I recently heard a talk from a clinical health psychologist discussing the brain’s intricacies and the effects of trauma. During her discussion, she mentions how traumatic events tie our thinking to specific triggers related to the event. She explicitly references her work with soldiers suffering from PTSD.
She gives an example of soldiers traumatized by bombings and how even fireworks may bring back floods of memories. This incidence then causes a resurgence and reliving of that moment. The person then has a surreal experience of feeling the situation’s trauma without actually being in the situation.
To counter all of this, she recommends the new age philosophy of practicing “mindfulness.” By definition, mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. She then suggests “reprogramming” the brain by facing the fear head-on and doing the opposite of what one would instinctively do.
For instance, if you have a desire to isolate, gather with others instead. If you’re angry and bitter, practice being kind and encouraging to others. In other words, do the opposite of what your human nature desires, which can be detrimental for you.
After listening to her talk, I noticed that this doctor came to biblical truths written centuries ago without realizing it. Scripture tells us to be active and deliberate in renewing our minds (not brain) by Christ and his word. Although God has gifted us with mental health professionals to help, we must never neglect Christ’s power to bring about lasting transformation and healing.
What area in your life needs healing, and how will you take deliberate action? Be real; be honest.
Pray and ask God for healing and help in that area. Also, pray for discernment for selecting the right person should you need professional help. Be specific. Bonus: Share this with a fellow brother and have them hold you accountable.
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
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