Rhythm of Resilience – The Weeklies

A few days ago, I posted about my Rhythm of Resilience, a collection of habits I've developed and committed to. It is my hope that doing these things regularly will help keep my resilience up so that I can more easily weather the mental health storms that come my way. It's kind of regular set … Continue reading Rhythm of Resilience – The Weeklies

Conducting the Symphony 2: The Vision

A few days ago, I had a vision during my morning devotions. I was reading Psalm 148, which includes lines like this: Praise the Lord!Praise the Lord from the heavens;    praise him in the heights!3 Praise him, sun and moon;    praise him, all you shining stars!7 Praise the Lord from the earth,    you sea monsters and all deeps,8 fire and hail, … Continue reading Conducting the Symphony 2: The Vision

Conducting the Symphony 1: The Theremin

So I have a new toy -- I received a theremin for Christmas. If you're not familiar with theremins, they are (in my opinion) the coolest musical instrument ever created. It's an electronic instrument that was invented in the 1920s, and it is played with your body, but without touching it. If you've never heard … Continue reading Conducting the Symphony 1: The Theremin

Rhythm of Resilience – The Daily W’s

Some weeks ago, my therapist suggested something, and it's stuck with me since. We were talking about how easily I slide into depression, and he said something like, "Do you think there might be an addictive component here?" He wasn't diagnosing. He wasn't accusing. He was just speculating. But it's been a very fruitful avenue … Continue reading Rhythm of Resilience – The Daily W’s

Catching the Backslide

It's been a while since I blogged anything but a sermon. I want to break this silence, and as I thought about what to write about, it occurred to me that some of you shared that you appreciated my openness and honesty about the experiences I'd had at Alternatives, the partial hospitalization program I attended … Continue reading Catching the Backslide

My Two Wolves

There’s an old story I’ve heard many times throughout my life. I encountered it again a few days ago at the Alternatives Partial Hospitalization program. It’s a story that’s sometimes called “The Two Wolves.” It goes something like this: An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” … Continue reading My Two Wolves

I Accept the World Around Me

Yesterday, I blogged about radical acceptance (a concept from dialectical behavioral therapy), the practice of choosing to accept reality as it is, rather than getting upset or angry about how things are. It doesn’t mean that we approve of this reality, or even that we choose to passively do nothing about it – it just … Continue reading I Accept the World Around Me

I Accept Myself

There are many things in my life that seem to cause me distress. But it’s not the things themselves that cause the distress – it’s my response to them that causes it. I think this is kind of like the Buddhist teaching that suffering is caused by our attachment to things. It’s not the thing … Continue reading I Accept Myself

The Hardest Words to Say

I have noticed that I have a very difficult relationship with some words. For instance, the sentence, you’re welcome. When someone thanks me for something, I usually respond with, “No problem,” or, “Sure,” or just a nod. I can’t get myself to say the words, “You’re welcome.” I’m not entirely sure why, but I think … Continue reading The Hardest Words to Say

That’ll do, Self. That’ll do.

A long time ago, I read about the difference between maximizers and satisficers. As I understand it (which may be incomplete or just plain wrong, I’ll admit), a maximizer is someone who always needs to find the perfect answer for something, and a satisficer is someone who determines a level that is “good enough,” and … Continue reading That’ll do, Self. That’ll do.