On Holistic Christian Life

On Holistic Christian Life

Listen.  Join us as Fr. Chris speaks with Cynthia Damaskos, the Director of Holistic Christian Life as well as the Director of the Orthodox Speakers Bureau.  She talks about her journey to becoming a Holistic Health Coach and helping people achieve their health goals by addressing the mind, body, and...

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Ancient Christian Prayer, Beyond “Christian Yoga”: Part I

Ancient Christian Prayer, Beyond “Christian Yoga”: Part I

Secular spirituality commonly recognizes that healing occurs through one’s body-mind-spirit. Today, many are spiritual, but asked if they are Christian and spiritual, many wouldn’t conclude that they are. To be Christian has come to mean that one knows the Bible and follows Jesus. Of course, this is essential to Christianity,...

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A Right to Die?

A Right to Die?

A woman in Holland, suffering from severe PTSD because of childhood sexual abuse is put to death – euthanized – because doctors decide her condition is incurable, in spite of intensive therapy making positive differences in her illness. In 2014, Belgium became the first country in the world to allow...

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The Connection Between the Physical and Spiritual Heart

The Connection Between the Physical and Spiritual Heart

Have you ever been around someone who, without saying a word, made you feel calm, peaceful, and loved? In the opposite way, have you ever been around someone who, without words, made you feel uncomfortable or agitated?  Would you believe that these feelings are caused by that person’s state of...

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High Fructose Corn Syrup

High Fructose Corn Syrup

  So, I’m yelling at my son, “Don’t drink that root beer kid, it’s just a cold glass of high fructose corn syrup.”  Without missing a beat, he says, “Dad, look at the labels of the ketchup and pickles you just smoothed all over your burger.”  My smart kids grate...

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OCAMPR: Greatest Threats to Our Health

OCAMPR: Greatest Threats to Our Health

    The Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion (OCAMPR) is an organization endorsed by the Assembly of Bishops that provides sustenance, dialogue, and growth for Orthodox Christians in professions that minister to the health of their fellow human beings. OCAMPR stresses the symbiotic relationship between incarnational, kenotic...

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Reducing Stress

Reducing Stress

Do you procrastinate and then find that you need stress to move you through your day? Has stress affected your health and well being?  Listen as Dr. Randa Anderson at the Orthodox Christian Counseling Institute talks with Fr. Chris about the many dangers and traps stress can cause and explains...

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Embracing the Blessing of Exquisite Pain

Embracing the Blessing of Exquisite Pain

Every year when Pascha ends, I start to eagerly anticipate the next one, the next opportunity to completely focus on my faith and forget the rest of my earthly obligations. In the Orthodox faith, we are gifted with an abundance of fasts, feast days and other opportunities to embrace what...

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The Strength of Sickness: How I Remembered to Let God Do the Work

The Strength of Sickness: How I Remembered to Let God Do the Work

Some may call me crazy, but here’s the truth. I’m grateful to have multiple sclerosis. Diagnosed 11 years ago, I was shocked into a state of clarity when my body betrayed me for the first time. And why wouldn’t it? I’d been blessed with my youth, my family, and my...

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Life Goes On…

Life Goes On…

Wow! What a trip the past few months have been. Much to my surprise, I was able to reenter our life without being completely traumatized. I’m not gonna lie, I’m a little traumatized by this whole ordeal (I think it would be a little concerning if I wasn’t), but the...

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