The Saving Nature of Pain

Viktor Frankl, a Jewish physician and the originator of a therapeutic modality called “Logotherapy,” found himself imprisoned in a concentration camp in World War II. There, he made an interesting observation. Frankl noticed that it was not always the strongest individual who survived the harsh conditions of the camp. He observed that the people whoContinue reading “The Saving Nature of Pain”

Attachment Versus Connection: Letting Go Of Ego In Our Lives

The purpose of religious engagement and in particular the cultivation of spirituality is to live a life of meaning and purpose. Abraham Maslow created a rough equivalent goal with the point of the triangle of his “hierarchy of needs.” Maslow refers to this point as “self-actualization.” Self-actualization is a piece of living a life ofContinue reading “Attachment Versus Connection: Letting Go Of Ego In Our Lives”

Thoughts on Acceptance

Thoughts on Acceptance “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” -Joseph Goldstein People tend to polarize on the issue of acceptance.  Either they feel like that have complete control over something or they feel as though they are completely powerless.  Neither is a truly realistic view.  In my work with patientsContinue reading “Thoughts on Acceptance”

Thoughts on Honesty

Thoughts on Honesty “Honesty is more than not lying.  It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving.” -James E. Faust People think of honesty as simply not lying to another person, and while this is honesty, it does not fully reflect what true honesty is.  There are levels to honesty.  We areContinue reading “Thoughts on Honesty”

Thoughts on Control

Thoughts on Control “I’ve learned that when you try to control everything, you enjoy nothing.” -Anonymous Several years ago when I was a young man and in the U.S. Air Force, I was serving on a joint services task force in Alaska.  We were on a little island called Annette Island off the coast ofContinue reading “Thoughts on Control”


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