Category Archives: Mental Health

Jesus is Big Down Under

Jesus & Retaliation (with Bec Ray)



Steve Austin’s friend, Bec Ray (The Aussie Princess), joins the podcast for another look at The Sermon on the Mount! We’ll talk about mental health, justice, & and retaliation.

Alternate titles:

  1. Jesus is Big Down Under
  2. Jesus is Sassy AF
  3. We’re all One Decision away from Being in Prison

About Bec:

Bec Ray is training to be a sassy Anglican priest in Perth, Western Australia. She’s worked in parish churches and as a chaplain in women’s prisons (she likes a captive audience for her preaching). Bec is a liberal Anglo-Catholic which means she likes to affirm everyone except those she disagrees with. She likes the bells and smells of high liturgy and the prayers are written down in a book by someone much holier than she.

Scripture Reference:

Matthew 5: 38-42 “Here’s another old saying that deserves a second look: ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.’ Is that going to get us anywhere? Here’s what I propose: ‘Don’t hit back at all.’ If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.

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suicide and the woman at the well

Suicide, The Woman at the Well, & You



This bonus episode of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast features Steve Austin’s latest talk at Restore Alabaster. Check out this candid discussion on shame, suicide prevention, and creating a safe community.

Watch the video here.

Read Steve’s latest blog on this topic.

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Masturbation and How to Stop Disappointing Jesus

Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness (with Brad Polley)



In Episode 78 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve Austin talks with Brad Polley, co-host of the Inglorious Pasterds Podcast. In this episode, we talk about the Beatitudes, the meaning of “righteousness”, and spanking the monkey.

Alternate Titles:

  1. The Beatitudes and Masturbation
  2. Spanking the Monkey with Brad Polley
  3. The REAL Reason Paul went Blind
  4. The Beatitudes: Who Cares?

Masturbation and How to Stop Disappointing Jesus

Show Notes:

  • I don’t think Joel Osteen preaches on this very often.
  • What’s about to come after this is completely upside down and backward. Nothing about this is how society works.
  • Blessed are the poor in spirit? Blessed are those who mourn? The modern church doesn’t believe any of this.
  • “There’s more opportunity for God when you’re at the end of your rope.” What are you even talking about?
  • The Kingdom of God is a completely upside down reality. The path of Jesus is the path of downward mobility.
  • Grace is a level playing field, whether you like it or not.
  • “Grace isn’t opposed to hard work, but it is opposed to earning.” Dallas Willard
  • You can’t buy or earn your way into God’s Kingdom.
  • When you’re poor, you don’t have much to defend.
  • When you’re mourning or meek or a peacemaker, you aren’t trying to defend things.
  • We mentally ascent to these words, but we keep them at arm’s length.
  • What does “righteousness” mean? I think Jesus is talking about an inner posture.
  • If you deal with the internal life, the external life will take care of itself.
  • Prohibition just increases the temptation.
  • When righteousness is your posture, everything else takes care of itself.
  • “To the extent that you live in fear, that is the extent to which you don’t know that you are loved.” -Paul Young
  • Sometimes hungering and thirsting for righteousness might be calling the therapist.
  • IngloriousPasterds.com
  • Music by: Act of Congress

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Catching Your Breath: The Sacred Journey from Chaos to Calm

Catching Your Breath: Chapter 1 (feat. Steve Austin)



Episode 74 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast is a bonus episode! This episode features Steve Austin, reading Chapter 1 of his brand-new book, Catching Your Breath: The Sacred Journey from Chaos to Calm. The book is available for pre-order now on Amazon, in both e-book and paperback format. Click here to order yours today!

 

Catching Your Breath Digital Swag Pack

Endorsements:

  • “In Catching Your Breath, Steve offers himself as a companion to those who feel like they are drowning, not as a lifeguard but as a coach saying ‘Hey. You can swim!’” — Andre Henry, Managing Editor, RELEVANT Magazine
  • “…uncomfortably honest, remarkably compassionate, and beautifully rough around the edges. Thank you for your friendship, Steve. And thank you for this book. Page after page you reminded me that ‘It is finished.’”— Tullian Tchividjian, author of One-Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World and Jesus + Nothing = Everything
  • “As I was reading Catching Your Breath, I was convinced that Steve had been reading my mind. Thankfully, he had just the words I needed to hear. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.”— Michael Baysinger, host of The Inglorious Pasterds Podcast

Tweetable moments:

  • I’m not here to argue sacred vs. secular or Sunday vs. Monday. I’m less concerned with a need for theological rightness and far more passionate about kindness.
  • In the midst of a sometimes-chaotic life, it’s normal to feel breathless.
  • The harsh reality is this: sometimes, even good eggs crack. In those moments, friends and loved ones get the chance to pad the carton with an extra layer of love.
  • Beneath all the different things we think we need permission for, I believe what we need is permission to be ourselves. Permission to belong, just as we are.

