“We Must Start By Listening.”

“We Must Start By Listening.”

“We Must Start By Listening.”
6/5/20 "In the midst of chaos, division and uncertainty, let's re-commit ourselves to justice - beginning with compassionate listening and understanding." Dr. Mark Eastburg, Pine Rest President and CEO, reaffirms our organization's dedication to listening and providing hope and healing...

Men’s Health Month: Focusing on Men’s Mental Health

Men’s Health Month: Focusing on Men’s Mental Health

Men’s Health Month is celebrated every June to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among boys and men. Often overlooked, however, is men’s mental and emotional health. This is an area…

Making Change Sweeter: How to Find the Sweet Spot

Making Change Sweeter: How to Find the Sweet Spot

In their Transtheoretical Model, James Prochaska and Carlo DiClimente identify five stages in the process of change. Basically, you have pre-change, a beginning, middle and an end or continuance. When it comes to change, different people have more or less…

A Prayer for Perseverance During the Pandemic

A Prayer for Perseverance During the Pandemic

Weeks into sheltering in place, I at times find myself growing weary of continually adjusting to new ways of doing things, changes in work and life flows, and maintaining social distance. I long to be with people more freely, to…

The Importance of Nurturing a Mindful Attitude

The Importance of Nurturing a Mindful Attitude

Recently, I have been reflecting a lot about the mindful attitude. It seems to me that attitudes are composed of three elements: perspective, emotion/mood, and intention. Perspective Perspectives have a kind of solidity that thoughts and emotions alone do not…

Leadership Skills: Return to Workplace Productivity During COVID-19

Leadership Skills: Return to Workplace Productivity During COVID-19
By Bob VandePol, MSW As employees either remain at work or return to work during COVID-19, employers and management face daunting leadership challenges. In ways never before imagined, employees are trusting their leaders’ judgment with that which is most precious...

A Guide to Practicing Sitting Meditation

A Guide to Practicing Sitting Meditation

I like to think of practicing mindfulness meditation as being like walking a labyrinth. This labyrinth, however, begins at the center and spirals outward, then returns to where it began: the center. Come to a comfortable seated position. If you…