Jesus was born in a stable - the messiest, smelliest of places! Likewise, God desires to be born in what we deem the least desirable, "smelliest" places in our hearts. Our podcast explores how we can welcome the Divine Child into the places of woundedness, shame, and pain; those areas within that are most in need of transformation.
Many "energy vampires" are now at play in our lives - mask wearing, toxic politics, and a sense that we are "wandering in the desert." All this creates a chemistry that devours a great deal of emotional and spiritual energy, leaving us feeling exhausted. We name a few of these realities, as well as ways we can enhance our self-care.
We see that a careful reading of the Bible reveals that it was in Africa that major moments of salvation history unfold. As we contemplate this reality, we might allow the furniture of our imagination regarding the Bible to be rearranged a bit.
When relationships are characterized by codependence, "the giver" feels a sense of responsibility for "the taker's" emotions, behaviors, and choices. In codependency, the stress of the situation dictates responses, rather than the inner voice of truth and wisdom. We briefly explore some signs that might be invitations to healing and self-knowledge.
The "Messiah Complex" says, "My loved one is lost and it's my job to save them." There is only one entity, however, with the power to save, and it's not you! We explore some manifestations of the complex and ways we can begin to move on from this unfruitful way of relating to others.
Complaining can be a way of blowing off steam, bonding with peers, expressing feelings of inadequacy, or giving voice to deeper soul issues that cry out for attention. Our reflection will explore reasons for complaining, signs of unhealthy complaining, and when complaining might be an opportunity for grace and growth.
Do you find yourself disproportionately triggered by certain people? Is there a person or group you irrationally blame for your and the world's ills? Our reflection invites us to ask in these moments of provocation, "What have I rejected of myself that I see so clearly in the other?"
We inherit from our ancestors their unresolved trauma and wounds. If we remain unconscious of it, we will be frustrated in our efforts to live a full life, and we will pass on dysfunctional dynamics to those who come after us. We can make a choice to wake up, stop the toxic patterns, and heal.
Confederate statues are coming down. We now have an opportunity to create new symbols that inspire reconciliation and transformation. We explore some spiritual and emotional currents moving through this moment.
We explore the American collective shadow. What are the uncomfortable truths about ourselves as a nation that we ignore, deny, and repress? If we are going to be a truly great country, we will work to integrate our shadow - a difficult and humbling task, but sure to be transformative and healing.
If you find these podcasts helpful, I urge you to visit the website of my friend and mentor Br. Don Bisson, FMS. Don has a great collection of talks and reflections on spiritual topics. (Much of what I pass on to you through my podcasts and classes I learn from him!) Don is the best! http://www.donbisson.com/
Powerful, chaotic, but potentially transformative energies are coursing through our country right now. In this episode we explore the spiritual dimension of this pivotal moment, and how each of us can contribute to healing and renewal by confronting our shadow side.
We all struggle with events, people, emotions, thoughts, and memories we'd rather not know. Our defense mechanisms can help us to function, but in their shadow side can lead us to avoid neccesary engagement with life's messy realities. This podcast episode briefly names 10 common defense mechanisms.
"What got into me? I'm beside myself!" When we say this in response to something we've said or done, we are experiencing the "inner committee" at work. We explore the voices and energies within that seek to influence our choices.
Self forgiveness is among the most difficult and harrowing of spiritual tasks. We explore why this is so difficult, some common resistances to self-forgiveness, the difference between healthy and unhealthy guilt, and a meditation practice that nurtures an open heart to self forgiveness.