“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)
Hope you enjoy!
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“It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
I once had a teacher express their frustration to me regarding their 1st-grade student not taking responsibility for himself and his actions. I responded with, “You know what? I know a lot of adults who are still struggling with that.”
Hearing expressions such as these are common, as school counselors also provide consultation services for teachers and administrators. We hear many challenges and frustrations while helping to provide meaningful insight to better understand the children in their classrooms. Do we want our children to learn how to take responsibility? Of course. However, knowing that this is a struggle for everyone can help us be more patient, kind, and understanding with our students.
We as educators have to meet kids where they’re at.We can’t put expectations on kids that we as adults are not meeting. We have to model the desired behaviors we want our children and future generations to grow up learning. We can’t expect anything upon them we ourselves are not doing.
“The struggle ends when gratitude begins.” ~ Neale Donald Walsch
As we enter into the month of November, with Thanksgiving upon us, I’d like to take a moment to reflect and express gratitude. I find myself at times feeling thankful for having any kind of experience at all, positive or negative. It really is a miracle to be having any conscious experience. The miracle of life is happening all around us, and it can easily go unnoticed from day-to-day.
There is always beauty to be found right in front of us — seeing the awe-inspiring sky, the mountains in the distance, hearing the birds chirping, hearing my kids playing together. All of these things are going on, even in what seems to be a chaotic and tumultuous political landscape at the moment.
Sometimes I try to be thankful for what some may call the most basic things — being able to see, hear, feel, taste, smell, touch, walk, talk, think, laugh, smile. I love being able to walk outside and feel the warmth of the sun on my face, the smell of the fresh morning air, or the coolness of the morning wind. I sometimes walk outside my door and pause for a moment, just to appreciate being alive.
I recently came across a video with comedian Louis C.K., in which he expresses how we are lucky to even live sad moments. Living sad moments can help us more fully appreciate joyful moments.
“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.
“Were so busy following a script and putting academics in front of kids, that we forget that they’re people–learning truly only happens through relationship.” ~ Shannon Hess
How can we really make a difference in the world through education? In this episode, Shannon Hess and I discuss some of the problems in education today, and how implementing mindfulness and teaching empathy can be a solution.
Shannon has a wide breadth and background in education. She is currently an induction coordinator for new teachers, mindfulness educator, and social justice advocate in California. Shannon has a passion for making a difference in the lives of others through connecting to what we all share in common within our humanity. Shannon advocates for the importance of the relationship and discusses ways on how we can revolutionize education, ultimately changing the world.
Keep an eye out for The Five Ms Project, whichfocuses on self-care and mental well-being.
Mental Health, Mindset, Mindfulness, Mindsight, Movement