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Monthly Meditation: From Where Does the Joy Come? As I mentioned before, I’ve had a little trouble getting back into serious running lately. I’ve had various conversations about this. Some people say, “Just get out there and do it.” Others say, “Just be patient; it’ll come back to you.” Others still say, “Maybe you just don’t want to...
Best of Our Blogs: August 1, 2014 As a child, I believed I had to wear the right things, talk a certain way, respond in a particular manner in order to be loved. As a teen, I worked people pleasing to my advantage, smiling on the outside, brushing away negative feelings, getting good grades. I tried to...
Random Thoughts From The Sleep Deprived ADHD Mind Interesting how the mind works, or in some instances doesn’t work. I went to bed on Wednesday night, a tired man. I was counting on getting lots of sleep, counting heavily on it. And sleep I did. I know this because every time I woke up I realized I’d been...
What If Your Best Quality Isn’t What You Think Last week’s cartoon,  about a relationship that might not end in marriage, is here.  All rights reserved, and content including cartoons is ©Donna Barstow 2014,  My main cartoon site is Donna Barstow Cartoons. And  you can Like me  on Facebook to get notified of new cartoons. Thanks! Today’s cartoon is...
5 Realities of College Life Every Parent Needs to Know Thousands of recent high school grads are stocking up on dorm essentials and packing their bags for college. Since your blossoming young adult may be far from home for the next few years, and they’ll be none too quick to call with updates, there’s a good chance you’ll be in...
Vocal Prowess for Introverts, Part 2 In the first part of this interview, Barbara Rubin, a theater director as well as a dialect and vocal coach, offers insights and tips for introverts about finding their true voice and using it with power and presence. In this second part, she shares more about physical techniques you can use to enhance your speaking voice and manage performance jitters.
The Weight of the World; Helping Kids (and yourself) Kids these days have a lot to manage. There’s all the activities they are involved in. There’s school. There’s the heavy workload and high expectations put on them by the school and by society. There’s peer pressure, mixed messages from the media, and the changing lifestyle of childhood which includes...
Is Concrete Thinking Going To Sink Me Amos the concrete thinker: I’m a concrete thinker… Frankie “Big Nose” Boca: funny I deal in concrete to… Mostly shoes. Sign background: Concrete $4.99 per bag Caption: Concrete Thinking Concrete Thinking Going To Sink Me Did you FIND the 6 (six) Concrete thoughts and abstract metaphors in the Mental Health...
Genuine Love: Four Mantras to Calm Storms (& Feel If you’re human, you yearn to be loved, and feeling loved and valued connects us to feeling safe and secure. With wisdom, simplicity and warmth, author and Zen monk Thich, in a recent book titled, True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart, offers couples a series of practices to help partners deepen...
My Cat Has Fat Cheeks: How Learned Behavior Effected My fat cat cries in the middle of the night and it drives me crazy and it’s food he wants. I’m not home during the day so feel bad like he is starving or something so leave him food, come home and he cries so give him food, then go...
My Intention: Shifting Into Neutral and Being in the I have myriad personal and professional goals that I want to achieve. I made a personal goal sheet that I hang on my refrigerator door. Each morning, when I open the refrigerator door and grab the creamer for my morning cup of coffee, the goal sheet silently stares back at...
Are You Spending Your Energy Wisely? Have you ever asked yourself what it is that you expend your energy on? It seems that in this busy and dynamic world we’ve become more and more aware of the importance of managing our time effectively. But what about managing our energy? Could it be “energy management” skills what we...
How I Personally Managed Transition Talking with Counsellor, Mentor and Business Coach Duncan Morris If you are a keen observer of nature, you will know that transition is part of the natural order of things. We call the transition between day and night ‘twilight’; the transition between summer and winter we call ‘autumn’ or ‘fall’; the transition between being a […]
Coach This: Celebrating the ADHD Journey With as much as I know about coaching in theory, and with as many coaches as I know professionally through my work in ADHD, you’d think I’d have a great handle on what, exactly, ADHD coaching is. I don’t. In the past I’ve asked my coach if others he’s worked...
Words II Sole reliance on verbal reports is slowing progress and creating misleading conclusions
How virtual therapy could help the military fight PTSD A recent study found that patients were more willing to open up to a virtual therapist than to a human therapist, mostly because they felt like they were not being judged by the computer program.
Insular cortex alterations in mouse models of autism The insular cortex is an integral "hub," combining sensory, emotional and cognitive content. Not surprisingly, alterations in insular structure and function have been reported in many psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety disorders, depression, addiction and autism spectrum disorders. Scientists now describe consistent alterations in integrative processing of the insular cortex across autism mouse models of diverse etiologies.
Wiring-up the brain's vision centers Researchers have evidence suggesting that neurons in the developing brains of mice are guided by a simple but elegant birth order rule that allows them to find and form their proper connections.
New mapping approach lets scientists zoom in and out as the brain processes sound Researchers have mapped the sound-processing part of the mouse brain in a way that keeps both the proverbial forest and the trees in view. Their imaging technique allows zooming in and out on views of brain activity within mice, and it enabled the team to watch brain cells light up as mice “called” to each other.
Beethoven's Daily Habit for Inspiring Creative Breakthroughs Beethoven was avid about separating his "absorb" and "synthesis" states; this is the daily habit he engaged in to make sure this was possible.