Mid-Week Balance: 14 December 2011

Hello all.  I hope that you are finding moments of peace and self-care during this center of the holiday season.  This week’s MWB is a grab-bag edition.  It’s divided into posts that honor and respect the painful emotions and experiences that many of us face, and posts that inspire and honor self-care.

Honoring Pain

Bodhipaksa, the founder of Wildmind’s Buddhist meditation blog, is one of the writers who regularly inspires me with his perspective.  This piece about recognizing and engaging with our feelings of anger is a great example of that inspiration and permission to acknowledge pain.

Christie Burnett writes Childhood 101.  This blog generally has creative play and family learning suggestions.  But this post about Christie’s own struggle toward equilibrium after the loss of her child is so beautiful and compassionate.  I hope that other parents living after loss find comfort in this piece.

The holidays can be incredibly challenging when you are coping with serious illness.  There can be huge pressure to “keep fighting.”  Dr. Lucy Hornstein shares this thoughtful post about cancer patients and the pressure to continue trying treatment.  She offers a permission to tell your doctors that you want to step back from treatment.

Inspiring Self-Care

Dr. Rick Hanson wrote a post to highlight the launch of a new resource center, the Greater Good Science Center, dedicated to the intersection of science and emotional health & social good.  So, this post is not it’s own resource, but provides a connection to lots of resources.

I regularly provide links to meditation resources.  Most of my links are to information about mindfulness meditation practice.  But there are many other types of meditation practice.  Wildmind’s Saddhamala provides a nice overview of three major meditation styles in this post.

Mara’s Medicinal Marzipan is a regular source of my own inspiration.  This post does not disappoint.  If you’re a regular reader, you know that I have been reaching out and connecting to the #OccupyHealthcare movement.  So, Mara’s post inviting us to consider what “occupying our own bodies” looks like, made me smile and made me think.

And finally, Dr. Ashley Solomon of Nourishing the Soul shared a gem from A.A Milne.  In a lovely example of how good can spread through the internet, this was a quote that Ashley found on another website.

I know that many people feel pressured during the final few weeks of the year.  I hope that these posts bring some measure of relief  to you.  Do you have a favorite resource to share?

 

Photo Credit: Ann Becker-Schutte

 

Comments

    • Dr. Becker-Schutte says

      Christie–Perinatal loss is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. I am always thrilled to be able to share good reflections on this difficult experience.

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