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Research-based ideas for cultivating Connectedness and improving spiritual health, curated by researcher and spiritual teacher, Sarah E. K. Lentz.

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Homemade Cards

When was the last time you made a greeting card? Have you ever? Growing up, my brother and I always made our cards. Just a piece of construction paper and/or printed photo plus some felt-pens—a few minutes later we had a card! Then as an ...
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Box breathing. Four arrows going clockwise around a square. Inhale 4 sec. Hold 4 sec. Exhale 4 sec. Hold 4 sec.

Box Breathing

Box Breathing is a spiritual tool I first discovered in the book, Rising Strong by Brené Brown. It can calm the fight or flight response, aid emotional regulation (particularly around anxiety and stress), and center us in the present moment. I personally use it as ...
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We are Nature: Connectedness + Climate Change

The following is a blog post I wrote in Spring 2017 for the course Histories of Knowing, taught by Professor Amed Ragab at Harvard Divinity School. It is more information dense than my other blog posts. It is not focused on a spiritual tool but ...
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Let yourself live and be in each moment with each person, learning each lesson along the way. Destiny isn't someplace we go. Destiny is where we are. - Melody Beattie, Journey to the Heart

Daily Affirmations

It turns out, doing a masters degree at Harvard is a lot of work! Not only has it been difficult to write regular blog posts, but it has also been difficult to prioritize practicing what I “preach.” As I study for days on end, I ...
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One Earth, Many Stories – Class Project

This semester, I had the pleasure of taking the Harvard Divinity School course, Bridges to JustPeace: Understanding Fragmentation, Inspiring Empathy, and Building Coalitions for a Just and Peaceful Future. The professor, Diane Moore—head of the Religious Literacy Project—created the course in response to the recent ...
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Giving Love

Happy belated Valentine’s Day! I thought I would write a quick note about an activity I shared with the Harvard Divinity School community today that centers on…LOVE! ...
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Connectedness Evaluation

My favorite season is upon us! Leaves are preparing for their colorful flight, pumpkin spice lattes are in high demand, and there is a crispness to the air that invigorates my spirit and warms my heart. Not only does autumn bring a multitude of holidays—especially ...
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A Ripple Effect of Love (Love, Love, Love, Love)

I don’t know about you, but I am feeling exhausted from the recent onslaught of human-caused tragedy. On Friday I learned that flags in the United States had been half-mast for 16 of the last 40 days, starting with the Orlando shooting, and more specifically ...
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Inside the Parish Church of St. Mang ( Stadtpfarrkirche St. Mang), Fussen, Germany

Religious and Spiritual Communities

This summer I am thrilled to be working as a student researcher at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, one of the hospitals affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Last week, my supervisor told me about a recently published study from the Harvard School of Public Health, which ...
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Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. - Melody Beattie

Gratitude

Life can be busy, and from my experience, this busyness can sometimes lead us off track, especially with regard to spirituality. Perhaps we stop meditating regularly, forget the daily spiritual text we normally read, or neglect to take conscious breaths. Suddenly we find ourselves being ...
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Appreciate the beauty in the cracks. -Brené Brown

Relinquishing Perfectionism

I am a recovering perfectionist. I quit “cold turkey” a few years ago, and it was one of the best choices I have ever made! As a general rule, I feel much lighter and more peaceful now. However, I still slip up occasionally. Some of ...
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Spring Flowers

I have been noticing this year just how “plugged in” I am all the time. It takes me five minutes to walk from my apartment to Harvard Divinity School. Too often I have spent that walk with my head gazing at my phone, reading emails, ...
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Conscious Breathing

My goal for this blog is to share spiritual tools that I have discovered and am continuing to discover through my research and personal seeking. To begin, I am writing about the tool I see as foundational for all other spiritual tools: conscious breathing. (Interestingly, ...
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