Using a Psalm as a blessing

Posted on December 12, 2016

Did you know that blessing is probably one of the oldest cultural expressions of human spiritual activity, dating back many thousands of years? One of the many things I love about blessing is that it is expressed in a great variety of forms. Take for instance Psalm 23, attributed to King David, which is one of the most universal and beautiful spiritual texts in history. Whatever a person’s religious—or spiritual—background,…

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A Blessing for Everyone

Posted on December 12, 2016

May you have comfort on difficult days and smiles when sadness intrudes. May rainbows follow your clouds and laughter kiss your lips. May sunsets warm your heart and hugs when spirits sag. May beauty open up for your eyes to see. May friendships brighten your being and faith abound that you can believe. May confidence appear when you doubt and may you have the courage to know yourself, patience to…

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Guest Post

I Bless This Day

Posted on December 12, 2016

I bless this day in the fullness of good it already contains, in the many occasions it offers to listen deeply, to be of service to others, to express gratitude moment by moment and to keep my mind so filled with love, beauty and joy that no negativity can find even the tiniest crack in which to set foot. I bless this day in the infinite opportunities it gives me…

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Questions for my Family: Conversation starters to bring your family closer this holiday

Posted on December 9, 2016

All over the world families are gathering to celebrate the holidays over beautiful meals made with so much love and care. If your family is anything like mine, once everyone has shared their latest news (which pretty much everyone else already knows thanks to Facebook), the conversation starts to turn to the more mundane, losing the magic of the holiday moment. Keep the magic going with these questions written to…

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Beyond Words 2016 Children’s Holiday Gift Guide

Posted on December 9, 2016

For the one who’s asking lots of questions They ask questions about everything, or maybe they don’t ask direct questions, but they seem to be talking around something, and you know they are looking for answers. Here are books where they will find answers to all sorts of questions.     For…

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8 Ways Families Can Make a Difference at the Holidays (and All Year Long!)

Posted on December 9, 2016

The holidays cause many of us to think harder about how we might help those in our communities who may be less fortunate than we are. This hits especially close to home for those of us who are parents, and we often want to find ways to include our children in our charitable endeavors. This can be a bit tricky, since many places have age restrictions on their volunteer positions.…

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Beyond Words 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Posted on November 25, 2016

Let this holiday be the year you give everyone on your list something that will surprise them and maybe even make a difference for them in 2017. Find something for them and explore the rest of our site to grab something for yourself while you’re at it. For the Life Warrior on your list They are the person that inspires you every time you see them with tales of the…

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Couch Potato Contemplation: Really Wanting to Be Happy

Posted on October 13, 2016

Hunker down in your favorite chair, get comfortable on the couch, or settle into your BarcaLounger and put it all the way back, on “full Barca.” Let go of all the activities, plans, and anxieties of the day. They’ll all be there when you come back in a few minutes! Relax every part of your body from head to toe. Take a few deep breaths and bring your mind into…

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The Happiness Factor

Posted on October 12, 2016

Excerpt from Think Eat Move Thrive We have been studying happiness and what makes people happy for many years now, through research and our work with clients and patients. Personal health is one of the greatest determinants to happiness, and we believe authentic happiness serves to create a beautiful life. Happy people aren’t just healthier, they live longer. If you were to ask the majority of people—from any culture, age,…

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