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Allowing the Becoming: Trans & Faithful

Allowing the Becoming: Trans & Faithful (feat. Laura Beth Buchleiter)



Welcome to Episode 69 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, with Steve Austin and Laura Beth Buchleiter. If you’re wondering what the journey of a trans person might be like, don’t miss this episode! Steve talks with Laura Beth about faith, sexuality, and her recent gender affirmation surgery.

Allowing the Becoming: Trans & Faithful

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The Night Rev. Ed Bacon Nearly Died by Suicide

The Night Rev. Ed Bacon Nearly Died by Suicide



Episode 68 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast is a BONUS Episode, featuring Steve Austin’s friend and spiritual mentor, Rev. Ed Bacon. This audio comes at a time when many of us are grieving the deaths of Kate Space and Anthony Bourdain. Rev. Bacon recently offered deep insights into the epidemic of despair, sharing his own personal story of the night he nearly died by suicide.

Ed Bacon is an Episcopal priest, speaker, and author of 8 Habits of Love. Now, after decades of leading churches, he travels from his Alabama home, teaching across all spiritual paths as well as in non-religious contexts how our Oneness in Love overcomes our separateness in fear. He also works to help save the Pando forest in southern Utah. You can follow Ed at edbacon.co and on Facebook and Twitter.

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Holding Up the Light (part 2)

Holding up the Light, Part 2 (Judy Sutherland)



Episode 67 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast is all about the 7 energy levels and stress reactions we all have. What’s yours? This is part two of Steve Austin’s talk with life coach, Judy Sutherland. Follow Judy’s work at judysutherland.com.

Show notes:

From the ELI Website:

A Mirror That Reflects Your World

The Energy Leadership Index (E.L.I.) is a one-of-a-kind assessment that enables leaders to hold up mirrors to their perceptions, attitudes, behaviors, and overall leadership capabilities. The E.L.I. forms the initial launching point for the Energy Leadership Development System, helping give you a baseline for your current performance and situation. Whether you proceed through the full system or not, the realizations that you’ll gain from the Energy Leadership assessment and debrief process alone will change the way you view your world.

Background: An Attitudinal Assessment

There are two main types of assessments: Personality and Attitudinal. Personality based assessments, such as Myers Briggs and D.I.S.C. are very valuable tools that pinpoint certain personality types so that people can have more of an understanding about what their strengths and weaknesses are. By understanding your personality and how it relates to what you do, you can adapt your behavior to “work with what you have,” to function effectively.

The E.L.I. is an attitudinal assessment, which is based on an energy/action model. This assessment differs from personality assessments as it is not intended to label a person and have them work well within that label. Instead, it measures your level of energy based on your attitude, or perception and perspective of your world. Because attitude is subjective, it can be altered. By working with a coach using the E.L.I., you can alter your attitude and perspective, make a shift in your consciousness, and increase your energy and leadership effectiveness.

There are no limits as to the potential growth that you can achieve. Once you realize that your level of consciousness is directly related to your actions, you can move from functioning effectively, to functioning optimally.

As part of the Energy Leadership Index assessment and debrief process, you’ll learn about the 7 levels of leadership and how much energy you currently have in the catabolic-suppressing range and in the anabolic-inspirational range. You’ll be debriefed on the findings of the assessment, and coached on how to navigate yourself to higher performance.

If you proceed on to the Energy Leadership Development System, you’ll be coached on how to become your ideal image of who you need to be as a leader for your situation, division, team, and/or company.

What is Energy Leadership?

Energy Leadership™ is the process that develops a personally effective style of leadership that positively influences and changes not only yourself, but also those with whom you work and interact, as well as your organization as a whole.

Before we explore the rest of what Energy Leadership may have to offer you, let’s define the two key underlined terms above.

Leadership

Leadership is how you interact with everyone, including yourself. Leaders are quite visible within small and large businesses. We tend to think of them as business owners, CEO’s and managers at all levels. Traditionally, leadership also extends into politics and other global affairs. However, parents, therapists and health care providers, solopreneurs, sports coaches, consultants, mentors, partners in relationship, teachers, authors, and others who interact with people on a regular basis are all leaders. EVERYONE is a leader either by choice or default.

If you don’t think of yourself as a leader, then you are limited in your thinking. Leading is the way we help move people into action, including us. The question is not whether or not we are leaders, but how well we lead.

Organization

Organizations are not limited to business. All of the groups, teams, and people around you are organizations too. It’s the colleagues you work with and the family you go home to. Your organization includes all those who are grouped within your many circles of influence. Each of us is a part of many organizations.

There are 2 Streams. Which One Do You Swim In?

