Anxiety

Coping with Anxiety in Face of Coronavirus 

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  By Rev. Thomas Taylor, LCSW-R, Ph.D., LCC Pastoral Counselor  “Why are you so anxious?”, my wife asked Monday morning as I prepared to leave home.  “Anxious? Me anxious? I’m about to get on the subway for the 1st time since the report of a New Yorker with coronavirus”. And anxious I was, as I began to think through walking out of our apartment into a – possible – new reality of life with COVID-19, AKA, coronavirus.  We all have, no doubt, had similar anxious concerns about how best to protect ourselves and our loved ones. As a worshipping community whose life centers around gathering...

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Practical Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom

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By Rev. Kirk Bingaman, PhD In recent years, I have been focusing on neuroscientific findings, which reveal that far from being fixed and unchanging, the human brain has a remarkable capacity for growth and change across one’s entire lifespan. Neuroscientists have only scratched the surface in terms of what is known about the human brain, which leads me back to the words of the psalmist: we humans are wonderfully and fearfully made (Psalm 139:14). The research holds great promise for helping us find ways to live abundantly and less anxiously, even in these challenging and uncertain...

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Nothing New Under the Sun

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By Danita WrightMay 20, 2019 Today’s society appears to be overwhelmingly in emotional pain and distress. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, 17.3 million adults had at least one major depressive episode in 2017; 11 million had a depressive episode that impaired their daily life. 19.1% percent of the population of the United States has had difficulty with anxiety. These numbers are staggering but let’s look at some of the causes: bullying, depression, physical and sexual abuse, infertility. Statistics show that 49% of children grades 4-12 have been bullied, 30.8% admit to...

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Reducing Anxiety with Daily Prayer

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By Kirk BingamanFebruary 27, 2018 In recent months I have been focusing on the extraordinary findings emerging from the field of neuroscience which are revealing that far from being fixed and unchanging, the human brain has a remarkable capacity for neuroplasticity, for continued change and growth throughout our lives. Moreover, the revolutionary discovery also reveals that the “gift” of neuroplasticity is available to us not only in our youth but across the entire lifespan, even in later adulthood. Neuroscientists have only scratched the surface in terms of what is known about the human...

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