Emotional healing and spiritual growth are not about eliminating our pain; they are about approaching our pain. Rather than moving away from our pain, we learn how to move toward it, enduring it, learning from it, transforming it, and eventually moving through it, to where we find our true self.
In Episode 9 of The Loveable Podcast, we talk about pain and playfulness and everything in between…
This week’s episode includes:
- A case study of how to observe our thought stream, rather than getting swept away in it, and an example of how this can expand our experience of the present moment.
- The connection between shame, playfulness, and our true self and how to use playfulness to disarm our shame.
- How embracing our worthiness can quickly lead to becoming less lonely.
- A better, healthier way to relate to “the future.”
- The difference between reacting and responding, and how to cultivate wiser responses.
- Suggestions for increasing the frequency and regularity with which you become mindful of your thought stream and practice observing it.
- Reflections on how faith can fruitfully evolve over the course of a lifetime.
- A discussion about why moving toward our pain rather than away from it is healing.
- How attending to our pain can improve our civic discourse.
- A practice for using your body to practice approaching your emotional pain.
- A teaser about the next episode entitled, “What to Do When Your Heart Feels Like a Jungle.”
Everything about this episode is counterintuitive, which is why it feels so helpful! I hope you’ll check it out. You can listen below or on iTunes.
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Dr. Kelly Flanagan is a psychologist, author, consultant, and speaker who enjoys walking with people through the three essentials of a truly satisfying life: worthiness, belonging, and purpose. His blog writings have been featured in Reader’s Digest, The Huffington Post, The 5 Love Languages, and the TODAY Show. Kelly is the author of Loveable and True Companions.