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carnival of eating disorders #9

welcome to the 9th carnival of eating disorders!

we had a break in august, and now there are lots of new articles to look at. today we have posts on body image, anorexia, bulimia and overeating. also, as i’ve done before, this month i’m picking one post and will talk about it in more depth some time during the next week. i’ve selected bad buddhist vs. the sixth precept at diary of a bad buddhist for that.

here are the rest of the articles.

body image
an excerpt from “maria de la barbie” at hijas americanas

for those of us who have dark skin, raven hair, and a short stature, there isn’t much external validation. the average woman of any ethnicity is different from what’s celebrated on television, in magazines, and in life…

often, in latin culture, these differences are exacerbated by the fact that the families’ input offers such a distinct point of view—one that’s often at odds with the larger culture. thus, as latinas we can be caught in between two standards of beauty—not feeling beautiful in either culture, or feeling beautiful in one but not the other.

i have a body image problem at superbabymama

i have a body image problem. i guess being female in this dehumanizing society that goes without saying, but i’ve been wondering lately why it is that we women pretty much accept it.

and no, this has nothing to do with high heels, makeup, breast implants, or any of that typically female stuff that causes so many arguments. it’s on a more personal level–my relationship to my disabled body; my relationship to my aging, menopausal body; my relationship to my fat body.

what’s in a man at saglikhealth

males with body image disorders are showing up with increasing frequency in psychiatrists’ offices. more and more men are abusing steroids in an attempt to build muscle. an article in the american journal of addictions noted that “anabolic steroids are increasingly used for the nonmedical purposes of enhancing athletic performance and physical appearance.

as illicit abuse patterns increase, so do reports of physical dependence, major mood disorders, and psychoses.” in the 1980s, body-image studies by psychologists elaine hatfield and susan sprecher found that men were catching up to women: 55 percent of women were dissatisfied with their appearance; men weren’t far behind, at 45 percent.

anorexia
perfect girls, starving daughters: the eating disorder expose at brainblogger

writer and columnist from colorado, courtney martin’s new book perfect girls, starving daughters: the frightening new normalcy of hating your body launches a scathing attack on a new generation of over-achieving, obsessive-compulsive “perfect girls,” who have taken self-flagellation (nutritionally) to the extremes, into a danger zone of no return.

recovery from self-injury is a slow process at centre for emotional well-being

vanessa vega’s memoir on anorexia, poor body image and self-injury comes the darkness, comes the light: a memoir of cutting, healing and hope is reviewed.

manorexia: eating disorders in men at fitsugar

harvard researchers reported the results of the first national study of eating disorders and in a population of nearly 3,000 adults they found that 25 percent of those with anorexia or bulimia and 40 percent of binge eaters were men. researchers were surprised by the numbers since previous studies estimated the numbers closer to around 10 percent.

experts believe that males are becoming more vulnerable to social pressures to achieve the perfect male body – the ultimate “six-pack” abs. men are often reluctant to admit they have an eating disorder because they feel it is a woman’s problem. additionally they do not like to admit that they feel out of control around food. however there are a few celebrities that have spoken publicly about their problem.

dennis quaid sought treatment for his disorder after losing 40 pound for a movie role – in fact i believe he helped coin the phrase “manorexia.” billy bob thorton has battled with anorexia and lost 59 pounds, while elton john has divulged that he suffered from bulimia.

bulimia
a new eating disorder classification at psychology and more

the new york times covers a research article published this month which proposes a new eating disorder: purging disorder. it seems to be distinct from bulimia, which also has purging features, and anorexia, which also may have purging features. what makes purging disorder distinct is that people don’t eat too much and purge which is the classic bulimia profile. they eat normally, but have the impulse to purge.

do i have to gain weight to recover? at real recovery from bulimia & binge eating

of course, it’s very scary for us at first because we think we don’t know or remember how to eat like a normal person. i remember very clearly thinking that. but, we do know – our bodies know when we’re hungry and full and our hearts know how to make good, healthy decisions about which foods to eat. it’s all a matter of hushing our judgmental, anxious, and chaotic heads and allowing our kind, all-knowing, and loving hearts to guide us.

overeating
feeling full at balanced life center

all day long, every time i felt like crying i said i was hungry, and i ate. that day i learned to stuff my feelings with food. since that day, i tried several times to lose weight or curb my eating to no avail. i remember when i moved to raleigh, eating a quart of ice cream every evening. i put on 50 lbs in 5 months, after losing 50 lbs in the year before. i was home sick and lonely, but rather than face the feelings, i just ate them.

