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Why Affirmations Don’t Actually Work

I was coaching someone last week, a lovely, conscious, self-aware soul, and he said at one point, “I’m pretty good at affirming my way out of things,” referring to negative thought patterns.  Our conversation moved on, but later, I was … Continue reading

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Are You Annoyed?

In my culture of middle-class America, people are nice. Especially women. There has been a high cultural value placed on not expressing anger.  But that’s shifting.  Have you heard people saying lately that it seems like people all around us … Continue reading

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I’m a Failure (You Ever Say That?)

I’m a failure. Yep, that’s the first thing I said to myself when I set a challenge for myself and didn’t reach it. Cynthia, you’re a failure. You see, I got all excited when I read about a business guru … Continue reading

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Free Meditation if You’re Getting Triggered by Recent Events

Wow, it’s been an eventful couple of weeks around the world.  Emotions are running high, as evidenced by protests, the content of our Facebook feeds, the sheer quantity of calls, emails and letters sent to our political representatives, and the … Continue reading

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Confession Time: “I’d Kill Them with My Bare Hands If I Could”

“You don’t feel angry at first when someone throws a grenade that lands a few feet behind you.  You don’t feel the anger for a long time, in fact.  And since you’re a good Christian who’s supposed to love your … Continue reading

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Donald is a Gift

During this whole political season, I’ve heard so many people say they’re embarrassed, saddened, or ashamed that this ugliness is what we’ve come to. And I totally understand.  It’s sickening.  It’s cringeable. But I’m starting to think Trump is the … Continue reading

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Free Talk Today – Sunday, August 21, 2016

Today is the day! I’m taking yet another step out of my spiritual closet to tell the story of my journey. I’ve called my talk, “Spirituality on Your Terms: How to Escape the Power of Groupthink and Find a Deeper … Continue reading

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“Art Doesn’t Preach Very Well, and Art that Preaches Is Propaganda” – How Religion and Creativity Get Tangled

According to my mom, I wanted to be a novelist by the time I was seven.  The summer I was sixteen, I wrote my first novel on an old manual typewriter. Then I went off to college to major in … Continue reading

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What Happened When I Started Questioning the Infallibility of the Bible

When I became a Christian, it was through a church and a campus fellowship group that believed in the “infallibility” of the Bible.  Every word was inspired by God, and while they didn’t believe in the literal truth of every … Continue reading

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First Aid for Victims of the Religion Machine

You’re still going to church but you feel spiritually lost…or… Everything you believed as absolute truth no longer makes sense anymore…or… You keep trying to make your religion work but it feels empty…or… You voiced your doubts and people you … Continue reading

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