When I first began my private mental health practice, I knew one thing was certain: I needed to meet as many area clergy as I could. Today I had the pleasure of having coffee with an another local parish pastor. Thanks, C!
So many people still experience embarrassment, resistance and fear when it comes to seeking therapy for relationships, emotions, or behaviors, they stall when it comes to getting help. They may talk to their friend or family member. They may occasionally tell their physician about how they feel. But as they get ready to reach for help, they may also talk to their pastor.
Most pastors are great at emotional triage. Trained in basic listening skills, taught how to manage themselves in emergencies, experienced at handling emotions at funerals, parish clergy are the go-to folks in many people's lives when it comes to figuring out what to do when the going gets rough. I am honored so many people trusted their lives to me over my years in the parish. I learned early …
College Athletes Getting Played Many
kids dream of being a professional athlete, and their first stop is getting a
full ride at the best university in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic
Association). These kids will have a lot places to choose from, with over 1,000
schools and 400,000 student athletes under the umbrella of the NCAA (Who We Are
1). What they don’t know is that even “full ride” college athletes end up in
debt, along with having the stress of balancing the demanding sport with a just
as demanding course load. Student athletes have a full time job, travel
included, at their university with the sports they play. Scholarships are a
good starting point to compensate them, but it is not enough; collegiate
athletes should get paid every year beyond those scholarships to help keep them
out of debt and make them a more reliable player for their team. What
many people forget about student athletes is that they’re still students. Just
because they play a sport does not mean they…
Wow. That's all I could say. As a pastor, I would occasionally visit with people who reported Near Death Experiences (NDE) on an operating room table, a hospital bed, during a car accident or heart attack. Without the necessary and pretty impossible to get research, I wasn't sure what to think about these very similar but unusual events in people's lives. All I could say was Wow.
This article, published April, 2012, in the online magazine Salon, is written by psychology professor and research scientist at the University of Montreal, Mario Beauregard. It is excerpted from his book, "The Brain Wars," and talks of recent research into this quite common human event.
I was always talking about life after death, but was quite sure I knew, really knew, nothing about it. I would speak in the language, images and ideas of my Christian faith tradition. Here is new brain research that confirms what many have said about their experiences, and points to a new truth: that the…