Hello, friend! I’m Steve Austin, welcome to this special edition of the #AskSteveAustin podcast. On Episode 62, Steve Austin lets you in on the heart behind his upcoming book, Catching Your Breath: The Sacred Journey from Chaos to Calm. For the past month, people have been donating to the Kickstarter campaign at KickstartMyBook.com, helping make this book a reality. The Kickstarter ends May 2nd – and we’re working really hard to reach the $10,000 goal, so listen to this episode for excerpts from the book, answers to listener questions, and several songs by Devin Balram.
So – what is Catching Your Breath all about?
After writing four other books, why this one, and why now?
What was the toughest part about writing this book?
What is the most important message you like for readers to take from this book?
What is your Enneagram number?
What do you do when being optimistic and joyful is your goal, but you’re having a less-than-perfectday?
If there was one sentence, one paragraph, one page, one chapter that you really wanted listeners to grasp, what would it be?
What can I expect to get out of the book? How do you plan on actually helping me get from chaos to calm? Is this just another dime-a-dozen book? What about the book is uniquely, “Steve Austin”
WELCOME to Episode 57 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, with Steve Austin and Denise Jacobs, author of Banish Your Inner Critic. This show is sponsored by Audible.com – sign up for your free month’s membership at audibletrial.com/asksteveaustin!
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Welcome to Episode 55 of #AskSteveAustin Podcast, with Steve Austin and Dr. Holly Oxhandler. The show is sponsored by Audible.com – sign up for your free month’s membership at audibletrial.com/asksteveaustin!
Hot off the presses! I’m in the news. Go to Deseret News.com today and read her story on the epidemic of despair that is plaguing our country.
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Music this episode by Act of Congress, and “Angel Band” by The Stanley Brothers.
The Namaste’ Project and Spiritual Self-Care – Questions:
Could it be dangerous to have these conversations? Are there situations where this kind of talk could be harmful?
What kind of impact could it have if helping professionals like LCSW’s started focusing on the whole person?
How do you think holding sacred space for clients could impact their progress, recovery, or just everyday lives?
What does the word Namaste’ mean, and what is this new project?
What if you are a social worker who claims no faith or your religion is completely different from your client’s? How would that impact the client’s care?
Dr. Holly Oxhandler is the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and an Assistant Professor at Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. Holly studies religion/spirituality, health and mental health, and is especially interested in whether and how mental and behavioral health therapists discuss their client’s religious/spiritual beliefs in treatment. She developed and validated the Religious/Spiritually Integrated Practice Assessment Scale, has written for numerous academic journals, and her research has been featured in the Washington Post, Consumer Affairs, Religion News Service, Baptist News Global, and more.
Holly lives in Waco, TX with her husband, Cory, and the couple has two children: Callie (2012) and Oliver (2016). She loves to read, paint, meditate, learn about others’ stories over a cup of coffee, and most of all, spend time with her loved ones. You can follow Holly online at HollyOxhandler.com and on Twitter @HollyOxhandler
Welcome back to the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, episode 54, sponsored by Audible. This mailbag episode includes Steve Austin’s responses to listener questions about: faith, abuse, boundaries, stillness, and more!
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Music by Act of Congress
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This week’s questions:
When you know you’re called to speak out against toxic theology (or other toxic systems), what do you do to keep yourself from getting poisoned in the process? Speaking out against it also means being exposed to it, which can make me feel sick sometimes because it’s so toxic.
What does the word faith mean to you?
Did your relationship with God and your faith change radically after you dealt with the abuse that happened to you?
In your opinion, how does Jesus move through the Sacraments?
When you’re overwhelmed, how do you practice stillness without becoming more overwhelmed by all the things you’re not doing while practicing stillness?
How do you slow down without stopping?
I no longer trust my therapist. Can I just leave her?
What are some boundaries you recommend all people put in place?
How do you set boundaries with people who don’t respect your boundaries?
What is your perspective on 1 Corinthians 2:11?
What’s the reason you do all that you do – podcasts, blogs, books, speaking, life coaching, etc.?
You’ll make more progress by telling people what you’re for, rather than what you’re against. The world is tired of divisiveness and negativity.
Faith is trust in what we cannot see. Faith is a gritty hope that better days are coming. It’s the embrace of Mystery. It’s a belief that there is some power greater than we can possibly comprehend that is ultimately working for our good.
Abuse impacts us at the level of our trust, but Jesus was abused too.
Boundaries remind me that I still belong. They’re a marker.
The Spirit of God in me recognizes the Spirit of God in you.
When books make me silently weep, without fanfare, just cry those big fat releasing tears because my soul is saying yes – that’s a good book. That’s a really REALLY good book.
Questions about the gifts of grief:
You talk about Jesus in a very genuine and loving way – but your heart at times has nearly been crushed under the weight of grief. How do you reconcile the two? And what the heck do you mean when you say the gifts of grief?
Can we talk about the struggle with church hurts when all you really want to do is love Jesus and his people?
Who is Jesus?
Why is it so important to create a safe space for others to be vulnerable?
What’s it like to parent a child of a different race?
In Episode 40 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve Austin shares some encouragement from his own life for folks who feel hopeless. If you’re ready to give up, tired of running, or feel like you’re drowning, please listen to this very personal bonus episode.
This Holiday Bonus Edition of the #AskSteveAustin podcast features Steve Austin and Robert Vore, chatting about several snarky (but honest) self-care tips for the holidays.
Self-Care Tips for the Holidays
The holiday season is upon us. I can hardly stand the excitement of family get-togethers and out-of-town guests. No, really…I can hardly stand it. If you dread the holidays as much as me, today’s bonus episode includes a whole list of ways to guard yourself against the holiday chaos everyone somehow looks forward to every single year.
Robert Vore has worked for various ministries & non-profits in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and England. His writing has been featured on The Mighty, Relevant Magazine, Charisma News, Thought Catalog, Patheos, and more. Robert also co-hosts a podcast on Christianity & mental health called CXMH, as well as being a certified QPR Suicide Prevention Instructor for groups of any size. He is currently working towards his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.
Who are you? At the core of your being – who are you? Steve Austin’s weekly affirmation #5 is all about being at peace. When we learn to live in peace with God, others, and (most importantly) ourselves, the wind may howl, the waves may crash, and the thunder may boom all around us, but our hearts remain unshaken.
Welcome to the 5th and final week of Steve Austin’s affirmation episode. This week’s theme: peace. This special feature is a mix of affirmations, meditation, contemplation, and prayer. Steve hopes it encourages you to get silent, look deep into your soul, below the surface of all the noise and find out who you are at the core of your being.
What are the roots of sabbath and why is it applicable in today’s world?
How can we begin to see Sabbath as liberating, rather than just one more thing to add to our already insurmountable to-do list?
For those of us who identify as clergy, or even spiritual helpers, self-care often gets tossed to the wayside, due to the various tasks that seem to beg for our immediate attention. What are a few tips you’d give to those who are too busy to practice much Sabbath on Sundays?
What issues does the church (as a whole) need to address when it comes to sabbath-keeping?
What do you mean when you say relational Sabbath?
What are some practical tips for overcoming obstacles and keeping sabbath in a noisy, 24/7 world?
You talk about crafting a sabbath plan. Where do we even begin?