Self-Compassion

One of the hardest lessons I have learned about mindfulness meditation is the need for self-compassion and self-kindness. Maybe I am alone in this particular form of craziness, but the first time I read those words, I cringed. Why? Because I know that I am a sinful human being. I have a history of addiction.Continue reading “Self-Compassion”

Sitting at the Feet of Jesus

Growing up, one of my wife’s favorite board games was Payday. Awhile back, she found a copy of this game and asked the boy and me to play it. Basically, you go through three months of paying bills while trying to get enough income to have something left over at the end of the game.Continue reading “Sitting at the Feet of Jesus”

Mindfulness and Resting With God

As I continue my series of posts on the Christian mindfulness practices (you can check out the earlier posts here and here), today I want to talk about my favorite form of meditation–Contemplative Prayer. As with Lectio Divina, contemplative prayer took me a long time to wrap my head around. Every time I read orContinue reading “Mindfulness and Resting With God”

Forged in Fire

Lately I have been watching the show Forged in Fire. It is an older show, but it only recently came out on the streaming service I use. In this show, four contestants attempt to forge blades and weapons in a short amount of time to determine who is that episode’s Forged in Fire champion. InContinue reading “Forged in Fire”

Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

First, let’s address the elephant in the room. Meditation covers a wide range of practices used by different religious and non-religious groups. Personally, I define meditation as an “intentional practice of focus and concentration.” This leaves open the questions of “How do we concentrate?” and “On what do we focus?” The answers to these questionsContinue reading “Beginner’s Guide to Meditation”

Mind Your Brain

Have you ever thought about how you think? Yes, I know that is oddly phrased, but I mean it. As humans, we have this amazing ability to turn our thoughts back on ourselves, to think about our own thoughts. We can even think about our own thought processes. A major part of the practice ofContinue reading “Mind Your Brain”

Sins of the Father

The other day I was exploring a video posted by Pete Scazzero from Emotionally Healthy Discipleship on the genogram. Basically, a genogram is like a family tree of dysfunction. You trace out your family tree in order to discern behavioral patterns and beliefs that have influenced your personal dysfunction and destructive behaviors and attitudes. ScazzeroContinue reading “Sins of the Father”

The Benefits of Rhythm

One of the things I am relearning through this whole COVID-19 quarantine period is the value of rhythms. A little self-disclosure here: when it comes to music, I have no rhythm. I am the guy who’s clapping is always a little off beat. However, when it comes to life, I need rhythm, and I don’tContinue reading “The Benefits of Rhythm”