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FROM THE EDITOR
Spirituality & Health Magazine • volume 26, number 5
Paul Lewin • Lead digital editor Brenna Lilly spoke with artist Paul Lewin about ancestral inspiration, visions for the future, and the art of patience.
MY SMILING NEIGHBOR CALLS ME A CHRIST KILLER…
WISDOM IN 20 QUESTIONS
THE FIRST BOOK ANYBODY LOVED • Eco-feminist BEVERLY FREDERICK explains why credit for the world’s first author has been so slow: Early archaeologists first had to first figure out why an ancient woman had a tablet in her lap.
WELLNESS IN THE WILD • Spa aficionado MARY BEMIS takes the [cold] plunge at Mohonk Mountain House.
ARCHETYPAL ASTROLOGY • “Is astrology true?” is the wrong question, writes RABBI RAMI SHAPIRO. He suggests that the truth is out there, but out there is really in here.
BECOMING YOUR OWN LEAD RESEARCHER IN HEALTHCARE • PEGGY LA CERRA, PHD, downloaded a health app to aggregate her medical records and was stunned to see the phrase “aortic atherosclerosis.” What she did next is a helpful model for all of us.
LEAVING MESA VERDE • After 21 years of service at Mesa Verde National Park, RANGER DAVID FRANKS recently guided his last tour of the pueblos and cliff dwellings. He says he was fortunate to assist the archeologists with a variety of work and never lost his amazement with their ability to figure out how and when things happened. The question he still wrestles with is much deeper: Why they left?
STALKING YOUR Mind • Stalking the Mind is part of an ancient Indigenous American Medicine Way to tame your guilt, fears, and shame. What we’re “stalking” are our thought patterns and beliefs that seem to create the opposite of happiness and wellbeing. It’s a powerful psychotherapeutic journey of healing without the diagnosis or labels.
the trail of ATONEMENT • One Ashkenazi Jewish family escaped pogroms in Russia and then flourished in South Dakota, but the “free land” of their new homestead had been unfairly taken from the Lakota by the United States. Generations later, a celebrated investigative journalist set out to tell the truth of the Lakota and her family, calculate The Cost of Free Land—and pay it back.
6 STEPS TO REPENTANCE
BOOKS WE LOVE 2023
ENTER THE SAUNA • Journalist Emily O’Kelly shares some uplifting research on the benefits of sweat bathing, a global healing practice not just limited to Northern climes.
BOOKS WE THINK WE’LL LOVE
CULTIVATING CONNECTION TO COUNTRY • Aboriginal teachers and elders Paul Callaghan and Uncle Paul Gordon share Aboriginal wisdom for connecting with the land you dwell on.
The Author Joseph C. Way
ANCESTOR REVERENCE IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE MODERN SAINT • All of us have ancestors who still care for us in spirit. Lama Rod Owens shares his perspective on connecting with them.
ONE LAST GOODBYE AT THE THRESHOLD • Cognitive scientist Dr. Alexander Batthyány shares a surprisingly spiritual case study on the phenomenon of sudden lucidity in end-of-life patients.