Month: December 2014

Happy New Year 2015 | Mindfulness Project Free Resources for You

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Wishing everyone a Happy New year for 2015. Thanks for stopping by and supporting my posts and writing. Here are some wonderful free resources from Mindfulness Project for you to use in your practice of mindfulness in 2015. They range from 3 minute to 10 minute breathing exercises, mindfulness of sound, body scan, sitting meditation, movement, guided imagery, and just bells. All in one place. I hope that you enjoy!

Please visit Meaning and Mindfulness

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Editors’ Picks of the Year: Notable Reads on WordPress.com

An interesting collection.

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Our editors dove into the archives to resurface top posts published on WordPress.com this year, from personal essays to comics, and photography to fiction. Here’s a glimpse of what you published — and what the community especially loved — in 2014.

“Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page? Well, He Just Did,” Stephan Pastis, Pearls Before Swine

“Bill Watterson is the Bigfoot of cartooning,” writes comic artist Stephan Pastis of the legendary Calvin and Hobbes creator. This summer, Pastis collaborated — in secret — with Watterson. Their awesome idea: Watterson would silently step in and draw Pastis’ comic strip, Pearls Before Swine, for a few days, pretending to be a second grader. Pastis recounts the experience, offering a rare glimpse of Bigfoot.

Pearls Before Swine; Stephan Pastis; June 4, 2014.Pearls Before Swine; Stephan Pastis; June 4, 2014.

“No Apology,” Mehreen Kasana

I will apologize for ISIS when every…

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“I Go to Seek a Great Perhaps” – Attributed to François Rabelais

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This quote resonates with me and the words are said to be the last words of Franciois Rabelais, although there is some controversy about this. It encapsulates my journey outlined in my previous posts: Cross Country Ramblings I and Cross Country Ramblings II. I also mentioned this in the post Shaking Up and Giving Up. My journey in all ways is towards uncovering/discovering the “great perhaps”. My wish especially for those who really need it, who are suffering or in pain in some way, is for them in the new year, to discover their “great perhaps”, which in the words of Viktor Frankl is unique to you: “…meaning must be found and cannot be given.”  (1975, p. 112).

Here is a lovely piece in the Huffington Post, written by a young girl, Shanzeh-khurram where she says:

‘While reading “Looking for Alaska” by John Green a few years ago, I came across the last words of the poet Francois Rabelais: “I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” The main character, Miles, states these words as his reason for going to a college away from home; he doesn’t want to “wait until he dies to start seeking a Great Perhaps.” ‘

Do read further, this is a lovely piece.

Frankl, V. E. (1975).  The Unconscious God:  Psychotherapy and Theology.  New York:  Simon and Schuster.  (Originally published in 1948 as Der unbewusste Gott.  Republished in 1997 as Man’s Search for Ultimate Meaning.)

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How to Reduce Stress | Readers’ Favorite Review

See my Self-help ebook How to Reduce Stress: Simple Techniques for Reducing Stress available on Amazon here. Great to buy especially over the Festive Season, which can be stressful.

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See my Readers’ Favorite 4 star review here

Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers’ Favorite

“This world is full of things that can throw you for a loop and bring up the huge stress monster in all of us. We can’t avoid things like bad bosses, job loss, money troubles, children misbehaving, and many many more. Yet there has to be a way to cope with all of the stress that life throws your way without having a big blow out or breakdown. How to Reduce Stress: Simple Techniques for Reducing Stress by Carol Knox is the answer to dealing with the stress in your daily life and offers simple, real-world techniques to bring stress down to a manageable level any time or anywhere. It is clear that Carol Knox is educated on the matter and has done her research on the subject. You can tell through her tone and the way she writes for her audience that she has a very deep sense of caring for people and sincerely wants to help them deal with their stresses…”

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How Finding Meaning and Helping Others Helped a PTSD Sufferer

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How Finding Meaning and Helping others Helped a PTSD Sufferer

A post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sufferer, had a sense of doom, of no future, but as a result of getting help with finding meaning and helping others he said:

“I never thought I’d look in the mirror and see a 52 year old staring back. Never dreamed I’d live this long and I feel like I’ve wasted a lot of time just waiting for the ax to fall. I think now that if I continue to practice doing that one thing every day that I know in my heart is right, maybe my life will have meant something. Those kids I tutor have taught me a lot about my own family and myself. They know when I’m supposed to arrive and they can’t wait to see me and now I’ve got that with my grandkids. What’s most important for me now is to be there for them, not let them down.”
Logotherapy as an Adjunctive Treatment for Chronic Combat-related PTSD: A Meaning-based Intervention by S. Southwick, R. Gilmartin, P. McDonough, P. Morrissey (AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOTHERAPY, Vol. 60, No. 2, 2006, 2 p. 172)
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