Sharing my journaling template

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I enjoy journaling. I, usually, have several journals going at a time. But recently, I decided to develop a one-a-day comprehensive, yet simple and fast journaling practice. I wanted to capture the important aspects of each day on one page. Do you journal? Have you ever tried using a template to organize and focus your journal entries? There are many benefits to journaling. I find that … [Read more...]

Don’t forget to thank your students!

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Amid the busyness of bringing the school year to a close and launching into your summer respite, there is something that I would like to encourage you to do. I know that this month brought forth an insurmountable number of tasks to complete, not only professionally but personally, as well. But please, don't forget to thank your students for being your students. As teachers the greatest … [Read more...]

Don’t defend your anger; instead, grow in self-mastery

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Don't defend your anger; instead, grow in self-mastery. That is what we will practice this week. The chapter inspiring this post is titled “Overcome your anger though meekness” from Lovasik’s book, The Hidden Power of Kindness: A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform the World, One Deed at a Time. This section is replete with guidance on how to deal with anger. We will focus on … [Read more...]

Your irritability shows immaturity of character

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Your irritability shows immaturity of character. That is what we will internalize this week. The chapter inspiring this post is titled “Anger may be mortally or venially sinful” from Lovasik’s book, The Hidden Power of Kindness: A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform the World, One Deed at a Time. One of the lower levels of anger is probably irritability. I had not really … [Read more...]

You look ridiculous when you become angry

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You look ridiculous when you become angry. That statement and the harm caused by anger is what we will contemplate this week. The chapter inspiring this post is titled “Control inordinate anger” from Lovasik’s book, The Hidden Power of Kindness: A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform the World, One Deed at a Time. Last week we ended our rendezvous with jealousy, envy, and greed. … [Read more...]

Why is envy difficult to overcome?

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The chapters inspiring this post is titled “Learn to resist greed, envy, and jealousy” from Lovasik’s book, The Hidden Power of Kindness: A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform the World, One Deed at a Time.  A question emerges. Why is envy difficult to overcome? And what are some things that one can do in the struggle to eradicate envy from our hearts? We have been working to … [Read more...]

Do you love yourself a little too much?

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Do you love yourself a little too much? The chapters inspiring this post is titled “Vainglory is an inordinate love of self” from Lovasik’s book, The Hidden Power of Kindness: A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform the World, One Deed at a Time.   The world tells us that we should love ourselves more, that whatever is pleasing to us we should have, and that we … [Read more...]

Do you compete against yourself or do you compete against others?

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This week we will think about about jealousy. The chapters inspiring this post are titled “Jealousy is a form of envy” and “Recognize the effects of jealousy” from Lovasik’s book, The Hidden Power of Kindness: A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform the World, One Deed at a Time.  A question comes to mind. Do you compete against yourself or do you compete against others? I once … [Read more...]

What is envy and how does it affect the spiritual life?

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Last week we did two things to counter and greed in our hearts. This week we will counter envy. The chapter inspiring this post is titled “Envy is sadness over the good fortune of others” from Lovasik’s book, The Hidden Power of Kindness: A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform the World, One Deed at a Time.  A question comes to mind. What is envy and how does it affect the spiritual … [Read more...]

Greed in the heart keeps love for God and neighbor away

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The chapter inspiring this post is titled “Resist greed in all its forms” from Lovasik’s book, The Hidden Power of Kindness: A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform the World, One Deed at a Time.  Greed in the heart keeps love for God and neighbor away. Last week, we worked on increasing our charity in order to do away with prejudice and bigotry. This week we will start working on … [Read more...]