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August 2009 Archives

Mindful Monday: My Life Goal? To Finish

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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 […]

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Heaven Is a Good Insurance Policy

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My friend, Fr. Joe, has an interesting perspective on heaven. On his post, “When it Comes to Heaven, it’s Good to have an Insurance Policy,” he writes: I get the weirdest remarks from people sometimes. A man said to me […]

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John McManamy’s 6 Top Mental-Health Blogs

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I am very honored and flattered to be included in fellow blogger John McManamy’s picks of top mental health blogs. He’s chosen some of my favorites, as well, like Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project and Katherine Stone’s Postpartum Progress. Thanks so […]

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An Interview with Liz Spikol

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This interview is from November, 2007. Thanks to both Larry Parker, who now has a blog, and Lilit Marcus for directing me toward Liz Spikol’s mental health blog, “The Trouble With Spikol.” I have so enjoyed following her blog because […]

10 Steps to a Self-Esteem File

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For newbies, or for any reader wanting more information, I recently wrote out 10 steps to make your own self-esteem file. These instructions are featured in this Beliefnet gallery that you can get to by clicking here. Here’s my intro […]

Schedule of a HSF (Highly Sensitive Family)

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A typical Saturday morning in our highly-sensitive house looks like this: 2:00 a.m. HSH (highly sensitive husband) goes downstairs to sleep on the couch because he keeps getting awoken by the loud snoring of his HSW (highly sensitive wife), who […]

Video: Being Married to a Manic Depressive

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Another way to make your spouse understand your bipolar disorder is to watch the video I taped a few months back with Eric and Dick (husband of guardian angel Ann) on what it’s like being married to a manic depressive. […]

Mindful Monday: Why Messing Up Is Good For You

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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 […]

How to Be a Beginner Again

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I enjoyed Sophie Keller’s blog post on the Huffington Post about trying new things, just like you did when you were a kid. Whenever I attempt a new endeavor or join a new club I always feel empowered … like […]

6 Steps for Beating Depression

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In his book, “The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs,” author Stephen Ilardi argues that the rate of depression among Americans is roughly ten times higher today than it was just two generations ago, and he […]

How Do You Recover from Depression? My 12 Steps to Sanity

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In discussion of Stephen Ilardi’s book, “The Depression Cure,” I wanted to offer my my 12 steps to beat depression, as well. Many comments on the boards lately have asked this question: What did I do to get better, or […]

5 Warning Signs that You’re Drifting … To a Place You Don’t Want to Be

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I loved Gretchen Rubin’s article on “drift” … essentially making a decision by not making a decision. She gives the example of an engaged friend of hers who clearly didn’t want to get married, but didn’t do anything to prevent […]

Forgive an Accident

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Another favorite post of Gretchen’s is the one on how to “Forgive an Accident.” Probably because, as a person who struggles with severe ruminations, I can so often be disabled … literally … by running a mistake over and over […]

Jealousy: Love’s Destroyer

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Hara Estroff Marano penned a fascinating article about jealousy called “Jealousy: Love’s Destroyer” in the last issue of “Psychology Today.” Since this deadly sin is one of my most unbecoming qualities–or so I have been told by friends–I was anxious […]

Sleep Is Sanity

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Thanks to James Bishop’s Optimism Software, I’ve become meticulous about my sleep hygiene this summer. I go to bed every night between 9:30 and 10:00 p.m., and I wake up (many times begrudgingly) at 5:30 or 6:00 a.m. Eight hours […]

Sleep Quality Affects Relationships

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As if you didn’t already know this.  If your house runs like mine, your spouse’s slumber is just as important as your own, because you know some unpleasant things are headed your way if he hasn’t been able to shut […]

Mindful Monday: The Interruption of a Friendship and God’s Healing

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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 […]

Henri Nouwen on Giving Gratuitously

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Here’s another of my favorite meditations from Henry Nouwen called “Give Gratuitously”: Your love, insofar as it is from God, is permanent. You can claim the permanence of your love as a gift from God. And you can give that […]

