Consider what, Richie Parker, born without arms, has accomplished, as revealed in an 8 minute glimpse in this video:
You Tube: Richie Parker: Drive — SC Featured
Of course such a glimpse does not show the many difficulties he experienced getting to where he is today. As someone has said, genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.
(Especially when one is from South Carolina; I lived there a year.)
Here’s his story in written form:
The Christian Post: Man Born Without Hands Is Engineer for NASCAR’s Most Winning Organization (Hendricks Motorsports)
Picture from Richie Parker
Published February 17, 2014
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Modern Psychologists have learned and are applying insights about how to deal with thoughts and their effect on our lives through directed efforts by their patients in regard to changing their thought patterns.
But this is an old story. The Holy Spirit has guided the Holy Fathers of the Orthodox Church, especially the Desert Fathers and Monastic Elders, in this holy art ever since the early centuries of the Christian era.
Fr. Alexis Trader has written a book relating modern cognitive therapy with the wisdom of the Holy Fathers, entitled
Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Therapy: A Meeting of Minds (American University Studies VII: Theology and Religion)
He also publishes a blog which explores the issues involved: AncientChristianWisdom.wordpress.com Here is one post from that blog:
The Story Behind Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Therapy: A Meeting of Minds
This blog is full of many specific issues relating to the control of our thoughts. (As St. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 10:5, “bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”) Most likely there is one related to issues you, the reader, are facing.
And here are some online resources on the book:
google.com/books: a short synopsis and 2 reviews
A Mystagogy Review (a series of four) by John Sanidopoulos
Orthodox Christian Information Center: A Review
Picture of the book from ProtectingVeil.com: Fr. Alexis Trader’s New Book
Published February 10, 2014
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A one page summary from the online website THINKPROGRESS:
Second only to back pain, the article states.
(Note: DALYs = Disability Adjusted Life Years)
The site does provide Links to further consideration of how to address the issue:
And many other offerings in regard to mental health:
(Please ignore 0r repudiate the pro-abortion rhetoric on THINK PROGRESS.)
A few Orthodox Christian resources from the Arms Open Wide list:
A personal note:
Last year I was off work for a little over three weeks dealing with depression. For most of that time I really didn’t know whether or not I would be able to return to my position as an advisor of persons with developmental disability in a group home, which was a devastating thought for me, as I am now in the category of “older worker.” But with help from my physician and a cognitive therapist, I did return. Better thoughts prevailed.
NPR: What Is The Role Of Jails In Treating The Mentally Ill?
One can either read or listen to this story. The situations, the problems, and the efforts that are being made are discussed. Frankly, I feel they have treated the prison industry too gently. Read on …
e SBYNews: January 2013
The Guardian: Rikers Island Jail Criticized for Keeping Mentally Ill Inmates in Solitary
From the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law, by Anasseril E. Daniel, MD: Care of the Mentally Ill in Prisons: Challenges and Solutions
From RT.com: Graphic court video shows prison guards deploying pepper spray on mentally ill inmate
The Buffalo News: Being mentally ill and imprisoned: ‘Talk about cruel and inhumane’ With psych centers closing, jails and prisons becoming poor substitutes, by M. Spina
Trapped: Mental Illness in America’s Prisons, by Jenn Ackerman (a video)
Human Rights Watch: U.S.: Number of Mentally Ill in Prisons Quadrupled
“… I was in prison and you came to Me.” (St. Matthew 25)
The Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry
Fellowship of St. Silas
picture from SBYNews: Wednesday, January 09, 2013 Federal Court Deems Solitary Confinement Of Mentally Ill Cruel And Unusual Punishment