Another first -- DL day

Notes on Gratitude

"We can learn to rejoice in even the smallest blessings our life holds. It is easy to miss our own good fortune; often happiness comes in ways we don't even notice. It's like a cartoon I saw of an astonished-looking man saying, 'What was that?' The caption below read, 'Bob experiences a moment of well-being.' The ordinariness of our good fortune can make it hard to catch.

The key is to be here, fully connected with the moment, paying attention to the details of ordinary life. By taking care of ordinary things--our pots and pans, our clothing, our teeth--we rejoice in them. When we scrub a vegetable or brush our hair, we are expressing appreciation: friendship toward ourselves and toward the living quality that is found in everything. This combination of mindfulness and appreciation connects us fully with reality and brings us joy." --Pema Chödrön, The Pocket Pema Chödrön

Maybe a bit less than ordinary, but fully connected to the joy of experiencing this amazing first major step of independence with and for my daughter. Filled with gratitude.

  • 5 October 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
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What I'm reading and how it helps. . ., Part One: Answering a couple of questions

Just Finished

There's so much great stuff in this book I'm going to write two posts about it.

First, I want to employ Dr. Siegel’s help to address a couple of questions I received on the Just Finished post I wrote about empathy and Paolina Milana’s book, The S Word. I provided the following definition from the NAMI Family To Family material:  Empathy is “The intimate comprehension of another person’s thoughts and feelings, without imposing our own judgment or expectations.” The questions were specifically related to judgment.

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  • 26 September 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
  • Number of views: 2067
  • Comments: 7

ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN

Notes on Gratitude

To celebrate the Santa Monica stop of Brené Brown’s book tour, I’m hosting a contest!

Everyone who is signed up to receive my newsletter by midnight on Thursday, October 15, 2015 will have their name entered into a drawing to win a Brené Brown starter kit (photo left). If you've already subscribed, you don't need to do anything. The kit will include the following:

The Gifts of Imperfection, (paperback)
Rising Strong, (hardback)
One beautiful blank journal
One package of four UniBall pens (the best journaling pen ever!)
One package of twenty-four Crayola colored pencils

Having your name entered to win your very own Brené Brown starter kit is easy.

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  • 26 September 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
  • Number of views: 2030
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Meet my friend, Jessica Gilkison

Introducing: Creativity Corner

I am beyond excited to announce the first in what I intend to make a recurring column on this site called, Creativity Corner. In Creativity Corner, I will explore the ways in which different types of creativity inspire people to live healthier more meaningful lives.

Up first, a little bit about how I made the connection between creativity and healing and my dear friend, Creativity Corner's first guinea pig, Jessica Gilkison. I asked her about her decision to embark on the "writing life," about how the creative act of writing is helping her to grieve and to heal after her mother’s death, and more.

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  • 18 September 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
  • Number of views: 2960
  • Comments: 6

A guest post by F.D. Raphael

Depression, The Hyperendemic That We Don't Understand

The CDC defines hyperendemic as persistent, high levels of disease occurrence. Figuratively, I would argue that depression is hyperendemic.  Just ask a mother, or brother, or lover of any 1 of 5 people it seizes upon and you will know its contagion; how quickly it can spread throughout their family, and to their friends. . .

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  • 14 September 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
  • Number of views: 2375
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