Learning How to Talk: 6 Steps to Better Communication

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Growing up is hard to do.   Especially if you’re speech delayed … meaning that you like to bolt before the tough conversations happen. Having been raised in a dysfunctional family with the rest of America, I didn’t exactly learn […]

What Makes Us Happy? My Interview With Joshua Wolf Shenk

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the search for happiness

10 Ways to Defeat Procrastination

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I find recovery from depression and anxiety to be one ongoing project. Sometimes I wake up and I’ve got plenty of energy to start cracking at the project, and other mornings I’m sick of the damn project, and I have […]

Perfectionism: The Ultimate Procrastinator

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Nothing feeds procrastination like perfectionism. Because the fear of mistakes disables all efforts to start a project. In her Psychology Today article, “Pitfalls of Perfectionism,” Hara Estroff Marano writes a comprehensive piece about perfectionism and gives us a better idea […]

S-I-L-E-N-C-E: I’m Unplugging for 19 Days

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Last August I unplugged for 19 days and I emerged a more resilient, more grounded person.   So I’m going to do it again this August. Yep close to three weeks my laptop will be hidden in my closet–back behind […]

Vacations Are Good for Your Health

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Kari Henley wrote an important post earlier this summer on the importance of vacations and why Americans are behind on taking time off. She writes: Only 14% of Americans took two weeks of vacation last year, and the number of […]

Mindful Monday: Don’t Let Moods Frighten You

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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 […]

Moving Out of Emotional Captivity: Are You the Driver or the Driven?

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In his book “Eastern Wisdom for Western Minds,” Victor M. Parachin tells a Japanese tale about how powerful our emotions can be, and how we must manage them, not vice versa. He writes: A Japanese samurai warrior visited a Zen […]

5 Secrets For Sensitive People To Find Relationships That Work

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Beyond Blue is one of the stopping points of Judith Orloff’s virtual blog tour. I was intrigued, especially, by the chapter in her book, “Emotional Freedom,” on sensitive people finding relationships that work. So with her publisher’s permission, here is […]

The Highly Sensitive Person in Love

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Elaine Aron, whose book “The Highly Sensitive Person” I’ve discussed often on Beyond Blue, also writes about the topic of sensitive-types in relationships. In fact, she devoted a whole book to it, “The Highly Sensitive Person in Love.” Here are […]

Forty Fisheggs: Left Brain, Right Brain

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right brain and left brain illustrations

Money Fear: Two Ways to Cope with Financial Panic and Recession Anxiety

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Financial stress and recession anxiety: I imagine the worst, and rely on God.

Preschool Depression Is Real

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It’s official. Depression is real among kids as young as three. In a study lead by Dr. Joan Luby, a psychiatrist at Washington University in St. Louis, researchers found that preschoolers with depression had a 4 times greater likelihood of […]

Signs of Childhood Depression May Surprise

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I found the following post by Rick Nauert, Ph.D., Senior News Editor interesting. Click here to get to it. New research suggests the symptoms of depression among children are often different from those displayed by adults. German scientists discovered children […]

It’s Official: We’re Miserable

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I love the polls that fellow blogger John McManamy offers on his blog, Knowledge Is Necessity, and I love his entertaining way of putting all the facts together. So July was a pretty crappy month for him and his readers. […]

Mindful Monday: All Human Beings Have 83 Problems

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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 […]

Elisha Goldstein: How Does Your Mind Hold You Back?

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I’ve become an avid fan of Elisha Goldstein’s blog, “Mindfulness and Psychotherapy,” because he always is asking such important questions. In his post, “How Does Your Mind Hold You Back?” Elisha writes: Indian Poet Kabir writes, “Oh mind you carry […]

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When Faith Turns Neurotic
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How to Handle Negative People
One of my mom’s best pieces of advice: “Hang with the winners.” This holds true in support groups (stick with the people who have the most sobriety), in college (find the peeps with good study habits), and in your workplace (stay away from the drama queen at the water cooler). Why? Because we

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Can I Say I’m a Son or Daughter of Christ and Suffer From Depression?
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, we read: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” What if we aren’t glad, we aren’t capable of rejoicing, and even prayer is difficult? What if, instead, everything looks dark,

posted 10:56:04am Oct. 29, 2013 | read full post »

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