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Importing Emotion Words from Other Cultures The Danish people are known to be among the happiest in the world. In The Book of Hygge, Louisa Thomson Brits defines it as "a quality of presence and an experience of belonging and togetherness. It…
Seeking Forgiveness from Native Americans Wes Clark Jr., the son of retired U.S. Army general and former supreme commander at NATO Wesley Clark Sr., was part of a group of veterans who went to the Sioux reservation in Standing Rock, North D…
A Buddhist Theory of Language By Sharon Lin in the KidSpirit The Word issue. I knelt on the silken scarf laid across the hardwood floor, my head bent in silent prayer to the spirits of my ancestors. I heard muffled sounds of …
Words That Compel Us to Dive Deep This article in Psychology Today by Susan Krauss Whitbourne caught my attention because in 2018 I found myself using the word "toxic" more than usual. It seems that this has been true for many peopl…
The International Word of the Year Oxford Dictionaries has chosen "post-truth" as its international word of 2016. It is an adjective "relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping publ…
The Languages of Love Catholic Wisdom Love and joy exist properly in God. They constitute the basis of all attraction — love is the origin and joy is the end result. — Thomas Aquinas in Sheer Joy by Matthew Fox
Honoring Everyone and Every Thing Catholic Wisdom Spiritual sensitivity heightens when we know how to see, touch, and taste the physical world with exquisite reverence and contemplative discipline. —Tessa Bielecki in Holy Dar…
The Reframing of Zeitgeist In an article on Slate.com, Katy Waldman recalls how the term "Zeitgeist" used to carry meaning and depth: "A zeitgeist was a formidable thing. Matthew Arnold coined the term in 1848 to capture the …
The Language of Connection By Po-Ting (Duke) Lin Attending activities at local temples, directing prayers to the souls of our ancestors, gathering with family around round tables during the Lunar New Year, and visiting gr…
Single Word By Ella Lombard for KidSpirit's The God Issue. And then there was — flight. It wasn’t the usual sort of thing to actually experience, she mused, a flock of butterflies swaying upwards like…