Mid-Week Balance: 27 July 2011

As you know from my posts last week (by the way, as a non-techie, I’m pretty thrilled that I figured out how to schedule those posts–and it worked), I was on vacation.  And my internet access was pretty sketchy, so I took that as a sign that I should take a digital vacation as well.  So I came back to an RSS feed that had over 1000 unread posts.  I haven’t sorted through as much as I want to, but I have found some fantastic stuff for the MWB round-up.  It’s an eclectic bunch of articles this week.  With that volume to choose from, it was hard to narrow down what I wanted to share.

Bodhipaksa is the founder of Wildmind’s Buddhist meditation blog.  His post this week on “saying adios to doubt” is a thoughtful look at how our inner critic uses doubt as a tool to undermine us or hold us back.  I really appreciated the concrete steps he included for engaging with our doubt in a firm, yet loving way.

Seth Godin is an author, publisher, and entrepreneur.  So what is his post doing in my balance roundup, on a psychologist’s website?  Here’s the deal.  He’s a darn good writer, and this post on how ethics are a personal responsibility, not a business model, felt really important to me.  In a culture where it is easy to feel that politicians, or corporations, are somehow taking away our personal power, I connect strongly to writing that reminds us that people (that’s us) hold the power and responsibility for ethical decisions and creating change.

I believe that, when we are suffering, connecting with others who have experienced similar suffering is a profoundly validating and healing experience.  So, when I found two different personal accounts of coping with depression, I couldn’t resist including them both this week.  Amy Kiel of Una Vita Bella writes at Healthy Place’s Depression Diaries about her experience of being free from depression at the moment, and her work to accept her depression as a valid part of her history. What I love about this piece is the recognition that our mental health struggles should not be erased or ignored, but named as part of what has made us who we are.  In a similar vein, Sunada of Wildmind writes about her own experiences with depression.  I particularly appreciated her frame of a depression episode as something similar to a cough–that opens the door to a set of mindful, empowering steps for engaging the depression without being absorbed by it.

Have you encountered the Beauty Redefined project yet?  If not, this post arguing that, “if beauty hurts, we’re doing it wrong,”will be a great example of the work that they are doing.  The folks at Beauty Redefined believe that we need to reclaim the idea of beauty from an industry that has manipulated and narrowed the “standard” for what is beautiful.  They have a powerful message–onethat I’m proud to stand behind.

Dr. Susan Biali is a physican and author who writes the Prescriptions for Life blog at Psychology Today.  Her post about “relationship red flags,” really hit home for me.  The thing that made this article stand out was Dr. Biali’s emphasis on the fact that our own instincts can protect us–if we stop and listen to them.

That’s what I’ve got for the week.  Please feel free to share any favorites of your own–or let me know which of these you liked the best!

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