last year, when i started writing for this blog, i made a silent commitment to myself to be as authentic as i possibly could. by this time, i was aware that i had been stuffing my feelings thanks to a stint in overeaters anonymous. so, as part of my commitment, i said that i would only eat when hungry and until full.

judith beck: train your brain to think like a thin person at brain fitness blog

an interview with dr. judith beck, cognitive therapy pioneer, on how those techniques can help lose weight in a healthy manner: “since the beginning, i have primarily treated psychiatric outpatients with a variety of diagnoses, especially depression and anxiety. some patients expressed weight loss as a secondary goal in treatment. i found that many of the same cognitive and behavioral techniques that helped them overcome their other problems could also help them to lose weight—and to keep it off.”

common thought traps at weight loss without worry

in order to discard limiting thoughts you must first identify unwanted thought patterns. below i have listed 9 common thought traps — see if you can recognize any of them in your life.

globalizing — this is the tendency to allow a small negative to symbolize “the failure that is your life”. example: you are losing weight steadily for 4 weeks and then go up one pound. you think, “i knew i couldn’t do it, i can’t do anything.”

bone hormone linked to obesity and type 2 diabetes at living the scientific life

this is the story about how bones act as an endocrine organ by producing a protein hormone, osteocalcin, that prevents obesity by increasing insulin production and increasing insulin sensitivity in mice. such effects are likely to be found for humans as well, suggesting that osteocalcin might be an effective treatment for obesity and type 2 diabetes.

how to overcome fear and the obstacles it creates at personal development for INTJs

sometimes, people eat too much or too little because they’re afraid of some image they’d project. if they can fix the underlying problem of being afraid of having a bad self-image, then they can stop “overcompensating”. here’s how to over come your fears .

other submissions include

that concludes this edition. submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of eating disorders using our carnival submission form. the next carnival of eating disorders will be published on october 31.

carnival of healing #105

michael moore’s sicko, pinocchio, rugby and a movie about PTSD – you’d think they don’t have that much in common. but they do. these and other posts featured here today are all written by a community of people who truly want to make the world a better place.

welcome to the 105th carnival of healing, then! thanks, phylameana, for inviting me to host this week’s edition.

here is the lineup:

10 facts you never knew from “sicko” at noedb: nursing online education database

although this article cannot cover all the points that moore covered in his movie, we’ve tried to cover the most controversial points. all moore did with this movie was point to the health insurance industry as a thorn in the side of the U.S. healthcare system.

medical tourism, another topic in this film, already claims at least 500,000 known americans who were treated abroad for medical conditions in 2006. this healthcare alternative, claims the association for the advancement of retired persons, is the simple answer for many to get needed treatment without devastating their savings.

when you feel like giving up at the next 45 years

pick yourself up. think about how good it will feel when you cross the finishing line. think not only about how good it will feel to finally accomplish your goal, but think about how good you are going to feel about yourself for finishing.when you feel like giving up, this is the time to reach down deep into your soul. shut off the tape that plays the lie you can’t do it. replace it with a new tape that states the truth – you are a worthy person and the enemy of your soul has been defeated.

seize the day at the human imprint talks about a now-departed friend who coached a rugby team in george (of the former USSR)

[he] felt the sporting ethos, especially that of rugby union, that catered for all shapes and sizes in one team, could transcend differences and difficulties and help to create mutual support and teamwork among a group of individuals. he once wrote to me about the young men that were learning the game who were turning up to train, many of them unable to afford the bus fare who were walking there and back as well as training for the games.he also said that they expressed great determination, resilience and spirit in their tackling and forward play, never giving up and commiting themselves totally to everything they did. well, last night they proved him right in every way.

methods as temporary tools instead of lifetime crutches at tupelo kenyon

by choosing to remain attached to the same old methods of yesteryear, we may as well be a stone. stones don’t grow, blossom and unfold into ever-expanding awareness. but we do . . . by understanding that our methods (all of our methods) are only transient tools to help us build a life of ever-growing personal development.

helping people understand you have PTSD at dr. patricia sherman – healing is possible

… it can be difficult for the people in your life to acknowledge that you have been traumatized. often they will try to cope with their feelings of helplessness by denying or being blind to what you are trying to tell them. they may also be feeling angry at whatever or whoever hurt you, but don’t know what to do with their anger. so what do you do?

