Tag: joy

Emotional Freedom

The Freedom of Expression

Embracing Our Full Range of Emotions by Ginny Hunneke Do you snort when you laugh? Do you feel embarrassed and self-conscious when you do? Well, I don’t, but my friend does. (Most people love it when she snorts!) I cry. A lot. I cry when I’m in pain, when I’m sad, when I’m frustrated and overwhelmed, AND when I experience joy. While some…

Making a Play for Peace

The Liberating Power of Play by Jennifer Maurer This year, holiday tidings of “Joy to the World” and “Peace on Earth” may seem too much to hope for given the crises in Paris, Syria, the Middle East and closer to home. Many of us are feeling overwhelmed by world events and powerless to make a difference. Some of us feel…

Gratitude Walk

Going to Gratitude on Black Friday

The road may be less traveled but it leads to joy! by Ginny Hunneke I took my dog for a walk this afternoon and passed a group of carolers singing “Oh Tidings of Comfort & Joy.” Mind you, it’s November 4th. And I haven’t tasted a single morsel of pumpkin pie, roast turkey, or sausage stuffing yet. That particular carol…

Healing Beyond Borders 2015

The Joy of Healing Touch and Play

What’s All the Buzz About Play? by Ginny Hunneke & Jennifer Maurer You are probably familiar with the old adage, “We receive much more than we give” and perhaps also Rob Brezny’s premise that the Universe is conspiring to shower us with blessings. Both would be accurate descriptions of the time we spent learning and playing with hundreds of inspiring…

Tree Feet

Play Like Your Life Depends On It

Because It Does. by Jennifer Maurer I still remember the day I decided to quit my job. It started out like any other day. I woke up anxious and exhausted. Ate breakfast, got dressed, barely aware of what I put in or on my body. Drove to work, opened up the office and started the coffee maker, the slow drip, drip,…

Giant Jenga at Church

Play Is My Spiritual Path

Authentic Fun Is My Religion by Ginny Hunneke Raised in the church of pew aerobics, this cradle Episcopalian may be committing heresy.  While I attend services regularly, I cringe and bristle at the label “religious.” I’ve just never seen myself that way—until I adopted a different perspective. As many of us Episcopalians are, I am more interested in the metaphorical use…