A Prayer for Perseverance During the Pandemic

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 Healing Power of Positive Self-Talk

The Healing Power of Positive Self-Talk

How many of us are clouded in thoughts that are self-critical, demeaning and shaming? I could confidently say all of us have fallen victim to such defeating and counterproductive patterns. Negative self-talk is often learned throughout our life from toxic…

A Blessing for Easter

A Blessing for Easter

Chaplain Resident Mark Trumpie offers a spiritual mantra of faith, love and healing for Easter meditation and reflection.

How to Practice Gratitude and Increase Your Happiness

How to Practice Gratitude and Increase Your Happiness
Perhaps you’ve heard that being more grateful can help you have a more positive mood. In fact, recent research has shown that grateful people tend to be happier, healthier and more fulfilled. Being grateful helps us deal with stress and...

Finding Happiness Through Gratitude

Finding Happiness Through Gratitude
“When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, ‘Oh yes – I already have everything that I really need.’” –The Dalai Lama...

Gratitude: Finding Three Good Things Each Day

Gratitude: Finding Three Good Things Each Day

When was the last time you actively looked for and reflected upon the positives in your life? Taking the time to recognize these positives encourages us, lifts our spirits and empowers us, especially when we share them with others. Below…

Deep Breathing Techniques: An Exercise in Calming and Prayer

Deep Breathing Techniques: An Exercise in Calming and Prayer

When we feel stress and anxiety, two effective ways for bringing relief are breathing and prayer. For centuries, faith traditions have combined these two common, everyday human actions as a means for caring for oneself and getting through tense times….

Tips on Developing Your Self-Compassion

Tips on Developing Your Self-Compassion
Why are we so hard on ourselves? As human beings, we will say the wrong thing, make the wrong turn or arrive at the wrong time! Making mistakes doesn’t make us stupid; it makes us human. We wouldn’t call someone...

Loving Kindness Calming Holiday Exercise

Loving Kindness Calming Holiday Exercise

Stress and anxiety can overwhelm us during the holidays to the point of consuming our minds and hearts, as well as affecting our bodies. One way to develop resiliency in the midst of holiday stress is to focus on a…

StreetReach: Changing Lives One Person at a Time

StreetReach: Changing Lives One Person at a Time

“My job is to be a peddler of hope,” explains Bryan Holt, BBA, MS, Outreach Case Manager at Pine Rest’s StreetReach Program, which serves Kent Country Adults living in extreme poverty who are homeless, may struggle with drug or alcohol disorders,…