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Charlotte Bronte’s Response to an Atheist was Right On

Was Charlotte's Bronte's instinctual response to atheism naive? Maria Popova thinks so. She's wrong: "It is the first exposition of avowed atheism and materialism I have ever read... one would wish entirely to put aside the sort of instinctive horror they awaken, and to consider them in an impartial spirit and collected mood. This I find difficult to do. The strangest thing is, that we are called on to rejoice over this hopeless blank — to receive this bitter bereavement as great gain — to welcome this unutterable desolation as a state of pleasant freedom. Who could do this if he would? Who would do this if he could?" [Read Article]
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8 Movies That Powerfully Depict Living With Mental Illness

Depictions of living with mental illness in movies are a mixed bag. For every portrait of depression that's nuanced and realistic, there's Glenn Close boiling a bunny in Fatal Attraction... That's what makes the movies that get it right all the more valuable. They're neither wholly positive or negative, just as living with mental illness has ebbs and flows. They're striking portraits, and examples of what we need more of in Hollywood. Here are eight that stand out as exemplary of their form. [Read Article]
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Crying Out in Anger and Hope

"As followers of Christ, we must have a distinct voice, one that does not cry out only in  anger, but also with hope and forgiveness... At the same time that the Gospel calls unethical exploiters to justice, it also offers forgiveness and redemption to these same people who have committed such atrocities against humanity. Judging the world with self-righteousness is an empty endeavor; we must confront such evils with the full power of the Gospel." [Read Article]

The Healing Power of Beauty: Surprising Psychological Benefits

What do the experience of beauty and positive mental health have in common? Everything! Whether found in nature, art or people, the ability to experience beauty provides significant therapeutic qualities. In this seminar based on doctoral-level research, Dr. Margaret Laracy discusses how attentiveness to beauty can benefit both the client and the therapist in a variety of ways.
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The Long Marriage of Mindfulness and Money

"'With business meditation, we have a practice that is extrapolated from Buddhism and secularized so that all of the theological underpinnings are swept away... So we have Buddhism stood on its head. Mindfulness meditation has been brought into the service of a totally different perspective and world view.' By now, that’s part of a venerable American tradition." [Read Article]