Stop trying to force that frown upside down. Instead, try the joy-building tips experts really use: The Daily Habits of Happiness Experts
Depression Era Love Song? Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush SLAY this duet! ANALYSIS of “Don’t Give Up”
Join professional opera singer Elizabeth Zharoff, as she listens to Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush performing together for the first time on “Don’t Give Up” on The Charismatic Voice. IMHO, one of the top 3 love songs in history and this video cements that deal!
7 Ways Childhood Trauma Shows Up in Your Romantic Relationships via @TinyBuddha
Without healing and inner work, we unconsciously play out patterns from the past and stop ourselves from having a fulfilling relationship. Source: 7 Ways Childhood Trauma Shows Up in Your Romantic Relationships – Tiny Buddha
Early childhood trauma?
Tell me about it. Every Saturday night when I went to visit my grandmother! But, what I wouldn’t give to be forced to watch it with her now… :-(
Smells Like Teen Spirit on Kurt Cobain’s 1953 Martin D-18 “Grandpa” with @maryspender
LOVE me some Mary Spender!!!
7 Brutal Truths Every Happily Divorced Person Knows
Don’t just move on after a divorce … thrive. Source: 7 Brutal Truths Every Happily Divorced Person Knows
Start me up
I used to start my day every morning by saying ‘Alexa, start my day’ and I’d get a mix of the latest national, state and local news and I’d listen in the background while I’d drink my coffee and wake up. Last week I changed that habit and instead I now say ‘Alexa, shuffle the ‘Start me up’ playlist on everywhere’ and my entire apartment is filled with my favorite upbeat music. I start my day singing and dancing and I continue to listen while I walk a couple of miles, stretch and meditate and my life is better as a result. Here’s my list in case you’d like to use it — I think my taste in music’s pretty good thanks to decades of listening to 93XRT in Chicago and I think that with the help of Spotify I’m a pretty good curator. If you think you can do better do it! The question is what can you do to get your day off to a better start?
Recently, I said to a good friend ‘I accept that my life is fucked. Now I need to know what to do to UNFUCK it.’ and that reminded me of author Gary John Bishop and his book Unfuck Yourself:
“It’s not that you have to find the answer, you are the answer.” This book will require you to seek the answer, not out there, but inside of yourself. It’s not that you have to find the answer, you are the answer. As I’ve said to my clients many, many times, people spend their lives waiting for the cavalry, all the while never realizing they are the cavalry. Your life is waiting on you to finally show up.Bishop, Gary John. Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life (pp. 15-16). HarperOne. Kindle Edition.
If you’re the kind of person that sometimes needs a good Scottish coach to tell you to get your shit together, then Gary John may be just what you need!
If you like the video then you’ll love the book!
If this kind of talking to gets you energized, then check out his YouTube channel and you can get his podcasts on your favorite player.
What ACEs/PCEs do you have?
What ACEs do you have? There are 10 types of childhood trauma measured in the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. The number of ACEs and offsetting PCEs play a huge role in your childhood growth and development and could give you insight into addictive behaviors. Go to the source: What ACEs/PCEs do you have?
Gabor Mate explains the significance of childhood trauma here:
How Childhood Trauma Leads to Addiction
Gabor Maté CM (born January 6, 1944) is a Hungarian-born Canadian physician. He has a background in family practice and a special interest in childhood development and trauma, and in their potential lifelong impacts on physical and mental health, including on autoimmune disease, cancer, ADHD, addictions, and a wide range of other conditions. Now retired from clinical practice, he travels and speaks extensively on these and related topics, both in North America and abroad. His books have been published internationally in over twenty-five languages. Maté’s approach to addiction focuses on the trauma his patients have suffered and looks to address this in their recovery, with special regard to indigenous populations around the world.
Surrender: An Evening with Bono in Conversation with Jon Meacham
This should be good! Bono interviewed by Jon Meacham? Count me in…
Someone is talking behind your back and you want them to stop?
I love listening to Ashley Berges talk about mental health issues. Here’s a sample of her work that is relevant in my life today.
Fresh Shania Twain
Shania Twain has a new album that’s hot to drop. Here’s the first cut!
Richard Rohr in Simplicity: The Art of Living
God calls all of you to take the path of the inner truth. Source: Richard Rohr in Simplicity: The Art of Living | Spiritual Practice of the Day | Spirituality & Practice
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction
A long obedience in the same direction. Sound familiar? Famous atheist Friedrich Nietzsche said this in the early 20th Century book entitled Beyond Good and Evil. Source: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction
Inspired Resolutions via @JordanFScotti
Creating meaningful, lasting change in the new year. Source: Inspired Resolutions
In 2023, be like a cat
Eckhart Tolle said ‘I have met many Zen masters in my life. All of them cats’. Maybe be like a cat is good dharma! I have learned much from observing mine.
When a cat falls out of a tree, it let’s go of itself. The cat becomes completely relaxed, and lands lightly on the ground. But if a cat were about to fall out of a tree, and suddenly make up its mind that it didnt want to fall, it would become tense and rigid, and would be just a bag of broken bones upon landing.
It is the philosophy of the Tao that…the moment we were born we were kicked off a precipice and we are falling, and there is nothing that can stop it.
So instead of living in a state of chronic tension and clinging to all sorts of things that are actually falling with us because the whole world is impermanent, be like a cat.
Alan Watts, Whatis Tao?
10 New and Useful Health Tips From 2022 Research
Supercharge your health in 2023 with these helpful tips from 2022. Source: 10 New and Useful Health Tips From 2022 Research
Mindfulness Vs. Self-Compassion: Which Matters More?
3 studies show self-compassion is a more powerful mental health predictor. Source: Mindfulness Vs. Self-Compassion: Which Matters More?
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