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“I invite you to browse the titles below and dive into what calls out to you on this particular day. At the end of each post, look for tips or small steps that I include to hopefully help you on your path to serenity and health.” God bless, Donna
I am increasingly fascinated by the cycle of life after death and growth after loss. At Easter, Christians joyfully celebrate this very thing: Jesus resurrected to new life after His death on a cross, thereby earning new life for each of us. But this cycle is part of life for all of us.
I always knew muscles were a good thing. So, not being able to find my quadricep muscles—even when I grasped my thigh while contracting the muscles as hard as I could—really bothered me. It’s not that I was totally neglecting my musculoskeletal system. It was 2016. I had been dealing with arthritis for a few years and was two years out from a hip replacement. I had found that swimming 2-3 times a week helped me a great deal with endurance and walking. But, I still had occasional pain, and, worse, I was weak, had osteoporosis, and was not doing the weight-bearing exercises that could help me.
When you’re having a bad day, what’s really going on?
Does the constant noise and busyness of our world make it difficult for you to actually hear God, others, or even your own voice? Try these 4 tips for finding quiet and reconnection.
During Christmas, Christians like myself celebrate the birth of Jesus. His birth was quite a gift, as is our faith. Let me briefly describe the connection between my gift of faith and wellness.
What does being in nature and observing the humble fish teach us about body, mind, and spirit? A lot, apparently. But you have to pay attention.
Are you living your life on auto-pilot, in a perfunctory manner? Many of us are. Are you ready to bring intention to your everyday? If so, take the Perfunctory Challenge!
The last few weeks have been agonizing for our country. All of us witnessed the unspeakable pain experienced by Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh, their families, as well as the many men and women touched by sexual misconduct. How can we heal? How do we turn the tide?
Learn the 9 steps to healthy aging, plus three bonus steps!
Recently I have been preoccupied with two disasters, the first dealing with my faith, and the second with my profession.
I recently travelled to Israel with a large group. The nine-day pilgrimage did not turn out to be the reflective and sacred experience I anticipated. That is, not until I made one significant, subtle shift.
Are you too nice? See how the internal drive to be nice and always please others can override the internal drive to be honest and true to one’s self.
"Writing is a process in which we discover what lives in us." Discover with me the unexpected benefits of writing.
When you’re struggling you want fast answers. What if the answer is slowing down? See how "Slow medicine" works at Christ House, and how it can work for you too!
Centering Prayer can help you break the cycle of ingrained behavior. Let me share with you something that happened to me last week.
The four healthy habits that bring regularity in the bathroom also help improve or prevent 75% of chronic disease!
"Silence is God's first language." Learn how silence helps you grow closer to God and what it can teach you.
Do you suffer from chronic illness, pain, obesity, stress or anxiety? See how my new “My Path” program can help you to journey closer to God, health, and serenity!
Why would anyone spend 20 minutes twice a day sitting quietly in a chair doing nothing? The practice of meditation has been valued for centuries by wise and holy men and women around the world. Why?
The words heal, health, whole, and holy are all related....to each other and to you! See how the Science, Psychology and Spirituality of Stress are all interconnected.
“Dear God, today help me to Stand up tall, Smile, and Listen. Amen.”
How one simple prayer can have far-reaching effects.
I arrive at 6:20AM towards the end of the session just as Larry shouts, “Time for the Subway mile.” Spread out on the church parking lot are 25 boot campers of varying ages and shapes. They immediately take off running up Adelphi Road towards the Subway shop on the nearby campus of University of Maryland.
Let me share with you a story I heard at church last week. It is a parable about eggs, carrots and coffee, and it illustrates the power of our choices.
Health Care is expensive. Proposed legislation does little to address the underlying problem of rising health care costs. Can we, the people, make a difference? I believe we can. Here are steps you and I can take to reduce the cost.
To be able to hear, we must stop talking. Only then can we can practice listening with open hearts and minds. Here’s how trees can help us do this.
Smokey Sue is a doll who smokes cigarettes. After only one cigarette, the stinky yellow-brown tar that she had inhaled was clearly visible in her transparent test-tube body …
You can spot him every morning on his 1-1/2 mile walk through the neighborhood. He is spry and walks confidently. He is a regular at the 8 AM Mass at the nearby church. The amazing thing is ....
Do you use your whole body in prayer? Those who do are experiencing a third and important type of worship.
Caring for Body and Soul is a women’s group that has grown out of the Serenity and Health programs. Here I share some details about this amazing group and how you can start a similar group with your friends, neighbors or co-workers.
Welcome to my blog. I am both humbled and grateful to have this opportunity to share my thoughts, ideas and experiences. Why am I starting a blog? There are two reasons.
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