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Entries tagged with “Storytelling”

4 Ways to Tell a Good Story

As Valentine’s Day approaches and we begin looking around for a way to show our loved ones how much they mean to us, it’s a great time to reflect on the precious gift that is story…

All Natural: A Skeptic’s Quest to Discover If the Natural Approach to Diet, Childbirth, Healing, and the Environment Really Keeps Us Healthier and Happier

By Nathanael JohnsonRodaleAward-winning journalist Nathanael Johnson sorts fact from frenzy in this hybrid memoir/reporting journey. His thorough, sometimes-graphic research on the…

Bringing Grandma Home

Grandma Aggie wants to sit in her family chair. Who could say no to that? But Grandma Aggie is no ordinary grandma and her chair is not the front porch rocker.

Care of the Soul: The Path to Utopia

If anyone thinks that the parables of Jesus are meant to be helpful moral tales, they should ponder the one about the workers in the vineyard. A landowner hires people to work for …

Do We Talk Too Much About Our Pain?

In a world of constant sharing—a debate about how much is too much.

Find Freedom by Rewriting Your Story

In order to claim your own story, you must understand where your current story came from. 

Get Unstuck

We live in stories—all of us, all of the time. This is a story about breaking through writer’s block and the start of a focused, passionate, and productive period

Healing Gifts from the Path of Sikh Dharma

This month we are celebrating the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs. He was born in northern India in 1666, and we celebrate his birthday on January 16th. …

How Listening Shapes Your Stories

Increased literacy, critical thinking, empathy, and cultural learning are all connected to storytelling, which starts with listening.

How to Tell Your Stories Without Casting Yourself as the Victim

Empower yourself to shift the stories you tell.

If I Die Before You Wake

A Grandfather’s Benediction

In Memory of Grandma Agnes Baker Pilgrim

“Grandma spoke of the Creator and traveled the world blessing water, but she didn’t try to convert anyone to any religion. Rather, she reminded us of obvious truths: We are all water babies. We are all connected.”

Let It Be Kind To You

“Whatever bad things have happened to you in your life, whatever hard things you’ve gone through, you have to do three things: You have to accept it. You have to be kind to it. ... And listen to me. You have to let it be kind to you."

Make Your Story a Gift

To come to know and to make sense of and to share our stories is not an act of selfishness, but an act of growth, healing, and ultimately, generosity. But what is a writer to do with a violent story she cannot narrate—when it’s her own?

Preserving Indigenous Storytelling

Holding on to cultural folklore can be an important tool in sustaining biodiversity. 

Soul Prayers

Prayer is an important spiritual practice.  We don’t always receive what we ask for but I have found that this kind of conversation itself brings great healing. Lately, I have…

The Practice of Becoming Native

It’s not about having a federal Indian card, and surely not about getting a share of casino profits.

Using Storytelling to Pass Down Heritage and Cultural Wisdom

“Once while we were traveling in Japan and heard a white man speak fluently, my grandmother told me it was shameful that I couldn’t speak Japanese. I am fifth or sixth generation Japanese American from Hawaii, depending on what side you look at. My blood says I’m 100 percent Japanese but there’s nothing culturally Japanese about me.”

Why It Can Be So Difficult to Come to Know Oneself

As a society, we turn a blind eye to obvious trauma, making one’s story more difficult.

Why Share Your Pain

If we all speak our truth, no matter how heavy or how trivial our stories seem, then together we can light the way toward a new future and a new story, one that is no longer based on silence and shame.

—ZAINAB SALBI Freedom Is an Inside Job, by Zainab Salbi.

Your Assignment: Heal a Parent/Child Relationship with Good Storytelling

We tried talk therapy and it didn’t work. Our attempts at reconciliation always ended in recrimination and competition. The guilt of a father for deserting the family and the pain …

Your Struggles Don't Define You

 For better or worse, challenge is an ingrained part of growth and awakening. All of us have struggles at some point or another. But some who face challenges are happy; some a…

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