bringing the law of attraction into the workplace at ask the careercounselor

recognize that you are creating your own drama. deliberately choose to shift you attitude. for example, if you find yourself reacting to a customer, take a deep breath and reach for a more objective attitude. you might work on depersonalizing, considering the other person’s point of view, generating empathy and compassion, becoming less serious…get the picture?

make it real at 21st century citizen

take a step today — a small step or a large step — but take some step. take a step toward making the better world of your imagination real.

pinocchio and the meaning of life at brendan mcphillip’s blog:

pinocchio perfectly symbolizes our dual nature; our material self and our real self. of course pinocchio’s material self is as a wooden puppet. our material selves aren’t made of wood (although i love the english phrase of describing someone who’s not to intelligent as being “thick as two planks”) but we are made of physical, emotional and mental material that combine to create our body. this is the material self that you’ve come to know and love complete with all its sensations, habits,likes, dislikes, thoughts, habits and attitudes. but there’s more to us that this body.

other submissions included

last week’s carnival was at deepest health, and next week’s carnival will be at therapeutic reiki (thanks for the lovely intro, astrid!).

if you’d like to submit to, or host future carnivals, please visit the carnival of healing homepage.

PTSD and restorative justice

scott from finding your marbles just sent me an email wondering about my thoughts on the development of this story about PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) as grounds for acquittal.

a groundbreaking ruling that found a former soldier not criminally responsible for a sex assault he admitted to committing was overturned by the manitoba court of appeal on thursday.

the appeal court ordered a new trial for roger borsch, who did not face criminal penalties for breaking into a colleague’s home in the pas, man., in 2004 and attacking her 13-year-old daughter. borsch argued that his mind was affected by atrocities he witnessed on a six-month tour of duty in bosnia a decade earlier.

the question that is asked in cases like this is, “is this person criminally responsible?”

but i’d like to put that aside for a while and simply ask, “is this person responsible for his actions?”

in my mind, the answer is a clear and unequivocal “yes.”

it doesn’t matter what the state of one’s mind is, one is always responsible for one’s actions.

when i was in my late teens, drunk on tequila one night and heartsick because of a fight i had had with my boyfriend, i engaged in serious flirtations with an ex boyfriend. that was a significant event in a horrible downward spiral for his then-girlfriend, who ended up committing suicide.

yes, i was drunk out of my mind and yes, i was heartsick, but that does not change the fact that it was i who behaved in such abhorrent ways. it wasn’t someone else. it was i who was the cause of suffering for this young woman.

so is roger borsch criminally responsible? that’s for the judges to decide. but no matter what, he is responsible for the suffering of this young girl. he is the one who raped her.

what does this responsibility mean? in my opinion, an opinion strongly informed by restorative justice, it means he needs to respond. he needs to respond to the suffering that he has caused. he needs to be part of the healing for this young woman, who may now be suffering from PTSD herself. what that type of restorative justice looks like depends on many factors but saying, “PTSD made me do it” doesn’t sound responsible to me.

we also need to remember that as a society (that means each and every single one of us), we are at least partly responsible for the experience our soldiers have in war. when we send someone into war and strife, they are bound to get hurt, not just physically but also emotionally. it’s reasonable to expect that that will have unpleasant consequences, and we need to help them deal with them because we are responsible for sending them off to begin with.

for a perspective on what it’s like to be in prison with PTSD, you may want to try budhi’s blog.

(this post was referenced in the 20th brain blogging carnival

a question of integrity

edith yeung over at dream. think. act had a post the other day where she listed a long list of questions about integrity, taken from the book the power of principles by william j. byron.

these “integrity questions” are focused mostly around what i would call our civic and professional duties, and i think they’re important questions.

often we seem to look at integrity only in reference to others. what about integrity vis-à-vis ourselves, our bodies, minds and spirit?

let’s take some of edith’s questions and turn them around to reflect on our self integrity. you’ll find my new questions first, followed by edith’s original questions.

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do you habitually shorten your R&R and family time by working late, going to work before anyone else or not taking lunch?

(do you violate proper office-hour procedure by arriving late, or leaving early, or by tracking lengthy lunch periods or coffee breaks?)

do you pack on too much “padding” with extra food, thereby cheating your body of its ideal weight?

(do you pad your business expense accounts by overstating mileage, hotel, food, telephone items, etc?)

do you habitually play down your contributions?

(have you ever claimed credit at work for the ideas or labors of someone else?)

do you “borrow” time and effort from your life energy, such as not sleeping enough, and don’t get around to replenishing it?

