Mid-Week Balance: 3 October 2012

I am not done with the patient advocate round-ups yet.  In fact, this month, expect to see a breast cancer focused MWB–with special emphasis on metastatic disease.  But, after all the mental stimulation from the PWP Summit, and then Stanford’s Medicine X conference, I found myself being pulled back to mindfulness and meditation posts this week, as well as some posts about various aspects of healthy coping.  So, consider this MWB a deep breath before we plunge right back into some great patient voices and patient stories.

Healthy Coping

From writer Rosie Molinary is this lovely post.  She talks about the importance of processing our thoughts and feelings–really spending some time getting to know ourselves–and then she offers some great processing tools.  As a psychologist, processing is pretty dear to my heart, so I had to include this one.  ** Spoiler alert: Therapy is on the list–no wonder I like this one!

Leo Babauta of the Zen Habits blog offers thoughts something that all of us experience on a regular basis: waiting.  I particularly appreciated his reminder that we wait in many ways–some avoidable and some not.

Dr. Ashley Soloman shares a photo from her local farmer’s market–as well as an invitation to reflect on what potatoes might have to tell us about our bodies and body image.

Mindfulness, Meditation & Yoga

This first post could have gone in either section.  It’s a reminder and a reflection all rolled up into one: sometimes you’re the windshield and sometimes you’re the bug.

Have you ever heard the phrase “radical acceptance?”  It is a powerful concept.  Laura Schenck, MA, has written a really nice primer on radical acceptance this week.

Dr. Rick Hanson takes on the Buddhist principle of wise speech.  This is a thoughtful exploration of the principle–and I especially like the question he asks at the end.

And finally, from one of my favorite authors, Tara Brach, is a reminder that sometimes there is great power in “not doing.

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