Archive | April 2015

Mindfulness and Empathy

Very Good Information!! More people need to read articles like this!

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Linda Graham: Bouncing Back;
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“Research is increasingly showing that practices of mindfulness and empathy are among the most powerful agents of brain change known to science.
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Both can catalyze brain change and guide it in a positive direction.
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Both strengthen the functioning of the prefrontal cortex to rewire old patterns.
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Both can safely and efficiently process carefully chosen new experiences to maximize that rewiring in the brain and sustain the desired changes over time.
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When we can see a situation clearly and accept compassionately what we are seeing, we can rewire old patterns without harm to ourselves.”
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Unfinished projects…

Editing, re-vamping and moving old site!

(Editing posts from old blog, moving to the correct wordpress address, so I do apologise in advance for any missed errors etc)

I was going so well for while and was starting to enjoy blogging, although it’s a it hard to satisfy my hubbies obsessiveness over keeping my identity private…. He stresses me out about not letting any of his relatives know about my medical condition and how unsafe it is to post online etc…

So I was distracted for quite some time with trying to decide whether to continue blogging or not. I was trying to convince him that I had hardly any visibility online and not having many followers of the blog and needing to vent and to satisfy my need to create something that other people would see.

It’s so hard to keep up when you have several different ideas that you want to try. It’s especially hard if you are unable to link the project ideas together and they have to be done completely seprately…

My main idea is to utilise my craft ideas related to using Art and Craft as Self-Help Therapy. This is one of the main topics I have chosen to target the most. I was originally keeping my Self-Help idea and my Art/Craft blog seperate, but I decided that in actual fact they are related! Once I realised how much my art and craft was helping my problems with stress and anxiety, i decided to combine my two blogs together!

This way I will be able to maintain my single blog much easier and continue adding more regular posts etc!

One of my other ideas is to use my few sewing talents and try to create some type of dress for something like Guinness Book of Records or something like but likely I’d start but not get very far due to depression or my feeling stupid and useless…

Mostly I had feelings of “Meh” what’s the point of my trying to do “Anything” I usually stuff things up anyway. I have now progressed to feelings of “Whatever”… I’m kinda borderline at the moment but have started to feel like I don’t want to sleep which can be like a Warning sign.

Either I’d end up EXTREMELY depressed, irritable or start going hypo which is how I describe my hypomania/mania (which ever I get I’m still unsure).

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Art Journal & Craft Therapy

I decided that since I have been so obsessed with my Art Journalling to the point that I have neglected my blog, I’d go ahead & do a multiple posting today…

I’m trying to post some of my pages that I’m pretty happy with in my Art Journal… I need to set up my gallery again, it may take some time…

I’ll post again later with references on where to find info on Journalling etc…

Related articles

Related articles
• Art & Craft Therapy (bipolaraustralia.wordpress.com)
• New Video: Art journal: Using an Ideas Journal (vikkitstudio.wordpress.com)
• Roundup of Art Journal Ideas (cinnamonpink.typepad.com)

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Ten Stages of Healing

Very helpful to all kinds of situations and life events!

Gail Goodwin

Change can often be a daunting process that leaves you feeling out of control. When you are in control, you tend to feel secure and comfortable. Change can destabilise your emotions, triggering feelings of insecurity and a greater loss of control. Change can create chaos, confusion, and even symptoms of depression, but it’s presence in your life means that healing is taking place. There are ten stages involved in the process of healing. It’s a universal journey that comes with an easy-to-read map once you recognise the chaos in your life for what it really is. Each stage on the path to healing is necessary and normal. They are:

1. Shock
2. Denial
3. Pain
4. Bargaining
5. Depression
6. Surrender
7. Recovery
8. Rebirth
9. Moving On
10. Philanthropy

A change in your circumstances, large or small, can trigger varying degrees of hurt, pain, loss, grief or deep unhappiness…

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