You’re enough I know it’s toughPlus very hard to believe Just try to achieveThat one thought, dreamI see you gleam Even with all the sorrow Piled as high as Mount Kilimanjaro Think formal Think you’re normalLife is goodI knew you couldThis is keyBecause you're enough for me
Great Article from Psychology Today
Psychology Today recently published an article written by McGill University professor Chris Barringtong-Leigh, Ph.D. about how happiness is linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read it to find out more about what’s going on inside your head during this crazy time and how you can stay positive despite the chaos.
“A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world.”
I have found, through trial and error, that the healthiest diet for my mind involves both mindfulness and writing—often, both simultaneously. For me, writing by hand slows my mind, allowing me to see the loops and shapes of my thoughts spilling out onto the blankness of the page. This is one of the reasons I became an English teacher: to share a love of words, and the power they have to increase our happiness.
The power of both writing and mindfulness is that you have to payattention. As you read this, can you notice the prickling sensations in your body? The murmurings bouncing around in your skull? The outside world of light and sound and sadness and joy? The more you notice, the richer the palette of your experience, and the range of colors you can paint with your words.
Anyone can become more mindful, or a more effective writer, simply by paying closer attention to the granular details of the world: the slightest shudder in a friends’ facial expression, the dazzling blue tail of a bird flitting overhead, the mathematically distributed roots of a new-growing weed. In these specific details, strong sentences are born. In these specific details, too, we can lose ourselves and feel a sense of unity.
Many wonderful authors have found both their inspiration and their sense of inner peace while paying close attention to the natural world. (One of my favorite poems, called “The Peace of Wild Things,” by Wendell Berry captures precisely this feeling of satisfaction and calm through specific, carefully observed details.)
Some advice I wish I’d been given, but that I give now to anyone who will listen, is this: Whether keeping a journal, or jotting thoughts down on your phone I encourage everyone to put aside some time each day to observe and describe, in real-time, your surroundings. Record what happens around you. Your experience is yours alone to be noticed. Perhaps, in those moments of observation, you’ll find you can stop time. Perhaps, in that space, your next idea will be born, and take on a life of its own.
-Ms. Cassani Davis
May 2020 Poem: A Collection of Poems About a Child in the Holocaust
Destroyed unseen Chaos
Taken away from Father
Confused Young Pale
I obeyed Cruel Broken Fists
True in Memory
Approaching the Dark
Lost Shuddering in Mid-Night
Startled Failed Feeling a Longing
Locked within Annex
In Dangerous Violence
No crying released
Poem About Depression: Sometimes
Sometimes, sadness is all that lies within Sometimes, you can even forget how to grin Sometimes, darkness encircles you and comes up from the depths of your mind Sometimes, you feel emptiness is all you can find Inside With no way out no matter how hard you’ve tried
Sometimes, you’re lost within the void of your mind Sometimes, fog rolls in and block out your guiding light Sometimes, depression will cause an internal fight Sometimes, when you feel isolated you will push others away Self hatred will spring to life as regrets make you feel grey Leaving you lonely with the pain that lies within
Not quite, the prior line’s is full of lies so still there is a silver lining What, a beam of light through the fog, and brightly it is shining Because, no matter how isolated you feel You feel You’re not truly alone and I assure that fact is real
Will they always understand it, no Will they always notice your pain, no But are the not caring about you, no For they do try their best They care more than you guessed And while they can’t always grasp it Or notice it Their ears will listen to every bit
Sometimes, weakened from the emptiness in her head Sometimes, you can’t find strength to get out of bed Sometimes, you have thoughts of what if you were dead Or sometimes will already feel dead within due to all of the dread
Sometimes, in depression you give other the impression that you’re okay Sometimes, you wonder how many more times can you make it through the day Sometimes, you feel dissociated from your life Leaving you alone with all your pain, and your strife
Again, a fabrication found within the prior line Confused, how is that are my hands still even mine Well yes, but observation of situations leaves those statements in their tracks Because your perception can cause deception unless you step back to see the cracks And let the connection be rekindled to lessen you being insomniacs
Through the cracks you spy the lie and no you are not alone Beams of light Bleed through these cracks in sight And give you the might To let others in
Sometimes, thing cross your mind that fill you with fear Sometimes, a thought flashes of you treading through the veil most don’t want to near But know Sometimes, things may get rather dire Sometimes, wanting to snuff out that once mighty fire Heed my words, hold them close, don’t let them be forgotten People are there for you even if you don’t want them to Even when you try to push them away
Written, as an anthem to the isolated To bring you the light of not being alone is why this was created If you still feel alone, you just need to know I wrote this because I care Whether a stranger or intimate knowing, I will still be there Writing this was hard, it shows some of my fears of where I might be going But when I hit a block I just kept on flowing Life is a challenge as we all know and sometimes we will feel defeated So I wrote this here To hopefully lessen the fear And help let the light back in
After all Sometimes, all we need is to know is we are not all alone with all the pain that lies within
April 2020 Poem: The Future
The FutureAn Endless Fantasy
What is Positive Psychology?
In recent years, people worldwide have been using terminology such as “positive psychology” much more frequently. But what really constitutes this esoteric field? Positive psychology is defined as the study of the “good life”, or, the positive aspects of what makes a human life worth living. It is centered around biopsychosocial factors that contribute to happiness and success of an individual or a community. Positive psychology celebrates strengths rather than denouncing weaknesses, and it has been gaining traction in recent years due to its positive outlook on the field of mental health as a whole.
The main topics positive psychology aims to cover are character strengths, optimism, self-confidence, gratitude, and more. It empowers individuals and communities to alter their perspectives on the influence of certain things, such as money, on happiness, overall allowing people to recognize what they truly value in life. This is really crucial, especially in a time of crisis like the one we are currently in. Oftentimes people don’t take enough time to get to know themselves in and out, but by using practices in positive psychology this is much more easily achievable. Actually understanding what makes you happy can be extraordinarily beneficial—you can use this information to your advantage and specifically incorporate activities and experiences that make you happy into your daily life!
Keeping a daily gratitude journal, giving yourself compliments on a regular basis, and helping others are all prime examples of how to infuse positive psychology into your life. University of Pennsylvania psychologist Martin E.P. Seligman, a major proponent of this new avenue of mental health, describes the practice of positive psychology as aiming to “build what’s strong”, rather than to “fix what’s wrong”. Mental health and therapy mostly focuses on attacking issues, but it is much rarer that it is centered around highlighting positivity and optimism unrelated to preexisting problems. Instead of perseverating on the negative facets of life, by utilizing positive psychology you can give your overall mental health a lasting boost. In a world ravaged by bad news and stress, taking some time for yourself can make a remarkable impact on both your emotions and those of everyone around you.
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