As I often do, I chose this topic in response to recent sessions. This post is specially written for the 1 in 8 people who suffer from social anxiety so intense that it interferes with normal daily activities. Most of us experience some heightened sense of nervousness in social situations but some are so highly
Sometimes it seems as if the grip of winter will never let go. Every venture out-of-doors requires bundling up–again. Coat, hat, scarf, gloves, boots. Ice on the sidewalks–again. Shoveling snow–again. The waiting-room carpet is a dirty disaster–again. Cars are filthy and cry for maintenance–again. Taxes are due–again. Hassle. Hassle. Hassle. The gray skies of winter
One of my favorite stories is told by Jesus in Luke 15:11-32, “The Prodigal Son.” Before continuing, I invite you to follow the link below; enjoy the story. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+15%3A11-32&version=NIV&interface=print This parable depicts the ultimate example of a loving father. One who, by the standards of most, had every right to reject his son and shame
Last week we defined shame and made the important distinction between shame and guilt. The next step is identifying shame and its origin. Unhealthy, prolonged feelings of shame, cause us to deny and therefore hide. Unwilling to accept the feeling of shame, we repress the message for corrective action. Prolonged denial evolves into secret avoidance.
How many different thoughts do you have each day? Researchers estimate we process between 50,000 and 70,000 thoughts each day. Our minds seldom cease activity. Even when we sleep, our brain is restoring, sorting, and informing us. Last week we discussed the physical, or Part I of living a balanced life. Now Let’s take a