Category: Wellness

I am Pissed Off About Having Mental Illness: Are You?

  By Gabe Howard   People living with mental illness share many common traits. In the advocacy world, we share many of them openly. We discuss the symptoms of the illness, the uncertainty, the fear and we share ways that people with mental illness can receive better treatment, better services, more understanding and have better outcomes. We have another common trait that is seldom shared. We all experience it, on some level, and most of us share it only with our trusted friends and family. When we sit alone with other mentally ill people, we swap stories. That is...

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To Scratch or Not to Scratch?

  By Sherrin Fitzer “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ~ Viktor E. Frankl Many of us likely know that there is a difference of opinion among people who meditate concerning whether a person should scratch an itch during meditation. Some feel it is not a big deal if we want to scratch: do so, and come back to our point of focus. Another faction suggests to scratch it if we wish and to do this with utmost...

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To be Brave.

  By Dana Gornall I have a fear of heights. It’s not a crippling fear, like the kind where I can’t be in tall buildings or even go up in an airplane (although that in itself is another story), but my feet prefer to be as closely planted to the ground as possible. As a kid, even the monkey bars seemed daunting. While other children scaled them expertly, hand over hand, rung by rung, I felt drawn to the swing sets or would quietly wander off to the wooded section of the school playground in search of newly fallen...

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On Being Radical.

  By Jes Wright     “Compassion is the radicalness of our time,” ~ Dalai Lama It is a radical act to be compassionate. I don’t mean the explosive protesting acts of being radical, but the very act of going to our roots. After all, the word radical means roots. For so many of us, our roots are a twisted knot like a pea start left in a pot for too long, so we have to gently break loose the roots from the dark soil before transplanting. It’s any wonder if any of us with roots like that could...

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Ayurveda, Exercise and Meditation, Oh My! When Do I Sleep?

  By Sherrin Fitzer My mental, physical and spiritual health is important to me. I read many different books and articles and consult with a variety of doctors and friends. Not obsessively by any means, but I like to have a variety of opinions to consider. This is not meant to be one of those articles that I see so often that suggests “Oh we get contrary information all of the time about whether something is healthy for us so we may as well not do anything at all. We’re going to die anyway.” I like these ideas and...

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