Beyond Blue
March 2007 Archives

A singer with the popular Christian band Avalon tells how he uses faith and music to get through tough times in Beliefnet’s article “It Is Well with My Soul.”

Thank you to reader Peg, who, in addition to her remark about Recovery, Inc., posted the following comment: “As a cradle Catholic and one who was raised in a girls’ Catholic boarding school for 10 years (from ’49 to ’59), […]

“The sacrament of Reconciliation is a place to bring all of our chaos into contact with the healing love of the Lord Jesus,” writes Kathryn J. Hermes in her excellent book, “Surviving Depression: A Catholic Approach.” Several people–even my therapist […]

Both David Burns (bestselling author of “Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy” and Abraham Low (founder of Recovery, Inc.) teach techniques to analyze negative thoughts (or identify distorted thinking) so to be able to disarm and defeat them. Since Low’s […]

There is such a thing as having too much self-esteem. I would like to have that problem, just as I would like to say, “I must have a high metabolism or something, because I just can’t seem to gain weight. […]

Each summer I pick a project. Last year’s was to develop my self-esteem. According to David Burns, that should only take ten days. But nine months later, I’m still not there. From June to August last year, this was the […]

Abandoning your self-esteem in an act of freedom–letting go of the false ego to find the true self–is what an Indian holy man and a pioneer in the dialogue between Christianity and eastern religions named Swami Abhishiktananda (Can you imagine […]

Consider these words by Henri Nouwen: “There is a deep hole in your being, like an abyss. You will never succeed in filling that hole, because your needs are inexhaustible. You have to work around it so that gradually the […]

Now that I have mocked the meditation of one of the most prominent Catholic theologians of our time, let me say that I adore Henri Nouwen’s stuff. Because it is so raw and real. A friend of mine told me […]

Speaking of pain, I love what Kahlil Gibran writes about pain in “The Prophet“: “Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. “Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand […]