Centered around the theme of compassion and social transformation, this season we are speaking to special guests who know that changing the world around us originates from the change we create within ourselves. In this first episode, Dr. Petriano discusses how we can tap into spirituality to remain grounded and equanimous – despite the turbulence and chaos that have surrounded us over the past year and a half.
In fact, Dr. Petriano recognizes the power of spirituality and faith traditions in being a balm for tepid times; the COVD-19 pandemic notwithstanding. What is more, he believes, that they can be a great source of insight and strength in navigating through these difficult periods of our lives. Combining the research of psychologist Brené Brown and insights drawn from Buddhism, Sufism, Judaism, and Christianity, Dr. Petriano will focus on five spiritual practices that can help: cultivating gratitude, creating time for calm and stillness, letting go of the need for certainty, and practicing self-compassion. Join us!
Dr. Petriano is Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at St. Joseph’s College, teaching at both the Long Island and Brooklyn campuses. He received his doctorate in theology from Fordham University. Among the courses he teaches are world religions and Buddhism, which are part of the Mindfulness and Contemplative Living Minor recently established in collaboration with the Psychology Department. Among Dr. Petriano’s interests are the spiritual traditions of the world. He has also travelled with students to Nicaragua as part of a Global Service Learning program sponsored by St. Joseph’s College. He lives with his wife Karen in Huntington Station, Long Island.
Learn more about Dr. Petriano here.