A relentlessly damaging stream is flowing through America. This stream is not created by water, but by fear. It is the Stream of Unconsciousness.

Its constructive counterpart, the Stream of Consciousness, flows through only a few of the world’s homes and organizations and is fed by creative and positive thinking that produces questions like “What’s right,” “What’s the opportunity here,” and “How can we make this work?” In contrast, the Stream of Unconsciousness is based on only one question: “What’s wrong?” This stream is the one most of us have been trained to see, listen to, drink from, and bathe in since birth.

During any typical workday, most people spend a great deal of time focusing on what’s wrong — with their family, their jobs, their projects, their colleagues, their relationships, and their lives. At work, it’s not surprising that studies show that more than 50 percent of the people in our nation’s workforce would choose, if they could, to quit their jobs.

What will it take to shift the pressure and negativity that surrounds not only corporate America but our personal lives and the state of our communities? What will help employees to be productive, content, and have a positive view of both the organizations they work for and the people they work with? It will take a powerful leader who is skilled, highly sophisticated, and versatile, and one who understands the power of energy.

Catabolic and Anabolic Energy: The 2 Forces That Create Your World–Every Minute of Every Day

More than a hundred years ago, Albert Einstein addressed the scientific community, passionately presenting the idea that everything we see, hear, taste, touch, and smell is not matter, but energy. Everything that “matters” is energy.

On an energetic and cellular level, catabolism usually refers to a breakdown of complex molecules, while anabolism is the opposite. When you hear about a person’s catabolic or anabolic energy, however, it’s a broader statement about destructive and constructive forces in an entire person, who is made up not only of individual cells but also of anabolic and catabolic thoughts and beliefs.

Anabolic and Catabolic energy are predominant in organizations as well as people. Many organizations experience catabolic energy by constantly reacting to their circumstances with worry, fear, doubt, anger, and guilt. And thoughts are indeed contagious. When even a few people in an organization have negative feelings, it can spread like a virus. “Group think” sets in, and their thoughts become group “fact.” Once that occurs, the company can implode energetically in a swirl of gossip, negativity, conflict and contempt.

Remember that “group think” begins with “leader think”. At its core, an organization strongly reflects how its leader thinks, feels, and acts.

Anabolic leaders have the ability to motivate and inspire themselves and others to do extraordinary things. They have the ability to make energetic shifts in all levels of the organization. The most successful organizations are those that are filled with powerful, positive, anabolic leaders, and that means everyone in the organization, not just the “ones at the top.” No matter how effective or ineffective you currently are in your role, you can transform yourself and others, as well as your organization, into a thriving, inspired, positive, productive, and successful entity. And, thus begins your journey to become the Ideal Leader.

 


Ask Me Anything: AskSteveAustin.com

Mailbag Episode: Ask Me Anything!



Welcome to Episode 64 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast with Steve Austin, sponsored by Audible. For a free 30-day trial and one free audiobook, go to audibletrial.com/asksteveaustin – This mailbag episode includes Steve’s responses to listener questions about: people pleasing, boundaries, speaking in tongues, anger, same sex attraction, atheism, and a whole lot more!

Last week, we reached a great big milestone25,000 downloads! Thanks to all of my wonderful guests, the messy grace tribe on facebook, and you the listener – this is a big deal! Thank you!

GIVEAWAY! For the next four weeks, I’m going to be giving away a paperback copy of my book, Self-Care for the Wounded Soul, plus a $25 Amazon gift card. All you have to do for your chance to win is leave a 5-star rating & review on iTunes. Take a screenshot of your review and email it to me at steve@iamsteveaustin.com – I’ll be giving away a copy of my book and an Amazon gift card every week for the next four weeks. Leave a review. Email it to me. It’s that simple. Good luck! And thanks for listening.

Ask Me Anything: AskSteveAustin.com

Show notes:

  • Have you followed my blog? This week on the blog, I shared a couple of new posts. One about the most depressing thing Jesus ever said, and another with 5 podcast episodes you don’t want to miss. Check those out, plus information on my life coaching and more at iamsteveaustin.com
  • My new book, Catching Your Breath: The Sacred Journey from Chaos to Calm, is due out in October! Want to stay up-to-date with all that’s happening with this new book? Join the launch team at catchingyourbreath.com! Subscribers get a free excerpt of the book, exclusive bonus content, and details on how to join the launch team.
  • Are you a member of the Messy Grace Tribe on Facebook? It’s an exclusive, closed Facebook group for supporters and guests of the AskSteveAustin podcast. If you’re looking for a way to continue this conversation every single day with other like-minded, grace-filled people, join the Messy Grace Tribe on Facebook! You can sign up for as little as $1 a month by going to patreon.com/iamsteveaustin. If you’re looking for a safe and diverse community of people who care about compassion, unity, and humanity – and aren’t obsessed with denomination, dogma, or doctrine, join The Messy Grace Tribe on Facebook! Sign up at patreon.com/iamsteveaustin

