Personal Growth
Postcard from Peru- Patch Adams

Postcard from Peru- Patch Adams

PATCH ADAMS, MD (Director, Gesundheit Institute) has delivered free, fun care to thousands of people all over the world in his 49 years of service with the belief that the health of an individual cannot be separated from the health of the family, the community, and...

Writing from the Heart: Magic Eyes- Nancy Slonim Aronie

Writing from the Heart: Magic Eyes- Nancy Slonim Aronie

How does your perception affect what you see? In the early ’70s, there was a book being passed around in our circle of friends called “Magic Eye Beyond 3D.” Basically it was a two-dimensional image that had a three-dimensional image hidden in the middle of the page....

The Fiction of Being: Looking for the Untold Story- Mark Matousek

The Fiction of Being: Looking for the Untold Story- Mark Matousek

Every life is a work of fiction. That’s what I tell my memoir students. People come to me wanting to tell their life story, the narrative that sums them up, the myth that captures their essence. They expect to find this story hiding inside them like one of...

The Paradox of a Purposeful Life- Kim Rosen

The Paradox of a Purposeful Life- Kim Rosen

Today there arrived in my inbox a missive announcing a film festival on aging. Describing a series about challenging traditional stereotypes, it read, “These rockstars of aging are still giving 100% in their careers or fearlessly volunteering their time for others -...

The Time of the Hero is Over- Sharon Blackie

The Time of the Hero is Over- Sharon Blackie

An Antidote to the All-Conquering Hero   In his 1949 book The Hero with a Thousand Faces, American mythologist Joseph Campbell suggested that the world’s most important mythological stories share a common framework: they all involve a hero, who happens to be a...

Thresholds and Thin Times- Christine Valters Paintner

Thresholds and Thin Times- Christine Valters Paintner

In Celtic tradition there are many moments considered to be a “thin time” which means that heaven and earth feel closer and we might experience moments of connection to those who have gone before us in ways that we don’t usually. These moments are the daily portals of...

Mothers of the Dead: Abortion as Initiation- Perdita Finn

Mothers of the Dead: Abortion as Initiation- Perdita Finn

Two days after I was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Church, I had an abortion. I went looking for one spiritual initiation and got another.  I was crossing campus on a spring morning, headed to my class on Dante’s Divine Comedy, when the smell of wet dirt...

Being Young in a Time of COVID- India Adams

Being Young in a Time of COVID- India Adams

I’ve always considered myself to be both a very independent person and a very introverted one.I’ve always considered myself to be both a very independent person and a very introverted one. When I was in my early-mid 20s, I was especially entrenched in this view of...

Point of View- Ed Tick

Point of View- Ed Tick

Seeking the most powerful healing practices to address the invisible wounds of war, Dr. Ed Tick has led journeys to Viet Nam for veterans, survivors, activists and pilgrims for the past twenty years. He writes: “During one of my annual reconciliation journeys to Viet...