Show 431: Naturalistic Support Workshop

Naturalistic Support Workshop w/ Arnell Dowret

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This week, we will focus on the speed at which we run our lives and how no small part of why we do so involves fear of stopping – I mean stopping long term – like forever.  There’s the existential anxiety, but there’s also our need to feel so connected to so much and so many – except that for most of us, it’s a connection that while being five miles wide, is usually about one inch deep.  Our fear of being vulnerable, and our fear of deep connection keeps us running, and tweeting, and texting – frequently checking our devices, and all the rest – all to try to convince ourselves that we are not vulnerable and we are not fearful of connection.

Becoming empowered to advance your life while also advancing the lives of those around you; attaining a deeper sense of connectedness to others; and experiencing life with sublime inspiration and serenity.  While faith-based and other traditional paths which are based on supernatural beliefs claim to provide these benefits, the reality clearly falls short. Naturalism in contrast, which concerns itself with attaining an understanding of ourselves and our place in the universe that is accurate, reliable, and testable (evidence-based) can actually deliver all of these benefits, with a level of effectiveness that no supernatural-based approach can equal.

Gaining a naturalized understanding of ourselves and how we fit into the world around us can help us reduce thoughts and feelings that diminish our effectiveness and debilitate us mentally and physically such as guilt, shame, regret, blame, resentment, indignation, anxiety, fear, anger, hurt, and feelings of worthlessness; it can sharpen our awareness, deepen our empathy, and support lasting growth. The way we will demonstrate how a naturalistic understanding can accomplish all of this will be by taking calls from listeners who are willing to share how such damaging feelings may be diminishing their happiness.

Naturalistic Support is an approach to providing non-hierarchical peer support, and demonstrating how applied naturalism can facilitate personal growth. It is not a substitute for conventional psychotherapy or other forms of counseling that are traditionally provided by licensed professionals.

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