Give the Dvarapala a New Job ll By Rev. Mary Coday Edwards, MA.

In Hindu and Buddhist cultures, Dvarapalas guard doors or gates of important buildings, such as temples or palaces. They are made out of stone, can be of any height, are fearsome looking warriors, and often armed with a weapon. I was living and working in Indonesia (1), and saw them on many islands, including Java,…

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Repair: Another Home for Love ll By Colleen Ladd

Western culture doesn’t always show how conflict can be handled. More than ever, we are seeing a toxic “cancel culture” that goes beyond the fact that humans are meant to make mistakes to grow and into the idea that anything we say can be held against us as we unlearn harmful ideologies that divide us…

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Overcoming Fear of Commitment ll By Marielle Grenade-Willis

As I near graduation from my counseling program, the word commitment resounds in my head again and again. It’s not a word that I generally cuddle up to. At first blush, it usually instills a sense of foreboding within me causing goose bumps to arrive on my arms, my heart to beat a little faster,…

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Learning to Love Oneself ll By Faye Maguire, MA, LACC

“We will never be able to really love ourselves until we go beyond the need to make life wrong.”   Writes Louise Hay, one of the most prolific writers on the topic of self-love. What does she mean by this? Most of us have an inner critic, often the voice of a parent, that is…

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Out of the Box ll By Lauren Black

As a counselor who has spent quite a bit of time in my own personal therapy, I’ve always been fascinated by the ideas people have about counseling that cause them to either seek it or avoid it. A few weeks ago one of my friends told me she sees counseling as a way to help…

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