Having a "mind 10": the sum of virtues, peace and joy

Feelings and the education of the heart was the central theme of the XVII Updating Course of the Higher Institute of Religious Sciences of the University of Navarra, with the participation of Jaime Nubiola, professor of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, Fernando Sarráis, psychiatrist and psychologist, Carlos Beltramo and María Calatrava.

Maria José Atienza-August 27, 2021-Reading time: 2 minutes

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Fifty people have spent three days studying a key topic in today's education: feelings in education during this academic year. The reasons of the heart: educating to love: how to form wise hearts and minds in love?

Fernando Sarráis

The participants, many of them teachers of Religion in different educational environments, were able to enjoy the intervention of Professor Fernando Sarráis, psychiatrist and psychologist, who emphasized the importance of forming strong personalities, the basis for achieving emotional stability and happiness.

In this sense, he stressed that having a "mind 10" consists morally in virtues, but psychologically it means having peace and joy unconditionally: "It is a task that is exercised every day, starting with the little things. Not only on the beach when someone goes on vacation, but on Monday, when you have to get up early and the previous Sunday your team has lost the game. Being negative about everything only leads to a life of bitterness". During his intervention he also offered some guidelines to understand and train people with certain affective imbalances.

Five training sessions

The course was developed through five training sessions on the subject from different academic fields. The professor of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, Jaime Nubiola, who opened the course, focused his presentation on intellectual freedom, in which he pointed out that the will, which loves the good, can be empowered by the affections if they are educated by the virtues, and is directed by the knowledge of the truth.

María Calatrava, a researcher at the University's Culture and Society Institute, gave the second session and emphasized that the formation of a heart until it reaches the maturity of virtues is a slow, patient and sometimes painful process, but it can be an exciting adventure for parents and educators.

Also from the Culture and Society Institute, Professor Carlos Beltramo spoke on how to help people become masters of their sexuality. He pointed out that the relationship between mind and heart seems especially necessary to ensure that people can give themselves to others on the road to marriage or celibacy.

The last session of the course was given by the professor of the Faculty of Theology, Tomás Trigo. He explained that, in the relationship with God, all the capacities of the person must be brought into play: intelligence and will, reason and affections. But the first one who loves people, and who carries them in his heart, is God.

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