32 | Self-Compassion: Seeing Yourself Through The Eyes of God

We often unconsciously resist receiving God’s love and the graces that flow with it.  We get discouraged, we ruminate, and we isolate ourselves. We criticize ourselves. We criticize other people. We get stuck in these judgment loops and all of that keeps us both from hearing God’s voice and from seeing ourselves the way that…

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31 | Self-Compassion: Pull it together!

What do I need now?  Oh, that’s EASY: I need some chocolate, coffee, or both!  LOL, no, That’s not what I need – that’s more like a passing thought before I realize: no, I need a lot more than that at this time.  Asking “What do I need now” is the third step in the…

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30 | Self-Compassion: How to take a self compassion break

Do those around you deserve to be treated with compassion?  With compassionate speech, which is kind and sensitive to speak in a manner that is helpful?  With an act of compassion, such as a hug, a hand on the shoulder, or a smile at the right time?  Do they deserve to be encouraged when life…

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29 | Self-Compassion: Using the Skill of Awarenesss

When am I supposed to practice the skill of self-compassion? There are lots of chances every day!  If you hate being late and you’re being late to someplace –  maybe your automatic reaction is I should have done “this” or “that” and why didn’t I and why am I so dumb?  That’s an opportunity to…

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28 | Self-Compassion: Why You Want this Discipline

“I realized I had been engaging in a lot of self-criticisms because I saw it as part of being virtuous. I thought being a big self-critic helped me serve others better and not be selfish. After practicing self-compassion, I began to realize that my self-criticism was actually keeping my focus on myself. It was a…

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27 | The number one enemy of spiritual life

HOPE is a theme of our podcast. HOPE. We keep coming back to it. Because we need a LOT of it. We need a lot of it because life is either challenging us, or even kicking us when we are down, and because we are leaning into new challenges that S-T-R-E-T-C-H us. Life is short…

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25 | INTERVIEW: Your Most Powerful Question, Dr. John Olesnavage

In life, we often don’t make progress until we ask the RIGHT question.  That’s why we are so impressed with Dr. John Olesnavage’s approach: finding Your Most Powerful Question. He has written the book Your Most Powerful Question; Finding purpose and meaning in God’s plan.  It’s the fruit of years of professional work as a Doctor…

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23 | Finding Meaning and Purpose: Retirement and Midlife

Meaning and purpose are big themes in transition.  Transitions like RETIREMENT, EMPTY NEST, or other WAKE-UP call you might have.  Where’s the excitement, meaning, purpose, discomfort, and discernment kicking in?  Where’s the expediency, fear, super cautious, or momentum kicking in?  We had a season on TRANSITIONS, starting at episode 2. John Paul II, in Christifideles…

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