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Mindfulness in Challenging Times

One day this week was pouring rain and the next day the sun was shining. Reflecting on this made me think about how quickly things change. These are uncertain times and we can all see how in the past few weeks all our lives have changed in ways we never imagined.

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By Jerry Silbert, M.D.  | 

Pandemic

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath - 
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.

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By Lynn Ungar  | 

Soil and Spirit: Sowing Seeds of Luck

Did my Irish grandmother believe in luck? I don’t think so. She was not a particularly “lucky” woman. The loss of one husband, one baby, and her own death at a relatively young age would deem her very unlucky indeed. Did she believe? Did she have faith? Yes!

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By Jean Golicz  |