Making Sense Of Life



Inside-Out Transformation


  • 10 Dancing With Wisdom: Exploring the Diamond

    04/10/2021 Duración: 25min

    Exploring the subject of wisdom is like looking at different facets of a diamond and even more so when we add an infinite reference point. As my co-host Elliott Frisby and I continue our conversation on what it means to define wisdom with respect to the Divine, we face the insight that our secular world conditions us to believe this life is all there is and that is all that matters. However, the fact is all religious traditions for thousands of years are agreed there is more to life than what we experience in this world. Indeed modern secular belief is out of keeping with much of human thinking since the dawn of time. It is not possible to make sense of this finite world without an infinite reference point. Do join us in this conversation as we explore: How the concept of emotional intelligence overlaps with wisdom, but is also different. The role of the Jewish carpenter in understanding wisdom. How the books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job look at wisdom from different angles. How understandin

  • 09 Dancing With Wisdom: Defining Wisdom with the Divine

    01/09/2021 Duración: 26min

    In our quest for wisdom it is vital to grasp that this is much more than simply making better decisions or getting what we think is best for us. Understanding wisdom in all its richness gets to the heart of what it means to be human. It is as intense as thinking about the wonder of a baby’s birth. While the physiological and genetic details of birth are well understood and documented, a scientific approach does not account for the wonder of bringing a new life into the world. I remember as a medical student witnessing a birth. On one level, this was another of the 130 million born every year into the world. But for me, as a raw eighteen-year-old, it was a profoundly reverent experience. As the writer Eugene Peterson puts it: "In the presence of birth we are at the source of life . . . Here is a mystery, but a mystery of light, not darkness, full of goodness, brimming with blessing. Every birth powerfully recalls us to this source: we have our origins in someone other than ourselves, and greater than ours

  • 08 Dancing With Wisdom: How to cope with irritations

    12/07/2021 Duración: 26min

    Do you find some people really annoying? The things they say or the way they behave can be so bothersome and irritating. I know I do and I am sure I am not alone in that! We say things like ‘she makes me so mad’ or ‘he frustrates and irritates me so much’. And maybe there are legitimate things that the other person says or does which are understandably frustrating and annoying. However, the diagram below (from Stephen Covey’s book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People) challenges those assumptions in some radical ways. In Biology at school we learnt that for simple organisms like an amoeba or relatively straight forward structures like the knee joint, there is a predictable response to a stimulus. You prod an amoeba and it goes in a certain direction. Or you strike the front of the knee and you get an involuntary knee jerk reaction. But we as human beings are much more complex than that. Granted most people do react to circumstances, but just because they do does not mean you and I have to do the

  • 07 Dancing With Wisdom: Challenging our Assumptions

    09/06/2021 Duración: 26min

    "What you don't know can't hurt you." Such is a famous English saying. The problem is it assumes much which is frankly wrong. Think of a fish (hang in with me, this is going somewhere!) If you ask a fish to describe the water it is swimming in, and if it could answer, it would not know what to say because the water is all it knows about its existence. The water just is and naturally cannot be questioned as it is assumed to be always there. Now, surprise surprise, we are not fish (another profound thought!) But we also make assumptions about life and our environment that we don't naturally question. We have assumptions about ourselves and life that we take for granted as they are so much a part of the world around us. They can hold us back from discovering the wisdom we are called to live by. By understanding and challenging those assumptions we can learn to begin to dance with wisdom in spite of all the complexity or confusion we commonly see around us. In this podcast conversation with my cohost Ellio

  • 06 Dancing With Wisdom: Removing Our Idols

    19/05/2021 Duración: 25min

    What do you think of when you hear the word idols? Eastern religious statues or the famous world-wide TV show popularised by Simon Cowell? Whatever your answer I want to show you how essential understanding our own personal idols and removing them are to learning to dance with wisdom.  There are many secular and religious examples of idols. Indeed more than 500 years ago Martin Luther described the human heart as 'an idol factory'. What did he mean by that? Is such a statement still relevant to us in our modern age? I very much think it is. Perhaps the simplest explanation of idolatry is that we are continually looking for something to give us ultimate meaning, purpose and significance. We may not be even consciously aware that is what we are doing. Our hearts are continually putting weight and significance on objects and desires that cannot ultimately deliver all we long and hope for. Our worldwide economy can often seem based on our hunger to buy more and more to satisfy deep longings. As someone has hum

