Introverts and telephone calls

May 17, 2016 7:52pm I felt really sad and guilty today because  I  did not have the energy I needed to attempt a telephone conversation.  I slept poorly and was having a bit of a down day. But I miss my family and want to communicate with them. This got me thinking about my aversion…

Why LKM? Science-Based Reasons to Try Loving-Kindness Meditation Today!

May 13, 2016 10:14pm This article is from http://www.emmaseppala.com/18-science-based-reasons-try-loving-kindness-meditation-today/   Here are some excerpts: Loving Kindness Meditation (LKM) has been shown to have many benefits. Here are a few: Increases positive emotions & reduces negative emotions: LKM increases love, joy, contentment, gratitude, hope, and interest, amongst others. This resulted in increased mindfulness, purpose in life, social support,…

Practicing Loving Kindness Meditation

May 13, 2016 10:10pm As I mentioned in a previous post, I am partial to a type of meditation called “Loving Kindness”.  I have recently discovered that this type of meditation is recommended for resiliency, reducing cortisol levels and stress reduction. Excerpted from an article by Steven Smith an advisor for the Center for Contemplative…

Stress resilience

May 13, 2016 6:39pm Resiliency is defined as the ability to recover readily from illness, depression, STRESS, or adversity. I used to be quite resilient. However, resiliency is a limited resource and like any resource, it can be depleted.  I have had so much stress and such an intense demand for resiliency for such a…

A New Chapter?!?!

May 9, 2016 5:20pm Well, it’s official. I am now unemployed. My company had a 6 month medical leave as well as FMLA.  They have been most generous, keeping me informed and on benefits, but my leave has now expired, and with some divestitures and downsizing, there is no longer a position available for me. …

Arrrgh WARNING, may be TMI as to GI symptoms

May 4, 2016 11:52am Today is one of those pretty bad GP days where I am going to go back to bed (up since 3:30am)  and stay near a bathroom. Feeling pretty awful, It’s one of those days you wouldn’t know anything is wrong with med because I was able to stay cheerful and chipper…

Rumination

Apr 30, 2016 12:23pm A young man I met recently recommended the book “The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World” by Sophia Dembling. I am finding it quite interesting. In her chapter entitled “Just Intense Enough”, she notes that introverts often like to go into “intense territory”.  The concern is that thereis…