Mindfulness for Insomnia: A Four-Week Guided Program to Relax Your Body, Calm Your Mind, and Get the Sleep You Need by Catherine Polan Orzech and William H. Moorcroft lays out a day-by-day meditation program to facilitate sleep. I'll start off by saying that I read the book because I was curious about the method, but … Continue reading Book Review: Mindfulness for Insomnia
Thoughts as leaves on a stream is a popular metaphor used in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to represent noticing thoughts and letting them pass by without attaching to them. I like this metaphor, since it's not about fighting the thoughts or trying to make them go away, but just riding them out. I got … Continue reading Thoughts as leaves on a stream
The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson. Mark Manson is a blogger who wrote this book in reaction to the problems he saw in the self-help industry, but he doesn't have a background in psychology or any sort of related field. This book … Continue reading Book review: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
I've never had guest posts on my blog before, but Kayleigh Rose will soon be joining me in the profession of mental health nursing, so when she suggested a collaboration I was pretty stoked. You can also find a post I wrote over on her blog. - 💖 Ashley Unless you have experienced a mental health … Continue reading Words aren’t always necessary: A guest post by Kayleigh Rose
Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha is written by Tara Brach, a psychologist, Buddhist, and meditation teacher. Buddhism plays a significant role in the book, but it's written in a way that's accessible to all. This is only going to be part book review, and mixed in with part me grappling … Continue reading Book review: Radical Acceptance
Last year, I started volunteering with a community services agency that leads workshops on suicide awareness, among other topics, in local high school classes. It's something that would be really important to me, if I actually felt capable of caring about anything. It's something I really would have enjoyed, had I not hated every minute … Continue reading Accepting Failure
This is what I learned about love and acceptance from a man with schizophrenia.