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I Now Suspect the Vagus Nerve Is the Key to Well-being

“Stimulating” it leads to calmness, but how and why?


Ever since I got my cancer diagnosis I have been returning to this blessing by my favorite poet John O'Donohue.

An exclusive track of John O'Donohue reading his poem "A Blessing for a Friend on the Arrival of Illness" during his interview with Krista Tippett on October 1, 2007 in the studios of APM in St. Paul,


"Only near-sighted people can suppose that Christianity has seen its time. Christianity has only taken its first, I would say timid, steps in human history. To this day many of Christ’s words are incomprehensible because we are still moral and spiritual neanderthal men. The gospel arrow is aimed towards eternity, and that which we call Christian history is in many ways a series of clumsy and unsuccessful attempts to bring Christianity about."

— Father Alexander Men


"If two men in a world of more than 7 billion people can provide €300million to restore Notre Dame, within six hours, then there is enough money in the world to feed every mouth, shelter every family and educate every child. The failure to do so is a matter of will, and a matter of system."


Lady Gaga - Your Song ( Elton John : 'I'm Still Standing' - A Grammy Salute)

This is "Lady Gaga - Your Song ( Elton John : 'I'm Still Standing' - A Grammy Salute)" by Mihayl Galindo on Vimeo, the home for high quality…


You may be reading the Bible wrong. Pete Enns says the Bible itself shows a better way. - Religion News Service

The Bible isn't a rule book or an instruction manual, says Peter Enns, a Hebrew Bible scholar and the host of the popular podcast The Bible for Normal People.


Riding Tandem Toward a Flourishing Life

This black-and-white photograph, taken in the l890’s, perfectly captures in a single image what it means to flourish as a human being in an imperfect world. We may not be challenged by any physical disability, but all of us are lacking in one way or another. And our impairments are the very reason.


Scientists Are Totally Rethinking Animal Cognition

What science can tell us about how other creatures experience the world


Hallowed Ground – Emergence Magazine

“Hallowed Ground” profiles theologian Martin Palmer and his work with faith communities to recover stories of care for local ecologies.


My disabled son - ‘the nobleman, the philanderer, the detective’

Robert and Trude thought their son Mats lived a lonely life, but they discovered this was far from true.


On the Road with Thomas Merton – Emergence Magazine

Fifty years after Thomas Merton’s pilgrimage to the American West, Jeremy Seifert and Fred Bahnson retrace the monk’s journey.


White Christian Nationalism — Not Secularism — Is Destroying America

White Christendom’s legacy is one of moral failure and intentional evil, consistently being on the wrong side of history.


A 3-year-old boy who went missing in the woods for 2 days says a bear looked after him

Casey Hathaway was found alive and well despite spending two days in freezing temperatures by himself.


Frankly, after you take “history” off the table, it doesn’t matter what you call it.

"But sooner or later someone will ask, “But what about the genealogies in chapters 4, 5, 10, and 11? These aren’t stories of talking serpents or magic trees, but a record of names. Surely, this is a clear sign that the author intended to write history, not fiction. ”


Embracing silence - Julian Summerhayes

“We have created a sort of society of distraction that takes us ever further outside ourselves. Everything seems designed to distance us from our true selves. Because if we ever stop for a moment and sit in silence, we will inevitably have to confront our feelings of emptiness … with no real idea of what …


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