Mid-Week Balance: 23 May 2012

I hope that today’s post finds you well.  Here in my part of the world, we’re enjoying the sunshine of spring before summer brings the real heat.  I’m enjoying that, and I hope that your neighborhood has something lovely to share with you as well.  This week’s MWB is another grab-bag edition, so let’s dive right in.

First of all, in case you missed it, the previous edition of MWB actually published last Friday because last Wednesday was a “blog party” day sponsored by the American Psychological Association’s “Your Mind Your Body” blog to highlight the fact that May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  So last Wednesday, in the scariest blog post I’ve ever written, I dedicated my blog to that cause.  I wasn’t the only one.  If you want an entire reading list of inspiration and education, check out the blog party round-up.

Here’s an example of the wonderful writing that went on last Wednesday.  Nancy, of Nancy’s Point, did a lovely job exploring the mental health implications of cancer.  She makes a powerful case for the importance of better preparing people to be cancer survivors.

In a different vein, I am still fascinated with the impact of technology on our mental health, so my attention was caught by Dr. Elisha Goldstein’s invitation to increase our mindfulness about how we interact with technology.

I think that how we choose to frame our thoughts and what we choose to respond to has a significant impact on our quality of life.  This is another level of mindfulness, and it was explored really nicely in this post from Dr. Susan Biali, in which she asks, “what if stress management was ridiculously easy?”

The idea of choosing what we attend to and how we frame it leads nicely into this post from Leo Babauta exploring thoughts and attitudes that contribute to feeling content in our lives.

And because kindness to ourselves is often easier to talk about than it is to achieve, there is this post from Dr. Rick Hanson, with some concrete suggestions about how to achieve self-kindness.

That’s it for me.  What are you finding this week to inspire you?  Please feel free to share in the comments.


Image Credit: Ann Becker-Schutte

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