The university of Guelph pool is a great place to swim laps and chat with folks in the hot tub. On one occasion, a boisterous young man named John joined us and started chatting up a female student named Dina sitting next to me. Dina shared that she was a Catholic exchange student from Mexico and John responded in no uncertain words that he was an atheist.
Essential to emotional resilience is the ability to love myself. This does not mean approving of foolish behavior or overlooking character flaws that need changing. Rather, it means accepting, caring for, and forgiving myself as a person, just as I would treat someone else who has worth, yet isn’t perfect.
In this video on emotional health, I share four tips for healing feelings of shame. I expand on these tips at great length in my public training seminars here, which I have delivered in multiple settings, such as conferences, congregations, and campus groups.
For those of you who are interested in the topic of emotional health and self-regulation, especially as it relates to the Christian faith, I’d encourage you to attend my upcoming speaking event at Lakeside Church in Guelph, Ontario. My talk is entitled Resolving Anger: from Hurt to Healing and is open to the public. Dinner starts at 6:00 pm, and I will be speaking at 7pm on Monday, September the 28th, 2015. I hope you’ll join me and the 80 people who are already expecting to be in attendance!
Eight years ago, I listened to Os Guinness speak on the topic of faith and political engagement at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland. His lecture was entitled The Case for Civility and he argued that Christians need to learn the art of faithful persuasion if they want to be taken seriously in the political life of a pluralistic democracy like the United States or Canada.