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GRACE #2                                                                                               Catherine L. Johnson   2017

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GRACE,

a series of original paintings.
Please click on the image for detail and on the link for further information:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/737-grace-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-2017-catherine-l-johnson-pablo-neruda-of-everything-i-have-seen-what-am-i-to-do-love-loved-one/

 

 

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Together by Dr. Vivek Murthy

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MPR News Presents

Former Surgeon General

Dr. Vivek Murthy

on the

power

of

human connection. 

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Please click on link to listen to the searingly beautiful and poignant interview.

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/09/17/vivek-murthy-on-power-of-human-connection

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Loneliness is a common human condition, according to Dr. Murthy. And how connected we are to other human beings can have profound consequences for our health, including a greater risk of heart disease, anxiety, depression, dementia, and even premature death.
He says we need to understand the role human connection plays in our life, and look at the science behind loneliness.
In his book, “Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World,” Murthy says there are three types of loneliness— in intimate connections, in friends, and in community. And he shares his strategies for addressing these problems. For one thing, he says “service is a good antidote to loneliness.”
Creating a healthier life for yourself, he says, will also create a better world. “We may be in different boats, but we’re in the same storm.”

 

 

 

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Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation

From the Center for Action and Contemplation
THEME:

WOUNDED HEALERS

https://cac.org/themes/wounded-healers/

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Healing is being situated in love. Healing is not just the courage to love, but to be loved. It is the courage to want to be happy not just for others, but for ourselves as well. It is interrogating our bodies as an artifact of accumulated traumas and doing the work of processing that trauma by developing the capacity to notice and be with our pain. If we are to heal, then we must allow our awareness to settle into and integrate with the pain and discomfort that has been habitually avoided. We cannot medicate the pain away. We embrace it, and in so doing establish a new relationship with the experience. We must see that there is something that must be befriended. This is the true nature of our experience, and in finally approaching this experience we contact basic sanity. . . .
Healing is movement and work toward wholeness. Healing is never a definite location but something in process. It is the basic ordinary work of staying engaged with our own hurt and limitations. Healing does not mean forgiveness either, though it is a result of it. Healing is knowing our woundedness; it is developing an intimacy with the ways in which we suffer. Healing is learning to love the wound because love draws us into relationship with it instead of avoiding feeling the discomfort.
Healing means we are holding the space for our woundedness and allowing it to open our hearts to the reality that we are not the only people who are hurt, lonely, angry, or frustrated. We must also release the habitual aggression that characterizes our avoidance of trauma or any discomfort. My goal is to befriend my pain, to relate to it intimately as a means to end the suffering of desperately trying to avoid it. Opening our hearts to woundedness helps us to understand that everyone else around us carries around the same woundedness. . . .
Perhaps what I have come to understand, finally, is that somehow I have become the one I have always wanted. This is why I do the things that I do. There is a fierce love that wakes me up every morning, that makes me tell my stories, refuses to let me apologize for my being here, blesses me with the capacity to be silent, alone, and grieving when I most need to be. You have to understand that this is what I mean when I say healing.

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