Mental Health, Motivational, Philosophy

Sunday Reflections

Richness has nothing to do with money, but rather a cool mind, free of tension and anxiety.. Unknown I heard these salient words at my exercise class last week and I thought how true they were. I am sorry I do not have the original source, and this time, Google could not help identify it.… Continue reading Sunday Reflections

snowy mountains
History & Traditions, Travel

Mirror Mirror on the Mountain

Norwegians are obsessed with sunlight. They talk about it endlessly and watch and wait in the New Year, for the light to come a little earlier each day heralding the onset of an early spring. Obsessed? Quite possibly. Most of us are familiar with the winter blues, associated lack of sunlight and how it can… Continue reading Mirror Mirror on the Mountain

dog smelling flower wiht bird
Motivational, Philosophy

Growing More Confident

So many of us seek, even actively chase, a sense of peace and fulfillment. We enjoy the fruits of life that we find bestowed on us, in parochial measure, but can we say that we truly treat ourselves kindly or are content, with ourselves? Kindness as an act, is something we do in treating and… Continue reading Growing More Confident

fountains in front of a lake
Mental Health, Motivational

Slowing Down

Most of us spend our waking lives up in our own internal world. We over-think and, like overdoing anything, over-thinking tends to have negative consequences. In the case of constant mental meanderings, the risk is that they will lead to a negative spiral of indecisiveness, self-loathing depression and insomnia. One way to counter this is… Continue reading Slowing Down

Mental Health, Motivational

You are Not Alone

I came across an interview as a follow on from a friend's blog. It was on a sensitive topic. I have lived through a family member's depressive and suicidal behaviour, and spent a long time trying to analyse and digest what and why. There are always questions and no answers. A puzzle that is never… Continue reading You are Not Alone

reflection
Mental Health, Motivational, Philosophy

Dissatisfaction

Are You Expecting Too Much? Is it time to evaluate or eliminate unreasonable rules and expectations. When we are feeling a bit dissatisfied with the way life is, we tend to make judgements about other's actions that are somewhat misaligned or skewed. We might miscontrue their intentions, place expectations on others and inadvertantly set up… Continue reading Dissatisfaction

Community, Motivational, Philosophy

Sunday sayings – Frustration Tolerance

Everything is a gift of the universe--even joy, anger, jealousy, frustration, or separateness. Everything is perfect either for our growth or our enjoyment." - Ken Keyes Jr. Frustration is an emotion that arises from challenges that stand in the way of us achieving our goals. How we deal with frustration depends on how much we… Continue reading Sunday sayings – Frustration Tolerance

reflection
Community, Motivational, Philosophy

Sunday Sayings – A Bad Day

Knowing your own darkness, is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people - Carl Jung Are You Having a Bad Day? Recently a family member had a bad day. A really bad day. Everyone has them. Some are worse than others. No matter how bad it becomes, a bad day is… Continue reading Sunday Sayings – A Bad Day

Mental Health, Motivational

Sunday Sayings – The Present Moment

Nothing in life is constant.  Like the force of the ocean, life fluctuates between a wearing away (negative or sad feelings) and a building up (positives). As corny as it sounds, the way we think does determine our 'world,' our 'present moment.' "If you are willing to appreciate that this moment is far better than… Continue reading Sunday Sayings – The Present Moment

xanthostemon chrysanthus
Community

Ways to Reduce Stress

"Meditation has been used in clinical settings as a method of stress and pain reduction. Meditation has also been studied specifically for its effects on stress." With a simple string of beads, you can employ this technique as a quick pick me up through the day, allowing you to reduce stress in the most beneficial way possible.

auschwitz flower growing in grass
Community

Hidden Lives and Human Resilience

Tragedies do not discriminate between classes and yet some sectors of society have lower rates of suicide than others. And it is not the ones you would expect. Could this information be useful in prevention?

Mental Health, Motivational

Survivors of Suicide Day 18 – Worth and Day 22 – Value

How Three Survivors of Suicide Spent Their Last Days On Earth - http://wp.me/p6xgta-oS Incredibly powerful stories, revealing in the way the writers take the reader into their heads and reveal their thinking. As a young person, I worked as a Nurse and never understood my patients as much as I did after reading this post.… Continue reading Survivors of Suicide Day 18 – Worth and Day 22 – Value

Mental Health, Motivational

Left to Pick Up the Pieces

There can only be one thing more nightmarish than hell itself, and that is to lose a child to suicide. Gut-wrenchingly sad and tragic that a young life is lost. Gut-wrenchingly sad and tragic that the person has felt such emptiness and despair. Gut-wrenchingly sad and tragic that someone could feel so lacking in hope, consumed with mental pain and anguish that this was even considered an option. And yet for their own family, who are left somehow to pick up the pieces, the consequences of this act can be so viscerally devastating, it is akin to a nightmare without end. Is it a selfish act? An aberrant impulse? A distorted or dysfunctional thought?