And, increasingly we have been moving away from many traditions and the religious institutions that offered both guidance on how to have a good life, and stability and comfort in times of difficulty. This is especially true of the trend away from church attendance and membership. Scandals, prejudice and a perceived lack of kindness and compassion have seriously challenged the image of the church that Jesus envisioned, which was more like a community emanating from an understanding of God as unchanging divine Love.Continue Reading
A leopard can’t change his spots. Right? Sometimes we are persuaded to believe that who we are is set in stone. “I am who I am, and I can’t change,” is something many of us believe and tell ourselves. In modern therapy circles, it’s sometimes called self-acceptance.
Yet, for some who might be struggling with depression, or with something as simple as unlikable or limiting character traits, it’s a belief system that can make us feel helpless and unable to experience greater health or happiness. Or, this self-acceptance might simply limit us from experiences that could greatly bless us and others.
Countless books and websites inform us that we need to be more self-aware and committed to a reinvention of ourselves. And, some of us do take on the challenge to change aspects of our human character, especially if we do not feel fully satisfied and we come to recognize that specific changes might enable us to be more in charge of our lives.Continue Reading
Each year the Easter season offers us a moment in time to take the opportunity to consider the deeper meaning of life.
Is life really just about the body and various ways to manage its limited age and health expectations? It’s not – and we inherently know that. We sense that things of the Spirit are present with us and eternal.
From legislation on assisted suicide, to discussions about the need for better palliative care, the death process has once again become a major topic of conversation in the news media, as well as in religion, medicine, politics and families. And the discussion surrounding the subject of death is often painfully emotional, divisive and full of fear.Continue Reading
Reality or fiction? A popular viral video is making its way around social media. A humpback whale leaps dramatically up through a gym floor, where scores of children stand watching and gasping enthusiastically as it makes a huge splash when it comes back down and hits the floor, which becomes the ocean. Reality? Of course not!
Magic Leap, a new company that is making its own waves within the virtual reality industry, created this dramatic image. Commenting on the video, the tech division of media site Newsie explains that the technology is a “dynamic digitalized light field signal” which merges lifelike, computer generated images – like the whale – with what the user sees in the real world. It’s called “Augmented Reality”. It involves a wearable projector that tracks the users eyes – like Google glass, but actually works like it’s supposed to.
Entertaining, fascinating, and an escape from our boring everyday lives, virtual reality is the next enthralling invention to engage us. Moving on from the magic shows of yesterday’s traditional illusionists, we now have the opportunity to experience the hologram deck from Star Trek – Next Generation in our living rooms. Anyone who saw the video of a 90-year old woman having her first experience with the Oculus Rift technology understands the thrill. “If I try to explain this to anybody, they won’t believe me,” she gasped, adding, “I don’t believe I am seeing this.”Continue Reading