Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: other-centeredness

The other-centered response

  Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. Luke 6:38 NLT   I wrote about other-centeredness shortly before the world changed in the […]

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His other-centered life

  Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Matthew 8:19-20   Jesus was explaining to this scribe that following him was not […]

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Comment on finding meaning (2018)

I need to comment here. There is a problem when poor health takes away the meaning in life you once had. When the joy you once experienced in the work you had loved can no longer be found. When opportunities become limited because of disability. Such a situation can create greater depression than before. I […]

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Comment on – wounded healer (2018)

As I’m traveling through these memories of how facilitating Living Room was for me, I’m impressed with how important helping others was for me as I battled frequent depression. Being the wounded healer Nouwen talks about helped me facilitate Living Room with few interruptions for nine years. You might have noticed in previous posts how […]

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Forgetting ourselves through other-centeredness

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  90  (August 8, 2007) A couple of days ago I felt so awful, even thinking I might be on the edge of depression again – all because I felt I had been leaning too heavily on my friends – bothering them too much with my phone calls and emails. Today I feel […]

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Struggle for other-centeredness

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  36  (December 19, 2006) Several days ago I noticed myself dumping all my feelings on my friends. I’m the kind of person who doesn’t lie easily. When someone asks me how I am, I let them know – sometimes in great detail. Not a good idea. But a day later I realized […]

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