Mid-Week Balance: 18 April 2012

I know that there have been some themes to the last few MWB posts, but this week, we are back to a grab-bag.  There has been a lot of good stuff flying around out there.  You’ll see some very familiar names, and a few that are making re-appearances.  I hope that you find something that lifts you up, makes you think, or supports you in your journey.

Christy Matta, MA, from Dialectical Behavior Therapy Understood, asks the interesting question, “can you change your body by changing your mind?”  She outlines a simple, practical breathing exercise to counteract some of the stress that we all carry around.

Robin Farr blogs at Farewell Stranger, and is a powerful voice supporting those who are living with postpartum depression.  I appreciated her gentle (and maybe a bit snarky) consideration of “to-do lists” for people who are living in the middle of postpartum mood struggles.  I think that her perspective is generalizable to anyone who feels paralyzed by a physical or mental struggle.

Jen Gresham’s Everyday Bright blog is often a source of inspiration and motivation.  I really appreciated the courage and vulnerability it took for her to write this post about the struggles that many of us face in coping with our own inner critic and feelings of inadequacy.

Johnathan Fields is a passionate writer who frequently has a perspective that grabs my attention.  During a week where “Google Glasses” have been covered on our local radio shows, I was particularly struck by his questions about whether or not we need to take deliberate breaks from our digital engagement.

I am a huge fan of yoga–and if you’ve never had the experience, I recommend trying a sample class at a dedicated yoga studio.  Some new research from the International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics suggests that yoga may be more effective than other forms of exercise at improving internal markers of pre-diabetic conditions.  This is just a research abstract, but it’s fascinating.

And last but not least, I’m returning to Mara of Medicinal Marzipan.  I know that she’s been in MWB nearly every week lately, but she continues to write great stuff and have great guests, so I keep bringing it here.  This week, a post about granting yourself (and those you love) permission to grow and change.  Wow.

That’s what I’ve got this week.  As always, please feel free to share a favorite resource of your own (including those that you’ve created).

 

Image Credit: Ann Becker-Schutte

 

 

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