All posts in "Spirituality"

#956 A path from despair to hope

By Cathryn Wellner / February 27, 2014

Flip Wilson used to make me laugh when one of his characters would exclaim, “The devil made me do it!” What he played for laughs is not far from the truth for a lot of people. The metaphorical devil may be a parent, a sibling, a relative, a friend, or a person in a position […]


#946 Parker Palmer offers a rope to souls caught in a blizzard

By Cathryn Wellner / February 17, 2014

Parker J. Palmer’s interview with Alicia von Stamwitz came onto my Facebook timeline and went straight into my heart. The night before, I had explained to friends that I began this blog when I felt the hopelessness of daily news sinking into my bones. I decided if I wanted to see the world in a […]


#944 Sharing the wealth

By Cathryn Wellner / February 15, 2014

In a world where the richest 85 people have amassed assets equivalent to 3.5 billion of the poorest (half the world’s population), we could use another Vinayak Bhave. Given the diminutive name, Vinoba, by his mentor and friend, Mahatma Gandhi, he went on a 70,000-kilometer walk that lasted years and resulted in an unprecedented transfer […]


#935 A gentle guide to mindfulness

By Cathryn Wellner / February 6, 2014

Mindfulness does not come easily to my chattery brain. So I am fascinated by my friend Maitri Libellule’s journey of 365 Days of Mindfulness. She writes about it with depth and grace and a healthy dose of humour. The other day she had a problem with her wifi. I had just had a similar problem […]


#925 Wildlife as teachers

By Cathryn Wellner / January 27, 2014

Bears, crocodiles, mountain goats and owls are among the teachers at Wildlife Associates in Half Moon Bay, California. Steve Karlin founded the sanctuary in 1980, with the vision of helping humans “to better perceive their relationship with the living world.” The environmental educator started taking reptiles to school assemblies. The demand for his interactive, whole-brain […]


#915 – The peaceful path of Thích Nhất Hạnh

By Cathryn Wellner / January 17, 2014

My first introduction to the Vietnamese Zen master, Thích Nhất Hạnh, was about twenty years ago when I picked up a copy of his book, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life. It was such a slim little book. I figured I would read it in a couple of hours and […]


#914 Phoenix rises from ashes of a schoolhouse massacre

By Cathryn Wellner / January 16, 2014

The murder of school children and the suicide of their killer may seem odd reasons for hope, but what happened in the aftermath transforms this story. The 2006 shooting at West Nickel Mines School, a one-room schoolhouse for Old Order Amish in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, shocked the world. Charles Carl Roberts IV carried a shotgun, […]


#906 Brené Brown lightens our loads

By Cathryn Wellner / January 8, 2014

With less than 100 postings to go to reach my goal of 1001 hope-FULL reasons for optimism, I’m going through the thousands (literally) of possibilities in my files and trying to decide which simply must be included. That is not an easy task, especially since I add more reasons to the files every day. Today […]


#901 A different kind of pope

By Cathryn Wellner / January 3, 2014

Although I am not a Catholic, I watch the popes closely. Their pronouncements and actions have far-reaching impacts around the globe. When Time Magazine chose Jorge Bergoglio, now known as Pope Francis, as its 2013 Person of the Year, I cheered. From the moment of his election in March 2013, Pope Francis has made it […]


#898 Ex-gay organization changed direction and apologized

By Cathryn Wellner / December 31, 2013

New Direction Ministries of Canada did a lot of harm before hiring Wendy Gritter to be its executive director. She changed everything, not by coming in as a firebrand reformer but by realizing she had been wrong. Started as a Bible study group in 1985, New Direction focused on personal experiences of sexuality. That could […]

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