“Sometimes I think we feign surrender in order to avoid the hard stuff that’s really there.” ~ Dr. L. Marinn Pierce
In this episode of the Mindful Owl podcast, Dr. L. Marinn Pierce and I discuss counseling and relationships between wellness, spirituality, and personal dispositions of practicing professional counselors.
Wellness, Spirituality, and Personal Dispositions of Professional Counselors
Empathy vs Compassion
Client-Centered vs Present-Centered
Religion and Spiritualty
Yoga, Meditation, and Present Moment Awareness
Trauma Bonds and Relationships
and much more…
Dr. L. Marinn Pierce is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Counselor Education at California State University, Fresno. She received her B.M. in Music Education from Brenau University, M.S. in Community counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Ed.S. in Community Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Pierce’s clinical experience includes work with a variety of populations across multiple settings. While her primary area of emphasis is children and youth and their families, she has worked with adolescents in residential treatment, individuals with diverse counseling needs in community outpatient settings, children and adolescents in intensive outpatient and partial-hospitalization, and child and adolescent victims of sexual trauma. Her research interests include counselor professional identity development, wellness, and the integration of spirituality into the counseling process. – American Counseling Association (ACA)
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“Spirituality is something innate in all of us…we all have something within us that yearns for the divine and the sacred. Religion is our human attempt to figure that out, make meaning of it, and express it.” ~ Lyle Peters
We often find ourselves in different places during our spiritual journey. In this episode of the Mindful Owl podcast, Lyle Peters and I discuss religion and spirituality within the context of Christianity.
Some topics discussed are:
Religion vs Spirituality
Were we socialized to believe in God or practice a religion?
Can science and religion coexist?
Ego and self-righteousness
The Great Schism of 1054
16th century Protestant Reformation
Lyle has a wide background in religious studies and theology, from serving eight years in the priesthood to music ministry. Lyle was kind enough to share some of his perspective and personal journey thus far, and it is full of wonderful insights.Lyle received a Master of Divinity from University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois. Lyle is currently the pastoral associate for liturgy and music at St. Joseph Catholic Community Church in Eldersburg, Maryland.
“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you will ever have.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
The inevitable death. Your death. The fact that all of “this” is not going to last forever. The thought of your own existence not continuing can be scary. Sound depressing? Well, contemplating your own death doesn’t necessarily have to be. Lately, I’ve been thinking about death almost every day. I find it interesting that the older people get, the more they seem to think about death. On the other hand, thinking about death is almost non-existent with younger people. I think it would greatly benefit younger generations to be more mindful of death.
Mortality salience, or realizing that your death is in fact, inevitable, can give rise to a much more appreciative, fulfilling, and present life. This appreciation and fulfillment can be found with or without any consideration of religious beliefs. In other words, your ability to appreciate life’s moments doesn’t depend on whether or not you’re religious. This is not to say that religion or a belief in the afterlife isn’t helpful, as religion is very helpful to me. There’s more to it than just religion in and of itself. A deep attention and presence is still necessary to fully appreciate the significance of what’s really going on from moment to moment. Being mindful of death and our mortality is a catalyst for this.
Most of the time, it appears that we all casually gloss over some very significant and deeply profound moments in our lives. Even the moments that can be categorized as mundane have just as much significance and profundity as any other moment. Sometimes, those moments don’t seem to register as important “in the moment.” Later upon reflection, perhaps as memories, we may feel those moments were in fact, significant, but we weren’t really “there” for them. We find it hard to connect to the present moment when we are incessantly looking for happiness in the future, which never arrives. Continue reading WHY YOU SHOULD THINK ABOUT YOUR DEATH