Beyond Blue
July 2009 Archives

One of my favorite authors is Robert Wicks because, as a professor of Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University Maryland, he is constantly integrating spirituality with psychology, and offerings ways to prevent secondary stress, the pressures encountered by those who work […]

Robert Wicks includes an interesting questionnaire toward the back of his book, “Prayerfulness: Awakening to the Fullness of Life.” It is designed to help you gain perspective on how open, resent, and prayerful you are in your daily life; it […]

Larry Drain of the Hopeworks Community blog wrote an excellent post on three things we can do about our moods: prevention, coping, learning. He writes “Moods are processes–not event. They have a coming and a going.” Like mindfulness specialist Elisha […]

Here is some more information on the blog, Drinking Diaries: Whether we are drinking it or not, alcohol remains a potent part of our lives. Our culture is saturated with it, steeped in it. We confront alcohol everywhere we go–from […]

On Mindful Monday, my readers and I practice the art of pausing, TRYING to be still, or considering, ever so briefly, the big picture. We’re hoping this soul time will provide enough peace of mind to get us through the […]

When you experience the deep pain of loneliness, it is understandable that your thoughts go out to the person who was able to take that loneliness way, even if only for a moment. When you feel a huge absence that […]

Ever since I was discharged from the inpatient psychiatric program at Johns Hopkins, I have kept a mood journal where I daily record the amount of hours I sleep, my mood (rating it a fantastic and serene no. 1 to […]

Fresh Living blogger Holly Lebowitz Rossi recently wrote a helpful post on how to get past cold feet or any second-guessing for that matter. She writes:   I have a theory about why moving inherently involves a cold-feet stage. Here […]

I’m speculating here but I think that we freak out less about decisions–big and small–when we get to a point in our lives when we simply care less about things. That’s what Gretchen Rubin recently wrote in a wonderful post […]

As a manic-depressive, I have a box of tools that I use to help me stay on the path of recovery and get as far away as possible from the black hole of despair. However, they are not all that […]