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Daily Affirmations (Spiritual Tool #9)

Daily Affirmations (Spiritual Tool #9)

It turns out, doing a masters degree at Harvard is a lot of work! Not only has it been difficult to write regular blog posts, but it has also been difficult to prioritize practicing what I “preach.” As I study for days on end, I […]

Giving Love (Spiritual Tool #8)

Giving Love (Spiritual Tool #8)

Happy belated Valentine’s Day! I thought I would write a quick note about an activity I shared with the Harvard Divinity School community today that centers on…LOVE!

A Ripple Effect of Love (Love, Love, Love, Love) – Spiritual Tool #6

A Ripple Effect of Love (Love, Love, Love, Love) – Spiritual Tool #6

I don’t know about you, but I am feeling exhausted from the recent onslaught of human-caused tragedy. On Friday I learned that flags in the United States had been half-mast for 16 of the last 40 days, starting with the Orlando shooting, and more specifically […]

Religious and Spiritual Communities (Spiritual Tool #5)

Religious and Spiritual Communities (Spiritual Tool #5)

This summer I am thrilled to be working as a student researcher at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, one of the hospitals affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Last week, my supervisor told me about a recently published study from the Harvard School of Public Health, which […]

Gratitude (Spiritual Tool #4)

Gratitude (Spiritual Tool #4)

Life can be busy, and from my experience, this busyness can sometimes lead us off track, especially with regard to spirituality. Perhaps we stop meditating regularly, forget the daily spiritual text we normally read, or neglect to take conscious breaths. Suddenly we find ourselves being […]

Relinquishing Perfectionism (Spiritual Tool #3)

Relinquishing Perfectionism (Spiritual Tool #3)

I am a recovering perfectionist. I quit “cold turkey” a few years ago, and it was one of the best choices I have ever made! As a general rule, I feel much lighter and more peaceful now. However, I still slip up occasionally. Some of […]

Spring Flowers (Spiritual Tool #2)

Spring Flowers (Spiritual Tool #2)

I have been noticing this year just how “plugged in” I am all the time. It takes me five minutes to walk from my apartment to Harvard Divinity School. Too often I have spent that walk with my head gazing at my phone, reading emails, […]