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Mindfulness, gratitude & compassion

There are no small acts of kindness

Beckie's Mental Mess recently nominated me for a Random Acts of Kindness award, hence the topic of this post. I have found so much kindness in the blogging community.  When I'm struggling, I can always count on getting words of support.  When I'm feeling discouraged about blogging or anything else, I always get lovely words… Continue reading There are no small acts of kindness

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Mindfulness, gratitude & compassion, What is... psychology series

What is… Compassion

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is compassion. I was inspired to write about compassion because recently one of my managers expressed her view that "too much compassion is paternalistic".  I already have no respect for her or her opinions, but I thought I'd… Continue reading What is… Compassion

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Mindfulness, gratitude & compassion

Taking mindfulness outside

Mindfulness has become a bit of a buzzword these days.  When I first started meditating last year, I struggled with the idea of mindfulness of the breath.  Deep breathing can be useful when I'm feeling tense or anxious, but as an anchor for mindfulness, I just felt bored.  I don't expect mindfulness to be entertaining,… Continue reading Taking mindfulness outside

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Book reviews, Mindfulness, gratitude & compassion

Book review: Mindfulness For Bipolar Disorder

Mindfulness for Bipolar Disorder: How Mindfulness and Neuroscience Can Help You Manage Your Bipolar Symptoms by Dr. William R. Marchand lays out specific areas for mindfulness practices that be useful in managing bipolar disorder symptoms. Much of the book would also be applicable to other mood disorders.  I believe mindfulness can be a really helpful thing… Continue reading Book review: Mindfulness For Bipolar Disorder