Breathe: The Stress Less Podcast
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S2 E24: How to Combat Critical Voices and Heal from Shame

March 21, 2022
00:00 20:07
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Bonnie explores how to fight inner critical voices when you feel burdened or feel stuck. Fight against loneliness that comes from self-reliance. Bonnie shares how critical thoughts hold a stronger grip with “avoidance anxiety,” but stress releases when we share the stress. Release the shame of emotional wounds we carry by turning those needs over to God and allowing others to help us carry our burdens.

Learn three powerful practices to help you feel closer to God in prayer, help you feel closer to others, and return your body respond to calm and peace in week #3 of the Stress Less Lent Series.

Lent Focus: Jesus steps on the Via Dolorosa. Someone helped Jesus carry the cross. “Simon Cyrene, coming in from the country, and placed on him the cross to carry behind Jesus.” luke 23:26

Scripture: Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs.”Ps. 84:5–6

Soul Care Tip: Light a candle for prayer, write a note, and have coffee with a friend. Research shows how these practices help your body and emotions heal with peace.

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Bonnie Gray is the author of Finding Spiritual Whitespace and Whispers of Rest. An inspirational speaker and retreat leader, she has touched thousands of lives through storytelling, visual arts, nature, prayer and meditation. Bonnie’s writing is featured at Relevant Magazine, (in)courage, and Christianity Today. She lives in California with her husband and their two sons.
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