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Erie Chapman Foundation
Nashville, Tennessee
Immediate past president of the Baptist Healing Trust (Healing Trust), Nashville.
Interests: The Erie Chapman Foundation is a charitable organization whose mission is to advance Radical Loving Care & healing in charities including hospitals, hospices & other charities & through the arts.
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Too many older people describe each day as being "closer to the grave." What if that idea was rejiggered to suggest that each day we are further from the womb? Continue reading
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So very easy to give thanks when all goes well in our lives. But it takes quiet reflection to do so when our country is suffering severely in a Pandemic, and deep into a political chasm eclipsing our sacred values of personal conduct, fair behaviors, and nonjudgmental outlooks on life.... Continue reading
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Can art turn loss into Joy? I created a one minute "cinema poem" for Isabella & share it hoping it may introduce healing into your life. Continue reading
In many important ways, you describe life's ultimate wisdom in the line that describes the practice you were taught during childbirth: "to breathe with and into the experience rather than to resist the pain." And the courage that flowed through you after you did that and welcomed each of your sons. Yes, we need to stand strong against wrongdoing & to speak up for Love. As we do so, perhaps our courage will rise if we understand how to "breathe with" the angry reactions that often come when Love is spoken. thank you, Liz.
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Trust the process of change. Sometimes a familiar thing needs to die before an unfamiliar new sprout can grow. Whether it is a big transition or a wee, little one fear is a normal emotion on the path of transformation. A wise friend once told me that fear of the... Continue reading
Thank you, Liz. And a great quote from A Course In Miracles. Remarkable how you I often end up independently writing posts on the same subject - (In this case "Little Things") Surprise surprise:-)
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Caregiving lands you amid suffering. It also empowers you to deliver magic in seconds. You may not have dimples, but if you have spent most of your life brightening other's moments you are very lucky. Continue reading
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Practice Mindfulness Every Day Don’t just have minutes in the day; have moments in time. Balance out any bad with the good you can provide. Know that you are capable of amazing results. Surprise yourself by discovering new strength inside. Add a meaningful page to the diary of each day.... Continue reading
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Contrary to most, I dread fall & even labeled it The Dying Season. A single healing moment changed that. This week's Journal explains. Continue reading
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During this time of turmoil, great division and upheaval in our country may our prayers be heard and may we move forward to restore unity, peace and reconciliation as a country and as a people. Help us to remember... and let us all join in this personal challenge the Sister's... Continue reading
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Do you love anyone enough to put up with whatever percent of their behavior you cannot stand? That is relationship's ultimate question. The answer turns on a strange equation that mixes logic with something that has no logic: Love. Continue reading
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"Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with and what seizes your imagination will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the mornings, what you will do... Continue reading
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I am forever encouraging people to do more than just split-second looking. Watch children create & you will rediscover the source of your own creativity. In these times, imagination can be our salvation. Continue reading
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In my greatest moment of uncertainty, I was given a warm blanket. When the nurse covered me in it, I almost immediately stopped shaking. Holding the soft edges, my unsteady hands were anchored. “Thank you,” I managed to say without letting my emotions get the best of me. It was... Continue reading
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Let David Whyte's light shine into your life & you will experience the soul-refreshing presence of one of your angels. Continue reading
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The 2nd Monday in October is celebrated as Indigenous People’s Day to honor Native American people and to commemorate their histories and cultures. The Great Spirit Prayer Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the wind, whose breath gives life to all the world. Hear me; I need your... Continue reading
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Behind every hospital window dwells a patient cut off from health & home. The mirror tells them what we must always remember: they are more than a diagnosis. If we look with love through the windows of our eyes into the mirrors of theirs we enable the compassion that helps us help them heal. Continue reading
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Charles Dickens, in a Tale of Two Cities said, “It was the worst of times; it was the best of times”. Perhaps we are now living in a similar epoch as the virus, political upheaval, unemployment, and the environment crumbling before our eyes, threaten all of us in trying to... Continue reading
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Radical Loving Care calls us to heal even if our patient is hateful. That can feel harder for some caregivers than practicing curative medicine. And it is the calling of all who claim the title of caregiver. Continue reading
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In his 2015 Encyclical Letter called Laudato Si’—On Care for our Common Home, Pope Francis opens with words from St. Francis’s Canticle of the Creatures. Laudato Si’ translates into “Praise be to you” in which St. Francis praises God for all creation: Brother Sun, Sister Moon and Stars, Brother Wind,... Continue reading
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“So that is the dissenter’s hope: that they are writing not for today but for tomorrow.” HOPE by Lisel Mueller It hovers in dark corners before the lights are turned on, it shakes sleep from its eyes and drops from mushroom gills, it explodes in the starry heads of dandelions... Continue reading
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The Proximity of Paradise What is the look of paradise? My angel’s proximity advises. They track me through the night. Continue reading
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For a woman of small stature, Ruth Bader Ginsberg was a woman of great influence, larger than life, she was a person who dedicated her life to the promotion, protection and advocacy of this country’s highest ideals. Known to many as "Notorious RBG and superhero, she was a true protector... Continue reading
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Trump lies & people die. Good leaders pick good leaders. They do best when they lead the opposite of our President. We need loving leadership in our hospitals & in our country. Right now. Continue reading
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There is so much pain and sadness, so much loss; of loved ones, animals, wildlife, forests, homes, livelihoods, hope. I offer this prayer for friends, colleagues,patients, families, communities and all who suffer. We pray these prayers for you… Compassionate One, we pray for all who are being affected by the... Continue reading