Taking In The Good

Taking In The Good
“If the mind is like a garden, the 'soil' of your brain is just as fertile for weeds as flowers .... plant seeds of inner strength by repeatedly taking in the good. " Rick Hansen, PhD

I recently bought my first digital camera. A very generous friend, who also happens to be a professional photographer, is helping me out. I'm a typical iPhone point-and-click guy, so we started with the basics. Eventually, we moved beyond the automatic setting and experimented with changes in aperture and shutter speed. I love to learn, and this made me happy .... though most of my photos ended up in the trash bin. But digital photography = unlimited do-overs.

Can You Be Mindful With a Full Mind?!

As a current graduate student working towards becoming a licensed mental health counselor, I hear a lot from my professors and colleagues about self care. It is important in any job or lifestyle to set aside time for you and your needs. Making sure to eat well, spend time with family and friends, exercise and relax. Sounds great, doesn’t it? But wait a minute, that last word, relax… um… when do I have time for that? Between two jobs, class time, homework, going to the gym, running errands, grocery shopping, and playing with the dog, I barely have enough hours in the day to squeeze in time with my boyfriend, friends and family. I’m sure you can relate to this feeling. Whether it be kids, long hours at work, volunteering, or being involved in the the community, it’s more common than not that the average adult does not have time to just relax.