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Changes in the Seasons of Life

Date: 13 Oct 2016
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Changes in the Seasons of Life
We are experiencing a change in seasons. It is an annual event.
Somehow it always seems brand new.
Leaves dress in rich vibrant colors.
Birds leave a deafening silence taking flight, heading south,
The wind, rain and oceans are unleashed
Whatever lain in their paths … damaged, destroyed, disconnected.
The air […]


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Undone #howamentalillnessfeels

Date: 29 Jun 2016
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Un-Done
One of my favorite words is “Done.” I Love to check-off each item on my “To Do” list.
That happens on a very good day. Alas, that is not my “every” day.
On some days, neither the instruction to ”keep it moving” nor a directive to “Just do-it” empowers, inspires or arouses […]


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‘Tis the Season — to be Jolly or Maybe Not

Date: 11 Dec 2015
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“Courage is fear holding on one moment longer.” (GP)
This time of the year, November through February, is a season of celebrations. Filled with joyful anticipation of “The Coming” and unfathomable gratitude for “The Overcoming”.
This time of the year also can be a period of bottomless sadness. Reduced sunlight during autumn/winter causes Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). I […]


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Awareness Key to Wellness

Date: 01 Mar 2015
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Awareness is key to mental, emotional, spiritual and physical wellness.  Awareness is a state of being: It’s “all” of that:

Psychological and physical
Spiritual and emotional
Insight and discernment
Developmental and experiential
Consciousness and connectedness
Attentiveness and thoughtfulness
Strengthening and empowering

On my January birthday, the sermonic theme was “The Essential Element for Effective Prayer” (Luke11:1 -13).  “Awareness” said my Pastor, “is essential.”  He […]


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Defy Deception of Denial

Date: 02 Dec 2014
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“Self-acceptance comes from meeting life’s challenges vigorously. Don’t numb yourself to your trials and difficulties, nor build mental walls to exclude pain from your life. You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory.”
~ Swami Sivananda (1887-1963), spiritual […]


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Call to Action: Suicide Prevention

Date: 02 Sep 2014
Posted by: Maxine Bigby Cunningham
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Suicide. The intentional act of taking one’s own life. Can we prevent it?
In September, suicide prevention is a major health focus. The Defense Department observance spans the entire month; September 8 – 13 is Suicide Prevention Week; September 10th is worldwide Suicide Prevention Day.
The statistics are shocking. Worldwide, nearly 3,000 people on average commit suicide […]


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Shift Now

Date: 07 Aug 2014
Posted by: Maxine Bigby Cunningham
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“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.” ~ Anatole France
From: Counting days
To: Making days count
From: Moving from
To: Moving toward
From: Pain
To: Purpose
From: Thoughts
To: […]


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Preparing to SHIFT

Date: 24 Jul 2014
Posted by: Maxine Bigby Cunningham
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Conventional wisdom is that we cannot move forward, succeed, or get to the next level unless and until we are thoroughly and completely prepared for what comes next.  My inquiry- ”Are you prepared to shift?”

Recently, I facilitated workshops and otherwise engaged residents and recipients of services at a large shelter and resource center.  The core […]


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Mind Your Health

Date: 21 May 2014
Posted by: Maxine Bigby Cunningham
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May 2014 marks the 65th Observance of Mental Health Awareness Month. The theme, “Mind Your Health“, refines the concepts of “health” and “wellness,” reframes the conversation about body-mind connection, and re-fuels the urgency to de-stigmatize mental illnesses, which are biologically based brain disorders. Let’s clarify.
Clarifying Concepts of Health and Wellness 
In Pyramids of Power! An Ancient African Centered Approach to Optimal […]


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An Open Letter to My Sisters with Issues – Walk by Faith

Date: 06 Mar 2014
Posted by: Maxine Bigby Cunningham
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Dear Sisters,
You have been walking in my spirit for a while.    Although I do not know your names, I know all about you.  You have issues.  You have had, do have, and will have issues.  So do I.
Not unlike the nameless woman of antiquity with a seemingly unceasing flow of blood, no doubt we can […]


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