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Looking Clearly at Beauty

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 4:11pm
Our scars help write our story. They also point to our inherent beauty. Scars come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The ones that often come to mind are the ones on my body. Many of these are testimony to a life well-lived. They give voice to childhood moments of innocence. My knobby knees tell the tale of climbing a tree and jumping off the highest branch into a pile of leaves because I was...

I’m an Original Creation

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 5:37pm
How a gay woman found true belonging by embracing her unique self United, we stand. Divided, we are merely a distraction. When this idea first came to me a few years ago, I related it to organizations, communities, societies, or families that might stand together. As time went on, I realized this statement was most significant when applied to my life experience as a gay person. United, I...

On Your Own But Not Alone

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 11:30am
When we feel isolated, you can rely on the Spirit within Most young people can hardly wait to be on their own. They instinctively feel great powers and possibilities within themselves, they have high hopes and dreams. Yet these same persons a few years later may be very unhappy at the thought of being on their own. A loss of someone on whom they have come to depend, perhaps the trauma of...

Life Lessons from My Pack of Furry Friends

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 3:30pm
How our pets are keeping us sane during the coronavirus pandemic (and beyond) I’ve been working at home for about 10 weeks now. The only problem is my cats. I’ve set up a quiet bedroom workspace beside a bright, beautiful French door. The cats believe I am sitting here to serve their needs—all day. They go in and out of that French door. And in. And out. Now for anyone familiar with cats,...

What Prayer Can Do for You

Thu, 05/07/2020 - 9:00am
The practice of regular prayer offers many benefits, beyond faith Prayer is for anyone and everyone. It is a natural inclination of the child or the adult. Read more in Request Now It is not a strange, fanatical, or emotional approach to a problem, but a quiet, Christlike attitude that looks for the good in everything and everyone. It is an attitude of heart and...

5 Tips for Mindful Parenting During Change

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 4:08pm
Joy, gratitude, and forgiveness fosters strong connections with your kids When I was expecting my first child, I heard about a friend of a friend who journaled every day, documenting her pregnancy with emotion-filled writing, poetry quotations, and personal reflection. Another mom-to-be was doing a photo essay of her journey to motherhood. I was puking my guts out for the first six months, so...

Home

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 4:35pm
What it means to find yourself, and to find your way home I’ve told more than a few people that when I arrived from Iowa to live in Kansas City, I was finally able to find myself. The idea of finding myself made sense to me. During the years I’d lived with my family of origin, I felt I didn’t belong. The phrase “fish out of water” fit. My family loved me well enough, I felt, but they just did...

The Right Issue for This Moment

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 11:37am
Officially, the May/June issue of Unity Magazine is themed “Respect the Earth.” But it can also serve as a pandemic issue—even though the articles were written before the coronavirus encircled the globe. It’s full of stories that might give you ideas for talks and classes when, week after week, you continue to address what’s happening in the world. Unity Magazine—“Respect the Earth...

When Self-Care Isn’t Working for You

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 11:23am
Spoon Theory, Self-Forgiveness, and Small Steps to Survive Stress “I am starting to lose it,” I said to my husband. He rubbed my back. “Yes. The kids said they are worried you are starting to lose it.” Gut punch. That hurt because I am at home, in my place of comfort. I have all the tools at my fingertips for self-care, from bath bombs to Disney+. I have a husband who will make me a grilled...

Breathe Deeply

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 9:00am
How to let the simple practice of slow, deep breathing restore you Breath is looked upon as life, as spirit, throughout world cultures. Breath has both physiological and emotional connections. Breathing is both reactionary and proactive. Your breathing will respond to your physical or emotional circumstances; you can also control your breathing to affect your physical and emotional responses....

How to Pray It Forward

Mon, 04/13/2020 - 5:13pm
Why Sharing Prayer and Praying for Others Is So Powerful Prayer is the connection between you and your divine source. It is your personal experience, but you can also “pray it forward.” Through shared prayer with others or by praying for others, we use our personal connection with the Divine to uphold others as whole and wondrously made. “The real search of all people is for God,” said Unity...

To Thine Own Self

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 10:19am
The lake looked at the mountain, and thought: O fortunate mountain, rising so high, while I must lie so low. You look far out across the world and take part in many interesting happenings, while I can only lie still. How I wish I were a mountain!   The mountain looked at the lake, and thought: O fortunate lake, lying so close to the warm-breasted Earth while I loom here craggy,...

The Power of Music to Heal

Mon, 04/06/2020 - 10:20am
When I was first starting out as a musician, I would sing at weddings, piano bars, and hot dog stand openings—you name it, I would be there. Music seemed to be the perfect vehicle for me to express my heart and soul. Excerpted from The Heart of Healing Request Now Includes Karen Drucker CD I was writing songs at this time and trying to get published with the...

Acceptance

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 12:30pm
In acceptance, we see the world as it really is. In resistance, we expect to change the past. Acceptance sounds like an easy concept to adopt. It takes little effort to feel spiritual when life unfolds according to our desires and wishes. We may even say we feel in tune with life and affirm all is unfolding in divine order and all is right in the universe. Yet, as soon as things start to take a...

The Four Levels of Faith

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 11:31am
How is faith possible during the hardest of times? Learn how to grow your faith, even when change brings fear and uncertainty How strong is your faith today? Where are you putting your faith? Faith is not necessarily believing God will make everything better. Faith is believing that something—anything—is steering the course of your life. You get to choose what that is. A beloved story about...

The Power of a Minute

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 2:30pm
Take a Minute: Learn About Prayer. Rest in the Presence. Minute prayers are possible for anyone to practice. No matter where you are, you can call upon the presence of God. Take that minute, in spite of anything, in the midst of anything, regardless of the place or circumstance. Take a minute before getting out of bed in the morning. During morning activities, every so often stop for another...

Hopscotch Forever

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 12:32pm
How to learn to let go and fall into spontaneous play again Have you become too old to play hopscotch with your friends? When I was young, I lived totally in the moment—the ever-present now, enthusiastically playing hopscotch or blindman’s buff with my friends. Time had no bearing, as I was lost in the activity of Spirit, centered perfectly in the now moment. I eventually crossed an imaginary...

20 Ways to Be Happier in 2020

Mon, 03/09/2020 - 11:09am
How to promote more happiness and spiritual well-being in your daily life It can be tempting to think (or overthink) life’s happiness, especially in terms of the big parts of our journey: family, career, education, and health. But what about the daily pleasures? You know what they often say about the little things, and that’s no truer than when you’re thinking about promoting spiritual...

Compassion: Why It Matters in Healing

Mon, 03/09/2020 - 8:00am
How Empathy Makes Western Medicine More Effective The most profound healing event I personally remember occurred as I was recovering from anesthesia following an appendectomy. The surgery was a rushed-up affair in the Student Health Center at the University of Texas at Austin, when I was a senior student preparing to enter medical school. I never met the surgeon beforehand; he thought it...

What Are You Saying to Yourself?

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 4:00pm
When negative self-talk invades, let affirmations of Truth heal What kind of conversation do you carry on with yourself? What are you saying to yourself right now? You may say, “But I don’t go around talking to myself!” You may not think that you do, but you are continually telling yourself all kinds of things. These inner conversations are, of course, the thoughts you are thinking, the...

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