Entries by Catherine Dowling

Spirituality and Social Justice: How One Woman Transformed Her Piece of the World

This year Mary Quinalty sold her home in an upmarket neighborhood of Albuquerque, New Mexico, gave away her possessions and moved into Trinity House, a Catholic Worker “house of hospitality” for homeless people where she is the full-time, unpaid administrator. Mary Quinalty is eighty-one years old. Read about Mary’s remarkable story and the spiritual awakening […]

Five Ways to Make Enlightenment Work in Everyday Life

Many of us experience moments of enlightenment—41% of us in fact, or so a 2002 Gallup poll tells us. Enlightenment is that state of radically expanded awareness where the boundaries of our individual self melt into a blissful union with the life force. We are at one with the cosmos and feel a sense connection, […]

2 Ways to Move From Powerless to Empowered

Think about what happens when a young child doesn’t get what he wants.  Tantrum.  No holds barred anger.  That’s our untamed, natural and healthy response to powerlessness.  Our caregiver’s job is to teach us how to regulate and manage that well of anger in appropriate and effective ways.  But if life teaches us to be […]

I Can’t: 4 Key Signs of Victim Thinking

In my previous post, we looked at the language people use when they see themselves as powerless: phrases like “It’s not fair”, “She should…”,  “He won’t let me…”    This is the language of a psychological victim, someone who sees themselves, not as an actor in life, but a passive recipient of what life throws at […]