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The Sacred Text of Our Body’s Wisdom

St. Irenaeus, a second-century theologian once said, “The glory of God is a human being fully alive.”  This journey of reclaiming our birthright of aliveness and deep connection to ourselves and all of life is at the heart of Full Body Presence developed by Suzanne Scurlock. Her teachings offer practices and skills to help access our body’s inherent knowing and wisdom.

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By Patrice Ficken, M.Div.  | 


You find a place to sit, 
spine cradled by hazel branches
and finally rest arrives.
The grief you didn’t even know was there
breaks the banks within, so carefully built,
and you discover a river inside you.

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By Christine Valters Paintner  | 

Pearls at the House of Mercy

The retreat house bordered on the ocean, a delight for us who lived inland. The first morning, the water rushed the shore passionately, dragging a big swath of it back to sea. Unable to walk on water, I walked into it, lost my balance and fell. I laughed, got up, stumbled over to the nearest rock and dried off in the sun.

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By Joan Sauro, a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet  |