A New Year Resolution: Stop Shaming Yourself

Four steps to graceful change in the new year. Whether or not you've made any New Year's Resolutions, this is a natural time to reflect on the changes we might like to make in our lives.Unfortunately, a lot of efforts to change are driven by self-recrimination.  We try to shame ourselves into the changes we'd like to make.  "What's wrong with me?"   "What can't I just do this already?"The Role of GuiltGuilt can play a part in the change process but there is a difference b … [Read more...]

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Eating Your Salvation: Are YOU Orthorexic? Take the Quiz.

In a recent interview, "Domestic goddess" Nigella Lawson takes on what she refers to as the current cultural obsession with "clean eating."To put it bluntly, $10 cold-pressed green juices and quinoa bowls are a lifestyle choice — it doesn’t make you virtuous. “There is a way in which food is used either to self-congratulate — you’re a better person because you’re eating like that — or to self-persecute, because you will not allow yourself to eat the foods you want,” the 55-year-old British ch … [Read more...]

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The Mindless Catholic: Does “Mindfulness” Have a Place In Catholic Spirituality and Practice?

My fellow Patheosi, Will Duquette, at Cry Woof was wondering about the psychological technique of mindfulness and how it fits into Catholic spirituality.  He writes... From what I’ve gathered, mindfulness involves quieting your thoughts and being aware and alert to your body and your environment.  As such, it’s a way of being present, of living in the moment; and apparently the goal is to start small and increase this mindfulness in all parts of life.  A caveat: I gather that mindfulness is a pa … [Read more...]

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This is Your Brain on Religion

Researchers from the National Institute on Aging and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, analyzed data collected from functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies to evaluate the flow of brain activity when religious and non-religious individuals discussed their religious beliefs.Dimitrios Kapogiannis, M.D., and colleagues determined causal pathways link brain networks related to “supernatural agents,” fear regulation, imagery and affect, all of which may be involved in cogni … [Read more...]

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Do We Have Free Will?

There is, currently, a Patheos-wide discussion regarding people's beliefs about free will.  Many brain scientists deny the existence of such a thing as free will.  They correctly observe that the impulse to act emerges from the lower brain between  .3 - 1.5 seconds before we even become aware of the impulse.  The implication is that most of our actions are guided by impulses that we are barely aware of before we act upon them.  There is something to this.  Many, even most of our actions are uncon … [Read more...]

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Emotional Security: Do You Know What YOUR Emotions Are Trying to Tell You?

Most Christians have a pretty ambivalent relationship with our emotions.  We just don't know what to feel about our feelings.  Sometimes, emotions can be the source of a great deal of joy, satisfaction, and well-being.  Other times they can wreck us with anxiety, despair, anger, and angst.   Of course,  there are still other times when we get upset with ourselves for being upset, angry at ourselves for being angry, or depressed about how sad we feel.Emotions are a part of our body, of cours … [Read more...]

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COMING TUES on MORE2LIFE RADIO: Get A Hold of Yourself!

Coming Tues on More2Life:  Get A Hold of Yourself!  We all have times when we react rather than responding to emotionally-charged situations.  We'll look at what it takes to tame the reactions that tend to run away with you and how to cultivate greater peace and creativity.PLUS, SharingCatholicFaith.com Family Psychologist and Master Catechist, Dr. Joseph White joins us to talk about:  Teaching Teens to Make Good ChoicesCall in at 877-573-7825 from Noon-1 Eastern (11-Noon Central) with yo … [Read more...]

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“That they all may be one.” In which Calvin & Hobbes, Jung, and Pope JPII Help Us Experience the Connection We Crave with Others.

Everyone longs for connection.  We all crave closeness but it can seem so elusive at times.  In the face of the struggle to fulfill that desire to be in synch with others, we can often despair that it was ever meant to be.We shouldn't.   The Theology of the Body reminds us that we were created to live in unity with God and others.   And, of course, this idea is deeply rooted in scripture.  Genesis (2:18) asserts that it was God's intention from the very beginning that would live in intimate c … [Read more...]

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