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Compassion Is Required

Because uncertainty is so incredibly nerve-wracking, we would like to know the right answers to our questions. We want a definitive right or wrong proven fact or opinion so that we do not have to deal with worrying about the … Continue reading

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The News Is a Mental Health Hazard

In the process of reading Rutger Bregman’s new book Humankind, I came across his statement that the news is a mental health hazard. He says he always thought being up to date on the news was necessary for a free … Continue reading

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Reflexes

A very long time ago, I was in a dog training class. A dog training class is really more about training the owners than the dogs, but that is another story. One of the commands we learned to train our … Continue reading

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Your Unique Answers

I am reading the book: Yes to Life In Spite of Everything, which is a translation of three lectures given by Viktor Frankl in 1946. What he says is that each person has to figure out how to answer the … Continue reading

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Denial, Dissociation, Distraction

Sometimes we find ourselves face to face with a despair that threatens to overwhelm us. It is taking every bit of energy we have not to give in to it. We try different things; we talk to ourselves; we know … Continue reading

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No One Knows

Mark Lilla has an oped piece in the New York Times this morning called “No One Knows What Is Going To Happen.” His point is that everyone wants to have some certainty, but we can’t predict the future because it … Continue reading

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Human Nature

Why in the world is that awful book Lord of the Flies required reading in so many schools? Or even more so, why are any dystopian speculations considered entertaining? From them, we get an unrealistic idea about basic human nature, … Continue reading

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Vision

One of the useful perspectives in dealing with the onslaught of information we are experiencing is a commitment to distinguish facts from speculation. There are so many guesses about what is going to happen and what we should be doing, … Continue reading

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Tricks for Managing Stress

According to Bruce Perry, trauma expert (Full Lecture here), you can deal with trauma using 3 steps, in this order: Regulate emotions: –Create some structure and predictability: make routines, plan your day. –Institute some kinds of movement, even for 5 … Continue reading

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Embracing the Generations

I have heard that there is a saying somewhere in Africa that “when an elder dies, a library burns to the ground.” Contained in this brief saying is a fundamental valuing of the accumulation of life experience. Over the course … Continue reading

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