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It Takes a Village to Heal Mental Illnes (part 2)

The mother heard her daughter “crunching bones.” Now she seeks to help her. Accompanied by the people of her village the mother walked toward the sound of crunching bones coming from her daughter. The villagers said, “Keep calling. You are … Continue reading

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It Takes A Village to Heal Mental Illness

Staying with the theme of healing mental illness, I’d like to share the story of “The Girl Who Crunched Bones,” a folktale from Zambia that can be found in Five Minute Tales, by Margaret Read MacDonald. There was this girl. … 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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