I have begun to write a newsletter on the topic of "the intersection of faith and mental illness." In this weekly online newsletter, I write a few things: A look at the Bible readings assigned for next Sunday in the Revised Common Lectionary (used by many mainline Protestant churches), from the standpoint of mental illness.Some … Continue reading Have you checked out Biblia Luna?
A few days ago, I posted about my Rhythm of Resilience, a collection of habits I've developed and committed to. It is my hope that doing these things regularly will help keep my resilience up so that I can more easily weather the mental health storms that come my way. It's kind of regular set … Continue reading Rhythm of Resilience – The Weeklies
So I have a new toy -- I received a theremin for Christmas. If you're not familiar with theremins, they are (in my opinion) the coolest musical instrument ever created. It's an electronic instrument that was invented in the 1920s, and it is played with your body, but without touching it. If you've never heard … Continue reading Conducting the Symphony 1: The Theremin
Some weeks ago, my therapist suggested something, and it's stuck with me since. We were talking about how easily I slide into depression, and he said something like, "Do you think there might be an addictive component here?" He wasn't diagnosing. He wasn't accusing. He was just speculating. But it's been a very fruitful avenue … Continue reading Rhythm of Resilience – The Daily W’s
It's been a while since I blogged anything but a sermon. I want to break this silence, and as I thought about what to write about, it occurred to me that some of you shared that you appreciated my openness and honesty about the experiences I'd had at Alternatives, the partial hospitalization program I attended … Continue reading Catching the Backslide
I enjoy walking labyrinths. Labyrinths are maze-like structures that have been used as spiritual tools for centuries. There are many of them around, and I am in the habit of trying to visit a lot of them. For more information about labyrinths, check out The Labyrinth Society. Find where labyrinths are in your area at the … Continue reading Labyrinth #44: Christ Lutheran Church, Hellertown, Penna.
Yesterday, I blogged about radical acceptance (a concept from dialectical behavioral therapy), the practice of choosing to accept reality as it is, rather than getting upset or angry about how things are. It doesn’t mean that we approve of this reality, or even that we choose to passively do nothing about it – it just … Continue reading I Accept the World Around Me
There are many things in my life that seem to cause me distress. But it’s not the things themselves that cause the distress – it’s my response to them that causes it. I think this is kind of like the Buddhist teaching that suffering is caused by our attachment to things. It’s not the thing … Continue reading I Accept Myself
Today was the second day of my ten-day program at Alternatives, the partial hospitalization program at Lehigh Valley Hospital. One of the things we learned about today was a type of therapy called “Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy,” or REBT. I found that this type of therapy really resonated with me. It was created by Albert … Continue reading Pleading Guilty
So today was my first day at “Alternatives,” a Partial Hospitalization program at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Partial Hospitalization is a program offered by many hospitals that provides intensive mental health care. It’s called “partial” because you spend a certain amount of time there each day, and then go home at night. At Alternatives, I will … Continue reading Untying the Gordian Knot