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Suicide and Eternal Damnation: Who Is Going to Hell?

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Group Beyond Blue member SurvivorForce started a discussion thread called “Are we damned if we commit suicide?” at Group Beyond Blue on Beliefnet’s Community. He wrote:   I have heard that some believe suicide is unforgivable, and that God will […]

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Group Beyond Blue: Letter to a Suicidal Person From a Survivor

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Group Beyond Blue member Rose S. posted a beautiful reflection on Group Beyond Blue called “Letter to a suicidal person from a survivor”: Dear friend, I am writing this to you both as the survivor of an attempted suicide and […]

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10 Scripture Quotes About Facing Fear

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Beliefnet has arranged a beautiful gallery of 10 scripture quotes about facing fear. To get to the gallery, click here. It begins … Everyone feels afraid at some point — whether it’s a gnawing, anxious feeling or a paralyzing phobia. […]

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Video: Why Yoga?

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I think I’ve told you all before that I’m somewhat of a yoga moron. I totally get the concept of yoga, and I know I need to learn some of its basics. But I just get confused when instructors tell […]

Yoga Can Relieve Anxiety and Depression

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According to The Johns Hopkins Winter 2008 Issue of Depression and Anxiety Bulletin: Low levels of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) have been associated with depression and particularly anxiety, and antidepressants have been shown to increase GABA levels. Now, preliminary […]

12 Bricks of a Strong Mental Foundation

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I was reading “The No-Cry Discipline Solution” last night (because I’d like to discipline without the tears and tantrums!), as recommended by my psychiatrist, and found author Elizabeth Pantley’s points for building a strong parental foundation to be ones that […]

10 Ways to Honor Yourself

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Related to “12 Bricks of a Strong Mental Foundation” are these tips on how to honor yourself from Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway, who moderates The Soulmate Project on Beliefnet. Click here to begin her gallery of techniques on loving yourself. […]

Dear God: Saint Peter, Humility, and the Loved Sinner

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Dear God, In the Gospel of Matthew (16:13-20), we read: Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, […]

Fr. Jim on Peter, the Jesuits, and What It Means to Be a Loved Sinner

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My friend Jim Martin took the name of Peter as his vow name. Here’s why, as he explains in his bestseller “My Life with the Saints”: Understanding Peter’s humanity was a liberating insight for me. For if God calls each […]

Losing Yourself the Right Way

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Because I’m on vacation this week, I’ve decided to publish posts from the two-week test pilot of Beyond Blue back in October of 2006, two months before its initial launch in December 2006. We’ve come a long way! Ghandi once […]

Who’s to Blame?

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Because I’m on vacation this week, I’ve decided to publish posts from the two-week test pilot of Beyond Blue back in October of 2006, two months before its initial launch in December 2006. We’ve come a long way! Just before […]

A Simple But Powerful Prayer

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Because I’m on vacation this week, I’ve decided to publish posts from the two-week test pilot of Beyond Blue back in October of 2006, two months before its initial launch in December 2006. We’ve come a long way! I found […]

If You Compare, You’ll Despair

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Because I’m on vacation this week, I’ve decided to publish posts from the two-week test pilot of Beyond Blue back in October of 2006, two months before its initial launch in December 2006. We’ve come a long way!  I know […]

Learning from the Saints

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Because I’m on vacation this week, I’ve decided to publish posts from the two-week test pilot of Beyond Blue back in October of 2006, two months before its initial launch in December 2006. We’ve come a long way! Throughout my […]

My Little Monkey

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Because I’m on vacation this week, I’ve decided to publish posts from the two-week test pilot of Beyond Blue back in October of 2006, two months before its initial launch in December 2006. We’ve come a long way! I’m curious […]

Bedtime Therapy, I Mean Stories

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Because I’m on vacation this week, I’ve decided to publish posts from the two-week test pilot of Beyond Blue back in October of 2006, two months before its initial launch in December 2006. We’ve come a long way! My daughter’s […]

A Blast from the Past

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Guess what? I’m not around this week. Soooooo I’ve decided to republish the posts from the trial version of Beyond Blue that started in October of 2006. This will be kind of cool because most of you will not have […]

Why Beyond Blue?

