LINKS TO OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES
Mental Health Resources
Centre for Clinical Interventions - A clinically informative website for clients featuring modules or workbooks on many different topics including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, assertiveness, etc.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) - A world renowned mental health and addiction organization from Toronto.
Anxiety BC - A wonderful website with facts, information and videos specializing on anxiety.
Mood Disorders Association of BC - A non-profit organization that provides treatment, support, education and hope of recovery for people living with a mood disorder.
Mental Health First Aid - A two day workshop to teach people how to help family, friends or work colleagues who they suspect may be struggling with mental illness.
Canadian Associations for Suicide Prevention - Loads of advice on prevention of suicide.
Cognitive Mindfulness Workbook - Social Worker, Tom Gibbons, has put together a great resource which combines Western cognitive behaviour therapy with Eastern mindfulness meditation. It’s an easy read, full of case examples and exercises to challenge your way of thinking.
The following are from my computer desktop.
I use them as a daily guide by which to live my life, both professionally and personally.
Personal Growth: 13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want To Be Successful - An interesting article that looks at success from a different angle.
Nature and Mental Health: How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain - In this gem of an article, science explains what nature lovers intrinsically know.
Mindful Living and Working: Learn how to do Mindfulness Meditation with this free online course
Watch social media expert Sherry Turkle in this TED Talk - Alone Together - as it examines how devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication. It ask some challenging questions and encourages deep thought about new kinds of connection we want to have.
Mark Manson's Website - Mark describes himself as an author, thinker, blogger and life enthusiast. Here is what he says about his website; “I write about big ideas and give life advice that doesn’t suck. Some people say I’m an idiot. Other people say I saved their life. Read and decide for yourself.” I like his articles about relationships. Warning...he likes to swear.
This poem by Rumi is one of the most frequently recited poems in mindfulness retreats and courses. It speaks to me as it embraces the essence of mindful living in the most eloquent and beautiful way. It is my favorite Rumi poem.
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
This speaks to me about being authentic...being true to ourselves while being true to others. She writes from her heart using everyday struggles to make her points. Check out her blog: oriahsinvitation.blogspot.ca/
It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love, for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon…
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals
or have become shriveled and closed
from fear of further pain.
I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own without moving to hide it
or fade it or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your
fingers and toes without cautioning us to
be careful, be realistic
to remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me
is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine and still stand on the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes.”
It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after a night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.
It doesn’t interest me who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the center of the fire with me
and not shrink back.
It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
from the inside when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments.
- Oriah Mountain Dreamer