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Two weeks ago, we wrote about how to transcend today’s turmoil with inner peace. We ended the blog by asking “What is it that you do? What refreshes your spirit? What brings you peace?” and published our readers’ responses. Here are some more articles about the issue of turmoil, including from earlier times.
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Last week we wrote about how to transcend today’s turmoil with inner peace. This week, other people shared what they do. Here are a few articles with some useful advice about this issue.
7 Ways to Cope With COVID-19 “The battle seems like it is outside of your home against some microscopic enemy, but the struggle actually starts inside your mind.
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This week, we wrote about how to transcend today’s turmoil with inner peace, and we have found some very interesting articles that complement ours and have a range of approaches.
Living Peacefully in a Time of Turmoil “As a theologian and ethicist, my research focuses particu­larly on how people find meaning and purpose in their existence.
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How to Transcend Today’s Turmoil with Inner Peace

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PHIL: Welcome to the changed world. Buckle up; it’s currently a wild dystopian ride. The only way to enjoy it is to let go of any hope of earth returning to the way it was and find fascination and joy at the unfolding of events.
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This week, we said that you should avoid making lists and keeping score in your relationships. Here are a few guides on how to do that.
Keeping Score in Your Relationship Makes You Lose “With all of these things competing for your time and attention, people often end up looking to their partner to save the day, help out and “pull their weight.” You start watching everything they do and comparing it to what you do.
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Avoid Making Lists and Keeping Score in Your Relationships

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This week Phil had a medical procedure. He needed a Covid-19 test early in the week, so we had to quarantine. It was so hot that we took our walks very early in the morning when few people were on the street and before the sun was blasting.
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This week, we wrote about how to nurture intimacy in your relationship. Here are some articles with a variety of suggestions on what you can do.
Nourishing the Different Types of Intimacy in Your Relationship “When we talk about being intimate in a romantic relationship, we often equate it to sexual intimacy.
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How To Nurture Intimacy In Your Relationship

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PHIL: In one relationship, I felt that sex created intimacy, but my partner needed intimacy to precede sex. (This is what programmers call the bootstrap problem, from the expression “pull yourself up by your own bootstraps.” How do you read the first program into a computer when it needs a program in the computer to do the reading?)
In another relationship, my partner traveled often, and on return, there was a hesitancy between us until we became used to being with each other again.
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This week, we wrote that adapting to change is the skill we will need to cultivate. Here are some articles with ways to handle that.
Flexibility in the Midst of Crisis “In recent days, we’ve been inundated with recommendations for how to stay healthy in the midst of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
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Adapting To Change Is The Skill We Will Need To Cultivate

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We value stability in our lives. Old houses and antiques appeal to us because they are tangible evidence that the world is consistent and safe, that things persist, that the world tomorrow will be the same as it is today. We don’t want to have to learn how to function in it all over again.
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