"The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven." -John Milton Mindfulness We hear it all the time. Mindfulness. The advice to practise mindfulness as a way to deal with troublesome thoughts. Why does Mindfulness help? It’s impossible to stay strong when you’re rehashing something… Continue reading Minding our Minds through Mindfulness
A New Year and Dealing with Intense Emotions
Christmas time may be a source of stress or joy. Compounding those yuletide stresses, the Covid pandemic continues to rage, so there was little cause for joy in many parts of the world. Marlene inspired me to think of the year's outcomes in terms of 'gifts,' some good and of course, some bad. We'd do… Continue reading A New Year and Dealing with Intense Emotions
Is Life Getting Harder?
If we only look at things through one filter, one lens, they will always seem the same. Never forget that no matter what anyone does, you are responsible for how you feel. The brain is a powerful filter that moulds experiences and perceptions of reality. If you think the world is a dangerous place, your… Continue reading Is Life Getting Harder?
Exposure to a stressful or traumatic situation doesn't determine your mental wellbeing as much as how you interpret the situation. For it is your own idiosyncratic response to the situation that determines your mental state. The Hyper or Highly Sensitive Person Almost 20% of people have hypersensitive nervous systems that process things differently to others.… Continue reading Overcoming Sensitivity
As I contemplate what to write in a 'death letter,' to my daughter, I came across the following text. They are not my words but I thought it important to reproduce it here for others to read. I do not know the author. If someone knows who wrote this, please let me know in the… Continue reading Priorities
Dealing with that Inner Voice of Criticism
How do you treat yourself? We are often harshest in our treatment of ourselves in the way our inner voice reprimands us for making mistakes. Rather than an objective assessment of our actions, we strive for perfection in ourselves, and are disappointed or angry with ourselves if we cannot attain that desired standard. Source: https://forestwoodfolkart.files.wordpress.com/2020/11/58006-1ye5vss3wrvp7nv7b51ldzw.png… Continue reading Dealing with that Inner Voice of Criticism