The year 2020 highlights Charles Dicken’s astute observation of duality of human experiences: “best of times” (heroes and she-roes in the pandemic) and “worst of times” (multiple COVID-19 surges, unbearable losses of human life, strained health care system, attacks on
An Exhausted World The theme of exhaustion (physical, psychological and spiritual) seems a key theme in people’s conversations during this holiday season of the pandemic. I feel the exhaustion too, body, mind and spirit. Dr. Paul Thagard describes COVID fatigue
Many Losses This pandemic has been the year of grief, loss and letting go. There has been tremendous losses of lives due to COVID-19 and grief for their loved ones. Losses of fathers, mothers, children, brothers, sisters, grandparents and aunts.
The idea of effective and healing conversations among polarized groups for healing and stabilization of a country is not a new idea. Even though, I had read about Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s Truth and Reconciliation Council meetings (TRC) in South Africa
Meaning and resilience. Victor Frankl The concept of creating meaning out of adversity is critical to resilience. Making meaning out of a situation also requires a level of acceptance of what is the reality and grieving and letting go of
The literature in positive psychology originated with the work of Dr. Martin Seligman, who argued that psychology is too focused on psychopathology and dysfunction. He called for the positive psychology movement to study what is optimal mental health, what constitutes
Laurie Goodstein’s (2009) article on the Serenity Prayer discussed that researchers credit Reinhold Niebuhr as the author of the serenity prayer. The serenity prayer, embraced by many, is asking God to give us the strength to change the things we can