events, current fears, current challenges. When they come to forks in the… read more

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Breaking the Silence of Death by Overdose

By: Stephen Woods   THIS ISN’T EASY Tuesday night I was at my grandmas house for a normal visit. My new wife and I had just gotten back from our honeymoon the day before. The phone rang and my grandma answered with a sarcastic “what.” But the mood quickly changed and I knew what the… read more

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The Seven Pillars of Self-Worth

The Seven Pillars of Self-Worth   1. The Practice of Living Consciously Live in the present. When we make a conscious effort to see and experience what is around us, we can make choices based on what is, not what isn’t. We can improve our happiness through gratitude and changing what is real, rather than… read more

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Control is an Illusion

For far too long, people have been buying and selling love and approval through the currency of success. We are accustomed to earning acceptance through being “good” or reaching the “top”. We want to know where we stand, we want to fix, to know, to control outcomes. Yet, while success might cloak itself in social… read more

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Healing Anger

Anger is easier than fear. It gives us the illusion of control. It serves a purpose in our lives. It helps us survive.  Anger is how we cope: it is why we overcome, why we defend the needy, why we have justice, why we complain, why we play victim, why people bully and abuse.  Anger… read more

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Affirmations 

Today I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy. My body is healthy, my mind is brilliant, my soul is tranquil. I am superior to negative thought and low actions. I have been given talents which I will begin to utilize today. I am the architect of my life, I build it’s foundation and… read more

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SIGNS OF A FALSE PROPHET

If their prophecies do not happen, have no fear of them  Deuteronomy 18:21–22:   You may wonder how you can tell when a prophet’s message does not come from the Lord. If a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord and what he says does not come true, then it is not the Lord’s… read more

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Faith

When, full of promise, it was fair When chosen, naive Yet of despair and stained garments Yet of broken things unmended And this a chore of gratitude And of foul, joy Of meaning, this purifying fire Of humiliation, hope I have flailed to see I have flailed Like dusk Like twilight Beyond certain  Beyond now… read more

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