Affirmations and Neuroplasticity
Affirmations / brain training / Conscious living / Neuroplasticity / Personal Development / Psychology / Timeless topics

Affirmations and Neuroplasticity

Have you tried benefiting from applying neuroplasticity through practicing the power of reciting affirmations? Reciting affirmations ie. positive statements to encourage and support yourself on your personal voyage through life has a long history of efficacy rooted in neuroplasticity. Continue reading

Buddhism / compassion / Conscious living / Personal Development / Psychology / Relationships

Half the truth is no truth at all

Here’s a brief gardening analogy I will use to introduce what I’m about to share with my readers. If we recognize that positively focused people are like fertilizer and rain that helps us blossom and grow in our own lives. And, we also recognize it’s not wise to pull every weed out of our gardens … Continue reading

Conscious living / Health and Wellness / Personality / Psychology / Relationships

A Difficult Week in Review

Last week was typical week for me.  I was busy and productive and though I had to deal with several difficult people I was happy. I have resolved not to shun the so-called difficult people in my life for two self serving reasons. They teach me important lessons about myself, and learning from them provides  … Continue reading

Does Solitude Have a Place in Your Life?
Conscious living / Internet Relationships / Personal Development / Psychology / Relationships

Does Solitude Have a Place in Your Life?

Though it’s technically possible to be connected thousands of people thousands of miles away—anytime, anywhere—too much of a good thing can lead to a bad place. Solitude is a human need and to deny it is unhealthy for both mind and body. Living in a technologically connected 24/7 society that undervalues solitude and overvalues attachment … Continue reading

The Power of the Smile
Art therapy / Emotional healing / Happiness / Health and Wellness / Psychology

The Power of the Smile

There are hundreds of different variations of smiles expressing the full range of human emotion.  From Charles Darwin’s  facial expressions interpretations to Stanford University’s “Happiness” class — smile scholars have puzzled over the range of emotions smile depict. Experts including anthropologists, biologists and psychologists agree, the smile is recognizable worldwide and can be viewed as … Continue reading

Seeking Happiness: Focus on Relationships
Happiness / Personality / Psychology / Relationships

Seeking Happiness: Focus on Relationships

The Oxford Happiness Inventory and a battery of personality measures were completed by 171 subjects. The results showed predicted positive correlations for happiness with satisfaction with life, self-esteem, and sociability and negative correlations of happiness with embarrass-ability, loneliness, shyness, and social anxiety.  Continue reading

Buddhism / compassion / Inspiration / Psychology / Relationships

Live in Joy, Peace and Love

Compassion without attachment is possible. Therefore, we need to clarify the distinctions between compassion and attachment. True compassion is not just an emotional response but a firm commitment founded on reason. Therefore, a truly compassionate attitude towards others does not change even if they behave negatively. Genuine compassion is based not on our own projections … Continue reading

Art Therapy Abstracts: The Depths
Abstract art / Art therapy / Depression / Emotional healing / Psychology

Art Therapy Abstracts: The Depths

My paintings are a result of releasing and expressing deep emotions and most are the products of flow experiences. I’m in art therapy painting abstracts with others who also suffer from PTSD.  I’m analyzing what was going on within and around me when the traumatic events happened, and what the memories evoke for me in … Continue reading

Abstract art / Art therapy / Creative Visualization / Depression / Emotional healing / Health and Wellness / Psychology

Art Therapy: Abstract Painting

We begin our lives being spontaneous happy and playful. Challenging circumstances,  relationships and events in our lives can cause us to lose that childhood sense of wonder and joyfulness. That loss can result in depression ie. a mental state in which we don’t feel happy to be alive any more, and some of us are … Continue reading

Creativity in the Flow
Buddhist Meditation / Creative Visualization / Psychology

Creativity in the Flow

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes flow as “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.” The intensity of the flow experience is … Continue reading

Internet Relationships / Psychology / Relationships / Social networking

Internet relationships: When the walls fall down

A 45-year-old executive finds he’s no longer able to sleep at night so he’s, chatting online with female internet addicts like himself for hours on end.

