The Surprising Power of Our Imagination

As humans, we possess the capability to encounter in the present moment something that is outside of the present moment in a way that physically changes our brains. 

It’s a little like having a superpower if you think about it. 

 

 

As material beings, we live within the confines of space and time. Through our five senses, our brains collect data about what’s happening to us in the “here and now.” 

So if you see something, you are seeing...

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Healing Through Catholic Mindfulness, Part Two

Guest blog post by Lindsey Peppers, continued from Part One... 

To make a long story short, this stumbling block got me off track...and then COVID hit and of course, things got even crazier. My anxiety and pain hit its climax. I knew I needed to get back on track with some of the mind-body principles I had learned.

One day soon after making this resolution, I stumbled upon the book The Mindful Catholic and listened to the audio version all the way through. (I’m now taking the...

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Healing Through Catholic Mindfulness, Part One

Guest blogger Lindsey Peppers shares her journey to finding hope and healing through Catholic Mindfulness. (This is part 1 of a 2-part series.) 

It was an otherwise unremarkable weekday in the fall of 2016 when I sat across from my neurologist, completely dumbfounded at the sample boxes of triptans (migraine medication) that were stacked in front of me. He had told me that while it “wasn’t smart” to take more triptans than my insurance covered due to the risk of rebound...

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Mental Health Awareness Month: Meet Sandra Czybora, LMHC

As we wrap up this month dedicated to bringing more awareness to topics surrounding mental health, I’d like you to meet another one of our CatholicPsych clinicians and IDDM mentors who has been available to help those who suffer with mental illness. 

This week I’d like you to meet Sandra Czybora, LMHC. Sandra lives in New York, has been working at CatholicPsych as a psychotherapist for a little over three years now, and also provides Mentorship through our new model of care...

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Selfishness or Narcissism? Outlining Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Uncategorized May 12, 2021

We throw around the term "narcissist" and "narcissism" a lot these days, usually when we refer to someone who we believe has been incredibly selfish or self-centered in their interactions with us.

But what exactly is narcissism, especially as it presents in narcissistic personality disorder?

Since this month has been designated as Mental Health Awareness month,  I’ve decided to shine a light on various common mental health issues in the Being Human podcast episodes this month. This...

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Mental Health Awareness Month: Interview with a Therapist

This month has been designated as Mental Health Awareness month.  During May, I’ve decided to shine a light on various common mental health issues in the upcoming Being Human podcast episodes.

But as we're focusing on bringing awareness to mental health, I think it's also a great time to introduce more of the amazing professionals who serve as CatholicPsych Institute clinicians and IDDM mentors in order to highlight those who are available to...

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God Created Us to Need Each Other

You probably already know by now that I have a weekly podcast called Being Human

In recent episodes, I've been venturing into what some might consider dangerous territory these days. (The fact that this subject has become such a controversial issue is baffling.)

"What am I discussing that’s such a contentious topic?" you ask.

Strangely enough, it’s the fact that we are created as males and females, and that both a masculine and feminine presence are ideal for the...
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The Masculinity of St. Joseph

masculinity st. joseph Mar 19, 2021

Cover image art: "St. Joseph and Baby Jesus" by Jason Jenicke. 

What's the first image that comes to your mind when you think about "masculinity"?

This will most likely differ drastically from person to person, and could range anywhere from images of suits, slick CEO's, and Don-Draper-types to beards, big trucks and Chuck Norris. 

In today's modern culture there seems to be a lot of conversation centered around what's been termed "toxic masculinity." This focus on what's considered...

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Training Our Minds for Peace

catholic mindfulness Mar 15, 2021

I think it's safe to assume we all want to experience peace in our lives (and could probably use a little more of it these days).

Beyond wanting more peace, so many people have expressed to me their desire to tangibly feel loved by God - to be able to truly rest in His presence.

Our brains can make this so difficult, though! I'm sure you can relate to the following scenario: You go to prayer or attend Mass... after a little while though, you start thinking about the conversation you had with...

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Celebrating the Differences

The month of March is designated in the U.S. as "Women's History Month" - a month-long celebration of the contributions and accomplishments of women.

Throughout her history, the Church has also celebrated the contributions  of many incredible, beautiful, passionate and holy women to our world. Coincidentally, it is during this month that we celebrate one of the greatest "accomplishments" by any woman ever. 

On March 25th, we celebrate a major feast day, the Solemnity of the...

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