Mid-Week Balance: 27 June 2012

Okay, my section of the midwest is in the grip of an official heat wave–most of the projected temperatures for the next week or so are triple digit.  So, if you’re in the same boat, I hope that this week’s crop of posts brings some cooling relief.  As with last week, this week’s post is a grab-bag edition.  That means there is no specific theme, but instead a pile of interesting and thought-provoking posts. It’s actually a bit bigger than normal, because I found so much wonderful stuff to share.

Since it is now definitely summer, I thought a post about vacation would be in order.  I appreciate this post from Jen Gresham about how to rethink our vacations so that they are a source of relaxation rather than a source of stress.

From Dr. Elisha Goldstein, I found an exploration of some wisdom from Thich Nhat Hanh–an internationally respected teacher of mindfulness and meditation practice.  What would we be doing if we were happy?

Seth Godin reminds us that sometimes we just need to choose to focus our time and energy on the big things in life–and maybe confront the fear that comes along with making that choice.

In a related post, Jonathan Fields talks about a shift in his conversation when talking to his daughter about fear.  The conversation he described sounded very familiar to me–and I appreciated his reminder that being anxious can be a sign that something matters.

Rosie Molinary describes another shift in perspective as she explores several incidents that might have led to negative, critical self-talk.  Instead, she chooses to focus on the information that these incidents bring her–what she might learn from each challenge.

From music therapist, JoAnn Jordan, comes this reminder that we choose what to carry with us, both physically and emotionally, as we move through life.

And Chris Guillebeau reminds us that, even though there are many painful things in life that we can’t fix, we have the choice to focus on what we can.  This sounds so much like what I say in therapy, and is presented in such a beautiful format, that I couldn’t resist including it.

That’s all for me this week.  Please feel free to share your own favorite resources in the comments.


Image Credit: Ann Becker-Schutte

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