Controversy Podcast

Hosted ByBrandon T. Bailey

Controversy is a multimedia conversation about faith and feelings. The Podcast is hosted by author & artist, Brandon T. Bailey. It contains honest conversations about the tension between faith & mental health along with interviews with mental health professionals, pastors, people of faith, educators & regular people trying to answer the question, “What is the future of faith & feelings?” The 24 episode podcast season contains 2 bi-weekly episodes. The first episode is a topical conversation with Brandon T. Bailey. The other episode features an engaging interview with influential voices.

Feelings are Key Ingredients in Your Faith w /Dr. Lesley-Ann Brown-Henderson

This episode addresses the importance of understanding the power of “now”. It is one thing to be cognisant of the past and proactive towards the future, but excessive energy in either direction tends to cause you to neglect what is currently happening in your life. In addition, it also blocks your opportuThis episode addresses the importance of understanding the power of “now”. It is one thing to be cognizant of the past and proactive towards the future, but excessive energy in either direction tends to cause you to neglect what is currently happening in your life. In addition, it also blocks your opportunities to receive the strengthening engagements that you need to grow from your past and to prepare for your future.nities to receive the strengthening engagements that you need to grow from your past and to prepare for your future.

Dr. Lesley-Ann Brown-Henderson Bio

As an educator, professional counselor and owner of Bolden Consulting, Amber Marie Bolden is mission-driven when it comes to helping others vitalize their mental health and wellness. Whether supporting families or training organizations, she brings her brand of compassion, zeal, and humor to tDr. Lesley-Ann Brown-Henderson is the Acting Chief of Staff and Executive Director of the Department of Campus Inclusion and Community at Northwestern University. Lesley-Ann oversees three units: Multicultural Student Affairs, Student Enrichment Services, and Social Justice Education. Lesley-Ann is also responsible for overseeing and responding to bias incidents; working with staff, faculty and students to engage in ongoing dialogue on social justice, respect, and inclusion. Dr. Brown-Henderson earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on multicultural issues in higher education. Lesley-Ann also enjoys spending time with her partner Bryon, her two kids Xavier and Yara, their puppy Eddy, traveling, cooking, shopping, and teaching boot camp style classes in Chicago.he work of transformation.

Mindset

The importance of being impactful and significant to the world while also taking moments to allow the world to impact you. Understand the importance of the lessons learned when you have a failure in life and embrace the impact that these lessons can have in your journey towards growth.

Faith

During this episode, our guest teaches us a continuous lesson that you do not have to adopt the spiritual beliefs or lack thereof for your own spiritual path. Also, one of the toughest spiritual challenges can be finding the hand of faith to guide you through the darkness of the storm. Know the difference between prayer and meditation and their individual purposes. Prayer is the act of your communication to God, while meditation presents the opportunity to be still and to receive instruction and guidance in a peaceful setting.

Feelings

Always remember to set aside an equal amount of time and safe space for your own mental health and health as you would provide for others. Take a holistic approach towards strengthening your physical and mental health. Self isolation robs you of opportunities to receive healing and strength from those in your circle or community.

Future of Faith and Feelings

You do not have to fight your feelings in order to maintain faith in God. Rather it is important and impactful for you to bring those feelings and emotions to God to work through them with Him. Holding those feelings and emotions inside only ensures the decrease of space that you will have to receive guidance and the blessing of true healing.

Wrap Up

Final Words of Guidance
Dr. Brown-Henderson teaches us to remember that we either succeed or learn lessons towards how to succeed in life. We should embrace the impact of the lessons learned from your failures in life while working towards not repeating mistakes of the processes that lead towards failed attempts.

Recommendations
Creating your own structure and regiment of prayer and meditation will be one of your biggest tools to healing from trauma, and to plan your journey towards growth for the future. Remember to take the same medicine that you prescribe to others, and to put equal energy into creating the opportunities for your own healing just as you would do others.

Mission/Message
Healing and growth are ongoing, and like everything else in life, it takes planning, practice, and the obtaining of the exterior tools needs to succeed. 

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