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Becoming a Healing Presence

Becoming a Healing Presence

Introverts and Extroverts

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Dr. Albert Rossi discusses the difference between introverts and extroverts.

What I’d like to reflect upon with you today is the notion of introverts and extroverts. I’ll begin by putting it in a larger context. As Fr. Hopko said, “We need to meet the real God with the real me.” It certainly is possible not to meet the real God—have our own variation, our own imagine to create God in our imagined image and likeness. On that topic, I would simply say the real God is found in so many of these lovely podcasts, other…

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Leisure

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Dr. Albert Rossi reflects on the topic of leisure and invites us to consider how to use our leisure time to restore our souls.

Today I’d like to share with you and have you share with me, at least mentally and spiritually, a little reflection on the topic of leisure. Leisure, leisure, leisure. So I’ll begin by wondering with us: what do we mean? What is leisure? Leisure, as I looked it upon the internet, generally refers to the freedom provided for us with the cessation of activities, especially burdens and duties and things we have to do and things that are required by life,…

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All is Well

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Dr. Albert Rossi explains how we can live in the awareness that "all is well" in the middle of a troubled world.

In February, I did two podcasts on one day, one before I saw a doctor, one after I saw a doctor. I had a severe cold, and it’s gone. Both podcasts have this gravelly voice. I’m now putting this in the front of this new podcast, newly to be posted, that was made that day, simply because the cold is gone, and I want that very clear. I also want to say that today’s podcast, “All is Well,” is a very delicate, difficult podcast to do and to…

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Family Systems

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Dr. Rossi once again interviews Fr. Sean Levine, a graduate of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary and now chaplain in the United States Army, regarding Family Systems Theory and how it applies to our healing the growth.

Dr. Albert Rossi: Today I have the honor, real honor and privilege, to do a podcast with Fr. Sean Levine. I did one a while ago, and anyone who’s interested can look in my archives. That podcast was on post-traumatic stress syndrome. Today Fr. Sean is going to talk about a wonderful, different topic—family systems theory—as it applies…

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Dr. Jane Hinshaw

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Today Dr. Rossi interviews Dr. Jane (Carnahan) Hinshaw, a Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Health Care System. She is also an Orthodox Christian. They discuss mental health, medicine, and therapies designed to help those struggling.

Dr. Albert Rossi: Today’s interview is a follow-up of the last interview, two weeks ago, with Dr. Dan Hinshaw. Those of you who haven’t listened to that can go back into the archives; it’s sitting there. Today I have the enormous honor and privilege of interviewing Dr. Jane Hinshaw, psychiatrist, who is here at St. Vladimir’s teaching…

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The Theology of Illness

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In November of 2013, Dr. Rossi interviewed Sarah Najjar who was suffering from cancer. Sarah fell asleep in the Lord in August of this year and Dr. Rossi has returned to the microphone to reflect on illness.

Today I’m going to reflect with you on the theology of illness. It’s not an abstract podcast; rather, it’s real. It’s existential. I did an interview with a young woman, Sarah Najjar, on November 16, 2013. It’s on my podcast in the archives—called “Living with Cancer.” Wonderful interview, and I’ll include parts of that interview…

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Living with Cancer

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Today, Dr. Rossi interviews a wife and mother of two small children who is fighting cancer and has gone through several surgeries, treatments, and procedures. What can be learned from such an experience and where does God come into the picture?

Dr. Albert Rossi: Today I would like to do an interview on Becoming a Healing Presence, this podcast, for you who are listening, with, from one point of view, an ordinary citizen. There’s no such thing as an ordinary citizen, of course, but this is a person most in Orthodoxy don’t know, because she is a parishioner in an Orthodox church. It happens to be in— Doesn’t matter where it happens to be. Ordinary church someplace…

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Path to Sanity

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Dr. Rossi talks about the book God's Path to Sanity by Dee Pennock.

With you, I’d like to spend a little time reflecting on a book, [God’s] Path to Sanity, by Dee Pennock. It’s quite an interesting book. To be candid, Fr. Tom Hopko had been trying to get me to read the book for a number of years, and I would pick up the book and flip through the pages and read a few and just decide that I would read it later and never really did get it back to it. But I was invited to lead a book study of a group here at…

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Consciousness - Part 3

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Dr. Albert Rossi continues his discussion on consciousness by helping us understand that consciousness consists of more than thought to include the total person. (Part 3 of 3)

Well, this is Dr. Rossi with the third part of “Consciousness,” “Consciousness,” part three, that I decided to do based on a follow-up to podcasts one and two on “Consciousness.” I received an email—two emails—that prompted me to think more deeply, and a phone call I had with a friend, and a blog that I read that I will mention, all of which pertains to the whole topic of “Consciousness.” I’ll also…

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Consciousness - Part 2

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Dr. Rossi shares some ideas for how to counteract our dark thoughts and regain freedom in our minds. (Part 2 of 3)

I am now doing “Consciousness, Part 2” for two reasons. The first is an email that I received from a recent college graduate, and the second is to refine a little more for myself and for you how we deal with negative thoughts. So about the email exchange: I counseled a young woman, both on email and on the telephone—we’ve talked over the last while. Recently, she broke up with her boyfriend of some long-standing, who had great promise for her…

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