Tag: spirituality

What Exactly is an Emotion?

This question seems simple and innocent. Instead, it opens the door to a snarky and tangled complexity. It is not easily answered. Biology, psychology, and spirituality provide different insights. Here is how I see it. When you feel angry (i.e., have the emotion of anger) you are not only having an emotional experience, you are […]

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Self-Awareness and the Emotional Life

Clueless is Never a Compliment! Being clueless about your emotions is never a good thing! Self-awareness about your emotions is the first step toward healthy emotions. This is one more reason why I love the psalms. The psalmists were profoundly self-aware about their emotions. They felt deeply about their experiences. They knew what they felt. […]

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When You Don’t Forgive

Here is a great insight from feisty, innovative, provocative, and always funny Anne Lamott. And it is on a spiritual theme that is of central importance for all of us. Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die. Some of the best theology we do may be called […]

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Journal Your Journey

I will tell you a secret. I was not very good at it. In fact, I was quite bad. About journaling. I began journaling in 1999. I did it because I was taking a class for my doctoral studies on spiritual formation. One of our assignments was to journal our spiritual journey over a period […]

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