  • 05 Dancing With Wisdom: Managing Our Ego

    26/04/2021 Duración: 26min

    Do you have an ego problem? A few years ago I had an argument with my wife, Sally and I was challenged by how my ego was actually making things worse. But, before we get to that, what do we actually mean by ego? When we talk of someone having an ego, we're more than just stating a fact and we're certainly not offering them a compliment! The truth is we all have an ego. On our quest for wisdom why can ego cause such great problems in our own lives and the lives of others? Is there such a thing as a healthy amount of ego? If so we will need much wisdom to get that balance right! On this podcast do join my cohost Elliott Frisby and I as we discuss: How do I use my ego to help rather than hinder me? How ego is a problem both when I think too much and also too little of myself. Why the most dangerous thing in the world is unhealthy pride. What healthy pride looks like. The connection between a healthy ego and our toes! How do I develop the wisdom to recognise when my ego is getting out of control?

  • 04 Dancing With Wisdom: Wisdom for Life

    09/04/2021 Duración: 24min

    How do you navigate through life so as to not just survive, but actually thrive and even dance through the confusion and mess?  That is much easier said than done! More than we care to admit life is so often full of challenges and complex situations where we can feel at the end of our resources. How do we navigate our way through for the greater good of ourselves and others? In this podcast conversation we discuss the subject of wisdom for life. It's only a small subject to cover in 25 minutes! :) All around us we see disordered lives that arise from a lack of wisdom. That can start as a sense of disappointment or general frustration before leading, if unchecked, on to fear, dread, shame, worry, anxiety, stress, burnout, depression and even suicide. As a psychiatrist I have sadly seen those consequences in many people's lives. Our restless hearts are constantly looking for security and comfort, while our questioning minds can feel they are drowning in too much information. The result can be disordered live

  • 03: Wisdom For The Mind

    24/03/2021 Duración: 26min

    We live in the age of information. Perhaps it is more accurate to say we are drowning in the information constantly presented to us. In previous generations it took 1000 years for human knowledge to double. Currently human knowledge doubles every 12 hours! Is it any surprise that we struggle to keep up? But our minds and souls need so much more than just information. We need wisdom. Our restless minds struggle to make sense of life with all the information coming at us from all sorts of directions. We are so much more than our minds. We are body, mind and spirit that are interconnected and inter-related in marvellous and complex ways. On this podcast conversation do come and join my co-host Elliott Frisby and myself as we discuss: Our fundamental need for human connection that technology can only partly satisfy. How do we create the space in our lives to remain focussed on what is truly important and not be distracted by the latest and loudest? The importance of silence and solitude to handle negat

  • 02 Dancing With Wisdom: Wisdom for the Heart

    04/03/2021 Duración: 25min

    Understanding wisdom is not a one-off event, but the quest of a lifetime. A quest is long search for something difficult to find or an attempt to achieve something difficult. A quest is different from an adventure. In a adventure, you choose to go out on an exciting journey. It spices up your life and then you come back home to pick up where you left off. By contrast a quest is not something you choose. Rather, the quest chooses you. You are called to it because of what is going to be demanded of you. In many ways the person you are at the beginning never really comes back from a quest. Either you die on the quest or, if you do come back, you are so fundamentally changed that you are not the same person as when you set out. Understanding wisdom is something of a quest. The more you learn the more you want to know. It is also incredibly life-enhancing and enriching. This second podcast conversation with my co-host Elliott Frisby is about wisdom for the heart. We discuss the circumstances around the sudden

  • 01 Dancing With Wisdom: Why Wisdom?

