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10:47am on a Wednesday. We were enduring the 4th snowstorm in three weeks, and it was the first day of Spring.  We were stuck inside; it was too cold to go out anywhere else, but not snowy enough to play in the yard. Elijah and Francesca, 4 and 3 years old, had been vacillating between playing nicely together and trying to kill each other, every 10 minutes telling me what injustice had been done to them at the hands of the other. During the times they...

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Who Are We and What Heals Us?

There is a false dichotomy, an error in thinking, that runs deep in the veins of our sense of ourselves. This is the idea that our psychology is separate from our spirituality or our biology. It is certainly good to look through different lenses to notice different aspects of Truth, or our existence in the universe, but it is not correct to think that we are really different parts.

We are not different parts, sewn together like a well-made piece of clothing or bolted and welded together...

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Carried in His Grace

BY MAUREEN O'CONNELL

It was February 2017 and I was leading a group at church through Dr. Greg’s Catholic Mindfulness course. I was also 9 weeks pregnant with our fifth child. We had just started week 5 of the course. We were reading about how, when faced with difficulties, we tend to avoid them and how “in the midst of our deepest pain, we want to be in control. We want to be able to ask “why?” and have an answer that is acceptable to us.”

Week 5 of the Catholic...

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Abundant Fruit of Catholic Mindfulness

catholic mindfulness Feb 24, 2020

A Tree is Known by its Fruit ~Luke 6:43

[Guest Post by CPI therapist Maureen O’Connell]

How often do you delete marketing emails? If you’re like me about five per day. I feel like I’m constantly unsubscribing myself from marketing lists that I never even signed up for. And constantly deleting emails that I never even open! So when I received Dr. Greg’s email back in September 2016 announcing his new Catholic Mindfulness course, I was tempted toward my...

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Catholic Mindfulness is Not Centering Prayer

catholic mindfulness Feb 22, 2020

Recently there have been one or two threads of concern popping up in regard to my teaching of Catholic Mindfulness. As my concern is always to lead people towards greater flourishing through a deepening encounter with Christ, I publish my response here to one such concerned author. I hope this is received in a spirit of charity and openness to truth as that is how it is being written.

The text from the original post appears in [green] and my response in black.

Why am I addressing...

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I'll Be Home for Christmas

Christmas; The celebration of Christ’s birth, and typically, lots of family time. Even though it’s supposed to be a time of greater joy, for a lot of people the increased family time can equal greater stress.

It is possible, however, to navigate even the stormiest of family waters while retaining your joy for the season. It isn’t necessarily easy, but with a few tricks in mind, it is possible. Here are a few “mind-hacks” to help you get through it well.

1) Be...

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Do Not Be Anxious About the Things of Your Life

How many times have you set out to get somewhere and you surprise yourself when you get there? “Oh wow, I’m here already?!” If you were driving, you might wonder if you actually stopped at a certain red light because you have no recollection of it, or you wonder in amazement at the fact that you know a route so well you can travel it without thinking about it. Chances are, you were still thinking, just not about where you were going. Your mind was probably...

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