“Thoughts, Feelings, and Chronic Pain,” from Fr. Alexis Trader’s Ancient Christian Wisdom

So much depth and substance here. Fr. Alexis earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, a master’s degree in literature, and then discovered the Orthodox Christian faith. He entered the monastic life, attaining the Great Schema and becoming a priest. He is working on a doctorate at the University of Thessaloniki in Greece, “investigating the writings of the Church Fathers in Greek and Latin on the thoughts in contrast with Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Therapy. “

I will let Fr. Alexis describe his goals in regard to this venture:

… using both my scientific background and my faith for a common aim: to lead a healthy life for the mind, for the heart, and for the soul. For the purpose of the blog, I try to take what is the best that science can presently offer using the consensual criteria of science on the one hand, and then the sanctifying truth of Christian revelation as understood by those who have lived the faith wholeheartedly on the other. …

As mental disturbances and pain are two aspects of the realm of disability,  here are two blog posts relating to these:

from Fr. Alexis Trader’s Ancient Christian Wisdom:

Thoughts, Feelings, and Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain and Setting the Right Kind of Goals

And there are many more, in five categories: The Spiritual life, Prayer, Christian Hope, Cognitive Therapy, and Psychology.

If you struggle with thoughts, or know someone who does that you would like to help, I heartily recommend these writings.

The book: goodreads: Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Therapy: A Meeting of Minds

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