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Because I’m on vacation this week, I’ve decided to publish posts from the two-week test pilot of Beyond Blue back in October of 2006, two months before its initial launch in December 2006. We’ve come a long way! Some people […]

My Story (So Far)

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Because I’m on vacation this week, I’ve decided to publish posts from the two-week test pilot of Beyond Blue back in October of 2006, two months before its initial launch in December 2006. We’ve come a long way! Although I’ve […]

The Serotonin Spirituality Connection

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Thanks to my editor, Holly, for finding this fascinating study about serotonin and spirituality. I’ve argued in many places that I swear we depressives are more religious. It turns out that high image brain scans are documenting a biological underpinning […]

Simi on Self-Esteem

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I was moved by the comment made by Beyond Blue reader Simi on the combox of my post “Video: My Self-Esteem File.” I was happy to see this site. I am a therapist myself, and I also suffer from depression. […]

Bipolar Disorder: A Kind of Learning Disability

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I have a learning disability called bipolar disorder. My thought process is severely distorted at times, making me believe that the plastic spider in front of me is real, and if I don’t exert all my energy into swatting it, […]

Dick Cavett: Smiling Through

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Thanks to Beyond Blue reader Larry Parker for forwarding to me Dick Cavett’s blog post on depression. It’s marvelous. I’ve excerpted a few paragraphs below. To read the entire article, click here. I thought it was interesting that he mentions […]

Dear God: On Living Mindfully and Learning to Pause

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Dear God, In the Gospel of Matthew (14:22-33), we read: After he had fed the people, Jesus made the disciples get into a boat and precede him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. After doing so, he […]

The Challenge of Living Mindfully

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Macrina Wiederhehr explains how we can impart some of the wisdom of the monastic tradition into our workday in her book “Seven Sacred Pauses.” Among my favorite passages are these: How can we learn to open our hearts to simple […]

Why Solitude Is Sacred: In Peace and Quiet, We Find Our Truth

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Ironically, right as I’m trying to incorporate some solitude into my life, Beyond Blue reader Frank sent me this meditation of his on solitude. As I read it, it occurred to me that the experience of motherhood is much like […]

11 Rules to Live (and Die) By

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I promise to get off this “if you were going to croak tomorrow” kick after today. I just have been in a reflective mood lately because I’ve noticed that the ages of persons posted in the obituaries seem to be […]

Video: What I Learned From Ben

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To view my YouTube video click here. To read more Beyond Blue, go to www.beliefnet.com/beyondblue, and to get to Group Beyond Blue, a support group at Beliefnet Community, click here.

10 Things I Would Change … If I Were Dying

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Thanks to Group Beyond Blue member iLiberty who started a discussion thread at Group Beyond Blue in Beliefnet Community regarding what people would change if they knew they were dying. Her question was inspired by “The Last Lecture” video by […]

When I Am an Old Woman, I Shall Wear … Fuchsia!

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You guys know all about the Red Hat Society, right? The 50-and-older ladies all over town dressed in obnoxious purple outfits with red hats …  They are there, at the table next to you at lunch, telling long-winded stories to […]

Video: God Sees a Glamour Shot

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This is an appropriate topic for the Feast of the Transfiguration: when Jesus’ disciples witness the Son of God’s transfiguration right there in front of them. (“Dude, Did you just see that??? Did we eat wild mushrooms for lunch? Cool […]

Storied Mind: You Are So Beautiful

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My blogging buddy John over at “Storied Mind” doesn’t need a glamour shot to be reminded that he is beautiful to God. I loved his reflection on this very topic, which you can get to by clicking here. There is […]

Get Real: Count Your Blessings and Your Troubles

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My friend Priscilla (who runs the very successful The Faith Club Group on Beliefnet’s Community) and I were just e-mailing each other the other day about the pressure we feel to be happy all of the time. I mean, in […]

Pollyannaism and the Serenity Prayer

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Here is more from Group Beyond Blue member Luthitarian on what it means to be real. I find him to be so wise. In fact, I wish I could hear his sermons on Sunday instead of the ones I catch […]

Dear God: Don’t Sweat It! I Got Ya Covered

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Dear God, In Matthew’s gospel (14:13-21) we read about the miracle of the loaves and fish: When Jesus heard what had happened [to John the Baptist’, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds […]

The Loaves and Fish in Barbara’s Life: God Is Never Fickle

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Interestingly enough, just as I was contemplating how God really does take care of you when you take care of yourself, I received this note from Beyond Blue Barbara: I am very happy. I’ve just been told that I have […]

Anxiety In Kids: An Interview with Dr. Daniel Pine

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Thanks to my blogging buddy, NYJLM, whose blog you can find by clicking here, for forwarding me this interview that ran in the New York Times a week or so ago. Irene Wielawski of the New York Times interviewed Dr. […]

When You Should Worry: 11 Red Flags for Anxiety in Your Child

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Tamar E. Chansky lists some red flags for anxiety in a child in her insightful book, “Freeing Your Child: Powerful, Practical Solutions to Overcome Your Child’s Fears, Worries, and Phobias”: 1. Demonstrates excessive distress out of proportion to the situation: […]

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