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Archive for March 15th, 2012

Another great post from Beyond Meds! Check it out… What is healing? How do we return to wholeness?

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

I found some of the below quotes off a blog called, “Determined to Heal.” These are ideas I work with too. What does it mean to heal?

Healing to me does not mean returning to what one was before something went wrong. Wholeness does not necessarily mean normal. And even the word recovery is problematic because, frankly, I don’t want what I had before. Who wants to go backwards anyway? Healing means being whole even while still perhaps not functioning like others. To me it also suggests some sort of maturation and growth from “before” for all that is learned on the journey.

It’s about accepting and being completely who you are with whatever limitations you have. I may be very sick now, but I also have a better sense of self and, well, wholeness, even in my broken body and that is because my body is not…

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Mindful Lifestyle - Devoted to Healing & Being

Here is a great post on getting back to eating whole foods… not full of chemicals and not processed.

Can we get back to basics and stop living at full throttle?  Can we stop running and start savoring?

Why do we take our health for granted?

I know too many of us who have had to do radical things to get back to health rather than learn to be health….

So what’s it going to be radical or real?

Peace, Jen

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Matthieu Ricard.

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Check out Matthieu Ricard, Buddhist monk, author, meditator at TedTalks.  Mindfulness, Neural Plasticity, and Happiness….

And here are some of his publications:

Why Meditate?

The Art of Meditation

The Skill of Mindfulness

Motionless Journey

and so much more…..

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from A Caregiver’s Challenge:  Living, Loving, Letting Go by M. Schacht

You have the right to:

  • be comfortable with your physician.
  • a second opinion (or third).
  • interview a physician.
  • refuse a particular therapy.
  • refuse medication.
  • think things over and not rush into action.
  • your anxiety.
  • see your records.
  • copies of letters and x-rays.
  • know what side effects may come from sugary, medication, radiation, or chemotherapy
  • have a family member or other support person with you when a plan of action is being explored or explained.
  • make your own decision and not to succumb to pressure.
  • resist emotional blackmail.
  • explore alternative therapies (Herbs, acupuncture, etc.).
  • remain silent.
  • chatter.
  • seek a support group.
  • dignity.
  • grieve.
  • manage your own case!

Don’t think you have to be a patient with a life-limiting illness for this to apply to you.  Remember, if you aren’t your own advocate, who will be?  Who else has your best interest at heart, the way you do?

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Signs of Compassion Fatigue or Burnout

  • Perfectionism – focuses on what needs to be improved, rather than on what has been accomplished, feel like you never succeed at anything
  • Never-ending tasks — work that appears to lack both a beginning and an end, no closure, therefore, feel like nothing is completed
  • Multiple roles – feeling of being overwhelmed by playing numerous roles at work and in personal life
  • Substance abuse – marked increase in consumption of alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, and caffeine
  • Loss of self-esteem – decrease of self confidence
  • “Negative” Emotions – anger, anxiety, dissatisfaction, guilt, irritability

Related Resource:

The Five Things We Cannot Change by David Richo

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