Tag Archives: Listening

The Best Ways to Prevent Suicide

Talking and listening are the best ways to prevent suicide. Ask Ivar. There was once a famous poet and storyteller from Iceland who won fame in the court of the king of Norway, the court of king Eystein. Now the … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Listen to King Sweeney

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. I wonder how many of … Continue reading

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The Healing Power of Listening: The Healing of King Sweeney (part 4)

Cursed to live as a bird and blown about Ireland, Sweeney comes to rest in a thorn-infested hawthorn bush. Nearby was the hut of the hermit Mullin. He was a gentle man, and even the foxes came to him for … Continue reading

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The Healing Power of Listening: The Healing of King Sweeney (part 3)

Cursed by the prophet Ronan to live like a bird, King Sweeney embarks on a restless and painful journey to find healing. Sweeney found a tall mountain ash that grew high into the sky. He greedily plucked its red fruit. … Continue reading

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The Healing Power of Listening: The Healing of King Sweeney (part 2)

Cursed by the prophet Ronan, King Sweeney has become a bird and takes to the air. Sweeney, in the shape of an ugly gray and spotted bird, was blown by the winds from one corner of Ireland to the next. … Continue reading

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