This week’s questions include:

  1. How do you find the strength to be the most authentic version of yourself, even if it’s bound to disappoint the people closest to you?
  2. How do you personally deal with the fact that just because Jesus can heal someone or fix a situation doesn’t mean he will? How does that affect your faith?
  3. How do you decide when to engage in a conversation or not?
  4. How can we have better conversations with the Evangelical/Fundamentalist brethren?
  5. How did Jesus not punch someone? Or, go absolutely bananas?
  6. What guidance can you give to a Christian who is experiencing unwanted same-sex attraction?
  7. Did you pray in tongues? If you did have the ‘gift of tongues’, do you now believe it was real? Is it something that like the Assemblies of God’s I’ve been to, you practiced? Is it a farce? What are your thoughts now?
  8. Do Jews, Christians, and Muslims all worship the same God?
  9. What is your opinion on atheism?
  10. If you imagine God as a living person, here, now, how do you imagine him/her?

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Good News: Life is Hard and Then You Die

Good News: Life is Hard, and Then You Die. (feat. Sarah Robinson)



This week on Episode 63 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve Austin welcomes his dear friend and fellow writer, Sarah J. Robinson. In this episode, the two look at the real meaning of joy in the Bible. Don’t miss this conversation on the most depressing thing Jesus ever said. Music in Episode 63 by Jon Scott.

Good News: Life is Hard and Then You Die

Yesterday, a friend of mine sent me a message that read, “Life sucks.” And I responded, “Yep. It’s a promise from Jesus.” This episode is all about that. Well, kinda.

Many of us want to believe that Christianity is about the end of suffering, pain, and hard times. We want the successful Christian life to equal health, wealth, and happiness. But we forget that before Jesus ever resurrected, he was betrayed, mocked, beaten to a bloody pulp, nailed to a cross, and buried. This is a conversation about hard times. And hope. And cultivating joy in the midst of it all.

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Jamie the Very Worst Missionary

The Very Worst Missionary (feat. Jamie Wright)



On Episode 61 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve sits down with Jamie Wright, author of the new bestseller, The Very Worst Missionary: A Memoir or Whatever. *Warning: if you’re a prude, you may want to skip this episode (or it could be exactly what you need). Jamie is the perfect balance of faithful and foul – listen at your own risk

The Very Worst Missionary: A Memoir or Whatever

The Very Worst Missionary: A Memoir or Whatever, began as a blog, to chronical everyday dumbness, hilarious ineptitudes, and downright disasters of a wannabe world-changer who some days would rather just stay in bed. When to her surprise, her blog wins a large and passionate following (including Steve Austin), she begins to see that maybe a “bad” missionary – awkward, doubtful, and bare-butt honest – is exactly what the world and throngs of American do-gooders need.

This book will NOT take “a literary dump on your soul,” like Jamie says is possible. But it WILL, in parts, cause you to throw your head back and belly laugh. In the foreword of this book, here’s what Jen Hatmaker says, “…this broken down world and our busted-up human hearts deserve better than a list of rules and a church that emphasizes fitting in over true belonging.” (Be sure to listen to the entire episode for a chance to win 1 of 3 copies of this fantastic new book!)

Author Jamie Wright is a writer and speaker best known for her snarky faith and lifestyle blog, The Very Worst Missionary. As a passionate advocate for missions reform and humanitarian aid that is sensible, meaningful, and enduring, she has traveled the world sharing her experience with churches, nonprofits, and universities. She procrastinates in Northern California, where she lives with her family, two dumb dogs, and an evil cat. For more information please visit www.theveryworstmissionary.com

Show notes:

  • Support Steve’s Kickstarter for Catching Your Breath, at KickstartMyBook.com
  • Theological shifts
  • Book writing
  • Becoming The Very Worst Missionary
  • Steve’s short-term missions trips
  • The truth about missions agencies
  • Where you come from matters
  • “God will not be swallowed like a pill to cure the herpes of your soul…”
  • Jamie’s experience with mental illness
  • Remaining faithful while having doubts
  • How do we encourage honesty and vulnerability in our children?
  • What is it about the truth that makes people so uncomfortable?
  • For those of us post-Evangelical Christianity, what happened? Did the church change? Did we? Where do we go from here?
  • Jamie’s least-favorite Christianese phrases
  • Do you believe the Church of Jesus Christ is the Hope of the World?
  • How should we respond to people who disagree with us theologically?
  • Why are you still such a passionate follower of Jesus, even though you’re obviously a terrible missionary?
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    • “Gettin’ Our Church On,” by the Drew Hale Band.
    • “Not Crazy,” by Act of Congress ActOfCongressMusic.com

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