Category Archives: Thoughtful Thursdays

Reflections

Thoughtful Thursday #302 – 40,000 Things I Still Want To Do

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The Forty Thousand Things I Still Want To Do

  1. Travel around the world by boat.
  2. Read the 20 books I have collecting dust.
  3. Give a TED speech on mental health.
  4. Write 40 mini self-help books.
  5. Exhibit my paintings in 15 galleries and the MOMA.
  6. Own a miniature sheep, miniature donkey, miniature goat.
  7. Own 2 dogs and four more cats.
  8. Commit to better physical health.
  9. Sew two fabric journals.
  10. Learn to line draw.
  11. Learn to self-publish.
  12. Learn to be brave.
  13. Live in a house.
  14. Buy an American made passenger truck.
  15. Open a YouTube channel.
  16. Organize my overflowing possessions.
  17. Leave a legacy
  18. Find a gargoyle as an urn for my ashes.
  19. Meet 6 famous writers, haven’t decide on whom yet.
  20. Make 39,980 new friends.

That should keep me busy for a while.

 

Thoughtful Thursday #300 – Unexpected Bad News

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My Facebook friend and sweet spiritual brother who I have known for many years suddenly passed away. At this moment there is no other information.

I am shocked and in disbelief, he is a friend who I talk to regularly however I didn’t realize how much he meant to me until suddenly losing him.

Unexpected bad news is shocking and numbing, I am sliding between both. At times like this there is no way to focus and be proactive on any level.

I will just sit with this sadness for as long as it takes until I feel better.

Thoughtful Thursday #299 – Recovering from Covid 19

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I have Covid 19 and I am recovering, I had fever, aches and pains, fatigue, migraines, loss of smell and taste. Most of my symptoms are gone except for the loss of smell and taste.

This illness wiped me out for nearly 4 weeks, I caught it because a family member was infected first, this illness is very slow moving and not much relieves the symptoms expect for Tylenol and vitamins like C and lots of zinc.

I am lucky, as bad as my symptoms got I did not end up in the hospital.

We are not out of the woods yet, please follow the CDC guidelines and take this illness seriously.

Stay safe.

Thoughtful Thursday #298 – Coronavirus and Panic

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Coronavirus pandemic is causing tremendous panic to everyone. People are hoarding essentials, emptying  grocery shelves, and businesses are overcharging for safety material.  That is more than enough to cause a panic in addition to the possiblity in catching the coronavirus.

Panic is a natural response to what is happening, there is a sense of loss in many areas, our normal routines, restricted freedom, minimum socializing, noticing stores are overcharging  for everything, this is to name a few losses.

It’s OK, this is a temporary situation and at this point we are entrenched in this new norm and many of us are thinking about all the possibilities that can occur when this is over.

Self care is most important during this time. Do what it takes to get grounded and calm, look at happy movies and videos, turn off the news, reach out to others on social media, find a way to get peaceful and connected. And follow the CDC guidelines.

We will come out of this, this is guaranteed, so in this period of isolation be creative in your self care.

Stay safe and well.

 

Thoughtful Thursday #297 – Attachment Trauma and Injuries

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There are a number of attachment styles that people adopt. Anxious, Avoidant, Secure, Dismissive. These are the four major styles, You can look up the details on Google.

Attachment injuries come from mostly from family of origin issues.

How do you know you have an attachment issue, your relationships are not working, you feel invisible, you are not getting your needs met, you are allowing others to sabotage and abuse you somehow.

This is heavy stuff so I want to share an expert Attachment Trauma, relationship coach and Psychotherapist Alan Robarge, Here’s a video explaining this issue.

Hope you find it healing.

Thoughtful Thursday #296 – Coronavirus

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Most of the United States is on lock down to flatten the curve of the Coronavirus.

Please follow the authorities directive, it could save your life.

In the meantime if you are anxious and fearful and concerned about your mental health please reach out to a mental health professional. Check in your area or call your local hospital for a referral. Or find resources online.

Stay home, if you don’t feel well reach out to a doctor. This will all be over in a few weeks.

I hope all of you are well and stay well.

Thoughtful Thursday #295 – Trauma Recovery

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According to Google: trauma recovery is: in general recovery is the ability to live in the present without being overwhelmed by the thoughts and feelings of the past. Central to the experience of trauma is helplessness, isolation and the loss of power and control. The guiding principles of trauma recovery are the restoration of safety and empowerment.

Here’s an excellent article from Psychology Today giving more information and insight into recovery. Hope it helps.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/articles/200111/recovering-trauma

 

 

Thoughtful Thursday #294 – Internal Family System

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This is a therapy model created by Dr. Richard Schwartz and he wrote a book on it. I personally have benefitted from this model and I am passing this miracle of transformation to you. It’s the premise that we are all split into different personalities based on good times and traumatic times and how we are not fully integrated. It is similar to multiple personalities but the difference between being a multiple and non integrated is that a multiple has no awareness of its various parts whereas someone who is not fully intergrated is aware. For example, have you ever done something stupid and said to yourself “why did I do that?’ It’s because there is a part who based on it’s past acted out.

Everyone on the planet is not fully integrated because we all have issues. It does not matter where the issues came from, what is important is that we heal them and the Internal Family System is very helpful. I encourage you to check it out for yourself.

Here’s an article from betterhelp.com that explains the Internal Family system.

https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/therapy/what-is-internal-family-systems-therapy-and-who-can-benefit-from-it/

A very helpful FB page is “Beating Trauma with Elisabeth Corey” is based closely to the IFS model too.

Also watch the children’s movie “Inside Out” it is based on this model.

Here’s a link explaining the movie.

Inside Out, The Internal Family Systems Model, And The Kars4Kids Jingle

There is nothing more important than our mental and physical health. Take advantage of all resources in growing as the whole person you are meant to be.

 

Thoughtful Thursday #293 – Processing Emotions

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This poster is from the Gottman Institute on how to process difficult emotions. This poster is just another tool in your toolbox for promoting good mental health.

You’re welcome.

Carry on.