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Lisa Franklin

Prayer Labyrinths: A Way to Reflect and Connect with God Part 1

In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the profound connection between spirituality, mindfulness, and mental health. Contemplative (listening prayer, breath prayer, reflection, silence, etc.) and meditative practices are being used more and more to help people achieve inner peace and to hear from God. One such practice gaining traction for its therapeutic

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Lisa Franklin

Listening Prayer: A Way to Reflect and Connect with God Part 2

We often encourage our clients to use journaling as a way to process ideas and insights that come up between sessions. Journals can be such a helpful way for us to see our personal growth, remind us of how we found courage in the face of difficult times, and how people and God showed up

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Lisa Franklin

Listening Prayer: A Way to Reflect and Connect with God Part 1

Listening prayer can be a great way to silence our inner world to make space to hear what God might be saying to us. This practice includes listening to God rather than talking to God and telling him your needs and it is a response to God’s agenda for the prayer time, rather than ours.

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Lisa Franklin

Breath Prayer: A Way to Reflect and Connect with God Part 2

The origins of breath prayer are intertwined with the universal human experience of seeking inner peace, connection with God and can ultimately lead to spiritual transformation. This practice of synchronizing breath with prayer or mantra repetition serves as a powerful tool for cultivating mindfulness, presence, and communion with the Divine. If you would like more

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Lisa Franklin

Breath Prayer: A Way to Reflect and Connect with God Part 1

Did you know the average person can have 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day? And we all know that not all of these are positive thoughts! With the constant chatter of our minds and the demands of the world around us, finding moments of stillness and connection can feel like a rare treasure. Yet, within

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Greg Johnson

The Benefits of Shinrin Yoku: Nurturing Mind and Body Through Forest Bathing

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, finding moments of tranquility and peace can be challenging. However, amidst the chaos, there exists an interesting practice rooted in nature known as Shinrin Yoku, or Forest Bathing. Originating from Japan, Shinrin Yoku involves immersing oneself in the forest environment to reap a plethora of mental and

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Lisa Franklin

Using the Outdoors as a Mental Health Reset

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, and the pressures of work, school, and daily responsibilities, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed. Even in this chaos there exists a powerful remedy that is both simple and profound: spending time outdoors. Engaging in outdoor activities not only offers physical benefits but also has a

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Examining the Pros and Cons of Incorporating the Enneagram in Christian Practice

The integration of the Enneagram within Christian communities sparks both fervent advocacy and cautious skepticism. As believers we must weigh its potential benefits against perceived pitfalls. Over the last several blog posts, we’ve delved into this discourse and tried to find a balanced exploration of the strengths and weaknesses of using the Enneagram in our

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Darin Hays

Christianity and the Enneagram: The Enneagram’s History

Another area that brings up concern for people considering the enneagram is the history of it. This is one area that does have a lot of murkiness but again, there is a reason for this fact. For much of history, learning was passed down through oral traditions. This was very true for the enneagram. Many

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Darin Hays

Christianity and the Enneagram: Is the Enneagram Demonic?

Anxiety is not a good or a bad emotion, but rather, it is either healthy or unhealthy. This is something I say in therapy many times and have to remind myself of it many more times. I also teach my clients that anxiety has 4 roles (3 healthy, 1 unhealthy): To challenge us to do

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Darin Hays

Personality Tests vs. Enneagram: The Same or Different?

The Downfalls of Personality Tests Who am I? This is a question that plagues our society with the frantic search for finding our truth. Many of the resources available in finding “our truth” come in the form of self-help books, podcasts and videos. Typically, these resources challenge us to only look inward. And while that

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