It’s been a long while since I did a round-up of good posts I’ve found. I’ve been bookmarking (blogmarking?) them so I would have them to do a post about.
I’ve realised that I won’t get the time any time soon to do a post on each so this is the collection.
First up is a collection to lead off this collection. It is a blog carnival against child abuse. (A blog carnival is a collection of posts on a particular subject – in this case child abuse). This carnival isn’t just stories about survivors and their experience, it also includes posts for advocacy and awareness as well as dealing with the aftermath of abuse. In all there are nearly 30 posts, each with a sentence or paragraph describing the post and what it is about.
Perhaps my favourite blogger is Albert the Urban Monk. The quality of his posts is remarkable I think. (If you are a regular reader of this blog and are tired of hearing how good Albert is; all I have to say is – go read his stuff I think it’s every bit as good as I say it is.) I would like to highlight two recent posts by Albert both about resolving the past from slightly different perspectives. The first is about the Unresolved Past – that is when we are surprised by how much something hurts us – we understand that we are hurt but why so much? Albert gives a step by step process for finding what is underneath and how to resolve. Simple and practical, if you are having this kind of reaction it is well worth reading this post. The second post is similar – about forgiveness and When the Memories Return. This deals with healing the pain by expressing it fully, that love can’t be rushed and that it can take a long time because we are changing ourselves (perhaps in a quite deep way). I think this is an excellent post on a topic that is often treated in a superficial and glib way (“you just have to forgive them”).
On to more ‘physical’ stuff. For those over 70 being a little overweight (not a lot) is better for your health. This finding was from a large study and reported in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. It seems to be quite a solid finding.
In my view the single best thing to do to improve any relationship is listening. This post is all about listening. This means paying attention, listening from the heart and so on. This post provides lots of perspectives about listening. It is well written and a good read, even if a little lacking with the how-to’s it will provide motivation and insight I think.
Another of my favourite blogs is Storied Mind where John writes about his journey to overcome depression. This post is about the ending of the dreams that is involved with the end of depression. Here is a sample of the post: “And that’s the reawakening, the moment when regaining life becomes possible. There’s regret, there’s grief and, yes, a lot of crying for the loss of so much that might have been. But recovery means you take at last a real you and start over.” John writes very well indeed. His writing is personal and very practical. If you battle with depression or are involved with someone who does I recommend his blog in general and this post in particular.
On to social context. A survey in the British Medical Journal of studies on Income Inequality and Health found that for those in societies with social inequality the health outcomes were bad for people – no matter what their income. The authors of the post remark that, “no one supports the redistribution of income just to improve health outcomes”. Well actually there is at least one who does (guess who?) and this one suspects there might be others too! From the societal level to the intimacy of the couple. A study reports that. “when close partners affirm and support each other’s ideal selves, they and the relationship benefit greatly”. If you needed a reason to support your partner in growing in the way they want to, now you’ve got it.
I’ve recently found a couple of new blogs that I just love. One of them is Beyond Karma by kaushik (no idea how it’s pronounced, sorry). Simple, personal, practical and with deep stuff to say about personal change and transendence. This post is about Allowing the Disturbing States and what kaushik learned from doing so. This post isn’t really skimmable, so set aside 5-10 minutes to read it properly, I think you’ll find it time well spent.
Another blog I love that I have discovered recently is The Naked Soul by Mark (a.k.a tobeme). The first post I would like to highlight is a Christmas reflection called No Room at the Inn. Another is this post on the virtues of being ‘out of control’ – that is, being in tune with spirit rather than trying to control our lives through our ego.
Which is maybe a good place to end this round-up. I hope you don’t find this all too overwhelming and so don’t read it (I do have a tendency to overwhelm with content I’m afraid), just choose whatever catches your eye – you can come back to other stuff later. Happy reading, Evan.
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