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By Jerrica KF Ching

It may be cliché, but the mind is definitely a powerful thing.  I feel like I emphasize this for clients over and over in my work as a mental health therapist, but oftentimes I forget to take my own advice.  As Melanie Mar Chow pointed out in her writing for AAWOL last week, the word “mind” can be recognized in many different ways.  When I use the word “mind” with clients, I am typically speaking with clients about how their mind can perceive a situation as positive or negative. (more…)

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By Chloe Sun

For the past several months, I have been using the book of Psalms in my devotional time. In the past, I tended to dwell on the meaning of each Psalm, contemplating what it meant or how it spoke to me in my current context. This time, as I read the Psalms, I intentionally observed the interconnectedness among the neighboring Psalms and what they meant to their original reader and to me. (more…)

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By Sharon Lee Song

The act of breathing is an amazing and miraculous process.  It is an involuntary process that our bodies engage in independently from conscious volition.  Being connected to our breath is intimate; our very lives depend on breathing regularly and yet, for the most part, we often forget and disconnect from this important relationship with our bodies. (more…)

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By Debbie Gin

Both my ethnicity (that I am Korean American) and my race (that I am Asian American) affect my faith and its outworking.  I see God in ways that are unique, based on some amalgam of my Confucian, immigrant-family, community-centric, individualistic upbringing and values.  (more…)

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By Sharon Lee Song

Have you ever had “senior-itis” before?  Many of you may remember the feeling of seeing and knowing that the end is in sight, and surprisingly how difficult it feels to stay focused, much less finish well.   (more…)

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By Wendy Choy-Chan

Fears – If I see them from a distance, I will usually find a way to go around them or gear myself up to head right into them. This goes for all kinds of fears, from spiders to sickness, from public speaking to confrontations. It seems at first like I am handling my fears pretty well. See a spider outside the house, find another path to walk on; see a spider inside the house, with broom in one hand and bug spray in another, I prep for a gladiator fight. But if it appears out of nowhere right in front of me, I scream and I jump and I run like I am in the Olympics!

Not every fear comes announcing its arrival. I have had migraines for about 15 years, and at first, it manifested itself with a headache and eventual nausea. (more…)

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Christmas Already?

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By Wendy Choy-Chan

A week after Halloween, stores were already selling Christmas merchandise.  Another week later, a radio station started playing Christmas songs nonstop.  The secular world is definitely eager for Christmas to come, and the church is not lagging behind by much.  (more…)

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