Mid-Week Balance: 13 June 2012

Here’s a look behind the curtain at how a MWB post is created.  I keep a blog reader feed that collects posts from all kinds of blogs that I appreciate or learn from.  Every week, as I scan my feed, I star the posts that I think I might want to share with you the following Wednesday.  That’s why you get some weeks with themes and others that are grab-bag.  This week is definitely a theme week.  Each post that I starred over the week has something to do with meditation or mindfulness (or is close enough to count, in my book).  That’s not a huge surprise, since these are favorite tools of mine.  I hope you find something useful!

Totally Meditation Posts

I thought that this post from Dr. Elisha Goldstein was an interesting reminder that meditation is a coping tool.  And like all coping tools and strategies, meditation can be used in healthy and unhealthy ways.

Dr. Rick Hanson integrates a bit of neuroscience with his invitation to take the practice of “liking” offline and into everyday choices.

Dr. Ashley Soloman reminds us that being a beginner is something to enjoy and explore–and that we all return to “beginner” status as part of our efforts to grow.

In a similar post, Christy Matta, MA, invites us to use the practice of “child’s mind” to interact with our world and decrease our mental clutter.

Not-Quite Meditation Posts

This is not specifically about meditation, but since I get to set the criteria, I’m including this post from Leo Babauta.  I believe that his thoughts about how we treat ourselves actually work well with the compassion and mindfulness that are key components of meditation.

And finally, from Brene Brown, another not-quite meditation post.  But, in this short and simple post, I think she makes an observation that applies to meditation (and all kinds of other life roles) just as well as it does to parenting.

I hope that you found something useful this week.  As always, if you have a favorite resource to share, please feel free to do so in the comments.

Image Credit: Ann Becker-Schutte

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