(do you “borrow” stamps from the office supply for personal use and then forget to pay for them or replace them?)

do you never take advantage of sick days and holiday time, even though your body and soul need them?

(have you received benefits through improper reporting relative to welfare relief, unemployment or workmen’s compensation, or GI dependency?)

could you describe yourself as having a “morbid sense of responsibility”?

(have you placed blame on someone else for your own mistakes at work?)

do you use family and personal time or facilities for business?

(do you use company time or facilities (telephone, car, office, etc.) for personal business?)

are you always the one who says “oh, don’t worry, i’ll take care of it”?

(do you pass off most of your responsibility to colleagues to free yourself for your own personal pursuits?)

do you often pick up the tab for others because you feel you should (not because you feel generous)?

(do you take meals in public places, or pick up magazines or newspapers at stands, and walk off without paying?)

do you let others short-change you and then feel resentful over it?

(have you knowingly accepted overpayments in change from merchants without return it?)

is your life too fast-paced? do you exhaust yourself by hunting after shortcuts for tasks you intuitively know will take time? do you spend too much time parked in front of the TV?

(did you try to beat traffic laws through speeding, illegal turns, parking violations, etc.?)

do you rarely allow people to help you?

(do you sponge on your neighbours by using their TV, consuming their drinks, their snacks, etc. without any attempt to reciprocate?)

do you lie to yourself?

(do you cheat your spouse by overstating home operating-expense (for women) or normal incidental work expenses (for men)?)

a feast for workaholics and people with heavy codependency issues, isn’t it? but let’s be easy on ourselves – many of us have probably been guilty of not showing enough integrity to ourselves. this list is not meant as a reminder to beat yourself up – it’s just a few questions to ponder when you have time.

now go and play!

(this post was included in the carnival of ethics and personal finance)

alternative approaches to dealing with mental health

at our vancouver bloggers’ meetup last time, pete quily of adult ADD strengths asked me an interesting question: “what are the topics that would naturally come up in the course of your work that you’re not discussing much on your blog?”

it’s a question i’ve been thinking about ever since, and i’ve been working on all kinds of ideas.

one has recently crossed my path, via helpguide. something i haven’t talked about much are alternative and complementary approaches to mental health. helpguide has a comprehensive list of them. here is an excerpt:

medical approaches

  • ayurveda (“science of life” traditional medicine from india) is the oldest medical system. the focus on energy and balance rather than symptoms seeks to restore wholeness in the mind-body-spirit system.
  • traditional chinese medicine (TCM), in use for more than 4,000 years, is based on the flow of vital energy (qi or chi, pronounced “chee”) throughout the body.
  • native american (or, as we would call it here in canada, first nations) healing is thousands of years old and combines religion, spirituality, herbal medicine, and rituals to treat medical and emotional problems, including trauma and addictions.
  • homeopathic medicine (“like cures like”) was developed in the early 20th century. it does not treat a “disease” or disorder by name (such as depression) but rather by specific symptoms (including things that affect symptoms, such as sounds, smells, tastes, moods, energy, time of day or temperature when symptoms are worse, etc.).
  • naturopathic medicine sees physical and mental health as arising from a healing power in the body that establishes, maintains, and restores health. nutritional or other “balancing” approaches


nutritional approaches

  • vitamins and supplements: many people may suffer from both physical and mental conditions that arise from inadequate nutrition. nutritional deficiencies often first appear in the form of mental symptoms.
  • allergies: there are many theories that allergies to such foods as wheat, sugar, and milk cause or exacerbate symptoms in schizophrenia, autism, anxiety, learning disabilities, ADHD, and other conditions.
  • dietetic changes: many people find that adjustments in their diet may affect their mental and emotional health. for example, blood sugar levels have a strong impact on mood and emotional energy, and can be managed by eating small amounts every few hours, particularly of protein-rich foods, in a well-balanced overall diet.


energy therapies

  • qi gong (pronounced “chee kung”) is an ancient chinese system using movement, meditation, relaxation, mind-body integration, and breathing exercises.
  • reiki (pronounced “ray-kee”) is a japanese system of transferring energy from the practitioner to heal the patient’s spirit, which leads to physical health.
  • therapeutic touch is a form of “laying on of hands,” which may also involve the healer passing hands over the body without actually touching it, to detect energy imbalances and re-direct them through the energy of the therapist.

