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In this special message to our listeners, we announce the ending of The Healing Road Podcast and the news that we’re working on a new podcast project. Thank you to all our listeners for tuning in, we hoped you benefited from this podcast. Stay subscribed to The Healing Road because at some point (we don’t have a timetable yet) we will post a new me…
 
In this episode, Jim and Ben discuss seeing our lives as works of art. Whether we consider our lives as an analogy to a painting, song, story, or otherwise, there is something unique we can learn that will help us better understand this amazing life that we live. Jim and Ben also share some insights from looking at the stories of the lives of Jesus…
 
In this episode, Jim and Ben share about their challenge to create a work of art as a gift for someone. They discuss what they learned while creating art to express love and connection and the importance of loving and focusing on others for our mental health. Co-Hosts Jim Owens – Licensed Counselor and Professor of Counseling Ben Pohl – Catholic Hi…
 
In this episode, Jim and Ben share about their visualization challenge to sketch an icon of themselves as saints. They also discuss the power of creativity and visualization, especially in finding freedom from anxiety. Check out some of the studies on visualization below: Visualizing ideal self vs. actual self through avatars: Impact on preventive …
 
In this episode, Jim and Ben discuss some creative ways that art and music therapy are utilized. They end the episode by challenging themselves to engage in an artistic process for their own personal growth. Tune in to episode 8 to hear how it went! Music therapy for burn and stroke victims, Huffington Post Music therapy for adult and pediatric can…
 
In this episode, Jim and Ben share insights on the role of journaling in promoting mental health and spiritual growth. They also discuss common pitfalls that undermine the benefits of journaling, as well as how to set yourself up for success. The Good and Bad of Journaling, Dr. Stephen Stosny (Psychology Today) Co-Hosts Jim Owens – Licensed Counsel…
 
In this episode, Jim and Ben discuss how reading can positively impact psychological health, sleep habits, and the physical health of your brain. They also share some of their reading habits and the personal benefits they have received from reading. The Brain Benefits of Reading and Writing, New York Times The Complete Stories, Flannery O’Connor Co…
 
In this episode, Jim and Ben look at the effects of receiving art, particularly the findings of Ellen Winner who has studied the psychology of art. They also discuss the unique power of films and share some of their favorite movies and cinematic tools. The Aesthetic Attitude to Art, on Ellen Winner’s work How Long Do People Really Spend Looking at …
 
In this episode, Jim and Ben discuss the different lies we believe about being artists and making art, as well as how we can begin to see ourselves as artists, as people with creativity. There is a difference between professional and amateur artists, however all of us have been made in the image of our Creator, who has made us all “craftsmen,” as S…
 
***Sorry for the audio quality, we’ve had a few obstacles and headsets are a hot commodity these days! The quality should be back for episode 3 🙂 In this episode, Jim and Ben discuss three studies that examine the effectiveness of music therapy. Far from being pseudo-scientific, music therapy is proven to be effective in decreasing levels of depres…
 
In the first episode of our new season The Healing Power of Art, Jim and Ben share the personal impact that art has had throughout their lives. They also touch on power that art has to support psychological health and even healing. The Healing Power of Art, Harvard Medical SchoolCo-HostsJim Owens - Licensed Counselor and Professor of CounselingBen …
 
In the final episode of our season Seeing with the Eyes of Eternity, we discuss Pope Francis' address during his Friday, March 27, 2020 Urbi et Orbi Blessing (to the city and the world). In particular, we consider Pope Francis' reflections on how the current pandemic is waking us up to the fact that we are all in the same boat, all brothers and sis…
 
In this episode we consider the things we choose to pay attention to and the areas in our lives where we do and do not allow light to illuminate. We also discuss how the light can sometimes feel too bright, especially during seasons of social isolation. Robert Kegan on WikipediaDuring our season on Seeing with the Eyes of Eternity, we discuss topic…
 
In this episode we discuss the unique time in history in which we find ourselves, at the beginning of the novel coronavirus outbreak in the United States, and how we can continue to learn and grow in holiness. In many ways, we all need the gift of wisdom, to see with a heavenly perspective, with the eyes of eternity, in order to move forward when e…
 
In this episode we discuss how we all have blinds spots and are limited in our ability to "see the whole picture." Humility and childlikeness allow us to learn from others and see what we cannot see on our own, and ultimately opens us up to receive Jesus' perspective. We also talk about a great story called Flatland and a humbling experiment called…
 
In this episode we discuss several Gospel passages where Jesus reveals how He saw with the eyes of eternity, with the perspective of His Father in Heaven. We also share how we struggle to share in Jesus' heavenly perspective.During our season on Seeing with the Eyes of Eternity, we discuss topics surrounding death, dying, mortality, and the afterli…
 
In this episode we look at a number of therapeutic and relational benefits of seeking an eternal perspective in issues of anxiety, depression, grieving and more.During our season on Seeing with the Eyes of Eternity, we discuss topics surrounding death, dying, mortality, and the afterlife. What we believe about and how we relate to these topics has …
 
In this episode we share some of the surprising science concerning near-death experiences, what is common to people who have had them, and how we can better see with the eyes of eternity even if we've never had a near-death experience. A Stroke of Insight, Jill Bolte TaylorDuring our season on Seeing with the Eyes of Eternity, we discuss topics sur…
 
In this episode we talk about how people's thoughts on eternity and the afterlife change as they grow and mature, share how our own understandings have changed over time, and discuss what wisdom is and why some people have it and others do not. The Religious Sense, Luigi GiussaniDuring our season on Seeing with the Eyes of Eternity, we discuss topi…
 
