Posts Tagged ‘addiction’

Friday link roundup 10/16

“maybe it’s simply the act of getting up one more time. that maybe that’s all you need to do… that’s all you can do… and maybe that one act repeated over and over again pumps your heart back to life.”  —terri st. cloud, bone sigh arts

(original print here).

According the the Smithsonian Magazine, ancient women artists may have done a majority of cave art painting.

An article from Salon by a woman who has been bullied for being thin.  From The Mighty:  an article by a woman who was told by a stranger at a restaurant to stop eating.  I am sure there are more articles like these out there from women of all shapes and sizes.  My response to these:  please don’t tell women they need to eat more or less based on the way they look or how much they weigh.  Don’t judge them.  You don’t know their stories.

From The Mighty:  Imagining a world without mental illness stigma.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine now defines addiction as a brain disorder rather than a behavioral issue.

Spring Awakening, a musical (and originally, a play) about repressed adolescents in the late 1800s, has returned to Broadway.  This time, it has returned with a twist – the main cast members are deaf and the production includes sign language.

Mary Oliver is one of my favorite poets.  I love how she weaves words and makes connections between life and nature.  An excerpt from her new book of poetry, Felicity.
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Friday link roundup 7/3

Mary Oliver quote

A psychologist argues that addiction is not a disease, and does not use the term “recovery.” See why here.

On Americans and personal space.

Coping While Black: an article on the psychologically traumatic effects of racism.

6 Outdated Myths Everyone Believes about Bisexuality. Well, maybe not everyone. I have had people ask me, “What does that mean to you?”

A story on how a mother encouraged her struggling teenage daughter through poetry.

This week, Mike Huckabee remarked that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts “needed medication for schizophrenia” because of recent rulings on healthcare and gay marriage. NAMI speaks out on how presidential candidates and public figures using mental health terms in derogatory ways affects those with who live with mental illness.  Also in the national news.

This makes me very happy: One of my favorite bands, the Wailin’ Jennys, is fundraising for NAMI and mental health awareness at their concerts.

Three of my favorite TED Talks

I wanted to share several of my favorite TED talks, ones that have really resonated with me and made me exclaim, “Yes!  It’s like that!” and share with friends and family.

Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability.

From her talk:  “This is what I have found: to let ourselves be seen, deeply seen, vulnerably seen; to love with our whole hearts, even though there’s no guarantee — and that’s really hard, and I can tell you as a parent, that’s excruciatingly difficult — to practice gratitude and joy in those moments of terror, when we’re wondering, ‘Can I love you this much? Can I believe in this this passionately? Can I be this fierce about this?’  just to be able to stop and, instead of catastrophizing what might happen, to say, ‘I’m just so grateful, because to feel this vulnerable means I’m alive.'”  – Brené Brown.

Brené Brown studies vulnerability, shame, and perfectionism.  I love how she tells stories, her own story and piece of the stories of people she engages with as part of her research.  I love how she’s willing to do her own personal work when she discovers that she’s not being as whole-hearted or vulnerable as she’d like.  I have read all of Brené Brown’s books.  I even won a giveaway on her blog once and have a signed card.  I could gush about her for quite awhile.  However, if you haven’t yet, and maybe even if you have, watch her TED talk.  It’s a great introduction to her work and the power and strength of vulnerability.

Glennon Doyle Melton, Lessons from the Mental Hospital

From her talk:  “But what I learned during that time is that sitting with the pain and the joy of being a human being, while refusing to run for any exits is the only way to become a real human being. And so these days I’m not a superhero and I’m not a perfect human being. But I am a fully human being. And I am proud of that.”  – Glennon Doyle Melton

I’ve shared several links on her from Glennon’s blog, Momastery.  I appreciate her honesty, her vulnerability, and her willingness to show up for herself and others.  I love her commitment to serve people with her whole self and heart – she seems to express who she is, imperfections and challenges and all, and lead from there.

Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts

And what I’m saying is that culturally, we need a much better balance. We need more of a yin and yang between these two types [introverts and extroverts). This is especially important when it comes to creativity and to productivity, because when psychologists look at the lives of the most creative people, what they find are people who are very good at exchanging ideas and advancing ideas, but who also have a serious streak of introversion in them.”  – Susan Cain

I discovered Susan Cain through her book Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.  In her book and TED talk, she boldly challenges common myths and beliefs about introverts, and advocates for a new greater understanding.  As an introvert, I really identify with what she has to say.

What TED talks or other speeches have inspired you?

Friday link roundup 5/29

fitting in

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On how an artist overcame his addiction and became a better artist and person.

A literary map of London.

An argument against using the term “recovery.”

On independent bookstores and approaches to reading in the digital age.

Cartoonist Gemma Correll’s take on anxiety and illustrating her experiences.

Inspiration from a blog post

“Help us manage our fire, yes, but don’t extinguish us.  The fire that almost killed us is the same we’ll use to light up the world.”

Blog post by Glennon Doyle Melton of Momastery. She begins the post with the question, “what do you want the people who love and serve the mentally ill to know?”  Her answer is honest, straightforward, and touching.  In my opinion, it’s worth reading and sharing.  I had tears in my eyes when I finished reading it.  I could quote more of it, but I encourage you to read it for yourself.