My first book!

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I am thrilled to share with you the publication of my small book Bursting Out in Praise: Spirituality and Mental Health with Messenger Publications. At €5, it draws on my experience living with bipolar and aims to reach out to the general public and those with an openness to faith. It is divided into 20 reflections covering six steps to better mental health – upsides, downsides, recovery, balance, loving life and spirituality. Continue reading

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Meditative joy

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Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan B Peterson draws from biblical stories in his book 12 Rules for Life, claiming that they are sources of greatest wisdom in the West. I also draw from the Bible in this reflection to highlight the importance of what I call ‘meditative joy’.

The story goes that two Mary’s – Mary Magdalen and Mary the mother of James – see an angel at the tomb of Jesus. They are told that Jesus is risen and to go and tell the disciples where to go so that he will see them soon. On their way Jesus meets the women. They are humbled by his presence and bow down before him. In my imagination, he helps them up from the ground, comforts them, is affectionate with them, walks with them and then repeats what the angel has said. They go forth filled with the Holy Spirit. Continue reading

Prescribing words

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A few years ago, my psychiatrist recommended a list of books that may help me to develop some necessary tools for mental well-being. This is known as bibliotherapy and can be very helpful for people, especially with mild and moderate anxiety and depressive symptoms.

Although my symptoms of bipolar were more pronounced, I thought it would be a good idea to follow the doc’s advice and to see what happens.

It got me thinking on the importance of spiritual guidance in my life. It struck me that a parallel can be drawn between my psychiatrist prescribing medication for balancing moods and my spiritual guide ‘prescribing’ inspirational reading to promote fullness of life. Continue reading