Thinking as Medicine

Thinking as Medicine

Imagine you are living two thousand years ago. You have just traveled a great distance to visit a friend who lives in the walled city of Jerusalem. As you approach the main Damascus Gate you are met by a sentry who requires you to present your identity papers, announce the purpose and length of your Read More

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The Yoga of Breath

The Yoga of Breath

The Psalms inform us that, “Each man’s life is but a breath.” Without breath, our lives would be impossible. The exchange of oxygen for carbon dioxide in the lungs is certainly essential for the human being to function, but it is not air that keeps us alive. Rather, human beings are sustained by an extremely Read More

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Putting Death to Death

Putting Death to Death

  This may be called the computer age, but it could as aptly be called an age of death. If you honestly examine your own world, you’ll observe many ways that death hangs heavy in the air. The twenty-four hour news business and the mind’s lack of detachment and discrimination have combined to make the Read More

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In the early 1950s, when I was attending second grade at School 19 in Albany, a traveling marionette troupe presented a live performance of “Pinocchio.” It was a magical experience. At the time the action seemed remarkably life-like, but I now know, of course, that all the movements of the puppets were controlled by the Read More

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Love is the Supreme Physician

Love is the Supreme Physician

In 1967 singer-songwriter John Lennon penned a medically profound prescription for well being in the lyric, “All you need is love.” Forty-three years later physicians are acknowledging that love, like nutritious food, exercise and rest, keeps us healthy. To give and receive the kind of love that brings health and well being, however, we must Read More

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Eucatastrophe: The Hidden Gift in Catastrophe

Eucatastrophe: The Hidden Gift in Catastrophe

Eucatastrophe is a word coined around 1937 by J. R. R. Tolkien, author of “Lord of the Rings.” The term refers to a sudden and apparently disastrous turn of events that, despite initial appearances, results in the hero’s well-being. Best of all, this stunningly positive resolution comes not from some outside intervention, but from within Read More

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Eucatastrophe: The Hidden Gift in Catastrophe

Eucatastrophe is a word coined around 1937 by J. R. R. Tolkien, author of “Lord of the Rings.” The term refers to a sudden and apparently disastrous turn of events which, despite initial appearances, results in the hero’s well-being. Best of all, this stunningly positive resolution comes not from some outside intervention, but from within the Read More

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QUIET TIME

QUIET TIME

  Study finds a peaceful interlude refreshes
 by Molly Belmont ALBANY, New York.  September 9, 2008 (The Times Union) If you’re like most people, your day is so packed with obligations you don’t have time to breathe, let alone think. The computer, TV, and even radio only add to the confusion, overloading you with Read More

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