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99: A Contemplative Journey

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    Why You Should (Sometimes) Welcome Dying

    Welcome to 99 ā€“ brought to you by Prolificate.com, where I offer interfaith inspiration, mentoring, and support. Iā€™m your host Andrew Chirch ā€“ Interfaith minister and spiritual coach for real people like you. The idea for 99 comes from the…

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    What Life’s Story are You Writing?

    If your life were a story, what would that story be about? Nothing like a deep question to start us off, right? What got me thinking about this is a couple of things. As I record this episode of 99,…

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    How to Care for Your Soul

    Do you have one of those people in your life who will sit you down when you need it? I didn’t think I did until one day, he sat me down and said, “Andy, in Spanish, we have this saying…

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    Wake Up to the Abundance All Around You!

    The bounty of the harvest can be seen at the bottom of the well. This is an adage I found in a Sufi book I consult often called, “Physicians of the Heart.” This week we’re exploring bounty or abundance of…

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    Rediscovering God through Your Desire

    In Arabic there is this word, Ya Wadud, which translates as Divine love. To me, this kind of love is the most powerful, least disguised, and even a little scary. The kind of love this is talking about includes sexual…

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    How to Never Run Out of Love

    I want YOU to want ME. That’s a great song by the band Cheap Trick. It’s also the source of so much misery I can hardly believe it. Those words may be the source of anything that’s wrong with us…

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    Some Advice from Job about your Suffering

    This week’s message is just for you if you’ve ever wondered why bad things happen to good people. It’s inspired by the Arabic Ya-Adl, meaning something like just mercy, but in a meta sense that also is about balance, and…

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    The Antidote to Your Inner Critic

    This episode of 99 is bright and happy. Are you ready? You’re not smart enough. If you’d only try harder you’d get ahead. Why did you do such a stupid thing? I told you that being a teacher was a…

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    The One Person You Must Meet

    I want to share one of my favorite stories. I know it from the Taoist tradition, though maybe it has other roots as well. There was an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his…