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My counterpart on the Wellness beat, Jennifer Graham, released an amazing article this week about Alzheimer’s and the soul. In it, she explores how traces of an older person’s spiritual life live on as dementia progresses.
“The soul is bigger than just cognition,” one expert notes.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the soul lately as I enter the home stretch of a hectic summer. In the midst of moving, wrapping up article projects and preparing for an international trip, how do I keep in touch with the part of me that makes me, well, me? How do I make this frenzied season of my life more soulful?
The answer, it turns out, is pretty simple. Small things, like hot coffee and a good book, help me recover from long days. Small things, such as a favorite hymn or Bible verse, bring big miracles to Alzheimer’s patients, too, allowing them to return to the person they always were.
FRESH OFF THE PRESS FROM ME
TOP RELIGION READS
Make the most of your brief time on Earth, Garrison Keillor, The Washington Post
Anniversary, Kate Bowler
Meet Church Curmudgeon: the grumpiest, funniest guy on Twitter, Catholic News Agency
JUST FOR FUN
Here’s a cool sentiment shared by Elizabeth Gilbert in her book about writing and creativity, “Big Magic.”
“We all need something that takes us so far out of ourselves that we forget to eat, forget to pee, forget to mow the lawn, forget to resent our enemies, forget to brood over our insecurities.”