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Feb 02, 2016 at 11:45 AM

Rising Strong ~ Dr. Jim's Feb. Series

By Dr. Jim Turrell
Rising Strong

One of the most telling observations is when you see yourself mentally walking into the dark. The light of optimism fades into the dread of not knowing exactly what to do or how to move through whatever condition coxed you into this reaction. As Brené Brown says, quoting Caesar, “The die is cast.” This may sound fatal, but, in fact, it is the rule of law, once your thought is convinced that there are no other ways to think, it creates a mold, a cast, into which the law pours its creative power—which, at your command, turns out the lights, shuts the door, and fills your mind with doubt, fear and dread.


Brené Brown is a research professor who studies vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. As it says in the dust jacket of her book, Rising Strong; ”…regaining our footing in the midst of struggle is where our courage is tested and our values are forged.” In the philosophy of the Science of Mind, this is what I call, “working the Principle.”


To reinforce the way to think and pray yourself out of the dark I am giving a series of four talks based on Brené Brown’s book, Rising Strong. The first talk will review the Law of Mental Equivalents and provide practical ways to open your door and come out of your struggle with courage and not anger. Anger is a product of fear and doubt. It casts its own mold of uncertainty and can cause you to try and adjust your insecurity by putting others down in the hope that you can rise untarnished by mistakes, misunderstandings and failure.


My second talk, “Mental Health is Mindfulness” will encourage the listener to talk through their pain by using the “feeling of Principle” to define and chose how the Principle brings you back to center, and not the story. I will address what Brené Brown identifies as the tendency to not how to own and integrate our stories into our mental and physical wellbeing.


My last two talks, “The Revolution and The Rumble” will focus on how to accept responsibility for your life and use your ability to share your critical thinking—and not your criticism of other thinkers—to build your knowledge and capacity for connection. Like someone once said, “You mess with the bull, you get the horns.” Join me and stop messing with the bull!

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