When I moved to this new blog I’d decided to not do many link posts – to provide links at the end of posts instead.
However, there have been lots of posts lately that I think are great. So this post is because I couldn’t keep up. These are in no particular order of quality or topic or importance – just all great posts.
First is an interesting take on productivity – that involves integrating the shadow, by Chris Edgar. It is called Productivity and Owning Our Shadow and is a quantum leap of improvement on dealing with procrastination by forcing ourselves to do what we are reluctant to do. If you have troubles with procrastination and your way of dealing with it isn’t effective this is a fresh and life affirming approach.
Chris also has an excellent book on productivity, which is now available as audio. To find out more about the work consciously audio course you can go to this page.
Tom Volkar has a useful question that offers a fresh perspective too: Why ask why? Tom points out that asking “Why?” can not only lead to analysis paralysis but can also lead to feeling bad about ourselves – asking “Why am I like this?” and so on into a downward spiral. It can lead to a focus on what we don’t want. Instead it can be more productive to focus on what we do want. Instead of asking “Why?” we can ask, “What?”. What do I want? and What will get me a little closer to getting it?
Paul at Mind Parts also sees healing as being focused around positives. In the post Healing from a Place of Strength he talks about healing including both thinking and feeling and living more in the present and future. He talks about this as the ‘self-awareness approach’. This is a very personal post about Paul’s own experience of healing.
Lyman Reed is doing a series of posts working through that classic of self-help literature, Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude. He is going through little by little and sorting what he agrees with and finds useful. It promises to be an excellent series.
Next I want to let you know about some worthwhile initiatives making my society (Australia) and the world a better place. It Starts With Us is an attempt to harness the energy of people around the world to make a difference. It begins with the commitment of just fifteen minutes of your time. Headspace is Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation. Their site has lots of information, links to where to get help, stories from people and lots else beside. It is a good resource I think. Another very worthwhile initiative is Think Beyond the Label – encouraging the employment of people with a disability.
John at Storied Mind has a post that gives ten attributes for recovery of mental health. The post is called A New Model of Recovery from Mental Illness. It is a very thought provoking and well worth reading for anyone battling with mental health problems – or for anyone who knows someone who is.
To finish with a couple of posts about fundamentals. First up is a link by Tony White giving our Emotional Anatomy – human figures with emotional issues linked to different parts of the body (this is for those in good health not with a medical condition). It is a great resource. And finally a report of research that links nurturing child rearing practices being linked to the development of caring for others. It is the report of three studies – and it asserts that the behaviours would have been common to pre-literate cultures (though I think this is very difficult to establish. To raise healthy and happy people that care for others the studies found that six practices are important: 1) Lots of positive touch, 2) Prompt response to baby’s fusses and cries, 3) Breastfeeding, ideally 2 to 5 years, 4) Multiple adult caregivers, 5) Free play with multi-age playmates, 6) Natural childbirth, which provides mothers with the hormone boosts that give the energy to care for a newborn. [Which is pretty much the opposite direction to which our culture has been heading for the last decade or three. Which isn’t to say that doing these things is easy!]
All of these posts are well written and have worthwhile stuff to say, enjoy, Evan.
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