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    Why Eating More Vegetarian Meals is Smarter than Ever

    For those who love animals, it is easy to understand why someone would want to be a vegetarian. But what about those of you who love animals and yet whose bodies still seem to crave extra protein? This essay is for you. This is not a sanctimonious, judgmental piece. I confess that I still occasionally eat meat occasionally, so I have no room to judge. But I also understand that all our bodies are different. I know, for instance, that people who live in colder climates will probably require more animal protein. After all, there aren’t many fruit trees growing near the Arctic Circle, and the growing season for gardens…

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    Alternate modes of healing in these scary times

    When I was sitting in front of my altar the other morning, I remembered something I hadn’t thought about in a while. And it feels extremely relevant for these times. When I was in Brazil two years ago, I had a beautiful healing experience. And clearly we are all needing a lot of healing in the world right now. Here’s how it all started: Unexpectedly, I was offered a ticket to go to Brazil–specifically to go to a Marian center (a place where Mother Mary is honored.) I love Mother Mary and so I was more than happy to accept the gift! I experienced a lot of beauty at the…

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    Two Worlds Co-exist: A World of Fear and a World of Transformation

    So, yesterday I had an interesting experience. I went to the grocery store for a few items. I consciously chose not to go to any of the busier stores. This was not necessarily because I was afraid of catching the virus, but because I didn’t want to be in that chaotic fearful grabby energy. Because our energies can be just as contagious as any virus. I chose to go to a local whole foods type store called Sprouts. I had been there before in the past month and noticed the calm energy and the full shelves. When I arrived, I was glad to see they were wiping down the handles…

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    Ten Blessings of this Pandemic

    by Cynthia Greb If we can just set aside our fear for a few moments, there really are so many gifts and blessings in the midst of this coronavirus phenomenon. 1. It truly could be worse. If there were massive floods or tsunamis or hurricanes or whatever, we wouldn’t have water, food, electricity, or shelter. But we do! (Most of us.) 2. If it were a nuclear disaster, going outside would be very dangerous. But social isolation doesn’t preclude stepping outside the door and breathing some fresh air, basking in the sunshine, listening to the birds, etc. We are really blessed that we can still be in nature, not only…