In this episode, we discuss the purpose of our 4th season, why it's important to take stock of our beliefs about eternity and the afterlife, how the fear of death can both positively and negatively impact our psychological health, and why the possibility of sanctity changes how Christians can relate to death and growing old.During our season on See…
 
In this episode, Ben and Jim discuss their fourth and final healthy challenges of the mini-series. Jim talks about finding new perspective in spending time thinking about the cosmos, and Ben spends a day logging everything he does. They also tease their next season, Seeing with the Eyes of Eternity, which starts Monday, Feb 3.During our Healthy Cha…
 
In this episode, Ben and Jim discuss their third healthy challenges of the mini-series. Jim shares how he practiced giving "7 seconds of humanity" to people he wouldn't normally interact with, and Ben tries to bring God's Word into daily interactions. Pale Blue Dot, Carl Sagan The Psychology of Healing: Setting the Soul Free, Jim Owens (Lumen Verit…
 
In this episode, Ben and Jim discuss their second healthy challenges of the mini-series. Jim describes what he discovered by digging deep into gratitude, and Ben struggles through illness and the challenge of not achieving health and fitness goals. During the closing prayer, Ben said that Joseph of Arimathea helped Jesus carry his cross. However, i…
 
In this episode, Ben and Jim discuss their first healthy challenges of the mini-series. Jim shares what he learned from applying a growth mindset to an affirmation he chose to help him prepare for a new semester of teaching, and Ben shares how he learned to develop greater connection with others by being aware of his use of "I" statements in conver…
 
In this episode, Ben and Jim discuss anxiety issues with Ed Caldwell, a millennial who has been working in the world of business and finance for nearly 10 years. Ed shares how he experienced panic attacks and bouts of anxiety throughout his life and recently found new perspective and hope. In particular, Ed mentions receiving insight through the bo…
 
In this episode, Ben and Jim discuss anxiety issues with long-time youth minister and musician David McHugh (we interviewed his wife, Noelle, back in season 1). Hear how David has encountered anxiety while ministering to teens and how he has responded to anxiety in his own life. You can learn more about the music ministry of David and his wife Noel…
 
In this episode, Ben and Jim discuss anxiety issues with college senior Katie Burns. Hear how Katie has dealt with anxiety in the transition from high school to college, during her time in college, and how she has seen her peers respond to anxiety.During our Anxiety Mini-Series you will hear discussions with people of different ages and walks of li…
 
In this episode, Ben and Jim define anxiety, what it is, what it is not, and when it becomes problematic in our lives. They also discuss the different types of clinical interventions to treat and cure different types of anxiety, and comment on Jesus' experience during his Agony in the Garden.During the rest of the Anxiety Mini-Series, you will hear…
 
In this episode, Ben and Jim continue their discussion with Brian Wolcott, Athletic Director and Dean of Students at Lansing Catholic High School, to talk about his healing journey and how he went through the stages of change. Brian was successful academically, athletically, and socially in high school and went on to play division 1 college basebal…
 
In this episode, Ben and Jim sit down with Brian Wolcott, Athletic Director and Dean of Students at Lansing Catholic High School, to talk about his healing journey and how he went through the stages of change. Brian was successful academically, athletically, and socially in high school and went on to play division 1 college baseball. But as time we…
 
In this episode, Ben and Jim discuss the fifth and overarching stage of change: Maintenance. Whatever plan of action we take, we will always make mistakes and run into road blocks. This stage is all about continuing to renew our commitment and re-examine our plan, and could be considered the most important stage of change.You can connect with Jim a…
 
In this episode, Ben and Jim discuss the fourth stage of change: Action. This stage is all about putting our hands to the plow and not looking back (Lk 9:62), exercising our "willpower muscle" to put our plan of change into action, and being patient with ourselves and resilient when we make mistakes.You can connect with Jim and Ben at facebook.com/…
 
In this episode, Ben and Jim continue their discussion of the third stage of change: Planning. They talk about the importance of getting input and wisdom from others, how everyone's path is different, the importance of taking ownership of the process and the plan, and how ownership allows us to grow in maturity. Ben and Jim also share a couple of p…
 
In this episode, Ben and Jim discuss the third stage of change: Planning. This stage marks the move from thinking about change, considering whether it's possible, to taking action. Learn how to overcome common roadblocks you may face during this stage, and hear Jim share a testimony about a change in the way he thinks about God the Father.You can c…
 
In this episode, Ben and Jim discuss more ways to live a more reflective life including journaling, mindfulness, and books/movies that have helped them gain more clarity about their lives.You can connect with Jim and Ben at facebook.com/healingroadpodcast and visit their website at healingroadpodcast.com.Show Notes: Film - The Mission: https://en.m…
 
In this episode, Ben and Jim discuss the second stage of change: contemplation. This stage is arguably the most important, because it allows us to set off on the right foot and is really about a way of life. Some have called it "The Examined Life"; but whatever name we give this stage, it is all about taking an active and reflective approach to our…
 
In this episode, Ben and Jim discuss one of the biggest reasons why we don't pursue change: denial. Join us as we look at why we deny the problems and challenges we face in our lives, offer some tips on finding a healthy sense of our own weakness, and face the reality of the human condition.You can connect with Jim and Ben at facebook.com/healingro…
 
In this episode, Ben and Jim introduce the five stages of change that they will cover during Season 2. These stages can be seen throughout all of human experience and offer us helpful insights as we seek to grow and find healing.Some of the questions we will discuss during Season 2: What gives us the energy to change? How do we get off on the right…
 
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