A teacher stays up late night after night playing online fantasy games wherein she slays an imaginary foe.

A single mom homemaker turns on the computer when the kids go to bed. When they wake up, she’s still there, talking about sex and relationships in an online chat room. Continue reading

Goal Setting / Internet Relationships / Psychology

Failures: Stumbling Blocks or Stepping Stones?

Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something. — Morihei Ueshiba The kind of self- protective mindset that dictates that we only undertake things that we know we won’t fail at is a barrier to moving forward. Holding onto that  prevents us from taking risks and failing.  That’s unfortunate because failing is … Continue reading

Internet Relationships / Personality / Psychology / Relationships

INFJ: the most rare of all the types Part 2

The Myers-Briggs personality typology system was developed in the 1930s by Katharine Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers, as a way to place people in work environments naturally suited to their talents and aptitudes during World War II. It is based on the theory of temperaments by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung. Jung believed differences … Continue reading

Internet Relationships / Personality / Psychology / Relationships / Social networking

INFJ: The most rare of all the types

A fellow Blog Catalog member came up with an idea on the Discussion forum that culminated in many members taking the test and sharing their test results. This is a list that I have compiled of various blogs that are categorized by the personality of the blogger using the Myers-Briggs typology test. Imagine, finding the … Continue reading

Depression / Health and Wellness / Internet Relationships / Psychology / Relationships

Grief: Learning from a major loss in your life

This winter I learned that coping with emotions associated with profound losses and learning from them is vital to my mental health. If you take a look at my sidebar you will see “Inspiration for Your Soul Meditation Experiences.” Under that title is a list of all the things I have been examining during this … Continue reading

Personality / Psychology

Self-acceptance

Claudette Rowley: So many of us use common beliefs and actions to cover up accurate, positive views of ourselves. Consider the following behaviors. Do you: Let other people assign value to you? Don’t. You’re the only person who can decide what you’re worth. Try to control others’ perceptions of you, even though you know this … Continue reading

Internet Relationships / Personality / Psychology / Relationships

Who owns blog comments?

Don’t fence me in When I was young I was a competitive, rugged individualist. I rejected the ‘parallel thinking’ and ‘lateral thinking’ approaches that I was naturally inclined towards using. My family members, school teachers and employers placed a strong reliance on competition, within a structured environment replete with rules and regulations. I struggled to … Continue reading

Internet Relationships / Personality / Psychology / Relationships

What kind of a first impression do you make?

You Make a Great First Impression You can handle almost any social situation with grace, even the tricky ones. Strangers often find you charming and interesting. You are often remembered fondly. Even if you’re not naturally outgoing, you can make conversation with anyone if you need to.Whether you were born this way or had to … Continue reading

Health and Wellness / Meditation / Psychology / Spirituality

Happiness is a decision made between the ears

There isn’t a person on earth today that doesn’t want to be happy. But when we examine what happiness means to any individual, we discover that most of what people claim makes them feel happy falls into the category of “instant gratification” derived from “outer events”. Some people are true believers that the quickest path … Continue reading

Fibromyalgia / Health and Wellness / Meditation / Psychology

Meditation Therapy For Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

A revered contemplative practice for centuries, meditation has recently inspired research into its therapeutic value for everything from anxiety disorders to heart attack prevention. A painful, progressive autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis is associated with a high risk of depression — double the risk of the healthy population, by conservative estimates — and various forms of … Continue reading

Internet Relationships / Personality / Psychology / Relationships

Relationships and Messages

By Andrew Schneider There are basically four levels of soul contact that we experience in our relationships – within ourselves, with each other, with the world, and with the Universe/God. These levels are psychologically all expressions of love. Whenever there is lack of unity or disconnection it is because one of the following soul invitations … Continue reading