    15/02/2021 Duración: 25min

    From Making Sense of Life to Dancing With Wisdom! I'm delighted to announce Season 2 Episode 1!  On Series 2 Episode 1 of the Dancing With Wisdom Podcast we explore the question of Why Wisdom? Do come and join my new podcast host, Elliott Frisby and I as we explore this question in detail. Elliott gives us the dictionary definition of wisdom as "The ability to make sensible decisions and give good advice because of the experience and knowledge that you have." In our conversation we explore why wisdom is much more than that simple definition. Instead wisdom is about connecting us to timeless truths in a world which we find is increasingly cynical, confusing, complex and chaotic. The explosion of choices around us only adds to this. Indeed it could be argued that we are the most over-informed and under-reflective civilisation in human history. There are three questions we are going to seek to unpack in this and future conversations: Why do some people grow and develop in their lives in incredible ways?

  • Podcast #066: Peter Kerridge and his vision for the church in the next 25 years

    21/12/2020 Duración: 19min

    What makes this interview particularly fascinating is that it was recorded in January 2020 before the start of the global […] The post Podcast #066: Peter Kerridge and his vision for the church in the next 25 years appeared first on Dr. Sunil Raheja.

  • Podcast #065: Leadership lessons from Peter Kerridge

    20/12/2020 Duración: 28min

    As we continue our conversation with Peter Kerridge, chief executive of Premier Christian Communications, we ask him a variety of […] The post Podcast #065: Leadership lessons from Peter Kerridge appeared first on Dr. Sunil Raheja.

  • Podcast #064: Peter Kerridge and the story behind Premier Christian Radio

    17/12/2020 Duración: 37min

    How does God guide an insurance salesman, self-confessed worrier and part time radio commentator to start what would become one […] The post Podcast #064: Peter Kerridge and the story behind Premier Christian Radio appeared first on Dr. Sunil Raheja.

  • Podcast #063: Life lessons from a remarkable cookbook

    04/03/2020 Duración: 45min

    On this podcast we continue our conversation with Amanda Clegg about her book co-written with Victoria Byrne, “Hope and Spice: Authentic recipes and stories of transformation from the slums of Delhi.” Its one thing to have a good idea, but its another to see that idea through to completion. That is even more so for … Podcast #063: Life lessons from a remarkable cookbook Read More » The post Podcast #063: Life lessons from a remarkable cookbook appeared first on Dr. Sunil Raheja.

  • Podcast #062: Much more than your average cook book!

    05/02/2020 Duración: 35min

    Cook books are hugely popular the world over. Amanda Clegg and Victoria Byrne have together written a cook book that […] The post Podcast #062: Much more than your average cook book! appeared first on Dr. Sunil Raheja.

  • Podcast #061: How 2020 can be your year of wisdom

    01/01/2020 Duración: 27min

    Welcome to a new year and a new decade! What will 2020 hold in store for you? While there are […] The post Podcast #061: How 2020 can be your year of wisdom appeared first on Dr. Sunil Raheja.

  • Podcast #060: Why you should hunger for wisdom

    04/12/2019 Duración: 26min

    Wisdom. What is it? Why do you and I really need it? What do we mean by the word wisdom?  […] The post Podcast #060: Why you should hunger for wisdom appeared first on Dr. Sunil Raheja.

  • Podcast #059: How is Sunil’s book on wisdom going?

    06/11/2019 Duración: 27min

    “Don’t wish it was easier. Wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems. Wish for more skills. Don’t wish […] The post Podcast #059: How is Sunil’s book on wisdom going? appeared first on Dr. Sunil Raheja.

  • Podcast #058: The world’s most persecuted religious group

    02/10/2019 Duración: 30min

    You rarely hear it mentioned in the mainstream media, but it is those who profess allegiance to Jesus Christ who […] The post Podcast #058: The world’s most persecuted religious group appeared first on Dr. Sunil Raheja.

  • Podcast #057: Patrick Sookhdeo and understanding Islam

    04/09/2019 Duración: 27min

    On this podcast we continue our conversation with Patrick Sookhdeo and his journey with Christ in a hostile British environment […] The post Podcast #057: Patrick Sookhdeo and understanding Islam appeared first on Dr. Sunil Raheja.

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