(this post appeared in the meditation, yoga and spiritual growth carnival)

7 lessons from the toilet bowl

so here i was, cleaning the toilet, when i reached over and zing, i strained my lower back, right above the hip bone.

quite a fascinating experience, and what i’m learning from it can be applied to other areas of life as well:

  1. when there is a warning sign, pay attention and stop.
  2. after the injury, be it physical or emotional, relax.
  3. allow your system to take notice but don’t seize up. the hurt is in one part of your life, not in all of it.
  4. just like a martial artist, allow the natural course of things to aid you.
  5. keep paying attention.
  6. experiment with what you can do and what you can’t do.
  7. give yourself more rest than normal but don’t stop completely.

here’s how this learning came about

fortunately, i used to be a bodyworker so i have a bit of an idea what to do. as soon as the pain hit, i realized this was serious, different from a little bump or the type of random nerve firing we get once in a while. i immediately stopped what i was doing, stood still, and tried to relax my back as much as possible.

as i’ve mentioned in a previous post, i know that many long-term consequences of such injuries stem not from the original trauma but from the whole area involuntarily trying to seize up, and from other compensatory movements and postures. so i did some gentle gravity exercises to counteract that.

throughout the day i paid attention to my back and performed very careful exercises, feeling for which muscles needed to stretch and which ones needed to be left alone. i gave myself a good mix of normal movement and rest.

my body was very tired at the end of the day, but it was an “ok” type of tired, and i went to bed early. it’s slowly getting better; i have to be careful but i also feel that my body is healing.

thanks, body, for this teaching.

and, needless to say, i didn’t need any reminding to do my grounding exercises. this sort of experience makes it very easy for me to stay in my body!

online contests meet human desires

i’m entering david airey’s contest. and lincoln’s. and the good woman at whitterer on autism passed on a break out blogger award to me.

i’m jumpiBreak Out Blogger Awardng up and down!

“aha! tshumpink up an down! vat iss your mind doo-ink?” says the psychologist in me.

why do we get so excited about things like that?

i think it has something to do with curiosity and novelty. the internet is one big novelty machine – nah, as machines go, it’s the biggest one.

curiosity is one of our strongest drives. research has shown that monkeys would forgo food in favour of finding out what is behind closed doors. and this very homo sapiens monkey here has delayed many a physical need in favour of yet another click of the mouse.

(for example, when i was looking for research on the psychology of novelty. and i found something! doesn’t stuff like this make your heart beat faster, too?

the likelihood of higher novelty seeking to occur in adults with the two-repeat and five-repeat alleles of the exon III DRD4 polymorphism was found to be increased if individuals had experienced a hostile childhood environment such as maternal emotional distance and a strict authoritarian disciplinary style with physical punishment. the adult novelty-seeking scores were found to be low in individuals who were reared in a kind and cooperative environment

no? well, i guess we don’t all seek the same type of novelty …)

online contests, then, are an alluring mix between the novelty of the internet per se, the novelty of the contest specifically, and our inborn acquisitiveness (i believe the technical term for that may be “greed”.) by the way, i’d be interested to what degree novelty-seeking plays a role in this acquisitiveness but i guess that’s material for another post.

and you know what, all of this was just an excuse to write a semi-intelligent blog post that will allow me to participate in these contests and awards. (oh! “participate”! there’s another element. curiosity, greed acquisitiveness and a need to belong. three of the biggest human drives, all in one.)

so here we go.

first of all, thanks, maddy, for giving me the breakout bloggers award. it’s given to solid up-and-coming bloggers who are starting to get a wider and wider audience. i’m passing it on to

  1. glenda watson-hyatt at do it myself blog. written by a woman with cerebral palsy, with only her left thumb, and tons of guts and wit
  2. vivek khemka’s the red pencil, an educational blog
  3. and william harryman at integral options café, “a place to discuss all things related to a buddhist, integral worldview”.

glenda, vivek and william, if you know anyone who feels deserves this award, please pass it on. for the why’s and wherefore’s of all of this, please go to my stumbleupon friend bobbarama, who is the one who dreamed it all up.

sorry, guys, this ain’t over yet. i still have to work on winning two more contests!

one is over at lincoln’s habitation of justice. lincoln, what can i say, i can’t pass on a chance to win a $100 amazon gift certificate, especially since i have told myself i can’t buy a book until christmas (spending way too much money on books). if i win this certificate, i get to cheat!

and here’s the biggie. graphic designer david airey has a humongous giveaway to celebrate his blog’s first anniversary. he offers these delectable prizes and i want them all! (if you’re reading this – you can still participate, it’s on until september 26).

