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Friday, 26 May 2017

We Aren’t Built to Live in the Moment : By Martin E. P. Seligman and John Tierney


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/19/opinion/sunday/why-the-future-is-always-on-your-mind.html?_r=3&utm_content=buffer1bd8b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer


A shattered brain creates a new life with art Houston-based artist _ Karen Landrigan finds her muse after suffering life-changing stroke : By Carole Keeney Harrington

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/entertainment/arts-theater/article/A-shattered-brain-creates-a-new-life-with-art-11144125.php


How a child's brain develops from the womb to age five : By Elaine Hunter

http://theirworld.org/news/how-childs-brain-develops-from-womb-to-age-five



The Gift That Comes From Hitting Rock Bottom - When you're down and out, here's a thought: Stay there—or at least feel free to skip a couple of showers. By Glennon Doyle Melton


http://www.oprah.com/inspiration/glennon-doyle-melton-how-to-overcome-rock-bottom#ixzz4hpt2EGe5


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Sangu Delle: There's no shame in taking care of your mental health

https://www.ted.com/talks/sangu_delle_there_s_no_shame_in_taking_care_of_your_mental_health?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2017-05-07&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_content=bottom_left_button


A Simple Strategy for Halting Old Habits - Four research-backed tips that will help you stave off temptation, follow through on your goals, and shift out of old habits and into new ones. By Christopher Willard

https://www.mindful.org/science-halting-old-habits/?utm_content=buffera6e20&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer



Childhood trauma leads to lifelong chronic illness — so why isn’t the medical community helping patients? By Donna Jackson

https://acestoohigh.com/2016/08/10/childhood-trauma-leads-to-lifelong-chronic-illness-so-why-isnt-the-medical-community-helping-patients/



Mental illness doesn't discriminate, so when it comes to athletes, why do we? By Dean Bilton

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-04/aaron-lennon/8495734





What Happens in a Child’s Brain When They Learn to Empathize?A remarkable milestone occurs in children around their fourth birthdays: They learn that other people can have different thoughts than they do : By Summer Allen

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/what_happens_in_a_childs_brain_when_they_learn_to_empathize?utm_source=Greater+Good+Science+Center&utm_campaign=92bb5f7d26-GG_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_05_03&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5ae73e326e-92bb5f7d26-51306151


Hi Everyone!!! I have been very busy over the past month. My husband and I have down sized to accommodation that helps us manage his health better. We are now child free and although they are all adults and 5 out of 7 of them are feet tall and over, they will always be my babies. I have not been able to work on my book "The Circle of Genuine Meaning." but my editor has just sent me a heap of work to get on with so I am really looking forward to getting stuck into the finishing touches. The greatest news is that I have adopted Moon Shadow (formally a dog with no name) She is a beautiful, smart, smoochy and delightful 3 year old English Staffy x Jack Russel who has melted my heart. She was rescued from a puppy farm where she had already had 3 litters and 8 little puppies before she was even 3 years old. Her life today consists of 3 long walks per day, socializing with other friendly dogs every day, lounging around on the couch, being cuddled by our kids and grandkids when they visit and tonight she will be attending her very first art therapy group with me at my work place, The Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre in Altona Melbourne. We have a long way to go until she qualifies as a therapy dog but she is well on her way.



Thursday, 6 April 2017

You've Heard of OCD, But Do You Really Understand It? :: Big Thinkers on Mental Health


Let's Talk About Male Depression - BBC The Social : Identical twin brothers Finlay and Alasdair were inseparable growing up but drifted apart as adults, both suffering from depression. Finlay fell into a toxic pattern, self harming and starving himself and one night received a call telling him Alasdair had tried to take his own life. He was completely blindsided by the news, admitting that he had made an attempt on his life a few years before.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_VJnLpuyb4


Massage - From the exotic and strange to the more commonly known practices: What are they and how do they work? Mairead Ashcroft 5/4/17

There are many different types of massage and energy healing techniques that are available under the banner of holistic health. I am no expert on massage and am not educated in the large variety of services provided to offer care for specific needs. But I do know that what ever practice you choose, it is important that you only work with a qualified practitioner. You should be warned that just because something is labeled holistic or natural does not guarantee it's suitability to an individual persons needs. Holistic practice means looking at the whole of the person: health and well being of mind, body, spirit, values, economic and intellectual capabilities, environment, support network, needs, wants, dreams, goals, suffering, trauma and much much more. Working in a holistic way means much more than lighting a candle and saying Nameste as you greet some one while wearing harem pants. Any practitioner should take their healing gift very seriously. Training to master the craft, whatever that may be, should be of the highest dedication and respect in order to offer clients only the best. There are some side show type of practices (too many to mention) that may take advantage of people who are at their most vulnerable. What I would like to point out today are some beneficial massage and energy practices that fall under the holistic term. The first link explores strange and exotic massage and the rest are some of the more commonly known practices, what they are and how they work.

Exotic and Strange massages - https://www.mapleholistics.com/blog/discovering-exotic-and-strange-massages/

Bowen Therapy - http://www.bowen.org.au/benefits-of-bowen-technique/

Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy - http://www.myofascialtherapy.org/myofascial-therapy/index.html

Remedial v's Relaxation Massage - http://physioworks.com.au/FAQRetrieve.aspx?ID=31229

Kinesiology - https://www.kinesiology.com.au/what-is-kinesiology

Myotherapy - http://www.myotherapy.org.au/find-a-myotherapist/what-is-myotherapy/

Reiki - http://www.reiki.org/faq/whatisreiki.html