When Depression is Awakening: Attachment, Faith, and God
In this episode of Waking Up Bipolar, Chris Cole shares a recovery talk for the Center for Spiritual Living Boulder Valley, a spiritual center of worship based on the teachings of Dr. Ernest Holmes.
The purpose of the Center of Spiritual Living Boulder Valley is to celebrate divinity, embrace humanity, and create community. Their mission is to provide tools and support to awaken the community to its spiritual magnificence. And the vision is to inspire and uplift every one of us to transform the world.
The New Thought tradition dates to the 1880s and has its roots in the Transcendentalist Movement of the 1830s. New Thought has a long and respected history, and includes luminaries such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Phineas Quimby, and Emma Curtis Hopkins. Some of the better-known authors today whose writings parallel such thought are Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra and Eckhart Tolle, as well as many others.
These teachings incorporate the ancient wisdom of all the spiritual traditions through the ages. People of all spiritual paths – Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Islam, New Age and others – are all welcome in their communities.
As you’ll hear in this talk, mental health crisis, and depression specifically, provide fertile ground for self-examination and the sort of spiritual inquiry that may deepen our faith and connection with the divine. I am so grateful to the community for inviting me to speak, and I hope you get something out of a dialogue about the transformative potential of times of deep despair.
Visit the Center for Spiritual Living Boulder Valley’s website: https://cslbouldervalley.org/
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Chris Cole hosts the Waking Up Bipolar podcast, focused on the intersection of bipolar disorder and spiritual awakening. He is the author of The Body of Chris: A Memoir of Obsession, Addiction, and Madness, inspired by his own journey of spiritual unfolding and mental health challenges. Chris Cole offers life coaching for any number of mental health conditions, specializing in bipolar disorder and spiritual emergence. Chris’s experience with addiction, disordered eating, body dysmorphia, psychosis, and spiritual emergency allows him to relate to a wide range of clients. He utilizes a holistic approach to mental health which views wellness in physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual domains. Learn more about Chris and his work at colecoaching.com.
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