  1. custom wordpress theme design from nate whitehill of nate whitehill dot com.
  2. personal marketing / advertising plan from maki of dosh dosh.
  3. signed copy of blogging tips by lorelle vanfossen of lorelle on wordpress.
  4. one hour seo consultation with lyndon antcliff of cornwall SEO.
  5. $60 of books from amazon courtesy of darren rowse of ProBlogger.
  6. blog review and email interview published on make it great! with phil gerbyshak.
  7. one hour blog optimization consultation consultation with daniel scocco of daily blog tips.
  8. revolution premium wordpress theme package (personal package) from brian gardner, WordPress designer and consultant.
  9. $25 via paypal courtesy of gayla mccord of mom gadget
  10. 2GB USB storage key x 3 courtesy of jamie clague at terinea weblog
  11. full blog review with deep links and images published on blog-op with chris lodge
  12. expert WordPress blog help from lakshmi mareddy of chilligavva.
  13. blog review from hock ng of marketing tools review
  14. blog makeover from charles jordan of the queer chef for a WordPress design
  15. two 45 minute coaching consultations with mark mcguinness of wishful thinking.
  16. 4 hour consultation with business growth consultant rebecca caroe
  17. blog improvement or monetization advice with easton ellsworth of business blogwire
  18. copy of brand aid by brad vanauken of the blake project.
  19. 728px by 90px banner ad for 30 days above the fold on the blog experiment, courtesy of sara.
  20. 30 day text link ad shown site-wide on .

isabella mori
counselling in vancouver

the scrunchie challenge: change a habit!

adam at the monk at work blog sent me an email about his latest blog post yesterday. i quickly glanced at it and then just marked the URL for the post. it reads http://monkatwork.com/2007/09/21/no-complaints-and-contest/. because i only glanced at it, all i saw was “no complaints contest”.

hey, i thought, what a cool idea!

it turns out, though, that the contest is not about complaining – but i still think it’s a great idea. in the article, adam talks about how he’s been inspired by tim ferriss of the four-hour work week to wean himself off complaining.

you wear a wristband (i’m using a LiveStrong wristband i found), and if you complain about anything, you have to switch it to the other wrist (of course, you don’t get the pain element of a rubber band snap, but the hassle is effective enough as an awareness-builder, so far). the standard duration of a project like this is 21 days, but if you have a particularly troublesome time with it, feel free to extend it to 30 days or more.

a cool twist: you don’t have to switch the wristband if you come up with a positive solution to the situation you’re noticing.

after explaining this, adam asks,

so what’s your vice? is it negativity, complaining, or playing the victim? is it perfectionism, procrastination, or doubting yourself? do you defer to others instead of standing up for what you want, or are you chronically nice? [and another biggie, added by isabella: do you need to deal with your resentments?]
any of these would be good grounds to start a personal project. make your commitment, put on your wristband, and watch your awareness level climb!

okay then, adam! since you actually have a different contest going, i’m going to hijack this and turn it into a meme and a challenge.

and since i’m a firm believer of “walk the talk”, i’ll tell you what i’m going to work on. as i’m thinking about this i realize that it has to be a very personal habit, one that i engage in throughout the day, and which i support by negative thought patterns.

hmmm … this is taking me a while to think about … is this because i’m unaware or because i’ve eradicated most of my more blatant negative thinking patterns? oh, here i have something: when i feel ungrounded, i still often ignore that and just go on with whatever i’m doing rather than at least briefly switching to an activity that will ground me again.

instead of a wristband i think i’ll wear a scrunchie on my wrist. that’ll give me something to talk about! isabella wears a scrunchie

okay, that’s what i’ll be working on. today is the 22nd of september, so 21 days from now is october 12.

i’ll report in sporadically.

that’s my part. who else wants to take up the challenge? how about i’ll ask some of the wonderful people from the personal development list that got on to the list after i posted it? let’s pass this meme around and see what happens. and if you do use this meme, please let me know.

lorie marrero at the clutter diet blog
marion at herbal connection
max at max
patricia klingler at remarkable women speak
priya florence shah at soul kadee

of course, everyone else who wants to participate, please feel free. that includes you, my good readers, as well as adam and tim, and of course priscilla, who started the personal development blog list, and albert, who also invited me to participate.

can’t wait to see how this is going to turn out!

isabella mori
counselling in vancouver