We welcome Chris Cole as our preacher on Mental Health Sunday. Chris is the host of the Waking Up Bipolar podcast and author of The Body of Chris: A Memoir of Obsession, Addiction, and Madness. Inspired by his journey of spiritual unfolding and mental health challenges. Chris practices life coaching from a heart-centered transpersonal orientation, combined with years of service to those navigating the intimate terrain of transformative crisis.
Depression is very common in our modern age, in large part because many have lost awareness of the spiritual basis of their existence. One is susceptible to depression when suffering from spiritual dysfunctionalities, such as: no strong basic values; no purpose in life; no recognition of the Sacred Within; or over-bearing attachments to things antithetical to one's soul. The good news is that disciplined development of a spiritual life will inexorably release the shackles of most depression. In this presentation, Chris Cole will discuss the spiritual aspects of depression and provide a clear path to freedom. Chris will credibly ground the presentation by describing his own struggles with mental illness.
Join me for a discussion of how bipolarites, binaries, and dichotomies keep us trapped in unresolved trauma, made manifest as cognitive distortions and dissonance. Such an ability to stay stuck between somatic and psychological intelligence is exacerbated by various neurological conditions of sensitivity.
The Mad Triangle is a dynamic model for identifying trauma, diversity, and insight in experiences of “madness” or psychotic features. An introduction and overview will be provided, which may provide greater tools for psychoeducation, acceptance, and empowerment, particularly by allowing individuals to self-identify healing and social locations that may be further explored as desired. By self-selecting psychological and neurological discomfort, folks experiencing “madness” are empowered to self-determine which aspects of their experiences are problematic, which are special and/or gifts, which are simply divergent experiences, and which experiences are the result of violence, marginalization, and/or oppression.
Join me for a free, public talk on "Diagnosing Bipolar Order," where I will be presenting the positive and compensatory aspects of bipolar symptoms and diagnostic criteria, aimed at empowering individuals, loved ones, and caregivers. Folks that attend will have the opportunity to expand their ideas of bipolar disorder and related challenges.
Please join us for an afternoon workshop on "The Bipolar Experience," where we are co-presenting on topics of intersectionality with regards to bipolar, spirituality, and contemporary, holistic thought aimed at empowering those who've experienced extreme states.