The tree of contemplative practices from The Contemplative Mind Foundation
Mental Health Tools, Wellbeing & Recovery

Exploring Contemplative Practices

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society I first heard of the term contemplative practices when reading the book A Fearless Heart by Thupten Jinpa. This involves approaching an inner problem without avoidance or distraction.  By establishing some mental space, you can consider the problem without getting caught up in the thoughts and emotions that… Continue reading Exploring Contemplative Practices

Action for Happiness calendar January 2021
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Action for Happiness: More Than Just “Choose Happiness”

Action for Happiness I'm definitely not a fan of the whole toxic positivity, happiness is a choice nonsense. But a while back I stumbled across the Action for Happiness website, and I like their style. I was looking through my journal and came across the 8 pillars of joy I'd made note of from The… Continue reading Action for Happiness: More Than Just “Choose Happiness”

Medicine wheel
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What We Can Learn from the Medicine Wheel

Curve Lake Cultural Centre While we're used to looking through a Western lens at health and wellness, I think there can be a great deal of value in looking at other ways of understanding. The medicine wheel is used by certain North American Indigenous peoples to tie together culture, traditional knowledge, health, and healing. Traditionally,… Continue reading What We Can Learn from the Medicine Wheel

Modern and abstract colourful cat paint by numbers from Winnie's Picks
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Painting as a Mindfulness Activity

Disclosure: I received a free paint by numbers kit from Winnie's Picks, but all opinions are my own. I probably hadn't done any kind of painting since elementary school. I'm not visually artistic at all; all of my creativity comes out in words. But when Winnie's Picks reached out to me , I thought it… Continue reading Painting as a Mindfulness Activity

Mental illness is not a choice, but recovery is
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Is Mental Illness Recovery a Choice?

HealthyPlace "Mental illness is not a choice, but recovery is." While this image floating around on Pinterest originated with Healthy Place, I couldn't figure out the original source of the quote (if, in fact, it is a quote from another source), but seems to have been around for a while. Anyway, I don't really agree,… Continue reading Is Mental Illness Recovery a Choice?

Mental health recovery: It's a journey, not a destination – image of a brain radiating rainbow rays
Wellbeing & Recovery

The Moving Target of Recovery

You hear quite a bit about mental health recovery, but what does that actually entail? An Australian National Standards for Mental Health Services document from 2010 defines recovery as: ... gaining and retaining hope, understanding of ones abilities and disabilities, engagement in an active life, personal autonomy, social identity, meaning and purpose in life, and… Continue reading The Moving Target of Recovery

logo of the International Day of Happiness
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It’s International Day of Happiness

Today is the International Day of Happiness, an observance day marked by the United Nations since 2013 after it was first proposed by Bhutan.  In keeping with the fact that we are in the midst of a global pandemic, this year's theme is #HappinessForAllTogether. There are also #TenStepsToGlobalHappiness set out for this year: Let's stick… Continue reading It’s International Day of Happiness

Random Acts of Kindness Day: Make Kindness a Habit - handprints with hearts in the centre
Wellbeing & Recovery

It’s Random Acts of Kindness Day

I discovered this morning from LittleTinkablee's blog that today is Random Acts of Kindness Day. According to the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, these are some of the benefits of kindness: releases the feel-good hormone oxytocin, which also lowers blood pressureboosts energystimulates the brain's reward centreproduces endorphins, which decrease paindecreases levels to the stress hormone… Continue reading It’s Random Acts of Kindness Day

orchids and stacked black stones
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Finding Recovery in Spite of Mental Illness

While it would be great if recovery from mental illness meant that the illness would disappear and never return, for many of us living with mental illness the reality is that it's just not going to go away.  That means adapting the concept of recovery to fit with our own individual realities (or chucking aside… Continue reading Finding Recovery in Spite of Mental Illness