Perceiving the World in a Fundamentally Different Way

EurekAlert! People with anxiety show fundamental differences in perception

Those with chronic anxiety have a hard time distinguishing between safe and threatening stimuli: what they perceive and how they evaluate and classify it. This could be an encounter with another person in a crowd; it could be a piece of information that has been received; it could be a news article. 

“. . . when it comes to emotional experiences, [anxious persons] show a behavioral phenomenon known as over-generalization, the researchers say.  . . . .

‘Anxiety traits can be completely normal.  . . . Yet an emotional event, even minor sometimes, can induce brain changes that might lead to full-blown anxiety,” says  Rony Paz of Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

EurekAlert! “The Global Source for Science News”

 

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Now available from the National Braille Press : Three Orthodox Christian Books in Braille

 From the Website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America:

Braille Alphabet

Archbishop Demetrios Visits National Braille Press, Receives First Copies of Books for Orthodox Ever Published in Braille

The three books:

The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

 My Orthodox Prayer book

Speaking to God

Rev. Dr. Anton Vrame, Director of the Department of Religious Education, which worked with the Braille Press to create the three books, noted that these three books were selected because they could assist the blind Orthodox Christian in his or her personal interior spiritual and devotional life.

To order:

The Orthodox Marketplace: Braille

 

 

SBSK: “Normalizing the Diversity of the Human Condition.”

 *SBSK* More and more, I’m discovering that stories hit home, while mere information is often just deposited in the head. This website is not a Church site, but the stories that are told show forth how all people are made in the image of God. As descriptive words go, the word “special” has used up it’s shelf life in regard to people with disabilities; what is desired is not to be seen as special, but as a person like everyone else. While the title of this organization does begin the focus on the special, the home page reveals that the actual goal is to see everyone as normal (normalization)! For Orthodox Christians, to acknowledge that despite the great variety of peoples in the world, all are made in the image of God.

And while Orthodox Christians cannot affirm that all lifestyles are normal as the folks at SBSK are willing to do, we are committed to refraining from passing judgement on any person, as that is for the all-wise Lord to do at the proper time which He will choose. We are all in process. 

And these short video stories illustrate the value of people of disabilities who are also in process.

To access:

Special Books by Special Kids

From the Ministry of St. Elizabeth Convent in Belarus

To access website:

Ministry of St.Elisabeth Convent: Children with special needs make icons of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco

Children from the boarding school for children with special needs and the convent’s studio “Anyolak” prepared an exhibition of drawings “A gift to St. John” devoted to the feast day of St. John of Shanghai San Francisco.  

From The Catalog of Good Deeds posted by Nun Elena (Strashinova) July, 2017 St. Elisabeth Convent

 

 

 

The Worthwhile Lives of Persons with a Disability (disabilities)

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Live On!

This is a disability website celebrating life. Even with all the challenges people with disabilities face. A happy, fulfilling, . . . . incredible life. 

No matter what some narrow-minded people in our society think.

The creators of this web page, who are disabled themselves, are up front about the more difficult challenges: the bullying of young people, the institutionalization of adults. Their goal is to reach those who are discouraged, despondent, even despairing, and those with suicidal thoughts through a series of short, powerful videos in which persons with a disabilities overcome their obstacles and establish a meaningful life. Valuable resources are also provided toward this goal.

A photographer of note:

River Bend Galleries

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Pertinent posts from the Not Dead Yet website: 
Disabililty Rights Organizations Issue Statement Opposing Assisted Suicide Laws and Supporting Health Care
Statement of Solidarity in Observance of Suicide Prevention Month
Disability Rights Toolkit for Advocacy Against the Legalization of Assisted Suicide

“We Are All Children of God:” October 14, 2017 at Kansasville, Wisconsin

Mark your calendars. To enroll(ENTRY FORM)

From the Greek Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of America’s website: Families with Children with Special Needs Resource List

To Access: 

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Families of Children with Special Needs Resources

Orthodox Christian Resources: Internet Sources, Books and Downloads, Articles, and Videos

Non-Orthodox and Secular Resources: Internet and Books

Scenes of Greek Orthodox Christianity:


Wedding in Tripodes, Naxos, Greece

The Holy Gospel Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Elkins Park, PA (left)

Archbishop Iakovos marches with Martin Luther King (below)

Alabama civil rights movement: Selma to Montgomery march: Iakovos, Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ralph Abernathy (Monday, March 15, 1965)

The Lord Jesus Christ, the Merciful Judge


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