The Think Act Be podcast features conversations about thriving through stress and anxiety. Each week we’ll explore effective ways to face life’s challenges: What thoughts serve us well? What actions promote well-being? How can we practice mindful presence? Guests from a wide range of backgrounds share their expertise on ways to nourish our minds, bodies, and spirits.
Jared Byas — Why Love Is More Important Than Being Right
My guest this week is Jared Byas, author of the new book, Love Matters More. The book focuses on matters of faith, but the principles apply to anything we can have strong beliefs and opinions about, including of course, politics. We talked specifically about how we might emphasize love in our discussions with those who hold different political beliefs, and also the relevance of these ideas in our closest relationships.
Dr. Scott Kellogg — A Powerful Technique for Healing, Love, and Growth
My guest this week is Dr. Scott Kellogg, a therapist in private practice in New York. He’s the author of a book called Transformational Chairwork, and we focused on what chairwork is and why it can be so powerful. It was a great discussion about how we’re all made of different parts, and we can give voice to all of these facets of ourselves in a way that promotes integration and growth. The episode also includes Scott leading me through a demonstration of therapeutic chairwork.
Dr. Steve Taylor — How to Find Spiritual Connection in Everything You Do
My guest this week is Dr. Steve Taylor. We talked about his latest book, The Clear Light. I had a great time talking with him about some pretty fascinating topics, from mind-bending spiritual concepts to very practical ways to find moments of quiet. We talked about how he met Eckhart Tolle—who wrote the foreword for Steve’s book—as well as ways to reclaim our shared humanity, which seems awfully timely given all that’s happening in the world. Steve also reads some of the poems from his book.
Anita Friday — How to Promote Racial Healing Through Love and Empathy
My guest this week is Anita Friday, creator of Open Hearts: A Path for Racial Healing. We talked about her experiences as a Black woman and mother, and the things those of us who are White can take for granted. We also explored the distinction between racism and related concepts, how to make a difference right where we live, and the faith that motivates Anita’s work. I also wanted to let you know that you’ll hear the N-word in this episode. It’s a sober discussion, and also a very hopeful one.
Dr. Peter Enns — What If God Actually Likes You?
My guest this week is Dr. Peter Enns, author of books that include The Sin of Certainty and How the Bible Actually Works (affiliate links). We discussed the Bible, Christianity, love, trust, and the evolving nature of faith. We talked about the fear of getting our facts wrong and offending God, which as Pete points out is a pretty limiting view of God—that God can’t tolerate our honest efforts to interpret the Bible as best we can in light of our experience. I look forward to your reactions.
Alison McKleroy — How to Overcome Social Anxiety
My guest this week is Alison McKleroy, a psychotherapist who just wrote a book called Essential Strategies for Social Anxiety. This is episode 109 and I believe my first focusing specifically on social anxiety, so this is long overdue. Alison had a lot to share about CBT for social anxiety, including many of the big ideas from her book. Toward the end we got into a really important topic of how to overcome social anxiety even when people are actually critical toward us.