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Take a Breath: How Breath Work Provides a Portal to Our Spiritual Lives

By Jilleen Westbrook | November 28, 2023

“…then the Lord God formed the human from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life’ and the human…

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Want more Love and Goodness? Savor Gratitude

By Pamela Ebstyne King | October 23, 2023

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed…

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Life off Autopilot: The Complexities of Activating into Purpose

By Pamela Ebstyne King | September 22, 2023

This is Part 2 of a 2-part series “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”…

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Thrive Book List – Fall 2023

By Jilleen Westbrook | September 22, 2023

PURPOSE EDITION The Thrive list for Fall of 2023 focuses on books about purpose – a sense of which evolves over our lifetimes and is…

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Observing the Body for Understanding

By Pamela Ebstyne King | September 22, 2023

A Practice for Spiritual Health A daily practice of tuning into our bodies can help us discern meaning. We often think of spiritual practices as…

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Questions to Promote Love and Meaning

By Pamela Ebstyne King | September 22, 2023

Thinking through paths out of anxiety and fear If it rings true for you that you need to train your brain to tone down anxiety…

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Life Off Autopilot: The Power of Purpose

By Pamela Ebstyne King | August 28, 2023

This is Part 1 of a 2-part series. “The meaning of life is discovering our gift, the purpose of life is giving it away.” Pablo…

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Want to become more present, healthy, and connected? Pay attention to your body (Part 2)

By Lauren Van Vranken | August 21, 2023

Embodiment is when we feel “a sense of positive connection or being at one with our body.” H. McBride Last month I discussed the importance…

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Want to become more present, healthy, and connected? Pay attention to your body (Part 1)

By Lauren Van Vranken | August 1, 2023

“If you’re willing to pay attention to and dialogue with what’s happening inside of you, you’ll find that your body already knows the answers about…

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Perfectionism: Turning a Struggle into a Superpower

By Kenneth Wang | July 1, 2023

Thrive Center’s Jilleen Westbrook in Conversation with Dr. Kenneth Wang I sat down with Dr. Kenneth Wang to discuss the topic of perfectionism. He, with…

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Adolescents and Spirituality: How Transcendent Experiences can Create Resilient Teens

By Sean Noe | June 1, 2023

Evidence from a study of youth in El Salvador For the last three years, I’ve been a Fellow at the Thrive Center as I pursue…

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Summer 2023: What We’re Reading About Relationships

By Jilleen Westbrook | June 1, 2023

“…human transformation ultimately occurs through love—the process of being known and knowing another.” Dr. Pam King “Love is the greatest, and may it always be…

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The Friendship Edit: Creating Meaningful Connections in a Digital Age

By Pamela Ebstyne King | May 1, 2023

“Unmitigated technology use is currently impacting our relational capacities by replacing time with actual humans and inhibiting the development of social skills. Such use spreads…

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Living at the Intersection of Joy, Meaning, and Balance

By Pamela Ebstyne King | April 1, 2023

A couple of weeks ago, I spoke to a group of women about finding meaning and joy in their lives. Who doesn’t want a joyful…

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The Divine Individuality of a Thriving Life

By Pamela Ebstyne King | March 1, 2023

“Thriving requires or presumes that the individual is growing as a person and also is making a contribution beyond the self.”  King & Mangan, 2023…

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Spring 2023: What We’re Reading About Purpose

By Jilleen Westbrook | March 1, 2023

Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results by James Clear Why we like this book: James Clear offers concrete steps we all can take to change…

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The Balm of Being Loved and Held

By Pamela Ebstyne King | February 1, 2023

I I am often asked about strategies for thriving. “How do I thrive?” “What practices help with thriving?”  Thriving is complicated, and individuals thrive differently. However, I have…

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Can a Hug a Day Keep the Doctor Away?

By Susan Mangan | February 1, 2023

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.” His Holiness, the Dalai Lama If you ask me, love is one of the most beautiful concepts there…

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What is Thriving and Why is it Important?

By Pamela Ebstyne King | January 1, 2023

Thriving is living life on purpose. I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10b) Psychology and theology…

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The Power of Pausing in Gratitude

By Pamela Ebstyne King | December 1, 2022

Gratitude affect happiness and wellbeing primarily through positive relationships. We finding that beliefs matters toward experiences and practices of gratitude.

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Practicing the 5 A’s to Slow down and Offer Thanks

By Pamela King | November 22, 2022

Practicing gratitude has the power to transform and involves our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Pay attention to this powerful positive emotion using these simple steps…

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