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My goal, and the mission of “Lifesjourney”, is to guide us toward finding self-awareness and inner peace. I encourage us to view our lives from varied perspectives trying to find what daily practices strengthen us along our journey.
Lifesjourney’s philosophy for finding inner peace lies in two basic concepts: keeping our thoughts on the present moment, and practicing some form of daily meditation.
“Mindfulness” is a word I often use in my writings, on my social media, and a concept I use with my clients. One of the pioneers in the mindfulness movement, Jon Kabat-Zinn, defines mindfulness as:
“a means of paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”
Personally, the two key phrases in this definition which I feel are important are “on purpose” and “nonjudgmentally”. To find our inner-peace we need to consciously make the choice to spend time every day focusing our attention on what is happening around us and within us. Our focus is not meant to judge what is happening, just to notice it. As we become aware of our surroundings and our inner self, we will become aware of life’s joys and potential. In our state of focused awareness, we are enabled to see solutions; to see hope.
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“Life is sometimes difficult, but even so, it is always possible to find inner-peace. I talk about topics of daily life which cause us stress and anxiety, guiding us on how to change our perspective and to learn how to live in the moment.” -Chris Shea, host of “On Finding Peace”
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Rest Stop (Saturday) … coping with the Blizzard 2016
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As I write this I, like millions of other people along the NE coast of the US, have hunkered down in the house due to the blizzard occurring. As of this moment it is still snowing and I already have two feet of snow on the ground.
Personally, I love snow. This event is a joy for me, and I am like a kid again. I see the beauty in the snow, it’s uniqueness, the sights, sounds, and smell in the air. All of this is perfect for me! Yet, I do realize that my love of this weather is not shared by everyone. There are many people who despise this weather, and, there are those who have been panicking for days before the start of this storm.
I am not in any way judging anyone, since each us views life from our own perspective, and that perspective is our reality. So, although I was not panicking over this storm, those that were truly felt fear. Panic is defined as: “a sudden overwhelming fear, with or without cause, that produces hysterical or irrational behavior, and that often spreads quickly through a group of persons.” (Panic at Dictionary.com. 2006. 24 Jan. 2016. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/panic) One of the reasons we panic is because we allow ourselves to “live” in the future where we have no control over the events. That realization of our lack of control brings on our panic.
Living in the moment is when we will feel at peace, but living in the moment is not always easy to do. In this short video I talk about ways we can change our perception to therefore change our reality to find peace.
Share with us your ways of coping with events which otherwise would worry or panic you.
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Rest Stop (Epiphany) … flexible expectations
Today the Christian world celebrates the Epiphany; the commemoration of the moment when the three kings, or wise men, arrived at the birthplace of Jesus. They had journeyed far and long, following a star in the sky. Why did they embark upon this journey? They noticed something different and new in the sky; sensing its importance, they chose to follow it. They interpreted this sign in the sky to be significant and a sign of the arrival of a powerful person, a king. I have no doubt that although wearied by the journey, they were excited by the anticipation of their findings.
When they arrived at their destination they found the powerful person whom they were seeking, in a barn! Talk about blown expectations. Their journey of significance; their journey of anticipation at finding a powerful king on his throne, led them instead to a barn and a baby lying in a manger. A manger, its prior and intended use, from which the lowly and dirty animals ate. They found a defenseless baby laying in an animals’ food bowl. Talk about a let down.
Along our life’s journey, when our anticipated expectations don’t live up to reality, how do we react? What did these wise men do? According to the story, they not only stayed, but they knelt in homage to the baby in the food trough.
These wise men were able to recognize that although their expectations of finding a powerful man on a throne was a baby lying in a feeding trough, nonetheless they were able to recognize that their journey still had meaning. They were flexible with their expectations, understanding, through wisdom, that just because what they encountered did not match their expectation, it didn’t mean that the reason for the journey itself was flawed or wrong. The journey was true; the expectation is what needed to change. These wise men, after paying homage to the special baby, returned to their homeland by a different route; a new path. In a truly symbolic way, these wise men were so changed by their experience, that their “old path” no longer would lead them home. They now took a new way, and new approach, a new path, to find their way to their home.
How often do we feel disappointment at our journey’s end and thus respond by turning around and going home? What if the wise men did the same? They were able to “see” beyond their own expectations and were thus open to a new way of perceiving the world around them. The wise men didn’t act upon what they previously thought, nor upon their previous expectations. Rather, they saw more deeply the true reality before them. It is in that shift in perceiving and thinking which allowed them to see what was really present, and to be changed by the experience, not changed by their expectations.
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Are you feeling depressed or anxious most of the time? Perhaps you’re unsure about how to cope with recent life changes like a divorce, the death of a parent, loss of a job or major illness?
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I have been working with clients in a clinical setting for over 20 years. My approach to counseling is based on the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy model, proven to be the most effective at helping eliminate troublesome life issues.
As part of the process, I will help you identify the thoughts and behaviors that are healthy vs. unhealthy for daily living and transform those behaviors into healthier, more realistic ways of dealing with life.
As appropriate, handouts, readings, and worksheets will be assigned to assist in the process. In my sessions, I use various techniques to really educate and guide you towards better habits of thinking and acting in healthier ways.
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About Chris Shea
The summer of 2012 challenged me in that I, a workaholic at the time, and due to a job change, found myself work-free that summer. The challenge to slow down and rest eventually led me to the practice of meditation and mindfulness. Later that summer I created a blog as a place to share my feelings in my attempt to make sense of life. I named my blog “Lifesjourney”.
Throughout my life, I’ve had my ups and downs, and the life lessons I’ve learned, combined with my education, influence my approach to life coaching and counseling.
Lifesjourney Life Coaching, LLC grew from its founding as a blog into the coaching, counseling and consulting group it is today. In an effort to guide people to find inner peace, I speak at conferences and gatherings nationwide and am proud to be published in medical and clinical journals, as well as on various internet sites. Professionally I’m a nationally and state certified addiction counselor as well as a nationally certified life coach, having graduated from St. Hyacinth College-Seminary and the Washington Theological Union in DC.
I divide my time between Lifesjourney, serving as the Director of Campus Ministry at a high school in Maryland and as an adjunct professor in the Family Studies and Community Development department of the school of Liberal Arts at Towson University as well as McDaniel College’s Graduate School of Counseling.
I have spent over 20 years in the addiction counseling field as a clinician and administrator, responsible for the implementation of treatment program models while integrating evidence-based treatments to promote lifelong recovery. My counseling experience is preceded by an almost decade-long pastoral ministry as a hospital chaplain in DC and a retreat leader in the New England region.
I currently serve as the chairperson of my county’s Alcohol Coalition, a member of the county Behavioral Health Action Committee and sit on the advisory board for the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children.
I live in Leonardtown, MD enjoying the people and the great outdoors of the rural life.
If you’re looking for life coaching, you can either visit me in my office or worldwide via the internet. I am also available for public speaking and corporate consultation. I look forward to working with you!
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