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Managing Anxiety Through Christian Mindfulness with Dr. Irene Kraegel

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Scientists who study the brain have discovered mindfulness' powerful effects in calming fear and anxiety on a neurological level. By practicing staying present and learning to recognize and rest in God's presence, we can rewire our brains to feel calm. In this episode author and clinical psychologist Dr. Irene Kraegel discusses how mindfulness can increase our awareness and connection to God and our ability to manage our most intense emotions. (Scroll down for discussion/reflective questions.)

Resource mentioned: The Mindful Christian: Cultivating a Life of Intentionality, Openness, and Faith by Dr. Irene Kraegel

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Discussion/Reflective Questions:

  1. What resonated with you most in this episode?
  2. When you think of Christian mindfulness, what comes to mind?
  3. What are some ways you practice remaining present in the present?
  4. What are some ways you orient yourself to God's presence?
  5. When you sense God's presence, how does this affect your emotions (if at all)?
  6. Why might it be helpful to understand that it takes time and consistency to experience the benefits of mindfulness?
  7. What is one action step God might be encouraging you to take, having listened to this episode?
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