“How unbelievable is this!” I said to myself as I rushed across a crowded store to greet a friend I hadn’t seen in years. As I got closer, however, it was obvious this was not the friend I thought it was. It was only a mistaken identity.
In this case, mistaking someone’s appearance was no big deal. But other times, mistaking what we think we see for the reality that we need to see can have painful consequences. And correcting that misperception can bring healing. … read more (Monitor, audio available)
The doorbell rings. I open my front door and – surprise – I am facing curly rainbow-colored hair, a red plastic nose, baggy striped pants, and large floppy shoes. Why is a clown at my door? Is it a joke I am not in on – or is it more sinister? … read more (Monitor, audio available)
Hi, I’m Karyn Mandan and I’ve launched this website for people who think of themselves as spiritually curious, seeking, exploring, or dedicated! Curious about what? Or dedicated to what? For me, it’s about finding a spiritual anchor for my life. How does spirituality connect with the ins and outs of daily life? Does being involved in spiritual discovery and practice improve life? I’ll be sharing the ideas that have most benefited me in this journey and that hopefully will inspire, encourage, comfort, and bring hope to you. Many of my spiritual questions and discoveries occur on my frequent hikes in the mountains and even the city…the activity of life all around offers grand lessons!
Would you like to see more articles from individuals like me who are applying spiritual ideas in their day to improve their lives? You can access several publications with articles and podcasts, many in multiple languages. Click here for The Christian Science Monitor, the Christian Science Sentinel, The Christian Science Journal, and The Herald of Christian Science.
Has this ever happened to you? When I’ve yearned to know that I have value and that my ideas matter, and have looked to other people for affirmation, I’ve often been disappointed. The recognition, appreciation, and respect I hoped for wasn’t given to me. … read more (Monitor, audio available)
A visitor to Boston’s dense residential and commercial district known as Back Bay might be surprised to learn they are standing right where ocean water used to be – and water still ebbs and flows beneath the filled land. The fill is unstable, … read more (Monitor, audio available) or here (Sentinel online, audio available)
Desolation Wilderness. This region at the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountains is a barren expanse of granite peaks near the edge of the tree line. It is a rugged and unyielding terrain, but also magnificent in its vast, endless beauty. It’s one of my favorite places to hike, … read more (Monitor, audio available) or here (Sentinel online)
French translation of “Outside Your Comfort Zone?” Original English article posted June 14, 2021.
Etre dans sa zone de confort, comme je l’ai découvert, ne signifie pas forcément se trouver dans un endroit qui nous est familier, où tout le monde a la même apparence et le même comportement. Il y a quelques années, j’ai vécu une expérience qui m’a fait comprendre que reconnaitre que Dieu maintient toute Sa famille en sécurité et en paix est la meilleure zone de confort qui soit, et celle où je veux demeurer ! … read more (Le Héraut de la Science Chrétienne)
Is the purpose of getting up and out of bed to go to work? What if you are between jobs? Is purpose defined by finding a job? I was asking myself these questions. … read more (Monitor, audio available)
Comfort zones, I have learned, don’t have to mean being in a familiar place where everyone looks and acts the same. An experience a few years ago illustrated to me how recognizing that God holds His entire family in safety and peace is the best comfort zone there is – and where I want to be! … read more (Monitor, audio available)
French translation posted September 13, 2021.
What a topsy-turvy world I found myself in. I had left my job, moved across the country, and – totally unplanned – started a romantic relationship. It should have been an expansive time of new possibilities. But increasingly I felt unsettled, directionless, even floundering in life … read more (Monitor, audio available)