Connecting the Mind & the Soul Lecture Audio
God’s story in Scripture is one of justice, beauty, and goodness, and He has designed us for the same. So why is it so challenging to live into the story of God? How do we reconcile His story with our own circumstances and the subtle messages that pull us in other directions? Why do we all experience this tension that Paul also speaks of in Romans 7:15-24?
To help us unpack these questions and explore solutions toward greater personal and relational health, we invited psychiatrist and author Dr. Curt Thompson (The Anatomy of the Soul and The Soul of Shame) for our October 2017 Connecting the Mind & the Soul Intensive. Below are Dr. Thompson’s six lectures, where he provides a framework for the mind, soul, and our neurobiology that unlocks strategies for realigning our stories with what God intended from the beginning.
Friday — Session 1
Dr. Curt Thompson defines the mind and shows how it is a crucial part of having the undivided heart that Psalm 86 emphasizes. (As a way to engage our emotions, longings and imaginations, the song “Jupiter” from Gustav Holst’s The Planets was played before this recording began.)
Friday — Session 2
Dr. Curt Thompson addresses the way that shame interacts with our thinking and feeling and can put us in a state of neurobiological stasis — a sense of being stuck.
Saturday — Session 1
Dr. Curt Thompson describes the nature of our stories and how knowing this can help us pursue what Romans 12 defines as “the renewing of your mind.” During this session, Curt played this song: “Symphony for the New World, 2nd Movement” by Antonin Dvorak.
Saturday — Session 2
Dr. Curt Thompson shares how shame primarily resides in the micro-moments that are present throughout our days. During this session, Curt played this song: “Nearer God to Thee” by Brigham Young University Men’s Choir.
Saturday — Session 3
Dr. Curt Thompson walks us through Hebrews 12 and the idea of fixing our eyes on Jesus to find healing.
Saturday — Session 4
Dr. Curt Thompson describes how healing must happen in community, and how it must be both embodied and experienced.