Beyond Blue
August 2009 Archives

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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